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‘Iwájú’: Disney+ Premieres Nigeria’s Groundbreaking Animated Series

Disney+ is set to premiere “Iwájú,” a Nigeria-based animated series hailed as the first of its kind. The series, a collaboration between Disney Animation and Kugali Media, promises to be a game-changer in the world of animation, offering a fresh and exciting perspective on futuristic storytelling rooted in African culture.

In an interview with CNN, Ibrahim expressed profound satisfaction in Disney’s decision to feature their show, deeming it as unequivocal evidence of success. Adeola, speaking at the world premiere in Lagos, expressed her aspiration for viewers to not only experience an authentic rendition of Lagos but also revel in the futuristic sci-fi escapade.

'Iwájú': Disney+ Premieres Nigeria's Groundbreaking Animated Series

The Story of “Iwájú”:

“Iwájú,” which means “the future” in the Yoruba language, is more than just a title—it’s a reflection of the series’ core theme. Ibrahim emphasizes the importance of portraying the multifaceted reality of Lagos, steering clear of simplistic dichotomies of good versus bad. Through nuanced depictions, they endeavor to familiarize audiences with the intricacies of the culture, gradually normalizing and appreciating its richness.

The story follows the journey of a group of gifted individuals who must navigate the challenges of this evolving society while preserving their heritage.

'Iwájú': Disney+ Premieres Nigeria's Groundbreaking Animated Series

Simisola Gbadamosi, who voices Tola in the animated series “Iwájú,” attends the world premiere in Lagos, Nigeria.

Kugali co-founders Olufikayo “Ziki” Adeola (left), Hamid Ibrahim (middle), and Tolu Olowofoyeku (right) attend a screening of “Iwájú: in Lagos, Nigeria Simisola Gbadamosi, who voices Tola in the animated series “Iwájú,” attends the world premiere in Lagos, Nigeria

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A Celebration of African Creativity:

“Iwájú” celebrates African creativity, drawing inspiration from various African cultures in its storytelling and animation style. The series showcases the richness and diversity of the continent, with an authentic voice cast bringing the characters to life. As audiences immerse themselves in the world of “Iwájú,” Ibrahim envisions the show resonating with viewers of all ages, instilling resilience and perseverance, particularly in younger audiences.

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A Platform for African Voices:

It represents a significant step forward in Disney’s efforts to amplify African voices. By partnering with Kugali Media, Disney provides a platform for African creators to share their stories with a global audience.


The Impact of “Iwájú”:

The premiere of “Iwájú” on Disney+ marks a milestone in the world of animation, showcasing the talent and creativity of African animators and storytellers. It opens the door for more diverse and inclusive content in the industry, bridging cultures and inspiring audiences worldwide.

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“Iwájú” is a testament to the growing influence of African storytelling in the global entertainment landscape. With its captivating story, stunning animation, and commitment to authenticity, the series is poised to capture the hearts and minds of viewers worldwide. As it takes its place on the Disney+ platform, it heralds a new era of African animation, inviting audiences to embark on a journey to the future unlike any other.

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