Award-winning fantasy and science fiction writer, Nnedi Okorafor's writing is unique, and that is something we can all agree on. It seems that she just won't let up, as she continues her winning streak with her short story, Hello, Moto being turned into a short film by CJ Obasi called Hello, Rain.
The success of her work speaks for itself, from her book, Who Fears Death getting turned into a series by HBO to writing a three-part comic for Marvel's Black Panther. In her stories, she blends science fiction with Nigerian cultural heritage, while shattering stereotypes about Africans and women.
Hello, Moto follows this closely as it tells the tale of a woman who discovers that she can merge witchcraft and technology when she creates wigs for her friends that gives them super powers. Here is an excerpt of the short story:
"We were three women. Three friends. We had goals, hopes and dreams. We had careers. Two of us had boyfriends. We owned houses. We all had love.
Then I made these wigs. I gave them to my two friends. The three of us put them on. The wigs were supposed to make things better.
But something went wrong. Like the nation we were trying to improve, we became backward. Instead of giving, we took."
Hello, Rain is an adaptation of this short story, and is also the next project for filmmaker CJ Obasi who is best known for directing the horror movie, OJUJU and also gangster thriller, O-Town. The filmhouse recently released a teaser for this film and it already looks exciting!
If the book is anything to go by then we're really in for a treat! We're excited to see how well they adapt the short story, but until then, here's a short teaser: