Disney sets to release first Nigerian animation ‘Iwaju”

Disney sets to release first Nigerian animation ‘Iwaju”

African animation studio Kugali’s founders give a sneak peek of their upcoming Disney+ series.

“Iwaju” is an upcoming animated series that will be available on Disney+ next year. It is an exciting project because it marks the first collaboration between Disney Animation and an external studio. The studio in question is Kugali, an African animation company. The founders of Kugali were present at the D23 Expo in Anaheim to showcase what viewers can expect from this unique collaboration.

“Iwaju,” written and directed by Ziki Nelson, one of the co-founders of Kugali, takes place in a futuristic version of Lagos, Nigeria. The story revolves around two children named Tola and Kole, who come from different backgrounds within a city that is deeply divided between the privileged and the less fortunate. Their friendship faces challenges when they encounter Bode, a technologically advanced individual who uses his innovations to conceal a criminal empire ruled with a firm hand.

In the sneak preview of “Iwaju,” viewers are treated to an Afrofuturist narrative filled with vibrant colors and thrilling action. As is common in many Disney stories, there is an animal companion accompanying the characters on their journey, in this case, a robotic salamander named Otin. However, the series also delves into real-life social issues that the city of Lagos faces, particularly the growing wealth disparity among its residents. The show aims to explore and address these themes within its storytelling.

Yes, “Iwaju” is set to be released on Disney+ in 2023. Fans can look forward to experiencing the animated series and immersing themselves in the futuristic world of Lagos, Nigeria, as depicted in the show.

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