Nigerian- American afrofuturist author Nnedi Okorafor has been doing the work for quite some time now. She has authored several children, young adult and adult novels, most recently concluding the widely acclaimed Binti trilogy. In 2017 it was announced that her first novel, “Who Fears Death” was picked up by HBO to become a tv series. Although she is American born, she constantly cites her Nigerian heritage and experiences visiting the country when she was a child as inspiration for her work. In short, she is amazing.
Here are five times that Nnedi Okorafor inspired us.
- When she spoke about science fiction in an African context
- When she announced her plans for Black Panther’s Dora Milaje warriors
Well, the cat's out of the bag now. 😊!! Glad I don't have to politely smile and say "Maybe" when people ask me if I'm doing more stuff with Marvel. https://t.co/q0dELEq5tg
— Nnedi Okorafor, PhD (@Nnedi) March 16, 2018
- When she gave us Binti
The #Binti Trilogy:
1 African girl leaves home.
2 African girl comes home.
3 African girl becomes home. #InterstellarTravel#Afrofuturism pic.twitter.com/LioKie6UFq
— Nnedi Okorafor, PhD (@Nnedi) May 27, 2017
- When she explained to us what food from Wakanda would taste like
- When she showed us how to stand up for ourselves on twitter
Wow, these people have even removed my NAME from my novel's cover in the tweet. Woooooooow, mschew. 😒. They don't even know details. https://t.co/HacaZKMRQi
— Nnedi Okorafor, PhD (@Nnedi) July 11, 2017
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