American-born Nigerian and multiple award-winning author, Nnedi Okorafor, recently announced her latest project. And it’s one to be very excited about, so no wonder everyone is actually excited.
Quiet evidently, on April 16th 2019, Okorafor took to Facebook to share the name of her new production company in a post. The name of the production house is “Africanfuturism Productions, Inc”. The production enterprise will focus exclusively on television projects that portray Africa’s future as one that is a perfect combination of advanced technology and African cultures.
Details about her new company are not yet available, but it’s no doubt that the author, known for her Africanfuturist works, is a fitting person to lead such a company.
Now, just a bit of background on Afrofuturism:
“Afrofuturism is a cultural aesthetic, philosophy of science, and philosophy of history that explores the developing intersection of African Diaspora culture with technology. It was coined by Mark Dery in 1993 and explored in the late 1990s through conversations led by Alondra Nelson. Afrofuturism addresses themes and concerns of the African diaspora through techno-culture and science fiction, encompassing a range of media and artists with a shared interest in envisioning black futures that stem from Afrodiasporic experiences.”Wiki
If you think this is not an exciting project, that’s fine, but also try to remember all the buzz that came with movies like “Black Panther” and maybe you will have a rethink. Okorafor has several other television projects in the works as well. In 2017 is was announced that her celebrated novel Who Fears Death is being adapted into an HBO series with Game of Thrones creator George RR Martin. She is also working alongside Viola Davis and Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu, to adapt Octavia Butler’s Wild Seed into a television series under Amazon.
The author earned to Hugo Prize nominations earlier this month for Best Novella for her work Binti: The Night Masquerade as well as for Best Graphic Story for Black Panther: Long Live the King.
So far, it seems Okorafor is quite dedicated to this project and if it breaks through, it could definitely change the media perception about Africans and Africa for years to come.