With a Marvel comic under her loop and a fiction being adapted for TV by HBO, the Nigerian-American columnist 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 nature) for best novella doesn’t look like much of a geek. Yes, she wears oversized glasses, but Okorafor’s specs are classy, royal-blue Cat-Eyes , not sinewy aviators. And, crucially, she happens to be a black woman.
The Nigerian-American’s success has been applauded as a win by their home communities that have all along applauded her on from the margins. So when she tweeted on 11 August that she was working on her first assignment 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 fan on Twitter) And with a tale, Who Fears Death, to be adapted for TV by HBO( George RR Martin is its manager make) Okorafor is about to go from the lonely geek reference-point for young African ladies to everybody’s favourite brand-new sci-fi writer.
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