Emeka’s Money to become toon movie
Nigerian author, speaker and activist Onyinye Ough has teamed up with production partners to adapt her children’s book Emeka’s Money into an animated family film.
The book, written by Ough and illustrated by Adeniyi Odeleye, is a modern parable designed for children aged six to 10. It follows a state governor in Nigeria who learns the meaning of public service.
The aim is to help children understand the impact that corruption has within Nigerian society as well as encourage a new generation of leaders to change how things are done on the continent.
The work has now been adapted into a movie, following an agreement with Lagos toon studio Basement Animation, Nigerian NGO Step Up for Social Development & Empowerment (aka Step Up Nigeria) and the MacArthur Foundation (aka Mac Found).
Ough took to Twitter, saying: “My dream of turning my first book Emeka’s Money into an animated family film has come true! It was exciting working with Mac Found, Step Up Nigeria and a great partnership with the talented Basement Animation in turning Emeka’s Money into an animated film that will be hitting your screen soon.”
The launch date has not yet been announced.
Ough is the executive director of Step Up for Social Development & Empowerment in Nigeria, an anti-corruption non-governmental organisation that uses storytelling to educate young Nigerians on different types of corruption and its impact on society.
Headed by CEO Mbuotidem Johnson, Basement Animation is the Lagos studio behind shows including DownTown Lagos, Adefellas, l’Arbre à Palimpseste, Raga Shaga Mama and Tech Timi Out.