For the first time ever, Disney Animation Studios is teaming up with Pan-African entertainment company, Kugali and its founders Tolu Olowofoyeku, Ziki Nelson and Hamid Ibrahim, for a new sci-fi series “Iwájú“, coming to Disney+ in 2022.
“Iwájú”, which translates to “The Future” in the Yoruba language, is set in Lagos and steeped in science-fiction, explores deep themes of class, innocence and challenging the status quo, Deadline reports.
In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, Disney Animation and Pan-African entertainment company Kugali will team up to create an all-new, science fiction series coming to #DisneyPlus in 2022: Iwájú. Check out a first look at visual development art from the series. pic.twitter.com/9iuWFDr61T
— Disney Animation (@DisneyAnimation) December 11, 2020
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ chief creative officer, Jennifer Lee said she saw an article, from the BBC, that highlighted the pan-African comic book hoping to “kick Disney’s arse”.
According to Deadline, she said:
I was intrigue. Here was three talented comic book artists. Their dream was to bring African stories created by African artist to the world, highlighting the diversity of cultures, histories and voices across the continent. Their talents as storytellers blew us away. I’m proud to announce the first of its kind collaboration to bring original long for series to Disney+.