Author Nnedi Okorafor discusses the way this novel grabbed her imagination and refused to let go...
So, I’ve written this novel titled Who Fears Death. A woman named Onyesonwu (which means "Who Fears Death" in the Nigerian language of Igbo) materialized in my head and she started telling me a most incredible story. Any writer who hears a good story will write it down. I’m no different.
When I consider Who Fears Death, I realize this woman’s voice rose from an unheard collective voice shouting at me from the “Dark Continent”. That is why I feel this post-apocalyptic science fiction/fantasy/magical realist novel is as much a piece of African Literature as Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.