Short Story Review: “The Winds of Harmattan” by Nnedi Okorafor

2 of 5 stars.

This tale is an undeveloped, lesser version of Okorafor’s “How Inyang Got Her Wings”. Originally, the 2 tales were meant to be a part of the same longer novel with this tale of magic and superhero-like abilities acting as a cautionary tale showing what could go wrong when a strong, independent woman in a male-dominated society exerts her power without looking out for herself. It was never meant to stand alone and act as the antithesis of empower which it ends up doing here. Whereas, “HIGHW” is empowering and insightful.

In both tales, isolated women in Nigerian tribal villages earn the ability to leave their respective villages–by flying out. The flying is linked to mature female sexuality. In both cases, the women are deemed witches and sentenced to poisoning. The outcomes differ greatly.

This tale appears in Okorafor’s anthology, Kabu Kabu by Prime Books.
 
 
 
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2 responses to “Short Story Review: “The Winds of Harmattan” by Nnedi Okorafor

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