Tomi Adeyemi’s best-selling young adult novel "Children of Blood and Bone" entered the literary canon with a boom. The story, which follows protagonist Zélie Adebola and draws on elements of Yoruba spirituality, is the first in its trilogy and had already been picked up for the big screen before it was even published. In February 2019, it was announced that Nigerian-American director Rick Famuyiwa (Brown Sugar) would bring Adeyemi’s story to life.
Much has been said about the impact of the book; from how it represents Black girlhood in a genre of literature where it is often ignored to Adeyemi (a young Nigerian-American woman) breaking a ceiling in the oft white-male dominated YA sector. For her, it all boils down to representation. “I think it has impacted young people because they are getting to see themselves represented for the first time and hearing their stories be told,” she tells OkayAfrica. Next, Adeyemi is working on the the follow-up to her celebrated book, the second story titled “Children of Virtue and Vengeance.” And when she’s not changing the literary world? “[I’m] boxing, watching MasterChef Jr and hanging out my new puppy!”