Normal is boring, we are sure everyone knows this. This why this Nigerian Born American Writer is taking African literature through an uncommon path. Nnedi Okoroafor is not your typical African writer this is why her works are receiving more and more international attention around the most uncommon spaces. Last week on her personal twitter page, the writer and author shared an amazing news of a recent development which she had hinted on her facebook page, she’ll be writing an eight-page comic for Marvel’s forthcoming Venomverse anthology, which is to be released in September 2017.
Venomverse is a follow up to Spider-Verse, Marvel’s popular 2015 comic release. Venomverse is based on Eddie Brock, the Venom symbiote from Spiderman, and will include “Venomized” versions of comic book characters like Deadpool and Mary Jane.
Nnedi’s novels and stories reflect both her Nigerian heritage and her American life. Mostly exploring Afro-science fiction, a genre that has hardly been explored by other African Writers. Beyond writing for Kids and young adults, she has also published Afro-science fiction novels for adults.
African literature through the years have remained rigid in storytelling themes. Stories are either about precolonial life, post-colonial life, civil wars, rural life, marriage, urbanization etc. Afro-science fiction before Nnedi Okoroafor’s exploration may be considered as alien. But today, her bravery is earning her more or more international features.
The coming comic, titled Blessing in Disguise, will be set in Lagos; and will tell the story of a young girl named Ngozi (a name that means Blessing in Igbo, Nnedi’s Native tribe in Nigeria). The plot is to show Ngozi in Lagos with other popular Marvel characters: Black Panther, Venom Symbiote, and the Rhino. This new marvel commissioned work is to be illustrated by Tana Ford.
Asides this great feat, the author has also shared other applaud worthy news this year, showing a reward for her hard work and bravery in choosing her themes. Just last month, HBO announced plans to turn her novel - Who Fears Death, into a series with Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin signed on as a producer, and she also recently announced that she was one of the 40 writers selected to contribute to the upcoming Star Wars 40th anniversary anthology.
Our fingers are crossed and we wait with hanged breath. Just like previous works, we are sure this will be nothing short of awesome.