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Magazine faces backlash for Allegedly Intentionally Cropping Nnedi Okorafor’s name off her Book Cover



On Monday, Nigerian-American author Nnedi Okorafor announced that her novel “Who Fears Death” has been optioned by HBO and is in early development as a TV series.

She said that George RR Martin, author of “Game of Thrones,” is set to be the executive producer of the show.

While reporting the story, print and online magazine Vice used the headline: “George R.R. Martin is adapting an African sci-fi novel for TV”.

The photo that accompanied the headline is a collage of George RR Martin’s photo and the cover of Nnedi’s book, but her name was taken out.

The act has elicited backlash from the Writers’ community as well as other Twitter users.

One user who argued that Vice may have cropped the cover to make the photo collage fit, added that “it’s still stupid” and “crappy”.

The author of the article Lincoln Michel, who said he’s a freelancer and had no hand in the headline and title, has also apoligised for the error, adding that he has sent several messages to Vice to edit the post.


  1. Manny

    July 12, 2017 at 3:47 am

    This person said it best – they have room for only one star in their brains.

  2. Manny

    July 12, 2017 at 3:47 am

    I should have said- in their small brains

  3. ec

    July 12, 2017 at 9:10 am

    I am glad she is standing up for herself.
    Don’t let them cheat you of your work and your money.

    These white guys in Hollywood will want to take all the glory.

  4. I haff vex

    July 12, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Fellow Nigerians, we have to troll this mag on twitter worse than we did during the Nigeria-Ghana twitter fight.

    They cannot treat one of our own like this, we will not have it.

    • Cough cough

      July 12, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      You see! This is what the majority of Nigerians are only good for…trolling and finger-banging on the internet. When it comes to doing real leg work, you’ll are nowhere to be found! And you wonder why your politicians have no regard for you as citizens!

  5. LemmeRant

    July 12, 2017 at 9:52 am

    America. The forever racist two-faced community. They know how to find faults and question other people’s culture while their issues sits clearly on their face.

    How many years is it now? And racism is still a thing. But if they talk now, what you’ll hear is how they’re making the world a better place.


  6. rain

    July 12, 2017 at 10:53 am

    good thing for social media,…….atleast she can peak out

  7. Hmm

    July 12, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Did George RR Martin contact Nnedi Okoroafor from the start about using her novel for a story line or she heard it from the vice?, If not, better get legal advice or contact George yourself, before you are cropped out of a great deal.

    Do not be pushed aside Nnedi

    • Bolaji

      July 13, 2017 at 12:12 am

      Yes she optioned it. She had a deal with a Kenyan director a few years ago for the same book. All that happened here is vice mentioned that someone famous was making a tv show. The author was not considered newsworthy enough because she is not really known widely. If it was a book by Chimamanda, they will mention her name. Journalist go with what is newsworthy and harsh as it may be, Nnefi was not the “news.” Now, she is. Every cloud has a silver lining. ?

  8. nene

    July 12, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    what’s the big deal. the magazine can put up whatever they want because it’s their magazine. bella naija posts pictures and doesn’t name guests who are not the focal point of events. in this magazine, the focal point is not the author but GEORGE MARTIN. nigerians are so petty!

    • The Real Oma

      July 12, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      You are not very smart, are you?

    • blue

      July 12, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      naa, you’re really not soo bright. actually the magazine can’t just decide not to mention the authors name because its their magazine. when speaking about people’s intellectual work you should reference somehow. a proper magazine should definitely reflect the writer

  9. nene

    July 12, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    people can easily do a google search for the book and her name will obviously pop up.

    • Hazel

      July 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      You really are not SMART dang!

    • funmilola

      July 12, 2017 at 11:40 pm

      Babe, this is disappointing!

    • huh

      July 13, 2017 at 12:19 am

      nene stop it joor,

  10. Bolaji

    July 13, 2017 at 12:08 am

    It was a mention about the famous producer not the writer. Writers are precious. Nnedi get over it. It was simply not as big a deal to Vice as it is to you. BTW was the same story not announced as a film a few years back. What happened to that project?

  11. Letty

    July 13, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Americans get bent out of shape with ethnic names. They just felt her name is too much of a tongue twister shallow people. The same group of ppl that think Africa is a country

  12. Boo

    July 13, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    Nah ma’am. They mention Chimamanda all the time and all the Nigerians in the NBA. Nnedi is new to mainstream media. End of.

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