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The forthcoming Black Panther movie, starring Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan, has generated a world of hype. To sustain the hype ahead of the film’s February 2018 release, Marvel announced two new comic-book miniseries: the first, written by Nnedi Okorafor, is Black Panther: Long Live The King, which saw its first issue released last December. The story is set in the fiction country of Wakanda, a technologically advanced African country, which Nnedi has now said is “close to” Turkana County in Kenya.

This is what she wrote on Facebook:

I wrote most of the first Issue of Black Panther: Long Live the King late at night in my room in Tanzania when I was at the TED Global Conference. I imagined that I was close to Wakanda (To me, Wakanda’s location is close to Turkana County in Kenya), heh. I also wrote some of it while at the HP Lovecraft Conference in Rhode Island, NecronomiCon Providence.

If you read it, you can see the effects of both places. 😉

Illustrated by Andre Araujo and colored by Criss O’Halloran, AV Club has called Black Panther: Long Live The King “a thrilling blend of sci-fi and superhero elements with an ambitious, highly skilled creative team,” writing that Nnedi’s work “is phenomenal, and her script gives readers an expansive, immersive perspective of the city and its people while allowing the art team to carry the majority of the storytelling.”

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017), for which he was shortlisted. His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. His conversations appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (October 2016), focuses on Nigerian cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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