Iwájú: Disney’s Afro-Futuristic Series Expands African Cartoon Potential

Disney+ released their 6-episode mini-series Iwájú, a Nigerian futuristic coming-of-age animation.

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Iwájú: Disney's Afro-Futuristic Series Expands African Cartoon Potential
Disney+ and Kugali's Iwájú

Taking place in a futuristic Lagos, Nigeria, Iwájú is a coming-of-age Disney+ original animated series that was released on Wednesday, February 28. This sci-fi adventure follows Tola and her best friend, Kole, as they explore the dangers of new worlds with their robotic lizard sidekick, Otin. 

The series is fully released with 6-episodes that run 25 minutes each. The story was developed with Walt Disney Animation Studios in collaboration with Pan-African comic book company Kugali.

Disney+ and Kugali’s Iwájú

Disney and Kugali wanted to bring their viewers on a fascinating journey with “unique visual elements and technological advancements inspired by the spirit of Lagos.” The original screenplay was written by Adeola and Halima Hudson, produced by Disney Animation’s Christina Chen, and directed by Olufikayo Ziki Adeola.

The animation features vocal performances from Simisola Gbadamosi, Dayo Okeniyi, Femi Branch, Siji Soetan, and Weruche Opia. This Nigerian-centered animation creates new possibilities and expectations for African stories being depicted by established entertainment companies. 

IWÁJÚ, Disney+ and Kugali’s Afro-futuristic Mini-Series

Princess McKey

Princess McKey, a dynamic film and content creator from Howard University's School of Communications, specializes in Television and Film. Experienced in independent student films, both behind and in front of the camera, I am deeply committed to the art of storytelling, ensuring active involvement from conception to completion of productions

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