Iwaju’, an animated TV series in a futuristic Lagos, is set for release on Disney Plus on February 28.


Disney shared a teaser of the series via Instagram on Monday.

The series is jointly produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and Kugali Media, a pan-African entertainment company.

Written by Adeola Hudson and Halima Hudson, ‘Iwaju’ tells the story of Tola, a young girl from an affluent island and her close companion Kole, a self-taught tech expert.


Their friendship is tested by Bode, a tech pioneer who hides a criminal underworld he runs with an iron fist.

The voices behind the characters include Nigerian-American actors Dayo Okeniyi, Simisola Gbadamosi; and British-Nigerian actress Siji Soetan.

Other actors are Femi Branch, Bisola Aiyeola, Shaffy Bello, Kehinde Bankole, Chioma Omeruah, Tosin Oshinaike, Obi Maduegbuna, Weruche Opia, and Lala Akindoju who doubles as the casting director.


‘Iwaju’ is credited to Tolu Olowofoyeku, Hamid Ibrahim, and Fikayo Adeola, three Nigerian and Ugandan colleagues who founded Kugali Media in 2017.

The friends created the comic book collection which is set in futuristic Lagos, Nigeria’s capital city. In Yoruba, the title ‘Iwaju’ roughly translates to “the future”.

Adeolu described the animated series as a “unique fusion of tradition and futurism”.

“Crafting the narrative of ‘Iwájú’ has been a journey of creative alchemy, blending the rich cultural tapestry of Lagos with imaginative leaps into the future,” she said.


“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.”


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