With a Marvel comic under her belt and a fiction being adapted for Tv by HBO, the Nigerian-American writer is flying the flag for 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 world) for best novella doesn’t look like much of a geek. Yes, she wears oversized glass, but Okorafor’s specs are trendy, 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 succes by their home communities that has long applauded her on from the margins. So when she tweeted on 11 August that she was working on her first projection with the comic publisher Marvel, fans were thrilled. (” A Marvel story. Written by a Nigerian lady. Set in Lagos. Superhero’s name: NGOZI. What a time to be alive ,” wrote one devotee on Twitter) And with a fiction, Who Fears Death, to be adapted for Tv by HBO( George RR Martin is its manager farmer) Okorafor is about to go from the solitary geek reference-point for young African ladies to everybody’s favourite new sci-fi writer.
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