Nigerian award winning comic writer Nnedi Okorafor has been commissioned by Marvel Comics to write a standalone book for Black Panther character â€˜Shuriâ€™.
Shuri, who gained global acceptance and fan base after the release of the block buster â€˜Black Pantherâ€™, is the younger sister of lead character Tâ€™Challa.
The role was played in live action by British actress Letitia Wright while Tâ€™Challa, also known as Black Panther was portrayed by American actor Chadwick Boseman.
Okorafor, who had earlier written â€˜Black Panther: Long Live the King and Wakanda Foreverâ€™, shared the news on her Twitter handleÂ on Tuesday.
She wrote @Nnedi: â€œAnnouncement: I am writing Shuri. Black Pantherâ€™s sister is getting her own comic book series and it is happening so so soon.â€
Her tweet confirmed the news already shared by Marvel Comics on their official website where they wrote: â€œSHURI will bring a domestic conflict to the princessâ€™s table.
â€œWhile she is the most at home in her lab, working to keep her country at the forefront of science and technology, Wakanda is missing its leader.
â€œWithout Tâ€™Challa around, Shuri will have to decide if she will forego her own passions in order to stand up for her nation.â€
Speaking further on the upcoming series, Okorafor told Bustle (A US magazine): â€œShuri is an African young woman of genius level intelligence.
â€œShe is obsessed with technology and has travelled spiritually so far into the past that sheâ€™s seen Wakanda before it was Wakanda.
â€œThe Ancestors call her Ancient Future. And sheâ€™s super ambitious. What do I love about her? All that and more.â€
Marvel further stated that Okorafor, who is an acclaimed Afrofuturist writer, will write the series with art from Leonardo Romero.
Okoraforâ€™s works are usually multi layered stories centred around women and girls; drawing inspiration from her Nigerian roots.
Her first adult novel, â€Who Fears Deathâ€, won the 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.
It was a 2011 Tiptree Honor Book and was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award.
She also won the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa.
In July 2017, Okorafor announced via Twitter that â€Who Fears Deathâ€ was picked by HBO to become a TV series.
Novelist and â€˜Game of Thronesâ€™ producer, George R.R. Martin, is on the project as an executive producer.(NAN)