Netflix introduces first African animated series

Africa’s creative industry continues to set the bar high following the introduction of another film from the continent on the international platform Netflix.

Recently, the first cartoon series Mama K’s Team 4 found space on the platform. It is an exciting story about four African teenage girls who are on a mission to save the world.

The super heroes

Written by Zambian screen writer Malenga Mulendema, the Lusaka set superhero fiction address the under representation of women in the media. According to Mulendema, anyone from anywhere can be a super hero.

“In creating the super hero 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 than anyone from anywhere can be a super hero,” she said.

Mama K’s Team 4 follows other African movies on the platform. Malawi’s The Boy who Harnessed the Wind, which is based on a true story, is one of the African films which have enjoyed popularity on Netflix.

The Zambian cartoon series has made history for being the first of its kind to feature on the streaming service. Introduction of more African films is in the quest to add more African content on Netflix in order to give African writers a big platform to be heard.

Mama K’s Team 4 was designed by Cameroonian artist Malcolm Wope and produced by South Africa’s animation studio Triggerfish. It is tipped to follow Blank Panther, a Hollywood superhero fiction with a majority of characters of colour.