‘Iwájú’ Creators On Bringing The Afro-Futuristic Project To Life – D23 Expo
Coming to Disney+ in 2023 is Iwájú, an all-new original long-form series created in collaboration with Pan-African comic book entertainment company Kugali. At D23expo, Lee invited to the stage Kugali filmmakers Olufikayo Ziki Adeola, Hamid Ibrahim and Tolu Olowofoyeku, who introduced the setting of the series—a love letter to Lagos, Nigeria.
We had a chance to speak briefly with the Kugali filmmakers behind the project to discuss why they felt this project was so special. The team also shared what they hope people take away from the messages of the series.
Watch the interview with the Iwájú team below:
Olowofoyeku and Ibrahim described the world of “Iwájú” as a futuristic depiction—a world bursting with color, unique visual elements and technological advancements inspired by the spirit of Lagos, which is physically divided into an island and a mainland separated by both water and socio-economic status. The coming-of-age story introduces Tola, a young heiress from the wealthy island, and her best friend Kole, a self-taught tech expert and loving son from the mainland. Filmmakers shared a first look at the new series.