Streaming service Netflix has announced its first original African animated series, Mama K’s Team 4. The series tells the story of four teen girls living in a neo-futuristic Lusaka, Zambia, who are recruited by a retired secret agent still committed to saving the world.
Mama K’s Team 4 is created by Zambian writer Malenga Mulendema, who was one of eight winners in the Triggerfish Story Lab initiative in 2015, a Pan-African talent search. He shared his inspiration for the series sharing in part; “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.”
“In addition to giving African writers a global platform on which to be heard, we are excited to present this powerful and entertaining new animated series that brings Malenga’s incredible and unique vision to life on Netflix,” said Melissa Cobb, vice president of original animation at Netflix.
This news comes four months after Netflix announced its first African original, Queen Sono, starring Pearl Thusi.
Netflix announces its first original African animated series. We can’t wait to watch it!
— Netflix South Africa Hive 🐝 (@NetflixSA) April 16, 2019