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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.

Interview

Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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