By Winnie Gaturu
Black Panther just surpassed the Titanic to become the 3rd highest-earning movie of all time. This comes as it hits a revenue of $665.4 million. Following its tremendous success, Marvel has decided to create a 3-comic miniseries starring the Dora Milage and Spider Man. The miniseries is conveniently named Wakanda Forever perhaps to take advantage of Black Panther’s popularity. The storyline revolves around the Wakanda female warriors (the Dora Milage) fighting alongside Spiderman on a mission in New York City. This is bound to be an entertaining miniseries to say the least. However, what’s even more exciting is the fact that the series will be written by acclaimed afro futuristic author, Nnedi Okarafor.
If you don’t know who Nnedi Okarafor is, it’s time that you do. This way, you’ll understand why she’s the right person for this job. Nnedi Okarafor has established a name for herself in the science fiction world largely in the last ten years. Born of two Nigerian immigrant parents, Nnedi keeps true to her roots by incorporating African culture into all her writings. As a result, she ends up creating captivating African-based science fiction, magic realism and fantasy. It’s hard not to get lost in her intricate depiction of African customs, traditions and culture in a futuristic manner. She draws inspiration from folklores from different African countries especially Nigeria, where her parents are from. Her unique perspective and creativity is what makes her literature amazing.
Some of Nnedi’s notable works include novels like Binti, Who Fears Death, Akata Witch, Ngozi, Kabu Kabu and Zahrah the Windseeker. Her outstanding writing has seen her receive numerous awards including the Hugo award (Oscar equivalent for sci-fiction writers) for best novelist, in 2016.
Apart from her intriguing writing, you’ll also fall in love with her personality, from her geeky large glasses to her knee-length-long locs! And, like most of us, she loves Black Panther too. She even teamed up with Buzzfeed’s Tasty team to create a Wakandan dish, the Wakandan jeweled vegetable pilau with Berbere braised lamb. Yes, she literally took part in envisioning a delicacy from Wakanda (even though we all know it’s a fictional country). If this doesn’t convince you of her love for Wakanda, then perhaps you should also know that this isn’t the first time Nnedi is working on a Wakandan series. In 2017, she wrote the Black Panther series, Long Live the King. That’s why we’re certain that she’ll do a great job with this spinoff.
You’ll be surprised to know that growing up, Nnedi Okarafor did not read a lot of comics. However, when she did, she found herself not identifying with any of the protagonists. As a result, she ended up gravitating towards the animals and alien characters. Maybe that’s what sparked her love for writing the way she does. Now, as an author, she seeks to create characters that black people, especially kids, can relate to. This is evident in all her books. Hopefully, Nnedi Okarafor will inspire more black girls and women to take up science fiction and afrofuturistic writing and represent black culture. In the meantime, let’s wait and see how Wakanda Forever will turn out, but we can be certain that Nnedi won’t disappoint!
Winnie Gaturu is a writer, tech lover, mom, wife and student from
Nairobi, Kenya. During her free time, she loves trying out new recipes,
diy projects, filling in crossword puzzles and spending time with her
family. You can catch up with her on yourhairandbeautywrite.wordpress.com.