Hollywood actress Lupita Nyong’o has teamed up with Kukua, a multidisciplinary media and technology startup, to launch a new superhero project dubbed “Super Sema.”
The project, which will be a Youtube Original series and is set to be launched on March 8, will see the Black Panther actress introduce the first kid’s superhero animated series in Africa.
Super Sema, which will be voiced by Stacy Wanjiru who has appeared in movies such as Super Modo, Lusala and has been a voice-over actor for Sema educational programs, is about a young African girl who uses her powers to protect her home from a dangerous robotic villain.
Guess who joined us to produce Super Sema? The talented & my role model @Lupita_Nyongo'o joined our fantastic team. She embodies all that Super Sema represents and there4 it's a dream come true for us. Check out this Friday to hear Lupita's voice alongside my voice. Can't wait🥰 pic.twitter.com/qkvcT3V4Zt
— Stycie Waweru (@StycieWaweru) March 4, 2021
The animated series was written by Claudia Lloyd (Charlie & Lola, Mr. Bean, Tinga Tinga Tales) and directed by Lynne Southerland (Mulan II, Cinderella and the Secret Prince), the first African-American woman to helm a Disney project.
“We’re super excited to announce that the extraordinary Lupita Nyong’o joined us to produce ‘Super Sema’! Our new YouTube Originals series is Africa’s first kid superhero animated series,” read a statement on Kukua’s social media.
“I share Kukua’s goal to empower children through inspiring stories that feature characters in which the children see themselves reflected.
“I am delighted to be a part of this talented, female-led team of purposeful creators. As a Kenyan, I couldn’t be prouder of Super Sema’s introduction to the world and the opportunities Kukua provides for our local creative community to produce entertainment that reflects our culture.”
Kukua was started in 2015 and Nyong’o is part of the shareholders. Its mission is to empower kids and let them dream of the impossible. Lupita will voice a special guest character in the series and will be the voice of the official trailer.
“This mission brought to life Super Sema, a young African girl who uses creativity, determination and steam powers to change the world,” Kukua said in a statement.
The announcement comes just weeks after Nyong’o revealed that she’s working on an animated series with Netflix that is based on her book “Sulwe”.