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Quote1 Nobody listens to the prayers of a monster. Quote2
Idie Okonkwo[src]


Ororo Munroe (Earth-616), Idie Okonkwo (Earth-616), and Hope Summers (Earth-616) from Uncanny X-Men Vol 1 528 0001

Storm and Hope stabilizing Idie's powers


Idie (Pronounced "Ih-Dyay") was a fourteen year-old[5] girl living with her family in Nigeria, in Delta State,[6] or in Oyo, in Oyo State, when her mutant powers manifested. She was located by the X-Men using Cerebra.[7] With the advent of her mutant abilities, Idie accidentally burned down her village and killed her family. A paramilitary group that tracked down Idie attempted to murder her, but the arrival of Hope Summers and Storm prevented the troops from harming her.[6]

The Five Lights[]

Hope Summers (Earth-616) and Idie Okonkwo (Earth-616) from Generation Hope Vol 1 1 0001

Idie and Hope speaking en route to Tokyo

Idie, with no living family left, joined Hope and the other Lights as they continued to rescue the last two Lights. First traveling with Rogue, Hope and the Lights across Europe and finally to Florida while tracking Teon.[8] Later the group traveled to Tokyo, Japan to stop Kenji's rampage. Though nervous, Idie stood with Hope in defiance of Cyclops' orders.[9]

Once the Lights arrived on Utopia, Idie quietly submitted to Doctor Nemesis' tests and to Hope's training.[10] Idie also quietly accompanied Hope and the other Light on their first mission to Berlin to find a new mutant.[11]


Wolverine took a liking to Idie and started to mentor her. She was at the Museum of Mutant History when the Hellfire Club attacked. Cyclops told her to "do what she thought was necessary". Idie decided it was necessary to stop them, and so killed them with her powers.[12][13]


After the events of Schism, Idie went with Wolverine to Westchester County[14] to attend Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.[15] Later on she left the school and joined the Hellfire Academy for the sole purpose of finding out who shot Broo.[16]

Hellfire Academy[]

While attending the Hellfire Academy, Idie caught the eye of Kade Kilgore. Kade wanted to make Idie the new Black Queen of the Hellfire Club and his girlfriend. While changing into her new Black Queen outfit, Idie asked who was the one responsible for shooting Broo. Kade replied that it was he who had shoot Broo in the head.[17] Idie then attacked Kade and attempted to escape the Hellfire Academy alongside Quentin Quire and Toad.[18]


Idie became a resident of the mutant nation of Krakoa, living at the Akademos Habitat alongside other young mutants. While showing the new developments in Krakoa to Broo, they stopped by the New Mutants' house where Broo noticed they had a King Egg, and explained to them that the Brood would go to war with them for the egg. As he was explaining the situation to them, a Brood-infested Acanti fell on Krakoa and the Brood started their attack on the island. Idie was instructed to get the younger mutants to safety by Dani Moonstar.[19] At some point she became involved with Nekra and when she killed a bunch of people for unclear reasons they were both sentenced to the Pit of Exile. There they were greeted by the pits original resident Sabretooth.[20] Sabretooth at first tried to hunt them all down in his mental world, but after Third-Eye used his powers to break the illusion he convinced Victor that they weren't the ones he wanted to hunt down, so he changed the illusion to make them all prison cellmates with Xavier and Magneto as the wardens.[21] Victor began working on a plan for them to escape the pit, for which he taught them how to channel their consciousnesses through the island so they could manifest themselves on land. He sent everyone up the surface on missions to gather allies to help in their quest, a distrustful Nekra and Oya decided to ignore his request and instead seek out their own ally, Bling!.[22]



Idie Okonkwo (Earth-616) from Generation Hope Vol 1 10 0001

Idie Okonkwo using her temperature control powers

Idie is one of post-M-Day mutant activations. Her powers include:

  • Temperature Manipulation: Idie has the ability to alter temperatures around her. However, she cannot simply create heat and cold; she can only rechannel temperature,[23][24] thus, she needs presence of heat to generate cold, and vice versa.[25] These temperature manipulation powers result in:
    • Fire Generation: Idie is capable of generating flames from thin air, not requiring the consumption of oxygen or combustible objects to maintain the flames.
    • Cold and Ice Generation: Idie is able to reduce the kinetic energy of atoms and thus reduce temperature, often used to generate ice.

That status of post-M-Day activated mutant gave her also the following characteristic:

  • Lights Bonding: The Lights were shown to be linked each other, to Hope and to the new activation's, with some low level control from Hope over them. They were also affected by the suicide of Zeeshan.[26] That situation was witnessed by Transonic and Zero,[27] and later by Kitty Pryde.[28] Also, when the Sixth Light activated, all of the Lights were able to sense it.[29]


  • Opposing Temperature Dependence: She needs fire to make ice and she needs ice to make fire.


  • Idie is Catholic,[6][27] from the Igbo people of Nigeria, but doesn't consider herself still part of her people.[27]
  • Idie is the youngest of the Five Lights. However, her exact age seemed to be a point of some confusion. In her original appearance Idie is said to only be 12 years old,[6] but just a short time later Cyclops stated she is 14 years old,[10] as well as Doctor Nemesis,[29] Transonic,[30][31] and she confirmed it herself.[5]
  • During the Hellfire Club's attack on the Mutant History Museum, she killed at least a dozen men to save herself, other mutants and civilians in the museum much to Wolverine's anger.[32]
  • Idie appeared to have lost faith in God to some degree, stating that she no longer "talks" to him, but "yells" at him.[33]


  • Idie's name is pronounced "Ih-Dyay" and not "Eye-Dee" as is commonly thought.
  • Idie's last name is likely a reference to the protagonist of Things Fall Apart Okonkwo.
  • Creators Matt Fraction and Kieron Gillen loosely based the Five Lights mutant powers on the the archetypal power-sets on the original five X-Men (with the exception of Gabriel).[34]
  • After months of cover art and promotional art depicting her hair in different styles, Idie finally changed her hair from a tight braided style into an afro in Generation Hope #8.
  • Idie's field name is labeled after Yoruba deity Oya (Pronounced "Aw-Yah") who is the Orisha of the wind and all standing water bodies.

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