We would say, “Meet Tomi Adeyemi” but chances are you’ve already heard of her. She is currently blowing up the internet with news of her creative excellence and the literary world is abuzz with overwhelming recognition of her debut novel, Children of Blood and Bone. If you haven’t heard about her, you’d be doing yourself a disservice by not paying keen attention.

Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and a creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. As a Harvard University graduate with an honors degree in English Literature, she got an opportunity to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil on a fellowship. She is also a huge activist who lends her voice to the Black Lives Matter movement and other pertinent causes that seek to liberate a people and their idiosyncrasy.

Here is why she is our Rise Networks Youth of the Week – At 23 years old, Tomi Adeyemi earned the biggest young adult publishing deal for her debut novel, Children of Blood and Bone. But that’s not all. Adeyemi also inked a 7-figure movie deal with FOX.

Her story is everything that is currently right with inspiration and motivation, regarding mostly young people all over the world; especially African Americans and young talents in Africa who are worried about starting off so young and failing. Tomi Adeyemi believes in the power of representation in her stories and made sure to infuse symbols of her roots and African heritage in her book.

She has received a great deal of accolades from a bunch of celebrities and living legends like John Green, Kobe Bryant and Genevieve Nnaji and so on. Her book has now been translated to Spanish and we are so proud of her. We gladly anticipate the rest of the trilogy series. Keep up the great work, Tomi!