With a Marvel comic under her region and a novel being adapted for TV by HBO, the Nigerian-American scribe 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 world-wide) for best novella doesn’t look like much of a geek. Yes, she wears oversized glasses, but Okorafor’s specs are stylish, royal-blue Cat-Eyes , not wiry 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 have all along 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, followers 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 manager creator) Okorafor is about to go from the solitary geek reference-point for young African females to everybody’s favourite new sci-fi writer.
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