Feminist Page-Turner Series: ‘Who Fears Death’

Date / Time

February 28, 2018 - February 28, 2018

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm




Join us for a lively discussion of Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death (Daw Books, 2010). Participants will explore many themes that the book and characters grapple with including gender roles, queerness, culture, and spirituality. Facilitated by Dr. Lynette Jackson (UIC, African American Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies).

About the Book

In a far future, post-nuclear-holocaust Africa, genocide plagues one region. The aggressors, the Nuru, have decided to follow the Great Book and exterminate the Okeke. But when the only surviving member of an Okeke village is brutally raped, she manages to escape, wandering farther into the desert. She gives birth to a baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand, and instinctively knows her daughter is different. She names her daughter Onyesonwu, which means ‘Who fears death?’ in an ancient African tongue. Reared under the tutelage of a mysterious and traditional shaman, Onyesonwu discovers her magical destiny – to end the genocide of her people. The journey to fulfill her destiny will force her to grapple with nature, tradition, history, true love, the spiritual mysteries of her culture – and eventually death itself.

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