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The Official Trailer for 'Malika: Warrior Queen' Is Here

Malika surely means business in the clip that sets the scene for YouNeek Studios' newest animated pilot.

After much anticipation, the new trailer for Malika: Warrior Queen, starring Nollywood's own Adesua Etomi, is finally here.

In the trailer, we already see the Warrior Queen fearlessly stand up to defend her people against enemies who have set their sights on seizing her expanding empire of Azzaz. Facing threats of invasion by foreign cultures, Malika now has to decide how to fight a war both inside her kingdom and outside of it.

"War is coming," she declares.

Malika: Warrior Queen was executive produced by Niyi Akinmolayan of Anthill Studios. The series has been three years in the making, with a two-part comic series already available for reading; and even more so in line with YouNeek Studios' mission to create stories inspired by African history, culture and mythology.

Joining Etomi in the cast are Femi Branch, voicing Chief Dogbari, Deyemi Okanlowon, voicing the WindMaker and King Bass, Blossom Chukwujekwu as Abdul and Sambassa Nzeribe, voicing General Ras.

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Interview: Adesua Etomi Is Set To Star in YouNeek Studios' Animated Pilot for 'Malika: Warrior Queen'

We catch up with YouNeek Studios founder and writer of the series, Roye Okupe, for an exclusive rundown on how the animated series came to be.

For the past three years, we've been following the developments behind Malika—the pre-colonial superhero queen coming out of Roye Okupe's YouNeek Universe. After the two-part comic books surrounding her story have been published, Okupe's YouNeek Studios is set to encompass the saga through a long-awaited animated pilot.

Nollywood's very own Adesua Etomi is also set to voice Malika in the animation—Okupe tells OkayAfrica in an exclusive interview.

Revisit the synopsis of Malika: Warrior Queen below:

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 attentions to an indomitable and treacherous foe with plans to vanquish her entire people.

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The animated pilot, executive produced by Niyi Akinmolayan of Anthill Studios, has been developed into a short that runs just under 15 minutes featuring three scenes. There are five speaking roles featuring Etomi, Femi Branch, from the old guard of Nollywood who voices Chief Dogbari, Deyemi Okanlowon, who you've seen in Nigerian TV series and films voicing the WindMaker and King Bass, Blossom Chukwujekwu as Abdul and Sambassa Nzeribe voicing General Ras.

YouNeek Studios has been building out a universe of superhero and fantasy characters—YouNeek Youniverse—that's inspired by African history, culture and mythology. Over the last 3 to 4 years, the hub has been able to do so through 10 books consisting of six graphic novels, three on-shot comics and one art book. Everything in the YouNeek Youniverse is connected and has roots in the continent—and we'll soon see it all come to life once again in the animated pilot.

We caught up with Okupe, who wrote, directed and produced the pilot, for a proper catch-up on the growth of YouNeek Studios, tapping Adesua Etomi to take on the lead role and more.

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Watch the Official Trailer for Netflix Animated Comedy Starring Tiffany Haddish, 'Tuca & Bertie'

Catch the 30-something bird women duo get into some shenanigans in their technicolor animal world.

Netflix has dropped the official trailer for Tuca & Bertie—the streaming platform's new animated comedy from the makers of BoJack Horseman starring Tiffany Haddish, Deadline reports.

Haddish voices Tuca—a confident and care-free toucan who navigates being 30-something with her best friend and building mate, Bertie—an anxious songbird voiced by comedian Ali Wong.

In the trailer, you'll catch Tuca and Bertie's infectious dynamic as they navigate their day-to-day challenges as bird women. The duo also seems to get into some shenanigans in their technicolor animal world.

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'Mama K's Team 4' Is the First Netflix Animated Original To Come Out of Africa

"I hope to introduce the world to four strong African girls who save the day in their own fun and crazy way," creator Malenga Mulendema says.

Netflix has announced its first animated original series from Africa—Mama K's Team 4.

Created by Zambian writer Malenga Mulendema, the series follows four teen girls living in the neo-futuristic African city of Lusaka, Zambia, where they get recruited by a retired secret agent who still strives to save the world. The series' illustrator is Cameroon's own Malcolm Wope, who was inspired by 90s R&B; and hip hop girl groups.

Mama K's Team 4 is yet another addition to Netflix's growing slate of original animated programming designed for kids and families everywhere.

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