Game of Thrones might have won yet another Emmy but the star attraction–at least for us—was Nnedi Okorafor who attended the awards ceremony with George R.R. Martins, author of the A Song of Fire and Ice series on which the massive TV show is built. She came in a gown designed by Therez Fleetwood and handpainted by V Kottavei Richmond.
George R.R. Martins, who is executive producing the TV adaptation of Nnedi’s World Fantasy Award-winning 2011 novella Who Fears Death for HBO, introduced her to reporters. “Nnedi and I are working on a book together,” he began. “This is Nnedi Okorafor. She wrote an amazing book called Who Fears Death that HBO has optioned and I’m an executive producer on that. We’re developing that to be, I hope, one of the next great HBO fantasy series.” The video, on our Twitter, has since accumulated 101K views.
We have collected some of the reactions on Twitter.
Walking the red carpet at the Emmy’s with George RR Martin is an experience I won’t be forgetting anytime soon. 😎 By this time, we’d done this talk with, like, 10 media sources, lol.
The media had tunnel vision, but that’s cool. They haven’t caught up. 😏 https://t.co/oL7TR10nIR
— Nnedi Okorafor, PhD (@Nnedi) September 18, 2018
Best thing you can do with a spotlight on you is to help shine it on others. Good for George. https://t.co/3S10mLQWpv
— Emmett Booth🌹 (@PoorQuentyn) September 19, 2018
See. They learn the correct pronunciation of your name when you’re relevant.
— abla kay (@ablakay) September 19, 2018
It’s really nice to see him actively supporting another author.
— paulbiagi (@paulbiagi) September 19, 2018
So it would have been cool for the interviewer to have taken George’s cue and actually spoken to Nnedi Okorafor. Missed opportunity!
— Screen Nation Media (@ScreenNation) September 19, 2018
This is what an ally looks like 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾💗 https://t.co/yvVmiXa2Hw
— briezybaby (@briezybaby) September 19, 2018
We can’t wait for this new TV series! From Marvel to fantasy books, @Nnedi does it all!
Read the #SunnysAdventures series (Akata series in the US): https://t.co/IT6ya25EPZ
5 reasons to love Nnedi: https://t.co/IpRipLH7uI
Who Fears Death in Nigeria: https://t.co/BgXLlXY0ER https://t.co/TFR5ystVy8
— Cassava Republic (@CassavaRepublic) September 19, 2018
YEEEESSSSSSSS @Nnedi You looked amazing! So proud of you! Your future is so freaking bright! https://t.co/cKLXN2Q0EH
— Reese (@Reese04200312) September 19, 2018
I’m reading the book right now! Yay https://t.co/vtTvy0eQEl
— Shayeeee 🇳🇬 (@Shaydakisses) September 19, 2018
The kind of news I want to read everyday about Nigerians making a good name 👍👍👍 https://t.co/gUEEk8UqtK
— The Good Gurl (@PeachWise) September 19, 2018
I’m so incredibly excited for this adaptation! Inhaled this book like a drug, it’s so good. https://t.co/Pm5nmxM8Ko
— Noah Centineo’s Chin Scar (@KweenAsantewaa) September 19, 2018
🇳🇬 to the 🌍. In the midst of all the bad reportage, there are still Nigerians shinning a bright light on the country. https://t.co/00wA6foiA0
— NehNeh 😉 (@neneyv) September 19, 2018
Whilst the Sun may be a behemoth in the solar system, it’s still a microdot when compared to some other stars in the universe. We can all use a helping hand. https://t.co/sfH1Nf6NOK
— ‘Dele Abiodun (@MASKURAID) September 19, 2018
This is so exciting & well deserved. .@Nnedi is a national treasure and one of the greatest writers (of any genre) of the century. She is uncompromising in her work and her voice, and truly reaches to the true heart of human experience no matter how fantastic the setting. TY @HBO https://t.co/JT8j3BMWaR
— Game Duchess (@gameduchess) September 19, 2018
So wonderful to see Martin praising Nnedi Okorafor and pitching her new HBO series https://t.co/wzwXnWedgw
— eyebeat (@eyebeat) September 19, 2018
This is how you share spotlight and pull the talented up with you! https://t.co/PCxR1tLqGT
— Francesca Lyn (@francescalyn) September 19, 2018