The rave reviews and accolades for Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone have been many. And while I too appreciated the book, I did wonder how someone who practiced Orisha and came from the culture being represented would feel about it. And so I was very pleased to read Jaye Winmilawe’s insightful review in Africa Access Review. She begins:
Adeyemi’s ashe or power as a writer is expressed in the success of her debut novel Children of Blood and Bone. She was awarded a groundbreaking seven figure YA book contract and a movie deal, at 23 years old. The book has been well received, note the numerous reviews and the NY Times Best Sellers listing for over 34 weeks (presently). So, what new could another reviewer say about this work?
Not many can assess its representation of African Yoruba Orisha culture, history, diaspora and modernity. Thus, since I am a scholar, children’s book author, and priest of the Orisha (Yoruba and Africa), it’s fair that I chime in. My own questions about this book upon it’s March 2018 launch were: 1. How does it represent Africa and the African Diaspora? 2. How does it represent the Orisha (Orisa) and Yoruba? 3. Is this book appropriate for my elementary school-aged children and/or their library?
I highly recommend her review (and, actually, all the Africa Access reviews).