Jemiro: An Epic African Space Travel Fiction

Nika from Jemiro and New African comics and webtoons on the zebra comics blog

Africa holds a central and dynamic role within the Afrofuturism movement, serving as both a source of inspiration and a vibrant hub for creative expression. Rooted in the continent’s rich cultural heritage and complex history, Afrofuturism reimagines Africa’s past, present, and future through a speculative lens that merges technology, mythology, and tradition. From the visionary works of writers like Octavia Butler and Nnedi Okorafor to the innovative artistry of musicians like Sun Ra and Janelle Monáe, Africa’s influence permeates every facet of Afrofuturist storytelling. Moreover, the emergence of African comics, such as “JEMIRO” and “ANAKI,” alongside the burgeoning success of platforms like Zebra Comics which delivers New African Comics and New Webtoons from Africa, underscores the continent’s pivotal role in shaping the future of speculative fiction. As Afrofuturism continues to evolve, Africa remains at its heart, offering a boundless reservoir of creativity and imagination that propels the movement forward into uncharted realms of possibility.

In recent years, there has been a remarkable surge in the production of Afrofuturism stories, captivating audiences with their imaginative blend of science fiction and African culture. Among these groundbreaking works is “JEMIRO,” a riveting comic and webtoon that takes readers on a thrilling journey across the cosmos. As we delve into the world of “Jemiro,” it’s worth noting the rising prominence of African comics, exemplified by titles like “ANAKI,” published by Zebra Comics PLC, which has garnered widespread acclaim from fans worldwide.

1. Plot

Tai from Jemiro and African comics on the Zebra Comics Blog

“Jemiro” unfolds on the fictional planet Wongan, home to humanoid creatures facing imminent destruction from a natural calamity. With the only evacuation technology capable of saving two individuals, Tai and Nika emerge as the chosen saviors. Tasked with journeying to a new planet named Jemiro (Earth), they depart Wongan, only to encounter unforeseen complications. Wongan miraculously survives, leading to the arrest of its ruler, Deaconess Tomaino, accused of orchestrating the crisis. Meanwhile, Tai and Nika find themselves stranded on Earth one million years in the past. Confronted by primitive beings and a deadly pandemic, their survival hangs in the balance.

2. Setting

The setting of “Jemiro” encompasses two distinct worlds: Wongan and Earth during the time of Pangaea. Wongan is a technologically advanced realm characterized by vast hills, traversed by sophisticated cable cars due to the lack of traditional land roads. The planet’s culture mirrors contemporary Africa, albeit unified under a single ruling entity, the Deaconess or Deacon, appointed by the Kwifor council. Conversely, Earth during the Pangaea era features a single supercontinent, where primitive societies engage in hunting, fishing, and agriculture. Ruled by three kings known as “The Order,” Earth’s inhabitants are devout worshippers of “The Image,” a deity revealed in a flash of lightning.

Cabral and flying Gorilla from Jemiro and new African comics on the zebra comics blog

3. Characterization

Key characters in “Jemiro” contribute to its rich narrative tapestry. Tai, a gifted magnetball player from a humble background, aspires to uplift his family from poverty. Nika, an introverted medical student, reluctantly joins Tai on their mission to save their race. Deaconess Tomaino, Wongan’s ruler, sacrifices everything for her people but faces imprisonment and death. Cabral, a knowledgeable miner, holds crucial information about Wongan’s salvation. On Earth, Bram mistakes Tai and Nika for divine beings, believing they can cure his ailing son.

4. Themes

“JEMIRO” explores a myriad of profound themes, each woven intricately into its captivating narrative. Love permeates the story through Deaconess Tomaino’s unwavering devotion to her people, showcasing the depths of selflessness and compassion. Sacrifice takes center stage as Tai and Nika embark on a perilous journey to a new planet, risking their lives to ensure the survival of their race. Power dynamics unfold through the struggles between the Kwifor council and the ruling Deaconess, highlighting the quest for dominance and control. War looms ominously as Cabral clashes with the Kwifor, revealing the brutal consequences of political ambition. Spirituality resonates through the fervent worship of THE IMAGE, illuminating the profound connection between faith and existence. Survival instincts drive the inhabitants of Wongan, underscoring the primal instinct to endure against all odds. Through these themes, “JEMIRO” transcends the realms of science fiction, offering a poignant reflection on the complexities of human nature and the enduring quest for meaning amidst the vast expanse of the cosmos.

Bram from Jemiro and New African comics on the zebra comics blog


“Jemiro” derives its name from the Amharic word “Jemiri,” meaning “Beginnings,” signifying the start of an extraordinary odyssey. As readers embark on this epic saga, they’re promised an array of compelling themes—love, sacrifice, identity, religion, spirituality, power, survival, and war. With its action-packed narrative and captivating characters, “Jemiro” captivates audiences with each twist and turn. Free episodes of this enthralling tale are available for readers to explore on the Zebra Comics app and website, offering a glimpse into a world where the boundaries of imagination are boundless. Explore the depths of “Jemiro” and prepare to embark on an unforgettable adventure across the cosmos.

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