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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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