Film Review: Malika – Warrior Queen

I wanted to teach my daughters about African history and thought I’d show them a video about Queen Amina of Zaria. That was when I stumbled upon Malika- Warrior Queen. We always love watching cartoons and animations together and were instantly thrilled to discover this gem.

Malika is an historical fantasy that tells the story of a young African Queen, her ascent to the throne and her plight to unify the Kingdom of Azzaz, after the death of her father.

Adapted from a comic of the same title, Malika was written and directed by Roye Okupe. It is based loosely about the life of Queen Amina of Zazzau (modern day Zaria), in Nigeria. Just like Queen Amina, Malika is a warrior and a ruler surrounded by plenty of male subordinates. The animation instantly promise loads of action, political drama, romance and even a bit of history lesson here and there. Although, I didn’t really expect it to maintain too much historical accuracy due to artistic freedom.

It’s always great to see a badass, elegant African female lead on screen especially to encourage my daughters and I watched them watch this short film with glee and excitement. I also saw the disappointment in their eyes as it ended rather abruptly, I must say.  I can’t wait to see how the story develops in future episodes.

The sound and graphics are also very impressive. 

I ended up going to the film producer’s website and buying up everything I could find to keep my kids engaged. I just hope the guys at Youneek Studios do not keep us waiting too long before releasing more in this wonderful series.

In the meantime enjoy the first episode below and as always let us know what you think about it in the comment section.

The production cast is nothing short of amazing as well. The voice over was done by a star studded cast including current  Nollywood darling Adesua Etomi-Washington as Malika (Wedding Party and The Setup just to name a few) and  Deyemi Okanlawon as King Bass ( Yankee Hustle, Dinner plus many more).

Cast (in credits order)  

Adesua Etomi-WellingtonAdesua Etomi-WellingtonMalika (voice)
Femi BranchFemi BranchChief Dogbari (voice)
Deyemi OkanlawonDeyemi OkanlawonKing Bass / The WindMaker (voice)
Blossom ChukwujekwuBlossom ChukwujekwuAbdul (voice)
Sambasa NzeribeSambasa NzeribeGeneral Ras (voice)
Cast list courtesy of IMDB

Also check out this really cool animation from the Lead CG artist – Eri Umusu of Anthill Studios. 

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