Award-winning Nigerian comic writer Nnedi Okorafor has been commissioned by Marvel Comics to write a series for Black Panther character, Shuri.
The character, who gained global acceptance and a fan base after the release of the Hollywood blockbuster, is the younger sister of Black Panther T’Challa.
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💥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 #shuri
The role was played in live action by British actress Letitia Wright while T’Challa, also known as Black Panther was portrayed by American actor Chadwick Boseman.
Okorafor, who had earlier written ‘Black Panther: Long Live the King and Wakanda Forever’, shared the news on her Twitter handle on Tuesday.
She wrote @Nnedi: “Announcement: I am writing Shuri. Black Panther’s sister is getting her own comic book series and it is happening so so soon.”
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Here is the illustration for the first issue of Shuri (written by me [Nnedi Okorafor], art by Leo Romero). I love it soooooo much! The cover artist for this is Sam Spratt. He did the album cover for Janelle Monae’s Electric Lady. 😃!!! #shuri #nnediokorafor #wakandaforever #marvel
Her tweet confirmed the news already shared by Marvel Comics on their official website where they wrote: “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.”
Speaking further on the upcoming series, Okorafor told Bustle (A US magazine): “Shuri is an African young woman of genius level intelligence.
“She is obsessed with technology and has travelled 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? All that and more.”
Marvel further stated that Okorafor, who is an acclaimed Afrofuturist writer, will write the series with art from Leonardo Romero.
Okorafor’s works are usually multi layered stories centred around women and girls; drawing inspiration from her Nigerian roots.
Her first adult novel, “Who Fears Death”, won the 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.
It was a 2011 Tiptree Honor Book and was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award.
She also won the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa.
In July 2017, Okorafor announced via Twitter that “Who Fears Death” was picked by HBO to become a TV series.
Novelist and ‘Game of Thrones’ producer, George R.R. Martin, is on the project as an executive producer.
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