The author of Akiti the Hunter, the 1st African Action Superhero, Bolaji Ajayi received the Official Pin to the City of Oakland from the Mayor Libby Schaaf.
Akiti the Hunter has peaked on Amazon Best Sellers List and is available everywhere books are sold.
Blackhawk Plaza Welcomes Author of Akiti The Hunter for Special Reading & Book Signing
The event will take place at the Sweetie Face Children’s Clothing Boutique
DANVILLE, Calif., April 5th, 2017 – A determined mother of two, inspired by her son, sought out on a mission to create something brand new and unique from all other conventional superheroes. A visit to the Barnes & Nobles’ store ignited the idea for the creation of Akiti the Hunter, the 1st African Action superhero.
Bolaji Ajayi (Bo Laa Gee) (Aaa Jah Yee), was out with her son one afternoon when she felt compelled to introduce to her child (who was three years old at the time) to a superhero that was popularly known in the mainstream media. An honest conversation between the mother and son led to the creation of the 1st Animated African Action Superhero: Akiti the Hunter.
“Hayden you are three years old now, it’s time for you start playing with action superheroes. So, do you like Superman?” asked the mom, Son replies, “No I do not like Superman.” Mom still determined, offers another hero. “Ok, what about Batman?” “No Mom, I do not like Batman either.” the boy replied. “Alright I got it, do you like Spiderman, his cool, and everyone loves Spiderman?” the Mom inquired. Her son replied again, “No Mom, I do not like Spiderman either.” The mother (Bolaji) at this point a little frustrated but curious asked her son, “Why don’t you like any of these superheroes? The boy replied, “Because none of them look like my Daddy!” The Ah-Ha Moment!
While Ajayi could have written angry letters to bookstores and libraries about the absence of African superheroes available for her son, she took it upon herself to do her research and create a hero, her child could identify himself with. Through her determination and honest initiative to find a hero for her son who looked like his father, the creation of AKITI THE HUNTER was brought to life. The very first African Action Superhero derived from native folklore from Bolaji’s African cultural heritage adding an element of reality to the tale of the animated warrior.
Akiti the Hunter, has been widely received by so many young readers of color worldwide. Families are running to bookstores to secure their very own copy for their loved ones. For the very first time, children of color can identify themselves with a character they see in a book. And unlike other heroes out there, AKITI is immortal; he can never die.