Akata Witch (retitled What Sunny Saw in the Flames in Nigeria and the UK) is a 2011 fantasy novel[1] written by Nnedi Okorafor.[2]

Akata Witch
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AuthorNnedi Okorafor
CountryUnited States
Young adult fiction
PublisherViking/Penguin Books


Twelve-year-old Sunny Nwazue was born in America yet lives in Nigeria. She is Black and albino. She's a great athlete, yet she can't go out in the sun to play soccer. Sunny then discovers that she has magical abilities, which makes her a "free agent" in the magical community called the Leopard People in West Africa. As a free agent, she needs to learn about the magical community. Soon her magical teachers connect her with three other magical students to become a quartet called a covent, which is a group of magical Leopard people assembled to pursue a purpose. The group is cultivated by leaders in the magical communities to try to capture a serial killer who also knows magic.


  1. ^ Serrano, Lindsy (June 6, 2011). "Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor". New York Public Library.
  2. ^ Carpenter, Susan (April 10, 2011). "Book review: 'Akata Witch' by Nnedi Okorafor". The Los Angeles Times.

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