Youneek Studios’ New Animated Series Pays Homage To African Mythology

Nigerian prodco Youneek Studios has signed a 10-book deal with Dark Horse Comics to develop an animated series with heroes based on African mythology.

The studio’s parent company, Youneek, was founded by Roye Okupe, who also created the graphic novels the series will be based on. The first instalment, Iyanu: Child of Wonder, features a young black female lead and draws on Nigerian history.

Youneek has obtained venture funding from Impact X Capital. Doug Schwalbe, formerly senior VP of coproductions at DreamWorks, is on board as executive producer and will oversee distribution.

Forefront Media Group and Triggerfish Animation will work with Youneek on the project.

Roye Okupe said: “Our mission has always been to empower African creatives and storytelling. We’ve done it successfully in the comic book industry and with Impact X Capital we’re excited at the opportunity to do it in the animation space.”

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