Long Juju Man

Winner of the Macmillan Writers' Prize for Africa

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Should I run? I thought.

A ghost can run faster than me.

No, I won't run. Ngoli has heard many stories about Long Juju Man from her grandfather. But she is not prepared for her first meeting with him in the forest, or for the strange friendship which follows...

Awards

The Macmillan Writers’ Prize for Africa

Praise

“A humorous modern take on traditional story elements, and an imaginative use of language makes this a deserving winner.”
-Judges Meshack Asare, Jamila Gavin, Jack Mapanje and Helen Oyeyemi
Okorafor seems well on her way to single-handedly trying to bridge the gap between Anglo and African fantastic traditions; she combines SF and dystopian elements with folklore in the future Niger of The Shadow Speaker, and now offers an almost archetypal African trickster tale—with no SF at all—in Long Juju Man...If Okorafor has shown how the resources of SF can illuminate African tradition in her earlier novels, here she shows us how the episodic rhythms of African storytelling can help illuminate our own ideas of fantasy.
-Gary Wolfe , award-winning critic and lead reviewer for Locus Magazine