Nigerian-American novelist, Toyin Adeyemi, has been listed on Time Magazine’s 100 List of the most influential people across the world for the year 2020.
She was listed alongside Jenifer Hudson, Selena Gomez, US President Donald Trump, Chines President Xi Jinping, Tony Elumelu, Tyler Perry and host of others on the Time 100: Most Influential People of 2020.
Toyin who is also a creative writing coach is best known for her #1 NY Times bestselling book Children of Blood and Bone, which was also featured on TIME’s list of the best Young Adult and Children’s books of 2018.
The book has won numerous awards including the 2018 Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy, the 2019 Waterstones Book Prize, and the 2019 Hugo Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book. In 2019, she was named in Forbe’s 30 Under 30 list.
Tomi Adeyemi’s West African-inspired fantasy debut is a powerful rumination on race and social justice. Adeyemi told The Huffington Post that she was motivated to write the novel after seeing racist reactions to the casting of actors of colour in The Hunger Games movies.
Popular actor, John Boyega, after reading Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone, said he was shocked by her creativity.
“The novel spoke to my self-identity and culture as a Nigerian, in its social commentary and in its depiction of both magic and oppression. It’s so important to have representation within books like this.”