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Exploring A Futuristic Lagos, Nigeria In ‘Iwájú’

MEET TOLA – Set in futuristic Lagos, Nigeria, “Iwájú” is a coming-of-age story from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pan-African entertainment company Kugali. Tola (voice of Simisola Gbadamosi) is a curious and opinionated girl who’s eager to learn more about the world around her. Kugali filmmakers Olufikayo Ziki Adeola, Hamid Ibrahim and Toluwalakin Olowofoyeku take viewers on a unique journey into the world of “Iwájú,” bursting with unique visual elements and technological advancements inspired by the spirit of Lagos. Produced by Disney Animation’s Christina Chen, and written by Adeola and Halima Hudson, “Iwájú” streams exclusively on Disney+ Feb. 28, 2024, in a six-episode event. (Photo courtesy DisneyPlus)
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Ever wondered what a futuristic Lagos, Nigeria might look like?

“Iwájú,” a new animation series produced by Pan-African entertainment company Kugali, is debuting on DisneyPlus at the end of February.

The story follows Tola, a young girl from a wealthy island, and her best friend Kole, a self-taught tech expert, as they discover the secrets and dangers hidden in their different worlds. Kugali filmmakers — including director Olufikayo Ziki Adeola, production designer Hamid Ibrahim and cultural consultant Toluwalakin Olowofoyeku — show the world of “Iwájú,” bursting with unique visual elements and technological advancements inspired by the spirit of Lagos.

“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,” Adeola says.

The series is produced by Disney Animation’s Christina Chen with a screenplay by Adeola and Halima Hudson. “Iwájú” features the voices of Simisola Gbadamosi, Dayo Okeniyi, Femi Branch, Siji Soetan and Weruche Opia.

Additionally, a behind-the-scenes documentary on the series is slated for release the same day, which details how the show was made.

Check out the trailer below.

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