Author Tomi Adeyemi on why it's important to write fantasy stories with black protagonists

Tomi Adeyemi discusses her debut novel, Children of Blood and Bone, and talks about what it was like creating a universal fantasy story that's deeply rooted in her own Nigerian culture.
Children of Blood and Bone is available now. (www.tomiadeyemi.com, ADA)

As a young girl, Tomi Adeyemi never saw herself represented in the stories she read. Now, her debut novel is focused on characters and stories that are not often reflected in young adult fiction.

Children of Blood and Bone tells the story of Zelie, a young girl from a fictional West African kingdom who is fighting to restore magic to her people, after it's been banned by a ruthless king. Adeyemi speaks to Tom Power about what it was like creating a universal fantasy story that's deeply rooted in her own Nigerian culture.

Listen to the full conversation with Tomi Adeyemi above. 

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