‘Organic Fantasy’ and the African Diasporic Experience in Nnedi Okorafor’s 'Akata Witch'
Posted: 2 May 2013 Last revised: 10 Nov 2013
Date Written: May 2, 2013
This paper examines the concept of 'organic fantasy', defined by Nnedi Okorafor as blooming 'directly from the soil of the real.’ It is the lived experiences of Okorafor which inform her writing, re-presenting the 'real' through the lens of fantasy. 'Akata Witch' demonstrates how the sub-genre of ‘organic fantasy’ presents new avenues through which the African diaspora can engage with home. It also permits the writer the space to reconstruct experiences of ‘home’ in a manner that represents both what s/he sees, and what s/he feels in the most expansive way, so that the finished work becomes as much a representation of an African experience as it is a reflection on the relationship between the diaspora and their ‘home’. This paper also explores Okorafor’s treatment of African diasporic experiences, including those of both the earlier and more recent African diasporas.
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