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You may have heard about this promising new action film coming out of London later this year. Oya: Rise of the Orishas is writer and director Nosa Igbinedion‘s unique resurrection of mythical deities from African folklore, known as Orishas, into modern day superheroes in Britain. Sounds fascinating right? Here’s the synopsis:

For centuries the doorway between the world of the Orishas and our world has remained closed, until now. Our hero, Ade, is one of the few people with a connection to one of the gods, Oya. She has been tasked with the job of protecting the innocent and that means keeping the door to the gods shut. If the doorway to the gods is opened, they will wreak chaos upon us as retribution for our abandonment of them. To keep the door shut, she must find ‘the key’, a young girl with the potential to open the doorway, and keep her safe.
The adventure unfolds with a host of memorable characters and a string of unexpected twists, Ade, goes in search of the key, battling against those who wish to open portal and unleashing a horde of forgotten gods and goddesses into the world, with powers and skills beyond our comprehensive and supernatural gifts which will change the course of history for mankind, forever.

The crowd-funding campaign for “Oya: Rise of the Orishas” begins today, Thursday February 28th. Check out the website to find out how you can get involved in this nuanced exploration of African folklore with a modern spin. Follow the film on twitter @Oyamovie

Comments

  • http://cathleenbailey.blogspot.com Ala Ofun

    Orisa are not obscure. They are with us today. I hope that your images of them transition from the European facial features featured on this video. Good luck.

    • Anonymous

      Yes this is an important comment. The representations of the Orisa as depicted here are quite anglicized and very problematic.

    • DeuceDude

      agreed, with the comment. should be as real as possible, so coming from the culture with real backing is important and lends to the believability. Imagine the oldschool Shaka Zulu series animated, crossed with some nutso anime-ish story lines.

  • http://bit.ly/oyaorisha Nosa Igbinedion

    Thank-you Okay Africa for the post!! In response to the above post from Ala Ofun, we will be releasing some more detailed conceptual art of the Orisha very soon. These will be closer to the look of the characters of the people in the actual film.

  • John

    I want work of this film,i’m a shango son ,,,,can i help You???

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  • Daughter of Oya

    It is truly time to see films that depict Orisha. I am a child of Oya from the United States. I ask that you represent Oya well.

  • Rizzy

    I’m a proud child of Oya and it kind of saddens me that she looks European. That is NOT an accurate depiction of her nor is it of the other Orishas. I just wish that if ppl want to tell our awesome story, not HIS-story, to show some respect of those who walk in this life and to the ancestors, elders, and orishas themselves by showing their AFRICAN features because there is no way they were European. Lastly I want to say that it’s very important we have more positivity and truth in our media about our culture and lineage without having to water it down by placing European characters into the roles of Africans. THAT IS NOT THE TRUTH. Other than that I applaud your efforts. I wish you luck and hopefully you will accurately depict the orishas.