Vacancy: Africa Needs SuperHeroes!!!
Superheroes are a way of life.
Every generation of humans have identified with a set of beings who are bestowed with ‘super abilities’, which they use to fight social, economic and criminal injustice.
As Uncle Ben said, ‘with great power comes great responsibilities….’ Over the years we’ve come to identify with these awesome characters who use their ‘great power’ to manage some really hefty responsibilities.
It’s currently no surprise that Hollywood is using this deep love we have developed for our Superheroes, for their financial gain. As I like to say, ‘if you think you have seen too many superhero films in the last 10 years, just wait for the next 10!’
Why then does it seem that Africa is not contributing its own quota to the ‘Association Of World Superheroes’?
We try to address this in our interview with Adeniran Adeniji Jr., creator of ‘Uhuru – Legend of the Windriders’, an amazing set of African Super-Heroes that are warming their way into our hearts….. First via Comic books and hopefully soon on the Big Screen!
Hello, please introduce yourself, your team and what you do.
My name is Adeniran Adeniji Jr., creator of the “Uhuru – Legend of the Windriders” series. I started out – many years ago – as an illustrator but have shifted my focus to creating content as well as developing marketing and distribution platforms for comic books.
I work with a number of different teams based on the nature of the project. For example, on the first issue of the “Uhuru” comic book, I worked with Adeniyi Adeniji, Stanley “Stanch” Obende and Waliu Edu, who were publisher/writer, illustrator and colorist respectively. On the animated feature, I am partnering with Quatermax Media, a Lagos-based multimedia company headed by Jide Olusanya.
What exactly is Uhuru – Legend of the Windriders and how was the idea conceptualized?
“Uhuru” is an African adventure series set in the future. The Windriders are a band of young African Heroes fighting against the mighty forces of the Black Cauldron, a pseudo-religious sect.
I created “Uhuru” in 1989 when I was still in secondary school. It wasn’t until 2010 that the concept was reprised, and the first issue of the comic book was released in August 2012 (CB Press).
Did you decide on African Heroes because you felt we lacked enough of them?
Uhuru was created when I was a teenager. The truth is I was just creating heroes that were more like me. It was more subconscious than conscious.
OK, so the comic book is out and can be purchased by the public….. where can they do that?
Ah! I will try to get it all.
In Lagos there is Bogobiri (Maitama Sule, Ikoyi), Glendora (Ikeja Mall, Alausa), The Hub Media Store (The Palm Mall, Lekki), Jazzhole (Awolowo Rd, Ikoyi), Patabah (Adeniran Ogunsanya Shopping Mall, Surulere) and Terra Kulture (Tiamiyu Savage, VI).
It is also available at The Hub Media Store at Kwara Mall, Ilorin and Vidya Bookstore in Accra, Ghana.
Also, readers everywhere in Nigeria can purchase it online at Konga.com and Jumia.com and it will be delivered to them.
For those in the United States and Europe, there’s Drivethrucomics.com and Amazon (for your Kindle device).
Now unto the adaptation of Uhuru – Legend of the Windriders, what level of development are you in now?
We are still in the very early stages, as at now, we have produced a teaser for the animated mini- series.
Ok, so what can the audience look forward to in the adaptation of Uhuru – Legend of the Windriders?
Audiences should look forward to seeing all the exciting characters from the comic book.
Do you have a grasp of funding yet or are you still sourcing for funds?
Yes, we are still sourcing for funds. En-niji Nigeria Ltd., an energy firm, funded the teaser. The teaser is a precursor of things to come and will also help with sourcing funds for the animation project proper.
This brings me to a very important question, ‘there has been no full length feature animation film from Nigerian Filmmakers yet, why do you think this is so?’
I will have to say lack of support – funding and otherwise – because there are a couple of local animation studios that can pull it off if given a chance.
So, what distribution channels are you looking at and when do you foresee the release of the mini-series?
We are looking at taking advantage of all the available distribution channels. Our target is late 2014 or early 2015. However, the release date depends on when we secure funding.
So all going as planned, when do you foresee a feature film adaptation?
A feature film adaptation will be the natural progression from having a successful comic book and animated series run. So that’s something that is definitely in our future.
Ok, we really loved the teaser trailer and hope you secure funding as soon as possible. We would love to see more of the ‘Windriders’ on our screens.
You can check out more of the Uhuru Clan on their Facebook page.