With a Marvel comic under her loop and a romance being adapted for TV by HBO, the Nigerian-American novelist is flying the flag for pitch-black, female geeks
As the science fiction novelist Nnedi Okorafor takes to the stage at the TEDGlobal conference in Tanzania, she challenges stereotypes before she has said a word. The 43 -year-old writer who won the 2016 Hugo award( the Oscars of the sci-fi nature) for better novella doesn’t look like often of a geek. Yes, she wears oversized glass, but Okorafor’s specs are swank, royal-blue Cat-Eyes , not skinny aviators. And, crucially, she happens to be a pitch-black woman.
The Nigerian-American’s success has been applauded as a win by a community that have all along encouraged her on from the margins. So when she tweeted on 11 August that she was working on her first campaign with the comic publisher Marvel, devotees were stimulated. (” A Marvel story. Written by a Nigerian female. Set in Lagos. Superhero’s name: NGOZI. What a time to be alive ,” wrote one love on Twitter) And with a fiction, Who Fears Death, to be adapted for TV by HBO( George RR Martin is its executive producer) Okorafor is about to go from the solitary geek reference-point for young African women to everybody’s favourite brand-new sci-fi writer.
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