HBO Max To Make Yoruba Inspired Film

HBO Max and Cartoon Network are set to make a Yoruba-inspired animated film based on the graphic novel series called Iyanu: Child of Wonder.

It is a superhero story set in Yorubaland, which is located in southwest Nigeria.

The main character, who is a teenage orphan called Iyanu, has magical powers.

It draws on Yoruba culture from music to mythology.

“The authenticity of the Iyanu story means everything to us and aligns perfectly with our mission to create and deliver inclusive content to global audiences,” David Steward II, who heads the company managing the production, is quoted in Variety as saying.

The series will be partly written by Roye Okupe, a Lagos-born American filmmaker and author.