Why we should be talking about Africa’s first Superhero TV Show

       Jongo, Africa’s First Superhero TV Show, just finished its debut run on TV. People all over Africa could watch it on BET. Was it a great show? Did it fall short of expectations? Jongo is the brainchild of a white South African. Did it represent African culture and black people well? I have a more pressing question than these though, and that is, why is no one talking about Jongo?

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Where are all the Black Super Villains?

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Characters like Black Panther, Cyborg and Luke Cage have shown us that black people are also capable of saving the day so isn’t it time we begin to see the other side of the coin? The sad truth is that as much as we don’t see enough of black superheroes in films, comics or TV black super villains are even more rare. We don’t want some basic thugs either we’re talking about imposing characters that can stand toe to toe with the likes of Darth Vader or the Joker. Therefore, we’ve decided to put together a list of some of the best depictions of black super villains that we’ve seen across TV, film and comics.

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Where they are now? Our favourite crowdfunding campaigns from last year.

Aurion: the Legacy of Kori-odan

Africa’s first fantasy RPG became a reality last year when when Aurion was successfully funded on Kickstarter. Developed by Kiro’o Games, a studio based in Cameroon, Aurion follows the adventures of Enzo Kori-Odan, the prince of Zama, a fictional state in the fantasy world of Auriona.  Enzo was scheduled to marry his lifelong love Erine Evou and be crowned the new King. Without warning Ngarba Evou, Enzo’s brother-in-law initiated a coup and Enzo and Ernie were forced to flee Zama. Now the royal couple must travel the world of Auriona and gather allies in order to reclaim Zama and liberate the people from Ngarba’s reign. (more…)

Be a corrupt politician in this game set in Africa

“Have you ever wanted to be president or prime-minister? Convinced you could do a better job of running the country? Let’s face it, you could hardly do a worse job than our current political leaders.” That was the opening paragraph on Positech Game’s official Democracy 3 page, and it is the opening paragraph on their page for Democracy 3: Africa, the new standalone ‘re-imagining’ of the hit political strategy game ‘Democracy 3’. (more…)

Book List: Speculative Fiction

The Tao of Otaku Podcast has composed this list from books that have captured to some degree the essence of the Black experience. Of course Afro Caribbean culture is so vast and diverse therefore, we have also attempted to emulate this by choosing equally diverse books written by authors from all over the African Diaspora and the motherland. Whether it is the past, present or future how is the Afro-Caribbean experience being re-imagined through the lens of Science Fiction and Fantasy across the world? The authors of these books attempt to answer this broad question by creating some of the most compelling narratives we have ever come across. (more…)

From Middle Earth to Aya

Last week Midas Monkee released their production schedule giving us a glimpse of the new fantastical universe the company is trying to build. Paul Louise-Julie, writer, artist and founder of Midas Monkee has made no secret about his intention to emulate JRR Tolkien. In the same way that Tolkien created the world of Ea in which are found the lands of Valinor, Beleriand, Númenor, and Middle-earth. Paul is has spent nearly a decade developing the world of Aya that will house fictional recreations of ancient African nations such as the Nubian Empire, The Sokoto Caliphate and the Tuareg lands.

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6 Animated Projects we’re Looking to in 2016

Cannon Busters

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In the world of Gearbolt magic is now extinct and it’s inhabitants have turned to science and technology to further their civilisation. With the Kingdom now defenceless against magic, a mysterious sorcerer known as Locke attacks and seizes control of Gerabolt. S.A.M, a Royal friendship droid is separated from her companion Prince Kelby who was forced to flee the kingdom following the sorcerer’s attack. Sam leaves the kingdom for the first time in her life on a mission to find Kelby. In order to succeed in her quest Sam is forced to team up it three individuals: Turnbuckle, an outdated an obsolete junk droid, Philly the Kid, an immortal outlaw with no memories of his past and 9ine a wandering swordsman in search of a kingdom to serve.

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