The novella “Binti” by Nnedi Okorafor was published for the first time in 2015. It’s the first work in the Binti series. It won the Hugo, Nebula, and Nommo awards as the best novella of the year.
Binti Ekeopara Zuzu Dambu Kaipka of Namib is only 16 when she decides to go to Oomza University. For her, this means running away from home because the Himba are very attached to their land, and everyone in Binti’s family assumes she won’t go. After the initial tension, traveling to another planet seems like a great adventure to Binti, at least until the Meduse board the starship and kill the other passengers. Binti’s amulet seems for some reason capable of killing the Meduse and allows her to communicate with them.