Marvel Launches First Nigerian Superhero Comic
Marvel, the US comic book publisher has launched it’s first super hero comic set in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial and entertainment capital.
The comic was inspired by the kidnapping of the Chibok school girls in 2014.
The comic titled ‘Blessing in Disguise’ features Ngozi, who is a super heroine fighting evil in Lagos. This is the first story to be set in an African country by Marvel.
Blessing in Disguise is created by award-winning Nigeria-American writer Nnedi Okorafor. The published story is part of Marvel’s Venomverse comic with Ngozi appearing alongside Black Panther and Spider-Man villain Venom.
Ngozi is a character based on one of the Chibok girls and is expected to serve as a role model for girls, said the science fiction writer.
“I had asked the artist to make Ngozi in the likes of one of Chibok girls … I asked her to draw Ngozi in her likeness,” Okorafor told BBC.
“They were normal girls who suddenly had to deal with a huge change in their lives … and their story of perseverance is so powerful. Like many Nigerian girls, Ngozi comes in a small package but is strong-willed and determined.”
Nnedi Okorafor has created over 20 novels and short stories including award-winning Binti and her debut novel Zahrah The Windseeker which won the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa award.
Okorafor said her dream is to see the Ngozi character create diversity in the world of superheroes which will inspire the creation of more African comic book characters.