Review: Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor || I need a friend group like this

Akata Witch

Akata Witch #1

Nnedi Okorafor

book 15

Akata Witch transports the reader to a magical place where nothing is quite as it seems. Born in New York, but living in Aba, Nigeria, twelve-year old Sunny is understandably a little lost. She is albino and thus, incredibly sensitive to the sun. All Sunny wants to do is be able to play football and get through another day of school without being bullied. But once she befriends Orlu and Chichi, Sunny is plunged in to the world of the Leopard People, where your worst defect becomes your greatest asset. Together, Sunny, Orlu, Chichi and Sasha form the youngest ever Oha Coven. Their mission is to track down Black Hat Otokoto, the man responsible for kidnapping and maiming children. Will Sunny be able to overcome the killer with powers stronger than her own, or will the future she saw in the flames become reality?

Publisher: Viking Children’s

Published: April 14th 2011



Trigger Warning





Discrimination, Bullying, Ableism, Sexism

“There will be danger; some of you may not live to complete your lessons. It’s a risk you take. This world is bigger than you and it will go on, regardless.” 

For someone who doesn’t really read middle grade, this was stunning. I wen into this expecting nothing and got everything.

Sunny, a twelve-year-old girl born in the U.S. but recently moved to her parents’ homeland of Nigeria. Sunny stands out in more ways than one – she’s albino,  teased at school for being an akata—wild animal, because she was born in America. During a blackout, Sunny  and sees a vision of the end of the world in a candle flame. Her powers have begun to awaken.

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“There are more valuable things in life than safety and comfort. Learn. You owe it to yourself” 

The beginning was a little confusing to me— we’re thrown into this world at top speed. Then as the story continues, everything is info-dumped on you one after the other. You can’t say this is a slow story, yet it didn’t take too long for me to get caught up… Well, my idea of caught up is just going for the ride and picking things up so I string along the world as I go. Things are still kind of confusing and probably warrant a re-read to catch the things I didn’t get the first time. but the story was so much fun; I sped through it! The magic, the atmosphere I absolutely loved it.

I know it seems like I say this often, but the characters were the best thing about this book.  Kind-hearted Orlu, mysterious Chichi, and fiery Sasha— the friendship and the emphasis on the importance of friendship was amazing

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“We embrace those things that make us unique or odd. For only in these things can we locate and then develop our most individual abilities.” 

Despite all of the cuteness, this book does handle being different pretty nicely. Sunny being an albino and having lived in America the majority of her life, she deals with being outed in her community quite often. But she’s resilient, strong and fierce— and that makes her one of my favorites ❤ .

However, I did have an issue with how Sunny’s albinism was handled.because the magical curetrope/cliche is used and…why?


The villain in the story wasn’t as scary, though I’m a little confused on who they are? I kind of know, but it’s not concrete. I’m hoping there a third book so I can stay in this world and fully understand it yes, I’m shamelessly begging

13 thoughts on “Review: Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor || I need a friend group like this”

  1. This is on my TBR! I’m excited to read it and I’m glad romance isn’t much of a thing in this book, because I’ve been looking for some books more focused on something other then romance 🙂

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