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Cover Love: Nnedi Okorafor's "Kabu Kabu"

Nnedi Okorafor's short-story collection

From the Whoopi Goldberg quote to the license plate title lock-up to the lush illustration of a guitar-toting traveler amidst a whiz of traffic, the cover of Nnedi Okorafor‘s short-story collection Kabu Kabu demands the attention of readers who don’t fit into expected categories.

Driving home the noncomformist appeal, the cover subject wears a flowing dress over jeans with face turned away so you can’t be sure of gender. Moreover s/he is carrying a guitar on the edge of busy traffic. How did s/he get there? Where is s/he going? You want to know. You want to go. At least I do.

Goldberg’s affirmation punctuates the cover’s maverick target. Her very varied fan demographic  runs the gamut from the stay at home mothers that watch her on the daytime talk show The View to film and comedy acolytes who have followed the Oscar-winning actress and comedienne’s 33-year career–all of whom appreciate her speak-your-mind brand.

The book’s synopsis on Amazon adds some context to the cover’s intrigue: “Kabu kabu—unregistered illegal Nigerian taxis—generally get you where you need to go. Nnedi Okorafor’s Kabu Kabu, however, takes the reader to exciting, fantastic, magical, occasionally dangerous, and always imaginative locations you didn’t know you needed.”

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