The best-selling author of Children of Blood and Bone and Children of Virtue and Vengeance, Tomi Adeyemi, appears in British Vogue’s December 2020 issue. Tomi Adeyemi, the breakout fiction author of 2017, who scored a seven-figure deal for her trilogy, had previously appeared in the July 2017 issue of teen vogue and the March 2020 issue of Vogue Magazine. Her young adult afrofuturistic novels, which follow Zelie Adebola on her quest to restore magic to the kingdom of orisha, have been read and loved by people all over the world. Children of Blood and Bone (2018) debuted number one on the New York Times bestseller list for young adult novels, and the film rights to her books have also been sold to Fox 2000. Tomi Adeyemi, known for her unique fashion sense, delights her fans with her essays on platforms like Vogue, and her engagements on her social media. In this viewpoint feature on Vogue, she shares her thoughts on the long and turbulent year of 2020, focusing on the hard truths people have had to deal with this year. Referring to the coronavirus pandemic, riots and protests sparked by social injustice and series of forest fires, Adeyemi says that 2020 taught her that the sky is always falling. In a reflective yet optimistic tone, she declares as the year winds to an end, she wishes for even 40 days of uninterrupted peace.
“Covid took away our jobs and our offices and our schools; our weddings and our daily commutes. Covid wiped out access to most of the social outlets we’ve relied on for our entire lives. For the first time in a while, we all had more time, and only so much of that time could be spent doing body rolls on TikTok. Eventually, we had to sit with our thoughts and face all of the ugly truths about our lives. We had to face the truth about ourselves.”
While she acknowledges that the year has made humans all over the world face hard truths, she admits that she would not remember 2020 as the year that took everything. Instead, she would hold on to the transformations that the year has forced people to endure.
“Between all the tears and the sorrow were the moments I discovered that ice cream cones weren’t cancelled by the pandemic; or that even from a distance, the best of friends can still share in your sorrows. This year I learned that putting on eyeliner can feel like putting on war paint, and that SZA and Queen will always help you when you feel like you can’t get out of bed. ”
Adeyemi concludes by affirming that while 2021 looks to be just as turbulent as 2020, people know that they are strong to withstand every odds. That, for her, is a testament of hope, that there is a clearer horizon ahead. This British Vogue viewpoint is available on the website.