At last year’s Disney Investor Day, a brand new Disney+ original animated series called Iwájú , which is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pan-African comic book entertainment company Kugali and its founders Tolu Olowofoyeku, Ziki Nelson and Hamid Ibrahim. Iwájú, which roughly translates to “The Future” in the Yoruba language, is steeped in science fiction.

The long-form series is set in Lagos, Nigeria, exploring deep themes of class, innocence and challenging the status quo. Says director Ziki Nelson,

“This show will combine Disney’s magic and animation expertise with Kugali’s fire and storytelling authenticity. Iwájúre presents a personal childhood dream of mine to tell my story and that of my people.”

Disney has announced it will be attending the 60th Annecy Animated Film Festival in France, which is taking place from June 14th to 19th 2021.

During the event, Disney will be showing a sneak peek at the Disney+ animated series “Iwájú” as part of a Masterclass.  This will be taking place on Wednesday 15th June at 19:30 – 20:45 pm.   There will also be a live Q&A.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Chief Creative Officer Jennifer Lee will join three talented filmmakers from the Pan-African company Kugali—Ziki Nelson, Hamid Ibrahim, and Tolu Olowofoyeku—as well as  VFX Supervisor Marlon West and Head of Story Natalie Nourigat

This conversation will mark the first time, anywhere, that the creative leadership of Kugali and Disney Animation will appear together.

Iwájú,” is coming to Disney+ in 2022.

Will you be attending the Annecy Film Festival?


Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: Twitter: Facebook:

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