Courtesy of Mohale Mashigo.

Mohale Mashigo's Electric Afro-Futuristic Offering, Intruders, Centers the Story of the Nobody

Mohale Mashigo on telling stories about the 'insignificant people' and learning to navigate mental illness without shame.

Born-and-raised in Soweto, Mohale Mashigo comes from a family of storytellers but never really thought she would write, let alone about Black people, until she read the works of Tsitsi Dangarembga and Zakes Mda. Like so many Black kids, she didn't know that a writer was something she could be. Mohale has since gone on to produce bestsellers including The Yearning and Beyond the River and even a comic book called Kwezi. Her most recent work, Intruders, is a brilliant body of speculative fiction, a genre that is still overlooked in South Africa. It includes stories of a mermaid in Soweto, a woman who kills a man with her high heeled shoes, werewolves falling in love with vampires and even an apocalypse. Mohale is the recent winner of the Vodacom Journalist of the Year 2018 award in the category of multiplatform.

We caught up with her to speak about Intruders, being a writer and navigating mental illness in a way that makes her feel supported and still able to celebrate her victories.

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5 African Superheroes You Need To Know

After you watch Black Panther in 'Captain America: Civil War' consider checking out these amazing African superheroes.

Detail from Marvel Entertainment's Black Panther No. 1, drawn by Brian Stelfreeze.
The world got its first taste of an African superhero in a big budget Hollywood blockbuster this weekend with Chadwick Boseman playing T’Challa/Black Panther. Captain America: Civil War was a brief albeit memorable introduction to the Wakanda king and protector. In 2018 we’ll get a standalone Black Panther movie starring Boseman and directed by Creed’s Ryan Coogler. A Black Panther comic book series reboot is also in the works from the pen of Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Most don’t realize that Storm aka Ororo Munroe from the X-Men and occasionally Fantastic Four and Avengers series hails from royal Kenyan lineage. At one point in the Marvel comics she and Black Panther get married, making her queen consort of Wakanda for a brief time.

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