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Science fiction novella, written by Nnedi Okorafor in 2015. The tale is set in the future and stars a teenager named Binti, a member of the (somewhat fictionalized) Himba people of Southern Africa. The Himba traditionally cover their skin and hair with otjize, a mixture of butterfat, ochre pigments, and aromatic plants, as a combination of sunscreen, insect repellent, and cleansing agent. Binti's people consider otjize an almost religious sacrament, preferring to wear it at all times. The Himba also prefer to stay close to home -- in the novella, no Himba have ever left Earth at all, despite space travel being fairly commonplace.

Binti is a mathematical genius and is expected to take over her father's business creating electronic astrolabes -- but she's secretly accepted admission to the prestigious Oomza University, located on a distant planet. She sneaks away from home, boards her flight off-world, and starts making friends, slowly, with her future classmates. It's not an…

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