From Africanfuturist luminary Okorafor comes a new science fiction novel of intense action and thoughtful rumination on biotechnology, destiny, and humanity in a near-future Nigeria.
Anwuli Okwudili prefers to be called AO. To her, these initials have always stood for Artificial Organism. AO has never really felt . . . natural, and that's putting it lightly. Her parents spent most of the days before she was born praying for her peaceful passing because even in-utero she was "wrong." But she lived. Then came the car accident years later that disabled her even further. Yet instead of viewing her strange body the way the world views it, as freakish, unnatural, even the work of the devil, AO embraces all that she is: A woman with a ton of major and necessary body augmentations. And then one day she goes to her local market and everything goes wrong.
Once on the run, she meets a Fulani herdsman named DNA and the race against time across the deserts of Northern Nigeria begins. In a world where all things are streamed, everyone is watching the "reckoning of the murderess and the terrorist" and the "saga of the wicked woman and mad man" unfold. This fast-paced, relentless journey of tribe, destiny, body, and the wonderland of technology revels in the fact that the future sometimes isn't so predictable. Expect the unaccepted.
Dele Ogundiran is an entertainment professional of Nigerian lineage whose multifaceted talent shines both on and off screen.
As a performer, Dele most recently played a recurring guest star role on a soon-to-be announced show for Amazon. Prior to this, she has played diverse recurring roles, from an upscale magazine editor on ABC's comedy series Ugly Betty to a brassy but endearing addict on Showtime's hit drama series Ray Donovan. Since closing on a successful run in the West Coast premiere of the stage play Her Portmanteau (written by Mfoniso Udofia and directed by Gregg T. Daniel) at Boston Court Pasadena in the summer of 2018, Dele made her stand-up comedy debut at the world famous Ice House Comedy Club, wrapped on the feature film The Infiltrators (directed by Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibara, 2019 Sundance Film Festival Premiere-Audience Award and NEXT Innovator Prize), and guest starred on NCIS and Grey's Anatomy.
A shortlist of her other television and film credits include Wisdom of the Crowd, Anger Management, Brothers & Sisters, Children's Hospital, He's Just Not That Into You, Maniac, and Silent But Deadly. Her stage appearances include roles in Our Lady of 121st Street, Balm In Gilead, and Joe Turner's Come and Gone, and her voice can be heard in the video games World of Warcraft and Dead Rising. Her credits as an audiobook narrator include Black Sunday by Tola Rotimi Abraham and Finding Love Again by Chioma Inwu Ibiam. Dele's beauty has been captured in national and international commercials and print campaigns for well-known brands including Allstate, IBM, Ford, Dark & Lovely, and McDonald's.
As writer and award-winning producer, under her production company, Apphia Productions, Dele starred in, produced and cowrote her company's first film, Bathroom Vanities, which has screened at festivals worldwide. She also produced the award-winning short film The Encounter (Best Short Award, White Sands International Film Festival award). The award-winning feature film Elevate, which is her feature film debut as a producer, made its premiere at the tenth annual Downtown LA Film Festival in fall 2018. Most recently, Dele was the director of photography and producer on Casualty of Time (2020 Veterans Award, The Cinematic Arts Redemptive Entertainment (CARE) Awards) written and directed by Jeremiah Jahi. She is also editing her directorial debut, the short film Last Supper.