Disney Channel to air the animated series IWájë

Apr 25, 2024 | Entertainment | 0 comments

IWájú, an original animated series set in a futuristic Lagos, Nigeria, made its official debut on DStv, Disney Channel (Channel 303), and GOtv Channel 92 on Monday.

The captivating coming-of-age narrative follows Tola, a young girl from a privileged island, and her best friend, Kole, a self-taught tech expert, as they uncover the secrets and perils hidden in their contrasting worlds.

The miniseries, filled with imaginative visual elements and technological advancements inspired by the essence of Lagos, takes viewers on a captivating journey.

With a stellar cast that includes Simisola Gbadamosi, Dayo Okeniyi, Femi Branch, Siji Soetan, Bisola Aiyeola, and Weruche Opia, IWájú represents a groundbreaking collaboration with Pan-African entertainment company Kugali Media.

Written and directed by Olufikayo “Ziki” Adeola, with Hamid Ibrahim as the production designer and Tolu Olowofoyeku as the cultural consultant, the series promises a unique blend of creativity and African storytelling.

Before its premiere, IWájú was initially slated for release on Disney+ for global audiences, inaccessible to viewers in Nigeria due to the platform’s unavailability. However, the animation is now accessible on Disney Channel via DStv and GOtv, granting Nigerian audiences the opportunity to enjoy it.

Episode 1

The inaugural episode introduces Tola Martins, a 10-year-old girl accustomed to a life of luxury. Living in a mansion with automated servants, Tola finds herself confined indoors by her overprotective father, Tunde.

As tensions rise within the household, with Tunde engrossed in his work and Tola yearning for his attention, viewers are treated to a visually stunning portrayal of futuristic Lagos. Despite its advanced technology, the city’s essence remains authentically Nigerian.

From robot drones replacing traditional street vendors to the bustling urban landscape, the episode captures the vibrant spirit of Lagos in a futuristic setting.

Additionally, the episode celebrates Nigerian culture through its diverse use of languages, including Pidgin and Yoruba, adding depth to the narrative.

Episode 2

The second episode delves into the dynamics of class difference, focusing on the contrasting lives of Bode, a villainous character, and Kole, a humble gardener working for the Martins.

As Bode schemes to exploit Kole’s access to Tunde’s life for personal gain, viewers are drawn deeper into the complexities of the characters’ relationships. With suspense and intrigue building, the episode sets the stage for an exhilarating adventure ahead.

Overall, IWájú offers a fresh and relatable perspective, making it a compelling watch for audiences seeking innovative storytelling and immersive visuals. With each episode promising new twists and turns, the series keeps viewers eagerly anticipating the next instalment.

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