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Nigerian Author Tomi Adeyemi’s Debut Fantasy Novel “Children of Blood and Bone” Lands Major Movie Deal with Fox Studios



23-year-orld writer Tomi Adeyemi’s debut novel Children of Blood and Bone has just been signed in a major movie deal with Fox 2000.

According to Deadline, the fantasy novel raked in a nearly 7-figure deal from the media house, after the publishing deal the writer was offered by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.


The protagonist is Zélie, who at six years old watched the king’s guards hang her mother on a tree outside her home. She never forgot it. In the beginning, every Orïshan was a magi: born with dark skin, stark white hair and the blessing of the god’s magic once they reached adulthood. Yet over time, their population dwindled and they became Orïsha’s minority. Magic became a thing to loathe, dark skin transformed into a thing to hate. Ten years after the raid that killed her mother and took away magic forever, Zélie Adebola has one chance to bring magic back. Through a fortuitous encounter with the Princess Amari, Zélie comes into possession of a sacred scroll necessary to restore a connection to the gods and secure magic for another hundred years. This sets the young women on a quest to end the senseless violence and oppression by the lighter-skinned royal class. Danger lurks in this west-African inspired world, where lionnaires and cheetanaires roam, and the beautiful villages built over oceans, out of sand or forged in iron hide a dark underbelly of slavery and corruption. They find themselves pitted against a crown prince bent on wiping out magic for good.

The book has been said to be inspired by the Black Lives Matter 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.

The soon-to-be published author took to her twitter page to share the good news! Photo credit: Twitter | @tomi_adeyemi


  1. Stephanie

    March 30, 2017 at 2:05 pm


  2. "changing moniker"

    March 30, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Making Nigerians proud!!!

  3. Fabulous

    March 30, 2017 at 2:34 pm


  4. Mrs Pangolo

    March 30, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Congratulations to Tomi! And in that headline, which one is “African Flavored Fantasy” again abeg? There’s nothing wrong with saying African Fantasy (and even saying “African-Inspired…” is irritating).
    All these people inside obodoyinbo, always looking for a diluted version of our culture – they don’t want to handle the real thing, You must be water it down to their taste.
    Yes, this is going to be a fabulous African Fantasy Novel, you’re darn right!

  5. soulsuit

    March 30, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Good Job!

  6. A-nony

    March 30, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Way to go girl!!!!!

  7. Fabulous B

    March 30, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Friggin cool ?! Congratulations ????. Greater heights

  8. Cocolette

    March 30, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Is this Tomilola ‘Coco’ Adeyemi that has some books on the Okadabooks app or someone else? Congrats girl!

  9. The Real Oma

    March 30, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Way to go young lady, congrats!

  10. Rainbow

    March 30, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Congratulations!!! Many more of this blessing to come.

  11. Abk

    March 31, 2017 at 1:22 am

    Congratulations girl! Your Parents must be so very proud; God bless you!

  12. Nv

    March 31, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Congrats! I can’t wait to see how this will look! Who knows when it’ll see the green light? Hopefully soon!!

  13. Ronke Champion- Adeyemi

    April 1, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Thank you BN for sharing this! Thank you all for your comments . We thank God for favor ! Ire awon omo wa a se oju wa IJN.

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