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Netflix Launches its First Animated Series From Africa and it Features an All Female Led Cast

Netflix Launches its First Animated Series From Africa and it Features an All Female Led Cast

Netflix continues to show their commitment to diverse content and storytellers. In a press release Tuesday, the company shared their plans to develop their first African animated series — Mama Ks Team 4.

The show, which is created by Zambian writer, Malenga Mulendema, is set in the neo-futuristic city of Lusaka, Zambia. Viewers will follow four melanin rich teen girls who are recruited by a secret agent still committed to saving the world.

"In creating a superhero 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 that anyone from anywhere can be a superhero," Mulendema said in the statement.

Netflix’s vice president of original animation, Melissa Cobb, cosigned the significance of the series.

"Mama K's Team 4 has the potential to give a whole new generation of African children the opportunity to see themselves on-screen in the powerful, aspirational characters they look up to,"  she said.

The series is designed by Cameroonian artist Malcolm Wope and it's produced by Cape-Town based, Triggerfish Animation Studios.