Malika is Here: YouNeek Studio Drops Pilot of Animated Film
By Dipo Omoware
Remember the short-animated Nigerian film, Malika, we wrote about here?
After screening at select film festivals and events around the world and picking up an award along the way (Best animated Short at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards), the highly anticipated film is now available on YouTube.
The production which is completely Nigerian was written and directed by Roye Okupe of YouNeek Studios and executive produced by Niyi Akinmolayan, boss of Anthill studios.
Watch the full pilot here.
Akinmolayan told us a while back that all the animators on the project were interns in his studio who learnt on the job.
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The characters were voiced by Adesua Etomi (Queen Amina), Femi Branch (Chief Dogbari), Deyemi Okanlawon (King Bass/The Windmaker), Blossom Chukwujekwu (Abdul) and Sambasa Nzeribe (RAS).
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 and enemies begin to rise within her council. Azzaz also grabs the attention of the most feared superpower the world has ever known: the Ming Dynasty and Malika must now turn her attention to an indomitable and treacherous foe that plans to vanquish her entire people.