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"For Africans, Homegrown Science Fiction Can Be a Will to Power:" Watch Nnedi Okorafor's Powerful TED Talk

The celebrated writer talks about the power of African Science fiction in a recently released Ted Talk.

"What if?" Is the simple, yet innately powerful question behind celebrated Nigerian-American author, Nnedi Okorafor's unforgettable talk from this summer at TEDGlobal in Tanzania.

In a talk entitled "Sci-Fi Stories that Imagine a Future for Africa," published earlier today on TED.com, the celebrated Nigerian-American writer, opens with an excerpt from her Biniti trilogy, in which she describes the lead character going off to attend university in another galaxy. Her reading carries her into a thoughtful reflection on the significance of African science fiction, and its potency as a political tool. "Science fiction is one of the greatest and most effective forms of political writing. It's all about the question, "What if?" says Okorafor.

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Literature

​Nnedi Okorafor Just Introduced a Yoruba Character to the World of 'Star Wars' for Its 40th Anniversary

Nnedi Okorafor has penned a new short story as part of the 40th anniversary Star Wars anthology.

Nnedi Okorafor is responsible for creating some of our favorite fictional heroes, and it looks like we'll soon be able to add another to the list.

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Arts + Culture

Nnedi Okorafor Is Writing The New Digital-First 'Black Panther' Comics

Marvel has enlisted Nnedi Okorafor to pen the next series of "Black Panther' comics.

Wakandans, rejoice!

Ahead of the release of Black Panther early next year, celebrated Nigerian sci-fi author Nnedi Okorafor will pen the upcoming comic book installments Black Panther: Long Live the King. The comic will be part of an exclusive, digital-first bi-weekly series for comiXology Originals.

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