Netflix has announced the acquisition of its first animation series from Africa “Mama K’s Team 4,”.
The Animation which was produced by South Africa’s award-winning Triggerfish Animation Studios and British kids’ and family entertainment production company CAKE, was written by Zambian writer Malenga Mulendema.
The series follows the story of four teenage girls living in a futuristic version of Lusaka, Zambia, who are recruited by a retired secret agent to save the world. The series is designed by the Cameroonian artist Malcolm Wope.
In a related development, Netflix and Triggerfish are making efforts to search for female, African writers to join the creative team for the series.
Melissa Cobb, vice president of original animation at Netflix said:
In addition to giving African writers a global platform on which to be heard, we are excited to present this powerful and entertaining new animated series that brings Malenga’s incredible and unique vision to life on Netflix.
“In creating a superhero show set in Lusaka, I hope to introduce the world to four strong African girls who save the day in their own fun and crazy way. Most importantly, I want to illustrate that anyone from anywhere can be a superhero.” Mulendema said
‘Mama K’s Team 4’ has the potential to give a whole new generation of African children the opportunity to see themselves on screen in the powerful, aspirational characters they look up to.
Exciting animation news!
Netflix is launching its first ever original African animated series titled "MAMA K." 🙌🏾
The series, set in Zambia, will also feature an entire female-led cast AND a local female writing team! pic.twitter.com/6e0EbI65wE
— Strong Black Lead (@strongblacklead) April 16, 2019