100 pages 3 hours read

Nnedi Okorafor

Akata Witch

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2011

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Chapters 6-8

Chapter Summaries & Analyses

Chapter 6 Summary: “The Skull”

An excerpt from Fast Facts for Free Agents states that understanding being a Leopard Person will always be difficult for a free agent, as they don’t have a Leopard spiritline, or ancestral connection to the Leopard traditions.

Sunny is offended by the Fast Facts… passage, noting its bias against free agents. She’s determined to learn juju, however, so she continues to read. In order to sneak out to meet Anatov, she buys a sheep’s head at the market, hoping it’s what she needs to do the simple juju “Etuk Nwan.” As she prepares dinner for her family, her brothers tell her Black Hat killed a kid in a community nearby. Later that night, Sunny takes the sheep skull and follows the book’s directions, using rainwater, tea, and palm oil in her spell. She becomes transparent, and she can move through a locked door, earning chittim she can’t pick up. She meets Chichi, Orlu and Sasha, and they travel to Anatov’s hut on a vehicle called a “funky train” (108). At Anatov’s hut, he welcomes Sunny to Leopard school, and he asks how she snuck out to meet them. She explains doing the Etuk Nwan, and he says it shouldn’t have worked with a regular sheep’s head, but that her own abilities enabled her to overcome that limitation.