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'Hello, Rain,' Is an Afrofuturistic Short Film Based on Nnedi Okorafor's 'Hello, Moto'

The sci-fi tale of a woman who creates wigs with superpowers for her friends, is being made into a film by Nigerian director, CJ Obasi.

Nnedi Okorafor is on a roll, and we're so glad that we get to tag along for the ride.

After a tremendous 2017, in which the celebrated writer announced an upcoming HBO series based on her novel Who Fears Death, released the second novel in her Akata series Akata Warrior, penned the latest digital-first Black Panther comic, and gave an unforgettable TED Talk on the power of homegrown African sci-fi.

The writer is kicking off 2018, with some more exciting news: her novel, Hello Moto is currently being adapted into a short film, entitled Hello Rain by award-winning Nigerian filmmaker, CJ Obasi, the creator of the zombie thriller, Ojuju, which won "Best Nigerian Film" at the 2014 Africa International Film Festival.

The short, afro-futuristic tale tells the story of Rain, a woman who creates wigs for her friends which contain otherworldly powers.

Here's an excerpt from the story, via Konbini:

"We were three women. Three friends. We had goals, hopes and dreams. We had careers. Two of us had boyfriends. We owned houses. We all had love.

Then I made these wigs. I gave them to my two friends. The three of us put them on. The wigs were supposed to make things better.

But something went wrong. Like the nation we were trying to improve, we became backward. Instead of giving, we took."

Black women, magic, and fierce wigs? We're already here for it.

Watch a short teaser for the film down below.

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