If you’re an African woman with a penchant for a pen, Netflix could be the next stop on your career journey. The streaming giant has added even more flair to its diverse, original programming by picking up new animated African series, “Mama K’s Team 4.” But it needs some indigenous Black Girl Magic to ensure the success of its latest venture.
Created by Zambian writer Malenga Mulendema and illustrated by Cameroonian artist Malcolm Wope, the series is set in the futuristic city of Lusaka, Zambia. It features all-Black, all-female characters and follows the stories of four teenage girls recruited by a retired secret agent to save the world, according to The BlerdGurl.
South Africa’s award-winning Triggerfish Animation Studios and British kids’ and family entertainment production company CAKE have joined forces with Netflix to do a continent-wide talent search to staff the creative team of the series, Variety reported.
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No stranger to breaking ground or adding original African content, Netflix’s VP of original animation, Melissa Cobb, said it couldn’t be prouder to have “Mama K’s Team 4” under its umbrella.
“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,” Cobb said.
Mulendema said she was inspired to create the series because she grew up loving cartoons, but none of the characters looked like, or related to her. reported The Shadow League.
“In creating a superhero show set in Lusaka, I hope to introduce the world to four strong African girls who saves 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.
Known to outpace other content giants when attracting Black and young viewers, Netflix looks to use “Mama K’s Team 4” to continue that trend.
Female writers from Africa who have had their work produced for TV, film or theatre can find out more about the Writers Lab and how to apply at www.triggerfish.com. , according to Vanessa Ann Sinden, Triggerfish’s development producer.