“Okoye to the People” by Ibi Zubwe

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There is no denying that Okoye (played by Danny Gurira in the MCU) is a fan favorite. The leader of Dora Milaje, her extreme loyalty and unwavering protection for Wakanda and its king are her hallmarks. She’s so intense that it’s hard to imagine her as anything other than the terrifying captain of Dora Milaje. But everyone starts somewhere. Ebi Zoboy Show us where Okoye started in her novel Okoye to the people.

[Warning: My review of Okoye to the People contains some spoilers!]

Okoye’s first mission outside Wakanda

in Okoye to the people, is a young woman, Dora Milaji. She recently joined their ranks and is still very new to all that is involved. Then you receive a special mission. She will accompany the King and her captain to New York City on a diplomatic tour.

This mission represents a major change for Okoye. She will dress up in fancy clothes, attend glamorous parties, and hide her true identity because the outside world knows nothing of what Wakanda really is like. They hide all their techniques for fear of invasion. And although bodyguards are expected and accepted by other nations, the exact degree and nature of Dora Milaje’s abilities are hidden.

Okoye is having great difficulty with this. She doesn’t want to hide her identity and feels out of place when she’s trying to have a short conversation when she feels she should be guarding her own. Seeing Okoye’s apparent distress, he told King T’Chaka and Captain Aneka Okoye to take some time for herself. Instead of relaxing as they wanted, she goes to visit a small neighborhood in Brooklyn known as Brownsville.

A neighborhood in New York needs

At Okoye’s first party with King T’Chaka, she meets Lucinda Tate. Lucinda is a member of the Brooklyn District Council known as Brownsville. Brownsville is in trouble. A drug seizes the young men there, causing fires and burning the neighborhood around them.

Lucinda tries hard to save the neighborhood and opens a new community center. Wakandans invites to the grand opening ceremony and after some pressure from Okoye, they attend.

Okoye to the people

However, they are the only ones outside of Brownsville who attend the ceremony. Mrs. Tate appears to be upset about this, but the citizens of Brownsville are more than that. They attacked Lucinda and the Wakandans. Okoye and Captain Aneka rush to get the king away from the angry crowd but when they leave Brownsville, Okoye can’t help but look back and wonder.

grow ing doubt and fears in Okoye to the people

As the diplomatic journey continues, Okoye can’t stop thinking about Brownsville and the children she saw there. She also distrusts Stella Adams, the leader of No Nation Left Behind (NNLB). NNLB is the organization that invited King T’Chaka to New York City and has been his entertainment all week. They claim to be a charity that wants to help poor countries progress and become like America, but Okoye feels something with leaving no nation behind.

Her anxiety and troubling intuition kept bringing her back to Brownsville. The more she visited, the more convinced she was that Wakanda must help the people in this forgotten neighborhood. But King T’Chaka and Captain Aneka disagree and order Okoye to stop going to Brownsville and focus on why they are coming to New York.

Despite the captain’s and King’s warnings, Okoye can’t stay away from Brownsville or shake off her suspicions about Stella Adams and the NNLB. Then she began to see that perhaps they were related in some way and Okoye became more convinced that something had to be done, perhaps even if it meant disobeying her king.

A (slightly) different side of Okoye

Okoye is one of the most dangerous characters in the Marvel universe. She has a job and is dedicated to it like no other. This kind of deep personality trait will always be present, so little Okoye is still a very serious person, but she is also a little girl.

She’s less dedicated and more likely to be joking. Especially with her best friend, IU. The situation with Brownsville and NNLB really tests their loyalty. She desperately wants to help them but has also sworn to obey her king. It really creates a fierce battle within Okoye about right and wrong and who gets to decide which one.

Okoye also has this chip on her shoulder that teens have. She resents having to wear different clothes and act casually with strangers during her first trip out of Wakanda. Okoye sees it as a betrayal of her and her country if she is not 100% recognized and acknowledged at all times.

I read this as a necessity for external validation. We all share this need but teens really tend to rely on other people’s validation to build their identity, and that’s how I saw Okoye. If other people don’t know it’s Dora Milaje, is she really still part of that amazing group? By the end of the book, she begins to see that she is always Dora Milaje and always Wakandan no matter what other people think. It is something that is done from the inside, not the outside.

A different kind of Marvel story

Okoye to the people It’s a different kind of Marvel tale. Instead of telling the story of people with superpowers who fight enemies with more superpowers, Ebi Zoboy It tells the story of ordinary people fighting against ordinary enemies. The enemy’s only superpower is money and influence. Don’t misunderstand, these are powerful tools and they are used very effectively zoboy Storyline, they just aren’t your usual Marvel fare.

Okoye and Captain Aneka use their fighting abilities quite a bit, and the Black Panther has a great role, but the real superpower that Okoye uses is leadership. She shows the young people of Brownsville how to come together and lead resistance demonstrations.

In some ways, this is very inspiring because for the average person who might encounter similar issues, this is a lesson they can actually use. No one suddenly will have the powers of Thor or become a Hulk, but anyone can organize a protest or start a grassroots campaign for changes in the neighborhood or town. zoboy It shows how ordinary people can become heroes, even in the Marvel universe.

Slow start but solid end to Okoye to the people

Okoye is younger but still a bit stiff and formal. This pulls the beginning of the book down a bit. As she gets more excited about Brownsville and NNLB, her emotions start to surface and the story flows better. Despite the slow start, it’s an intriguing look at a fan favorite that’s often overlooked by the bigger stories it shares.

I loved seeing her find her feet as a warrior. Watching her learn how to balance thinking for herself and the following commands was very relatable. Seeing her have the strength to fight for what she believes in, even in the face of her own, was amazing. Anyone who loves Okoye or Dora Milaje will love Ebi Zoboy The young man faced Okoye.

My rating: 8/10

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