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Creator / Nnedi Okorafor

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"I would try to write 'realistic' fiction, and someone would fly, or there would be a black hole full of demons or a girl who attracted frogs."

Nnedi Okorafor (born Nnedimma Nkemdili Okorafor, previously known as Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, April 8, 1974) is a Nigerian-American writer of fantasy prose fiction and comic books.

Okorafor was born in the United States to two Igbo Nigerian immigrant parents. She has a doctorate in English and is a professor at Chicago State University. She is inspired by Octavia Butler, Stephen King, Philip Pullman, Tove Jansson, Hayao Miyazaki and Ngugi wa Thiong'o.

Her first novel, Zahrah the Windseeker, was published in 2005. She mainly writes Urban Fantasy books that are based on Nigerian myths and culture. She also averts most Medieval European Fantasy tropes in her novels.

Okorafor also writes comics. Her first Marvel work, Black Panther: Long Live the King, was published in 2017. She followed that series with other Black Panther-adjacent titles, namely the Dora Milaje storyline Wakanda Forever, and Shuri, featuring the titular younger sister of T'Challa.


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Prose Fiction

Marvel Comics


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