Nnedi Okorafor Is Tired Of Labels

For the first eight years of her writing career, Nnedi Okorafor kept her work private. The 47-year-old author shared only the bare minimum in workshops, ensuring her real stories stayed hidden from critical eyes. “In that time I was able to experiment — try things, see what worked, see what didn’t — without someone looking over my shoulder, like ‘Oh my God, that really is terrible!’” she tells Bustle. “Even if it was terrible, and I knew it was terrible.”