Nnedi Okorafor, Nigerian award winning comic writer has been contracted to write a standalone book for ” Shuri “, a Black Panther character in the iconic movie by Marvel Comics.
” Shuri ” is the younger sister of the lead character T’Challa in the movie, who is obsessed with technology and this character gained acceptance and fan base after the release of the blockbuster movie.
British actress Letitia Wright played ” Shuri ” in live action while T’Challa was played by American actor Chadwick Boseman.
Okafor shared this 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.”
Her tweet was a confirmation to that already shared by Marvel Comics on their official website.
“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,” Marvel wrote.
Okorafor who had earlier written “Black Panther: Long Live the King and Wakanda Forever” will write the new series with art from Leonardo Romero.
This is what she told Bustle magazine while speaking further on the on coming series,“Shuri is an African young woman of genius level intelligence”
“She 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? All that and more,” Okorafor said.
Okorafor is an aclaimed Afrofuturist writer and her works are normally multi layered stories centered around girls and women; with inspiration drawn from her Nigerian roots.
“Who Fears Death” her first adult novel won the 2011 Fantasy Award for Best Novel. It was also nominated for 2010 Nebula Award.
Her Novel “Who Fears Death” was also picked by HBO to become a TV series in July 2017.
She won the Wole Soyinka prize for Literature in Africa