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Exciting News from Cartoon Network & Max: All-Nigerian Animated Series "Iyanu" Set to Debut

Animated Series on Cartoon Network/MAX in 2025

Cartoon Network and Max have just announced the all-Nigerian cast for "Iyanu," an exciting superhero animated series that delves deep into Nigerian culture and mythology. The show, produced by Lion Forge Entertainment, is an adaptation of the popular graphic novel series "Iyanu: Child of Wonder" by award-winning Nigerian creator Roye Okupe.

The voice cast includes Serah Johnson as Iyanu, a teenage heroine on a quest to unravel the mystery behind her newfound powers and save her people from an ancient curse. Joining the cast is Okey Jude, known for his work on "Hotel Labamba" and "The Governor's Daughter," and Samuel Kugbiyi, an artist with a diverse creative background. Additionally, Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Stella Damasus, Shaffy Bello, and Ike Ononye round out the talented ensemble.

"Iyanu" is not just another animated series – it's a superhero tale set in the magical kingdom of Yorubaland, drawing deeply from Nigerian culture, music, and mythology. The series follows the journey of a teenage orphan girl, Iyanu, who discovers her divine powers and embarks on a remarkable adventure to uncover the truth about the evil lurking in her homeland. With its rich storytelling and immersive world-building, "Iyanu" promises to be a must-watch for audiences of all ages.

Scheduled for release in the US on Cartoon Network and Max in 2025, "Iyanu" has already generated excitement with a 26-episode, two-season order, indicating the confidence and anticipation surrounding this groundbreaking series. Behind the scenes, Brandon Easton, known for his work on "Transformers: War for Cybertron: Seige" and "Marvel's Agent Carter," headed the writers' room, with Roye Okupe taking on multiple roles, including executive producer, writer, and director for various episodes. The series promises to be a thrilling and immersive experience that will captivate audiences and celebrate the richness of Nigerian culture and mythology in a way that has never been seen before in animated storytelling.

With the release of "Iyanu" on the horizon, get ready to embark on an extraordinary adventure that showcases the power of representation and storytelling in animation. Stay tuned for more updates as "Iyanu" prepares to take the world by storm and witness a groundbreaking series that's set to redefine animated storytelling. It's time to celebrate diversity, embrace representation, and immerse yourself in the world of "Iyanu" like never before!


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