Yaba Badoe is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and writer. Yaba was born in Ghana but now lives in England with her husband. She has been nominated for the Distinguished Woman of African Cinema award. Her debut children’s novel A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars and two further novels Wolf Light and Lionheart Girl are published by Zephyr.
Yaba joined Nikki Gamble In The Reading Corner to talk about the strong women that comprise the cast of memorable characters in Lionheart Girl.
About Lionheart Girl
African myth and magic beat in the dark heart of this fable about witchcraft, superstition, the bonds we choose and those we cannot. Born into a family of West African witches, Sheba’s terrified of her mother who can turn into a crow. But like mother, like daughter – magic runs through her blood and Sheba discovers powers of her own.
Her touch can unravel people’s innermost thoughts; their hopes, their fears – their secrets. Sheba too can shape-shift. Through the communion of ancient magic, blood and friendship, she slowly uncovers the murderous truth about her stolen childhood and steels herself for the future.
She must protect the hunted from the hunter – her mother.