Marvel Launches First Nigerian Superhero Comic

 Marvel Launches First Nigerian Superhero Comic

The US comic book publisher, Marvel has launched it's first super hero comic set in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial and entertainment capital.

The comic titled 'Blessing in Disguise' features Ngozi, who is a super heroine fighting evil in Lagos. The comic was inspired by the kidnapping of the Chibok school girls in 2014.
This is the first story to be set in an African country by Marvel.

The award-winning Nigeria-American writer Nnedi Okorafor created the "Blessing in Disguise" comic. The published story is part of Marvel's Venomverse comic with Ngozi appearing alongside Black Panther and Spider-Man villain Venom.

The science fiction writer said that;  Ngozi is a character based on one of the Chibok girls and is expected to serve as a role model for girls.

“I had asked the artist to make Ngozi in the likes of one of Chibok girls … I asked her to draw Ngozi in her likeness,” Okorafor told BBC.

“They were normal girls who suddenly had to deal with a huge change in their lives … and their story of perseverance is so powerful. Like many Nigerian girls, Ngozi comes in a small package but is strong-willed and determined.”

Nnedi Okorafor has created over 20 novels and short stories including award-winning Binti and her debut novel Zahrah The Windseeker which won the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa award.

Okorafor said her dream is to see the Ngozi character create diversity in the world of superheroes which will inspire the creation of more African comic book characters.


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