Johannesburg – One of South Africa’s best-selling authors, Mohale Mashigo, joined other top creative minds from across the entertainment industry to celebrate Black Heroes Month Marvel last week.
Mashigo is one of seven creators who wrote an action-packed story for Marvel Voices: Legacy #1, a collection of short stories to celebrate Black History Month.
Mashigo said of her participation in the project: “… it was my younger brother who introduced me to Marvel, DC and the world of superheroes. The process is very different because I sort of take my time when I write novels or short stories and it’s very much a lonely process. I don’t have anyone to kind of say this is the idea, what do you think of it right up until editing.
“With Marvel, it’s very interesting because with this project they basically said which character you would like to work with which is something that doesn’t happen often.”
The book is loaded with star quality.
Award-winning screenwriter John Ridley kicks off things in Marvel Voices with a poignant look at the impact of Miles Morales. Singer/songwriter Saint Bodhi shared her take on Storm in an emotional story grounded in tragedy and acceptance. Author Tochi Onyebuchi (Beasts Made of Night and War Girls) came in with his take on Domino.
On the other hand, writer Stephanie Williams highlights family in a Monica Rambeau story; while colleague Danny Lore explores Blade’s legacy, Eisner Award-winning writer Nnedi Okorafor explains the importance of heroes in a Venom story.
Mohale Mashigo – born Kgomotso Carol Mashigo and also known as “Black Porcelain – is an award-winning singer-songwriter, novelist, and former radio presenter.
Her first novel, The Yearning, won the 2017 University of Johannesburg Prize for South African Debut Writing and was considered for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award.