Netflix Is Looking For Female Writers From Africa For New African Animated Series

Isheka N. Harrison
Written by Isheka N. Harrison
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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. 


About Isheka N. Harrison

Isheka N. Harrison is an experienced writer, editor, educator, media and communications professional who thoroughly enjoys telling people’s stories. A former editor of the South Florida Times, Isheka has been featured as a speaker for New Florida Majority’s “Black Women in Media” Panel for Women’s History Month, served as a judge for JM Lexus’ 2018 African American Achievers Awards and named one of “South Florida’s 40 Under 40 Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow” by Legacy Magazine/Miami Herald. A native of Miami, Isheka's work has appeared in notable local and national media outlets including: ESSENCE Magazine, Upscale Magazine, The Miami Herald, The Miami Times and more. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Relations from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Clark Atlanta University. Isheka is also a member of several para-professional organizations including the Black Professionals Network (BPN), National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) South Florida and ColorComm. To learn more about her story, you can connect with Isheka on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/ishekah or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ishekah. To pitch her any tips or ideas for articles, email her at iharrison@moguldom.com.