Atinuke is a Nigerian storyteller. She draws upon her recent ancestry from Yoruba land, England and Wales, and more ancient origins of Spain, Portugal and China, to tell stories from both the world of folktales and contemporary life. She lives in Wales with her husband and two sons. Anna Hibiscus is her first title for Walker Books.
Nigerian-born Atinuke’s two children’s series are set in Africa, Amazing Africa.
- The “Anna Hibiscus” books are about a little girl growing up in a modern African city.
- “The No.1 Car Spotter” series is about a village boy who does not even go to school.
Atinuke reduces live audiences of all ages to both laughter and tears with traditional tales from Africa and the African Diaspora. She is a passionate storyteller, passionate about the oral tradition, and about the wisdom of ancient African stories.
Since her first book was published 6 years ago they have won prestigious awards in both the UK and the US (such as Globe-Horn Honor Book, Notable Book For a Global Society and the Africana Award.)