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All-Nigerian Voice Cast Announced for “Iyanu” Animated Series on Cartoon Network and Max

Boom RadioNG | May 20, 2024
Iyanu the movie poster credit: Warner Bros

Cartoon Network and Max have unveiled the all-Nigerian voice cast for “Iyanu,” an epic superhero animated series steeped in Nigerian culture and mythology. Produced by Lion Forge Entertainment, the series is an adaptation of the popular graphic novel “Iyanu: Child of Wonder” by award-winning Nigerian creator and producer Roye Okupe.

Leading the cast is Serah Johnson as Iyanu, a teenage heroine who must uncover the mystery behind her newfound powers to save her people from an ancient curse. Johnson is known for her extensive voiceover work in animation and audiobooks, and is the first Nigerian and African to win the Society of Voice Arts Award for Outstanding Animation Character.

The cast also includes promising new talents and experienced actors such as Okey Jude as Biyi, Iyanu’s carefree adventurer friend; Samuel Kugbiyi as Toye, Iyanu’s bookworm friend; Adesua Etomi-Wellington as Olori; Blossom Chukwujekwu as Toye’s father Kanfo; Stella Damasus as Sewa; Shaffy Bello as Emi – The One Mother; and Ike Ononye as Elder Alapani.“Iyanu” follows a teenage orphan girl, Iyanu, who discovers her divine powers and joins forces with two other teenagers to embark on a remarkable journey to save her homeland from evil. The series draws from Nigerian culture, music, and mythology, particularly the rich tapestry of Yoruba people.

Iyanu the movie poster credit: Warner Bros

Iyanu the movie poster
credit: Warner Bros

Slated for release in the US on Cartoon Network and Max in 2025, “Iyanu” has a 26-episode, two-season order. Brandon Easton headed the writers’ room, while Roye Okupe served as the executive producer, writer, and director on multiple episodes. The show’s executive producers also include David Steward II and Matt Heath from Lion Forge Entertainment, Erica Dupuis of Impact X Capital, Ryan Haidarian of Forefront Media Group, and Doug Schwalbe.

Written by Boom RadioNG

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