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Nnedi Okorafor’s 'Who Fears Death' Is Being Made Into an HBO Series

The fantasy writer's 2010 novel will be adapted into a television series for HBO, executive produced by George R.R. Martin of Game of Thrones.

DIASPORA—Nigerian-American science-fiction writer, Nnedi Okorafor's 2010 novel, Who Fears Death has been acquired by HBO and will be adapted into a television series, reports Brittle Paper.


The will be executive produced by George R.R. Martin—the co-executive producer of Game of Thrones and author of A Song of Fire and Ice, the original fantasy series on which the show is based.

"This did not happen overnight. It’s been four years coming," wrote Okorafor in a Facebook post earlier today.

Who Fears Death takes place in a post-apocalyptic Sudan, home to Onyesonwu, an ostracized, multiracial child born with special powers, given to her as a result of the circumstances of her birth. She is born to a victim of rape and, thus, expected to live a troubling life by those in her community. The story follows her journey as she discovers the length of her magical  abilities and finds that a powerful entity is looking to kill her.

Okorafor is one of the writers leading the way in African science-fiction, earlier this year, she called out racism in the literary world after revealing that publishers once tried to whitewash her book cover.  In March, we listed her as one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women.

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John Boyega Stars In the New Trailer for 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'

The actor reprises his role as Finn for the final installment of the Skywalker trilogy.

This past weekend, Disney released the trailer for the latest film in the Star Wars franchise, The Rise of Skywalker at The D23 Expo.

John Boyega has reprised his role as Finn for the film, and has previously hinted that this may be his final appearance in the franchise, telling MTV News that he "honestly thinks" he won't be playing the role again during an interview in April.

READ: John Boyega Tells The Story of How He Landed His Role In 'Star Wars' In This Animated Video

Here's the film's official description:

The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more as Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron's journey continues. With the power and knowledge of generations behind them, the final battle commences.

The Rise of Skywalker is the ninth series in the saga, and the last film in the most recent trilogy, as Screen Rant notes.

While the new trailer shows plenty of throwback footage, it also includes never before seen shots of characters like Finn, Poe, Chewbacca and C-3PO and Reywho looks like she's taken a dark turn in the upcoming film.

Director J.J. Abrams has returned to direct the film. The film also stars Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Naomi Ackie, Mark Hamill, Oscar Issac and more.

The upcoming installment hits theaters December 20. Check out the trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker below.

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Cameroonian Author Imbolo Mbue's Next Novel Has Been Picked Up by Penguin Random House

The second novel from the mind behind "Behold the Dreamers" is set to tell another poignant, but relatable story on the African experience.

The second novel from Cameroon's own Imbolo Mbue is in the works, Brittle Paper reports.

How Beautiful We Were, the novel's current title, has been acquired by Penguin Random House for its North American rights. The publisher says the book is "a story told through multiple perspectives about what happens when an African village decides to fight back against an American oil company that is destroying their land."

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Michael Kiwanuka Pays Homage to the Black Liberation Movements of the '60s In New Video 'Hero'

The artist's latest single references some of his personal heroes including Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, Tupac Shakur and more.

British-Ugandan soul singer Michael Kiwanuka drops another single ahead of the release of his forthcoming album, KIWANUKA.

In "Hero" the singer pays homage to the Black Power and Civil Rights movements of the 1960s and 70s. The music video, directed by CC Wade references several Black leaders and some of the artist's personal heroes including Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, Martin Luther King Jr., Sam Cooke, Tupac Shakur, Marvin Gaye and more. It also depicts the FBI's often illegal efforts to stop Black movements and other anti-establishment groups through its Counterintelligence Program, as noted in Rolling Stone.

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Listen to Bongeziwe Mabandla’s New Single ‘Jikeleza’

Bongeziwe Mabandla shares new optimistic single.

"Jikeleza" is South African folk musician Bongeziwe Mabandla's latest single. The song, which is sung in IsiXhosa like most of the man's work, speaks on love giving us life.

"It is about our universal need to connect," says Bongeziwe in a press release. "It is about the togetherness in people and about the things that bind us and make us the same."

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