Marvel's new super heroine 'Ngozi' is Nigerian, inspired by Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram
Ngozi is Marvel's first African super heroine, whose story is inspired from real life and is based out of an African country Photograph: (Twitter)
Marking a new phase in the world of fictional superheroes and heroines, Marvel Comics is out with a character called Ngozi based on a real-life example.
Ngozi is a teenage superheroine inspired by Nigeria's kidnapped Chibok girls who fight evil in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city.
The character appeared in the title "Blessing in Disguise" which will be the American company's first story to be set in the real-life African country, Nigeria's commercial capital to be exact and will feature a Nigerian super heroine.
Ngozi, the super heroine gets her inspiration from the 2014 abduction of more than 200 school girls from Chibok in northeast Nigeria by the militant group Boko Haram. It was only last month that all girls returned to safety and underwent psychological and medical treatment before they could reunite with family.
It features a girl named Ngozi (a name that mens Blessing), the Venom Symbiote, Black Panther, and the Rhino. Wahala ensues.— Nnedi Okorafor, PhD (@Nnedi) August 11, 2017
Speaking to Thomson Reuters Foundation, Nnedi Okorafor, an award-winning Nigeria-American writer said, "It was an important decision for me to base Ngozi on one of the Chibok girls."
The high profile abduction got worldwide attention and champions for the cause of the girl's release spoke strongly against the militant group.
Marvel's author hopes that the teenager superheroine will resonate with girls across the country and that they will draw inspiration from her.
She added, "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.”
A preview page of my 8 -page short, "Blessing in Disguise". pic.twitter.com/CN49zqRKyq— Nnedi Okorafor, PhD (@Nnedi) September 6, 2017
Ngozi's character featured in a short story as part of Marvel's “Venomverse” comic. It was published on Wednesday and saw Ngozi appear alongside well-established Marvel characters from Venom to the Black Panther.
The comic author also spoke about the need for diversity in super heroines with a mix of all cultures. She said, “I‘m a huge Wonder Woman fan, but we can really push it further when it comes to diversity. I‘m not just talking about race and sexual orientation, but about having a range of personalities with different desires, dreams, and flaws. I don’t only want to see badass female characters, I want to see much less predictable ones.”
The news of a super heroine from Africa has triggered excitement among comic lovers with many taking to Twitter:
Looks like it's time to move beyond Wonder Woman, Ngozi is the new heroine to watch out for!