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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.


The story will take place in the fictional nation of Wakanda, of course, where T'Challa is working tirelessly to fight off a new threat to his home. Plot details are limited, but it seems we won't have to wait too long to read the full story, Black Panther: Long Live the King is set to debut on ComiXology on Dec 13. Okorafor confirmed on Twitter that she will pen at least three issues, but we're keeping our fingers crossed for more.

Okorafor follows the likes of Roxane Gay and Ta-Nehisi Coates—who will still write the series' print version—to give us the next wave of, what are sure to be, a thrilling new Black Panther chapters.

Artwork for the story, was commissioned by Portuguese visual artist André Araújo.

Okorafor has had a non-stop month, she released the third book in her Akata series, Akata Warrior earlier this week.

We caught up with the award-winning novelist last month, revisit our in-depth interview with the writer, where she discusses her upcoming television series with George RR Martin and shares her thoughts on authors having mentors.

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Whoisakin Channels His Love For Anime In the New Video For ‘Magic’

The single, featuring Olayinka Ehi, comes off his latest EP Full Moon Weekends.

Nigerian singer-songwriter Whoisakin is sharing a new music video to accompany his hit summer release, "Magic".

His roots certainly show true as his Lagos inspired trap soul/R&B sounds fill us up with feelings of summer and a love made from dreams.

High off of a recent feature in Rolling Stone, Whoisakin's latest music video comes off of his debut EP Full Moon Weekends, his first release as a part of Mr Eazi's #emPawa30 project.

With all of the successes and accomplishments that have come along with it, the original story behind the song isn't as sweet, "Magic was actually inspired by a summer 2019 fling I had with some girl", the 22-year-old singer says, "Even though I thought the relationship had potential at the early stages, she never felt the same way and it was just 'vibes' for her. I mean the moments were beautiful but they never lasted. I made the record a few weeks after we were over. She got upset at me and that was it."

He went on to speak about his first release into the music industry as, "a full story about me and my relationships in 2019, basically. I was doing an internship with some construction company at the time so I had a whole lot of time to live life (especially the nightlife), experience new things. So, I felt like an animated series for the whole tape would be the best way to share the story better. Plus, I'm a big anime fan."


Check out Whoisakin's music video for "Magic" here.


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