Nigeria’s animated series ‘Iwájú’ gets a release Disney date

It’s an animated series set in futuristic Lagos that explores themes of inequality and features the voices of Simisola Gbadamosi, Dayo Okeniyi, Femi Branch, Siji Soetan and Weruche Opia.

The coming-of-age story follows Tola, a young girl from the wealthy island, and her best friend, Kole, a self-taught tech expert, as they discover the secrets and dangers hidden in their different worlds and is a collaboration between Walt Disney Animation Studios and the Pan-African entertainment company Kugali.

Images from Iwaju – courtesy of Walt Disney Studios

“Crafting the narrative of ‘Iwájú’ has been a journey of creative alchemy, blending the rich cultural tapestry of Lagos with imaginative leaps into the future. Collaborating with my Kugali co-founders and the visionary artists at Walt Disney Animation Studios has been nothing short of magical. The heartbeat of my hometown resonates through every scene, and I am thrilled for the world to experience this unique fusion of tradition and futurism,” shares director Olufikayo Ziki Adeola, who created the screenplay.

Images from Iwaju – courtesy of Walt Disney Studios

The six-part series will stream exclusively on Disney+ beginning Feb. 28 and while the series debuts on Feb. 28 in the US, release timing and distribution platform for select regions, including Nigeria, will be announced shortly. 

Olufikayo Adeola

Also debuting Feb. 28 on Disney+ is “Iwájú: A Day Ahead,” a documentary special filmed across three continents that shares the story of the founders of the Pan-African entertainment company, Kugali, who made their dream a reality creating an original animation series with Walt Disney Animation Studios.

By Samantha Ofole-Prince

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