Nnedi Okorafor’s “Binti: Night Masquerade”

Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti: Night Masquerade is up for the Goodreads Choice Awards 2018. If you get a minute, please vote for our colleague.

The Goodreads Choice Awards are a yearly award program, first launched on Goodreads in 2009, celebrating the best in writing around the world. The winners have been “the usual suspects” in the world of books with folks like Stieg Larsson, Haruki Murakami, J. K. Rowling, and Stephen King featuring. These names aren’t surprising as the awards are voted for by fans.

The semi-final round of voting this year kicked off today and Nnedi Okorafor has been nominated for her book Binti: Night Masquerade which is the third in the Binti series. The book, which made its debut in July, is described in its blurb thus,

Binti has returned to her home planet, believing that the violence of the Meduse has been left behind. Unfortunately, although her people are peaceful on the whole, the same cannot be said for the Khoush, who fan the flames of their ancient rivalry with the Meduse. Far from her village when the conflicts start, Binti hurries home, but anger and resentment has already claimed the lives of many close to her. Once again it is up to Binti, and her intriguing new friend Mwinyi, to intervene–though the elders of her people do not entirely trust her motives–and try to prevent a war that could wipe out her people, once and for all.

Nnedi Okorafor isn’t new to winning awards in her writing having won the Kurd Laßwitz Preis, the Hugo, the Nebula, the Nommo, among others. It would be nice if we the fans could give her this award so I implore that you go vote for her here for her to pass the semi-final stage. If she makes the final, hopefully we will have an African origin winner for these awards. It is long overdue.