A Nigerian-born professor of creative writing and literature, Nnedi Okorafor, has been contracted by Marvel Comics to write a book on ‘Shuri’; a character in Black Panther.
Shuri is the younger sister of the lead character, T’Challa, in the Hollywood blockbuster, ‘Black Panther.’
44-year-old Nnedi who had earlier written ‘Black Panther: Long Live the King and Wakanda Forever’, would have the comic launched in October by Marvel.
Sharing the news via her Twitter handle – @Nnedi, she wrote “Announcement: I am writing Shuri. Black Panther’s sister is getting her own comic book series and it is happening so so soon.”
“Marvel has given Shuri (sister of T’Challa) her own comic series…and I [Nnedi Okorafor] am writing it. Yup! 🤓!! Shuri is an African young woman of genius level intelligence who is obsessed with technology and has traveled spiritually so far into the past that she’s seen Wakanda before it was Wakanda. The Ancestors call her “Ancient Future”. And she’s super ambitious. What do I love about her? Alllll that /and more. #wakandaforever 🙅🏾♀️ #nnediokorafor #marvel,” the tweet showed.
Marvel Comics had earlier disclosed on its official website the plan about the standalone text. It stated that: “SHURI will bring a domestic conflict to the princess’s table”.
“While she is the most at home in her lab, working to keep her country at the forefront of science and technology, Wakanda is missing its leader. Without T’Challa around, Shuri will have to decide if she will forego her own passions in order to stand up for her nation,” the statement added.
Marvel further indicated that the Nigerian-American writer would write the series with art from Leonardo Romero.
Acclaimed as an Afrofuturist writer, Nnedi’s works have often been multi-layered stories focused on women and girls; with inspirations drawn from her Nigerian roots.
Nnedi who won the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa in 2008 has written fascinating texts; the most acclaimed being a novel entitled ‘Who Fears Death.’ The work has received numerous award nominations and a World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.
The writer had announced in July 2017 via Twitter that the novel “Who Fears Death” was picked by HBO to become a TV series; with George R.R. Martin as an executive producer.
Her works are usually fantasies and science fictions with children and adults as audience. Some of her works include: Akata Witch (2011); Binti (2015); The Book of Phoenix (2015), Akata Warrior (2017)