23-year-old Nigerian writer Tomi Adeyemi debut novel ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ has been picked by Fox studio to Be turned into a movie.
Having struggled to publish a book for a period of five years, without desired results, Adeyemi went on to take writing classes at Harvard University and attended a lot of writing workshops to decipher what she wasn’t doing right.
By applying all she had learnt, she was able to finish the first draft of a novel, something she hadn’t been able to do in five years. However, that didn’t land her the publishing deal she dreamt of.
Nevertheless, by employing the knowledge she had acquired and with some more hardwork, she was able to finish the draft of her debut novel, edit and send it out to publishing houses and literary agents. And the feedback has been mind-blowing.
While Fox 2000 obtained screen rights for the book, she landed a seven-figure deal with Macmillan Publishing. These have been described as “one of the biggest Young Adult debut novel publishing deals ever.”
“I want a little Black girl to pick up my book one day and see herself as the star,” says Adeyemi on her blog. “I want her to know that she’s beautiful and she matters and she can have a crazy, magical adventure even if an ignorant part of the world tells her she can never be Hermione Granger.”
Inspiration for the book has been said to have come from the BlackLivesMatter movement and it takes African cultures and blends it into a fantasy setting in order to bring a richness to the fantasy genre that is often filled with more Eurocentric stories.
Her book is much awaited and so is the movie adaptation of the novel. African literature is definitely gaining global recognition and a wider audience, thanks to women like Tomi who are tirelessly ensuring that the world has as many varied tales of Africa as is possible.