Nigeria’s Comic Republic To Bring More African Superheroes
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Nigeria’s Comic Republic To Bring More African Superheroes To The Forefront

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BY June 25, 2021

Hollywood and television networks like to pat themselves on the back when it comes to diversity and representation in film and TV, and while strides have definitely been made, it’s very obvious that there’s still a lot of work to do (the Chadwick Boseman Oscar loss and the lack of queer relationships in comics, for example). Now, thanks to a production deal between Africa’s largest publisher of independent comic books and two entertainment companies, the world could be seeing more diverse content. Nigeria’s Comic Republic is teaming up with Los Angeles-based Emagine Content and Maryland-based entertainment group JackieBoy Entertainment to adapt their catalog of African superheroes for film and TV.

Who Is Nigeria’s Comic Republic?

nigeria's comic republic Image via screengrab/Comic Republic

Comic Republic is Africa’s largest comic book company that focuses on the digital distribution of comics that feature African people, locations, and mythology within its body of work. It started out as a group of friends with a passion for illustration, animation, and storytelling whose goal was to ultimately shape the perceptions of the African continent. Some of the company’s more well-known works include Ireti, the story of a university student in Ibadan, Nigeria with superpowers, Aje, a fantasy title inspired by Yoruba spirituality and mysticism, and The Vanguards, which focuses on an Avengers-style team of superheroes.

The companies said the goal of the new deal will be to “portray a positive global influence of Africa and negate previous misconceptions.” Jide Martin, CEO of Comic Republic said:

“It’s a great time to be alive. We are in a world where diversity has taken center stage. We are thrilled to be working with Emagine Content and Jackie Boy to bring our heroes and stories to the big screen but mostly because we get the chance to be a part of black history.”

Emagine CEO Ben Phelps added:

“This deal is a major push towards diversity on the silver screen for black superheroes. The time is now to showcase heroes of all different backgrounds…The ability to create role models for future generations to come is a unique opportunity that comes with an important responsibility to make sure the storytelling is authentic. For us, finding a partnership that is looking to be a disruptive force with good morals is everything.”

JackieBoy Entertainment’s music executive John Tillery also said:

“JackieBoy Entertainment is excited to bring the three companies together and embark on this watershed moment in comic book culture, connecting the voices of African stories to universal themes for all to enjoy. We look forward to working with the stellar teams of Emagine Content and Comic Republic to strengthen the alliance between African-based creatives and comic enthusiasts with genuine characters and storylines.”

The first project planned under the production deal is a film adaptation of Ireti, which the companies said will feature the first “African female superhero.”

Are you excited for this production deal between Nigeria’s Comic Republic, Emagine Content, and JackieBoy Entertainment? Let us know in the comments below!

Featured image via screengrab/Comic Republic

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Keilin Huang is a freelance writer that likes the Oxford comma, reading from her neverending pile of books from the library, and Reeses peanut butter cups. She thanks her Dad for introducing her to his Superman comics and probably majored in Journalism because of Lois Lane. Contact her at [email protected]

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