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The Final Issue of Nnedi Okorafor's Dora Milaje Spin-Off Is Here

The author gives the scoop of what to expect in the third installment of "WAKANDA FOREVER" in an interview with Marvel.

The Dora Milaje's storyline gets even more intense in the third and final installment of WAKANDA FOREVER, penned by Nnedi Okorafor.

For the past two issues, we've seen Nakia, former member of the badass, all women army, go on a rampage as the super villain Malice. Okoye, Ayo and Aneka have had to explore the ancient secrets of the Dora to stop her.

In a new Marvel interview, Okorafor talks further about AVENGERS: WAKANDA FOREVER #1, which was illustrated by artist Oleg Okunev, with cover art by Yasmine Putri and the second cover by Venesa Del Rey.

"The Dora Milaje have come to Brooklyn in pursuit of Nakia (AKA Malice) who has stolen a very powerful Wakandan weapon that is also a deep Dora Milaje secret," Okorafor says to Marvel. "Because we're in New York, several Super Heroes show up to help (including Storm, T'Challa, Rogue, and Nightcrawler), but only the Dora Milaje truly understand what's going on—but now the Wakandan weapon that Nakia stole, called a Mimic-27, has gotten free of even Nakia's control."


Okorafor also notes that she wanted to expand on the Dora Milaje beyond what they're known for—to show that underneath the perceived perfection and strength, they are also just as human.

"I was quietly exploring the themes of cultural secrecy and what happens when those secrets are exposed to the West, the theme of forgiveness, and the evolution of culture," she continues in the interview.

Read the full conversation here, and search for where you can grab a copy here.

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You Need to Watch C Natty's New Music Video For 'Ojah'

Video Premiere: Check out the striking first release from Mr Eazi's #emPawa30.

C Natty arrives in style with his new single "Ojah."

The track, which is the first release from Mr Eazi's new group of #emPawa30 artists, sees the Nigerian artist delivering a highly-infectious and grooving concoction over jazz-leaning afrobeats produced by Killertunes.

The new music video for "Ojah," which we're premiering here today, is equally as stunning and follows the story of someone who doesn't take others' advice. C Natty told us the following about the DK of Priorgold Pictures-directed video:

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South African Hip-Hop Producers Tweezy and Gemini Major Set for Instagram Live Beat Battle

Two of South Africa's hip-hop super producers Tweezy and Gemini Major will face-off in upcoming Instagram live beat battle.

After Instagram live beat battles such as Swizz Beatz versus Timbaland and Mannie Fresh versus Scott Storch amid the lockdown to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, it was only a matter of time until the hip-hop community across the world followed suit.

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Spotlight: Adekunle Adeleke Creates Digital Surrealist Paintings That Celebrate African Beauty

Get familiar with the work of Nigerian visual artist Adekunle Adeleke.

In our 'Spotlight' series, we highlight the work of photographers, visual artists, multimedia artists and more who are producing vibrant, original work. In our latest piece, we spotlight Adekunle Adeleke, a Nigerian visual artist, using digital mediums to paint dream-like portraits of Africans. Read more about the inspirations behind his work below, and check out some of his stunning paintings underneath. Be sure to keep up with the artist on Instagram and Facebook.

Can you tell us more about your background and when you first started painting?

I am a self taught artist. I started drawing from when I was really young. I mostly used graphite pencils and paper. But about six years ago, I think it was 2014, I wanted to start getting into color. I was a university student at the time and I lived in a hostel with three other people, so I couldn't go traditional so [instead], I started making paintings digitally, first on my iPad and then on my laptop with a Wacom. I have been painting ever since.

What would you say are the central themes in your work?

I personally think my work celebrates beauty (African beauty to be precise) and occasionally absurd things. I really just want to make paintings that are beautiful.

How do you decide who or what you're going to paint?
I do not have an exact process. I do use a lot of references though. Sometimes, I had an idea of how exactly the painting would look, others I just make it up as i go along.

Can you talk about a particular moment or turning point in your life that made you want to pursue art or a creative path?

I am not sure–I did not actively pursue art in a sense. I was just doing it because it was fun and I wanted to. Then people all of a sudden wanted to put me on projects and offer to pay for my hobby. I have thankfully been able to make art and also work in a separate field—which I also enjoy–by day.

"Canary" by Adekunle Adeleke

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"Hibiscus" by Adekunle Adeleke

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"Chinua Achebe" by Adekunle Adeleke

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"Noir" by Adekunle Adeleke

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"Goldi Locks" by Adekunle Adeleke

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"Wax" by Adekunle Adeleke

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"Nest" by Adekunle Adeleke

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