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In Nnendi's story Winds of Harmattan, Usooko is described as having 'Loppa' hair. When I listened on LeVar Burton Reads, I couldn't tell if this was something regular I hadn't heard of, or part of the fantastic elements of the story.

I'm aware of otjize paste used by the himba tribes (something Nnendi features in her Binti series), but that doesn't sound like what Usooka has.

What is it exactly?

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I think you may be mishearing the text. According to my copy, Asuquo is described as having "the locked hair of a witch". This is decribed earlier in the story:

her hair crept down her back like ropes of black fungus. She was born this way, emerging from her mother’s womb with seven glistening locks of dada hair hanging from her head like seaweed.

"dada hair" occurs often in Okorafor's stories, and simply means dreadlocks.

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  • Ahhh ok, that make much more sense to me now.
    – AncientSwordRage
    Aug 2, 2022 at 11:52
  • @AncientSwordRage If you can remember the sentence where you heard "Loppa", I can check it against the print version Aug 2, 2022 at 12:17
  • I do not remember (this was ~6 months ago that I listened), but I can have a relisten tonight
    – AncientSwordRage
    Aug 2, 2022 at 12:23

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