Nnedi Okorafor

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The otjize symbolizes Binti’s Himba culture and her changing relationship to it. Otjize is a traditional mixture of reddish clay, oils, and perfumes that the Himba spread over their bodies and hair. It marks…

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Okuoko represent Binti’s changing identity in relation to her new friendships. The word okuoko refers to the tentacles of the Meduse—as well as Binti’s thick, tentacle-like braids—and it’s the first word of the…

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