The pilot of the Nigerian animated show ‘Malika- Warrior Queen’ dropped on the 15th of October and has over 200,000 views so far.
When the trailer initially hit, people were really excited about it as it is the first animated series of its type from the country.
It stars Adesua Etomi as the titular queen and other Nollywood heavyweights including Femi Branch, Deyemi Okanlowon, Blossom Chukwujekwu and Sambassa Nzeribe.
The pilot episode is about 15 minutes long and is a solid start for what might be a revolutionary piece of art.
Alright, so what happened in the pilot?
(At this point, I think a spoiler warning is in order)
The show opened with a geographical portrait of Africa in which we are told a bit of the backstory. Queen Malika has finally unified the kingdom of Azzaz into 5 provinces which have 5 chiefs ruling each province.
After years of peace, a new uprising has come about with Raz, a disgruntled member of the elite seeking to start off another war and creating an uprising in one of the provinces.
The opening scene saw Malika take on Raz in combat and win and then she formed an alliance with the Attala kingdom. This move worried the chiefs as it made it look like Malika was siding with an enemy of the Songhai kingdom.
The queen is advised to kill the emissary of the Attala kingdom and she considers it. The episode ended with a fight between the queen and the emissary and a shocking reveal at the end.
It seems to be a good story that will certainly garner a huge following. The animation was impressive with some of the fight scenes really showing off the growing skill of Nigerian animators. It moves at a brisk pace but it carries you along every step of the way.
Some of the voice work was a bit iffy for me as there was an air of the voice actors trying to hard to sound a certain way. Adesua Etomi’s Queen Malika had this thing where her ‘Rs’ were always super pronounced which I found distracting. I don’t know what accent they were going for, but I reckon a normal Nigerian accent would have been just fine.
Beyond that small snag, I thoroughly enjoyed the pilot episode of Queen Malika and I can’t wait for the next one.
You can watch the pilot for free on YouTube and subscribe to Youneek studios while you’re at it. If you can’t wait, then you can just check it out below.
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