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The Anime-Inspired 'Adorned by Chi' Story is Being Developed for Film, Animation, Comics and More

Nigerian creator, Jacque Aye, has signed a deal with MWM Universe.

Jacque Aye is the creator of Adorned by Chi, an anime-inspired story that borrows various elements from Nigerian Igbo culture and folklore. Aye has recently signed a deal with entertainment and media company MWM Universe which will see Adorned by Chi being developed into comic books, literature, film, television, animation and merchandise.


Adorned by Chi was reportedly inspired by the Japanese Magical Girl genre and aims to contribute stories of specifically African girlhood. The story follows Adaeze, a young and introverted Nigerian student who possesses goddess-like powers. She then needs to use her superpowers to lead a team of young warriors whose collective mission is to prevent an apocalyptic monster from destroying all of humanity.

In a statement released by MWM Universe's Morgan Kruger and Diana Williams, the pair said that, "Jacque Aye's fresh and nerdy approach to expanding manga and celebrating diversity is more important than ever." They added that, "Her ability to weave a story and characters that resonate with both women and men in the shifting anime genre is impressive."

Speaking about her recent deal with MWM Universe, Aye says that:

"I set out to create Adorned by Chi because I wanted to see myself, a young Nigerian-American woman, reflected in the genre I and many others enjoyed so much growing up. It's been a joy crafting this world and I look forward to expanding my vision with the help of MWM in not only the current merchandise but animation, comics and more!"

Aye will attend the New York Comic Con in a few days on October 5th.

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Adekunle Gold Teases Upcoming Album With New Single "Mercy"

The Nigerian afropop crooner has fans sitting in anticipation for his new album, due out February 4.

Afropop favorite Adekunle Gold is back on our minds with the announcement that his upcoming album Catch Me If You Can is out in a week! The Nigerian superstar has already teased fans with tracks "High" featuring Davido, "Sinner" featuring American singer Lucky Daye, and now shares his latest "Mercy."

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The 5 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Spinall x Adekunle Gold, Ibibio Sound Machine, Turunesh and more

Every week, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Madelyn Bonilla On Being The AfroLatina Representation Her Younger Self Needed

Bonilla, the founder of online community Brown Narrativ, spoke with us about how her experiences as an AfroLatina woman in NYC’s Bronx led her to write and direct her debut film, Pajón.

Madelyn Bonilla is dedicated to being the person she needed when she was growing up.

The former forensic science researcher-turned-advertising guru was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and raised in the Bronx, New York - or, “where Hip-Hop was bred”, as the 36-year-old puts it. Growing up in a typically Latinx family, community, and neighborhood, Bonilla knew that there was so much more of herself to discover, as her interests in Black culture shaped a lot of her life. It wasn’t until her early 20s that she started to allow herself to explore her identity as an AfroLatina woman. The first to do so in her family, Bonilla faced – and still faces – scrutiny and shaming from the Latinx community at large, but also from her own loved ones. Comments like, “Your hair looks messy” or, “Your hair’s not combed” when Bonilla first began rocking her natural curls truly mirrored the thoughts and opinions of those around her, too. Her experiences as an AfroLatina woman are the experiences so many face, as they try to get to the root of their own roots.

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The Fugees' Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria Cancelled

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