Afronauts (Ghana: 2014)


Frances Bodomo

Cast list

Diandra Forrest, Yolonda Ross, Hoji Fortuna


Writer: Frances Bodomo

Producer: Isabella Wing-Davey

Soundtrack composed by Brian McOmber


Based on the true story of the foundation of Zambia’s National Academy of Science, Space Research, and Philosophy in the 1960s, Afronauts recounts the story of Matha, a young girl picked to be one of Zambia’s first space travelers. She is trained by Edward Makuka Nkoloso, the eccentric college professor and WWII veteran who is behind the project, who planned to set up a Christian mission on Mars but insisted that they would not force their religion on the indigenous population.


Ferrucci, Flavia. “Afronauts and Zambia's Space Program." Good Short Films 2015. Web. Accessed 19 March 2018.

Afful, Adwoa. "The Afronauts." The Awl 29 January 2016. The Awl. Accessed 19 March 2018.



Academic Articles:

Armillas-Tiseyra, M. (2016). Afronauts: On Science Fiction and the Crisis of Possibility. The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, 3(3), 273-290. doi:10.1017/pli.2016.14