The Nigerian Graphic Novel ‘Malika: Warrior Queen’ is set to Become an Animated Series

Roye Okupe, the founder of YouNeek Studios, is doing his bit to reshape the African narrative by his creation of superheroes and graphic novels like E.X.O. and WindMaker. Now, one of his standout graphic novels Malika: Warrior Queen, which is set in 15th century Africa and features historical elements such as Timbuktu, The Songhay Empire, The Oyo Empire, and The Benin Empire, is about to be made into an animated series.

Malika: Warrior Queen Part One follows the exploits of Queen and military commander Malika, who struggles to keep the peace in her ever-expanding empire. According to the website, “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 grabbed the attention of one of the most feared superpowers the world has ever known: the Ming Dynasty. As Malika fights to win the clandestine war within the walls of her empire, she must now turn her attention to an indomitable and treacherous foe with plans to vanquish her entire people.”

The story takes place in the same universe (the YouNeek YouNiverse) as the E.X.O. series, roughly 500 years before the events of Lagoon City.

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