Nnedi Okorafor

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Okpala is a professor in the mathematics department at Oomza University. She’s a Khoush woman who is covered head to toe in green garments. Haras insists that Binti take classes with Okpala so they can study the edan; due to the research that Okpala has done, she doesn’t believe that what Binti did with the edan should be possible. Okpala also seems like a curious and caring individual. She has studied the Himba people and is the first to draw attention to Binti’s new okuoko, which she knows will make it hard for Binti to reintegrate into her Himba family.

Okpala Quotes in Binti

The Binti quotes below are all either spoken by Okpala or refer to Okpala. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Identity, Home, and Travel Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Tom Doherty edition of Binti published in 2015.
Binti Quotes

“That is true, but what about your home? Will you ever return?”

“Of course,” I said. “Eventually, I will visit and...”

“I have studied your people,” she said. “They don’t like outsiders.”

“I’m not an outsider,” I said, with a twinge of irritation. “I am...” And that’s when it caught my eye.

Related Characters: Okpala (speaker), Binti (speaker)
Related Symbols: Otjize, Okuoko
Page Number: 80
Explanation and Analysis:
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Okpala Character Timeline in Binti

The timeline below shows where the character Okpala appears in Binti. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Science, Humanity, and the Ethics of Research Theme Icon
Community, Friendship, and Belonging Theme Icon
...Haras welcomes her to the university and says that the Khoush woman next to him, Okpala, is in the mathematics department and will help Binti study her edan—from what Okpala knows,... (full context)
Identity, Home, and Travel Theme Icon
...her close brush with death, or they may believe it’s too late to go home. Okpala asks Binti what she’s going to do now. Binti is confused by the question and... (full context)