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The Queen of Sci-fi: Nnedi Okorafor.

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Nnedi Okorafor attends the 70th Emmy Awards on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Neilson Barnard (Getty Images)

The success of Marvel's Black Panther movie always spelt more visibility for diverse African stories, and Nnedi Okorafor, a forerunner, with an arm length list of Afrocentric fantasy books and comics like "Binti" and "Akata Witch", is more than capable of bringing a change to the perception and viability of African stories globally.

Okoroafor's stories, everyone of them, weave a fantastic array of African enchantment, splendour, culture and perhaps even its possibilities.

"Blessing in disguise" is the first ever Marvel comic set in a real African country and is based on the kidnapped Chibok school girls. It is a part of Marvel's Venomverse War Stories comic book, where Ngozi, a disabled superheroine, features with more established Marvel characters like Venom and the Black Panther.

Her 2010 novel "Who fears death?"- a futuristic story of a young woman in North Africa is being adapted for the screen by HBO with George R.R Martin of Game Of Thrones fame, as executive producer.

Nnedi Okorafor is a name you may want to remember, if you don't already know it.


Sep 20, 2018