Indie Comics in the Spotlight: New Africa Comics – founded in Cambridge by scientist Osarenkhoe Ogbeide

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New Africa Comics is a relatively new independent comics publisher, founded by self-confessed comic addict Osarenkhoe Ogbeide, by day a PhD student at the Cambridge Graphene Centre, who’s working on developing the next generation of gas sensors using 2D materials, such as graphene.

Creating comics based on African mythology, culture and people, their first comic, Shango, written by Marcus Giwa, drawn by Sanni M Jonathan, was released in 2021 in collection, with more projects in the works, including a YouTube radio channel.

Shango was long ago elevated to the Orishas after a glorious career as 4th King and warrior hero of the Yoruba. Now he bangs the drum for his people.

You can read a black and white version the first chapter of this new exciting story exploring African mythology for free via the New Africa Comics website. A colour version is available through AmazonUK.

Issues Two and Three are available digitally from the New Africa Comics web site.

“It’s been fascinating looking into mythology from both my own ancestry and other ancestries,” said Osarenkhoe Ogbeide in a 2020 interview for Cambridge Life with Charisma Goodyear. “There is such a rich culture and a wealth of stories that have never been told in this way before.

Osarenkhoe Ogbeide, founder of New Africa Comics, in 2020. Image via Churchill College
Osarenkhoe Ogbeide, founder of New Africa Comics, in 2020. Image via Churchill College

“The comics also serve a deeper purpose,” the scientist, who eventually hopes to open his own world-leading lab in Nigeria or another African nation, continues.

“My aim is for them to be a vehicle for tackling tough social-political issues that affect our community, from government corruption on the African continent to colourism – all while entertaining the reader with amazing art and commentary of course!”

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