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In case you have not heard, Nigeria has produced its first ever Animated series titled “Malika the Warrior queen”
It’s based on a true story of Queen Amina’s rule in the 15th century and the mystery surrounding her powers. The series takes us back to ancient west African empires when Kings and queens came to power through military conquest and inheritance
The real queen Amina who actually existed centuries ago was not just ruler of five kingdoms she was fighter and warrior. Malika the warrior queen attempts a remake into her glorious life- Watch the trailer
How the movie was made –
Roye Okupe CEO of YouNeek Studios’ . He creates stories and comics inspired by African history and culture.
Ace movie Director Niyi Akimolayan (The wedding party 2 and chief Daddy) reached out to him to create an animated series with some of his comic books. initially unsure of how Nigerians would receive it, they started with a short trailer.
The movie trailer was well received, generated a lot of excitement. they finally decided to create a short animated series. 15 minutes per episode.
There was no major budget, they raised funds for the film through “Kick-starter” a crowdfunding sites that helps creatives generate funds for movies, music and related projects.
It costs about 60,000 dollars and eight months to produce one episode of 15 minutes
According to the Executive producer Niyi Akinmolayan speaking to info FM 99.3, the animation was 100% done by Nigerians who had no formal training-They taught themselves mostly through the internet
Episode one aired three weeks ago for free on YOUTUBE
It looks very good right…
The series was voiced by Adesua Etomi, one of Nollywood’s biggest stars, Femi Adesua and Blossom Chukwujekwu also featured in the movie as voice actors.
Beyond Nollywood, the series has also raised eyebrows, snagging the award for best animated short at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards in July. It was also recently screened at African international film Festival