Ghanaian Engineer, Farida Bedwei, creates the first Superhero with Cerebral Palsy
Farida Bedwei, a Ghanian software engineer, writer and disability rights advocates creates the first Superhero comic with Cerebral palsy, Karmzah. It was launched on October 6, 2018.
The new comic, Karmzah was written by Farida Bedwei and published by Let Arts. Karmzah follows Morowa, a Ghanaian archaeologist who gets transformed into the titular superheroine after she accidentally releases an entrapped medicine man from a clay jar her colleagues brought back from a dig in Mali.
Farida Bedwei was born on April 6, 1979 in Lagos, Nigeria. At 10 days old Farida developed cerebral palsy from Rhesus incompatibility of her parents. Farida hence was home schooled by her mother until she turned 12. Her family moved to Ghana when she was 9 years old.
Growing up, Farida loved reading about superheroes, but she noticed that there were none with her condition, so she created Karmzah, the first Superhero with Cerebral Palsy.
This is such a bold step from Farida Bedwei. The comic doesn’t only embrace human differences, it also has Afrofuturist theme. It is indeed a great development.