Disney+ Partners with Kugali Media for Groundbreaking Animated Series ‘Iwájú’

Official flyer for first ever Pan African Nitflix animation series
Official flyer for first ever Pan African Nitflix animation series

In a historic move, Disney+ has collaborated with pan–African studio Kugali Media for a revolutionary animated series set in futuristic Lagos.

The trailer for the six-episode limited series introduces Tola and Kole navigating a divided society under gang leader Bode’s rule.

The series which is expected to premiere globally on February 28 explores themes of class and defiance. The series comes in conjunction with the release of a mobile game, “Disney: Iwájú Rising Chef,” which will be available on Android and iOS.

Kugali Media’s Olufikayo Adeola authored and co-directed the series and promises to be a captivating “love letter to Lagos and Nigeria.”

Iwájú’s cast comprises masterful Nigerian vocal talents Simisola Gbadamosi as Tola, a young girl from the wealthy island, and Siji Soetan as her best friend Kole, a self-taught tech expert.

The two explore the dangerous tapestry of a neo-futuristic Lagos filled with greed and corruption alongside voice actors Femi Branch, Dayo Okeniyi, and Weruche Opia.

The soundtrack, out March 1st, will feature African-influenced music by renowned Nigerian composer Ré Olunuga. “I rarely bring my own emotions into writing a score. In this case, it couldn’t be avoided,” Olunuga said in a press release.

“In addition to Tola’s adventurous spirit, Kole’s ingenuity, and the many other fun and beautiful emotional threads explored in Iwájú – the score is steeped in my own very deep love for Lagos and its multiplicitous layers.”

African-owned and operated, Kugali Media has been taking African stories to the world since it was founded in 2017 by Adeola, Ibrahim, and Olowofoyeku.