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Nigerian Graphic Novel, ‘Malika’ to be made into Animated Series

By Nkem Egenuka on Tue, 11/09/2018 - 20:59

Malika- Warrior Queen is based on real African history, showcasing a diversity of rich culture and tradition. Set in 15th Century Africa, it features actual African states like Oyo, Nri, and Benin Kingdoms; Songhai Empire and Timbuktu and the Kingdom of Kongo.

Malika is the Queen and military commander of Azzaz. She is faced with diverse challenges as she struggles to keep the peace in her ever-expanding empire.


Synopsis for "Malika: Warrior Queen"

Set in fifteenth-century West Africa, Malika: Warrior Queen follows the exploits of Queen and military commander, Malika, who struggles to keep the peace in her ever-expanding empire.

Growing up as a prodigy, Malika inherited the crown from her father in the most unusual of circumstances, splitting the Kingdom of Azzaz in half. After years of civil war, Malika was able to unite all of Azzaz, expanding it into one of the largest empires in all of West Africa.

But expansion would not come without its costs. Enemies begin to rise within her council, and Azzaz grabs the attention of the most feared superpower the world has ever known: the Ming Dynasty.

As Malika fights to win the clandestine civil war within the walls of her empire, she must now turn her attention to an indomitable and treacherous foe that plans to vanquish her entire people.


The Nigerian film industry is evolving to incorporate art forms like animation, and the latest Nigerian-made animated series in the works is "Malika: Warrior Queen," an adaptation of an award-winning graphic novel series, Malika & E.X.O., by Roye Okupe.


About the Author

Roye Okupe is a creative specialist Born in Lagos, Nigeria. He obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Computer Science from The George Washington University. His passion for animation led him to establish YouNeek Studios in 2012.  Roye has written, produced and directed several animated productions including, 2D/3D animated short films, TV commercials, show openers, music videos and much more.

“I always thought it’d be cool to create superhero and fantasy characters that were inspired by my culture. It’s so surreal that I actually get to do it for a living now. Malika is heavily inspired by a real African queen who existed in the 16th Century; she was called Queen Amina of Zazzau”…

“My mission is to put Africa on the map when it comes to telling superhero stories, be it animated or through superhero comics and graphic novels” he said.











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