United States comic book publisher, Marvel has launched the first superhero comic set in Nigeria’s commercial capital of Lagos. The work was inspired by the abduction of Chibok girls by Boko Haram insurgents in 2014.
The comic titled, “Blessing in Disguise” is the first story by Marvel to be set in an African country and features Ngozi, a super heroine fighting evil in the city of Lagos.
Created by Nnedi Okoroafor, a science fiction writer, the story was published on Wednesday as part of Marvel’s Venomverse comic with Ngozi appearing alongside ‘Black Panther’ and “Spider Man’ villiain, Venom.
According to Okoroafor, Ngozi’s character is based on one of the Chibok girls and is expected to serve as a role model for girls especially of African extraction and help create diversity in the world of super heroes.
“I had asked the artist to make Ngozi in the likes of Chibok girls. I asked her to draw Ngozi in her likeness.
“They were normal girls who suddenly had to deal with a huge challenge 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,” Okoroafor told the BBC.
Okoroafor has created over 20 short stories and novels including the award-winning, ‘Binti’ and her debut novel ‘Zabrah the Windseeker’ which won the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa.