Links this week: Nnedi Okorafor news, Black Americans and DACA, Zambian road costs, and more

While we didn’t have a new episode this week, we do have some links to things we found interesting in the news:

  • There is a new Marvel comic book coming out that is the first set in a real African country — Nigeria — featuring an African superhero. Ngozi, the superhero in Nnedi Okorafor’s “Blessing in Disguise,” is based on the Chibok girls.
  • Also in Nnedi Okorafor (@Nnedi) news, HBO has officially announced former Editor-in-Chief of The Source Selwyn Seyfu Hinds (@SelwynHinds) will be the writer adapting her book, Who Fears Death
  • Featured in Episode 16, Dr. Candis Watts Smith (@ProfCandis) has a piece in The Monkey Cage today about what ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) means for Black Americans. The post draws from her book, Black Mosaic: The Politics of Pan-Ethnic Diversity.
  • Economist Grieve Chelwa (@gchelwa) uses data to evaluate the proposed cost of a new road project in Zambia connecting the capital Lusaka to the third largest city Ndola, which is the commercial capital of the Copperbelt Province. Is the project overpriced? Read his post and find out!
  • Finally, a South African graduate student fights off robbers from taking the hard drive that had the only copy of her thesis. She has since said it isn’t worth risking one’s life to save a thesis — and we don’t recommend you follow her example (even though she was successful). Still, I loved this description of what happened:


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