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|Nigerian Superhero In Marvel Comics by AdolfHitlerxXx: 8:36pm On May 19, 2018|
"A Marvel story. Written by a Nigerian Woman. Set in Lagos. Superhero's name: NGOZI. What a time to be alive."
Nigeria’s cultural galaxy has a new star to sit alongside Nollywood films and the Afrobeats music takeover: Marvel’s first Nigerian superheroine, Ngozi, whose story the comic book powerhouse has set in Lagos.
Ngozi — whose name means "blessing" in Nigeria's Igbo language — acquires superpowers after she encounters an extraterrestrial being known as a "symbiote." These creatures — and their most famous incarnation, Spider-Man villain Venom — will be at the heart of the upcoming Venomverse event that will span across the publisher's titles.
As part of Venomverse, Ngozi will also be rubbing shoulders with Black Panther, the titular star of one of Marvel's most anticipated movies, and supervillain the Rhino.
"Wahala ensues," Nnedi Okorafor, the Nigerian-American writer behind the comic, told BuzzFeed News, using Nigerian slang for trouble, chaos, and shit generally hitting the fan.
You might have already heard of Okorafor, an award-winning science fiction writer who grew up between the US and Nigeria. Who Fears Death, her fantasy novel set in post-apocalyptic Sudan, is currently being turned into an HBO series produced by George R.R. Martin.
Okorafor is keeping tight-lipped about the exact storyline of "Blessing in Disguise," but revealed that Ngozi is inspired by the Chibok girls kidnapped by Islamist militants Boko Haram in 2014.
"Her likeness is based on one of the Chibok girls. That was something that was important to me," she said. "I’ve wanted to write a story on the Chibok girls for a while. That’s been kicking around my head for a while. So when this opportunity came up, I was like, this is gonna be a girl who is living her normal, everyday life and then thrust into a situation where everything was normal, and then suddenly everything wasn’t. My brain just went straight to those girls."
Okorafor knew instantly where the action had to be. “A superhero narrative in Lagos practically writes itself. Lagos is so exciting. I wanted things that are set where the characters are from, and connected to that area. There’s so many stories there, so much energy.”
Nigeria's comic book scene, like others across the continent, has been booming in recent years.
And Okorafor is unfazed about smashing even more barriers as Marvel makes its entry. “I want young Nigerians to take away that all of these things are possible. That our stories are important and can be told in multiple media forms. We can have a story in Marvel that tells a story about Nigerians, by Nigerians."
"I’ve come across a lot of African artists and writers who felt they won’t be successful if they tell their own stories unless they tell it in a specific way, and I really want young creatives to get away from that."
It’s also the first time a Marvel story will be set in a real-life African country.
|Re: Nigerian Superhero In Marvel Comics by AdolfHitlerxXx: 8:41pm On May 19, 2018|
Let us showcase positives about Nigeria. It doesn't always have to be negative news
Let us work hand in hand to make Nigeria a better place.
America was not built in a day, their citizens went through dark periods, they didn't flee.
They stood, fought to make things better and never stopped believing in themselves
You hear Americans say "God bless America!" while our folks say "No be Nigeria? Na scam"
India is the Rape and Open Defecation capital of the world, but you would never see it in the Bollywood movies
Let us change our mentality and try to individually do the "right thing"
|Re: Nigerian Superhero In Marvel Comics by Nobody: 8:46pm On May 19, 2018|
Are you serious about the Price ? I don't want to call and hear different issue ooh.
|Re: Nigerian Superhero In Marvel Comics by Guykhena(m): 8:48pm On May 19, 2018|
I wish she could have been more original ,,this symbiote ish has been overplayed in the comics, the venom brand isn't all that unique anymore especially outside the spider-verse.
Want to be original? Why not work with our Nigerian gods? It would be fascinating you know with the likes of Sango,Ogun,Amadioha, et al kicking ass in the comics
|Re: Nigerian Superhero In Marvel Comics by AdolfHitlerxXx: 8:59pm On May 19, 2018|
I actually have this idea...don't want to put it out there before someone steals and refines my idea . I have been thinking about the story for years
|Re: Nigerian Superhero In Marvel Comics by stampedconcrete: 9:01pm On May 19, 2018|
Sure! That's d price for anything above 150 square metres
|Re: Nigerian Superhero In Marvel Comics by Guykhena(m): 9:08pm On May 19, 2018|
Although let's be sincere ,if the story is eventually put out there,,the reception in Nigeria would be very low,being that majority are overtly religious and wouldn't want to associate themselves with things they feel are of the side of 'darkness' and a threat to their faith. You see the issue ,though I have a way to overcome that,but I won't share it here before someone steals my idea
|Re: Nigerian Superhero In Marvel Comics by Nobody: 9:10pm On May 19, 2018|
Just msg u on watzap
|Re: Nigerian Superhero In Marvel Comics by stampedconcrete: 9:13pm On May 19, 2018|
|Re: Nigerian Superhero In Marvel Comics by AdolfHitlerxXx: 8:14am On May 20, 2018|
Nigerian kwenu, Nigerian Amaka
|Re: Nigerian Superhero In Marvel Comics by 100naira(m): 12:20pm On May 20, 2018|
Op check out oya too, she's an X-men character
|Re: Nigerian Superhero In Marvel Comics by johnyace(m): 10:20pm On May 21, 2018|
this is nice, currently working on my own super hero comic book
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