Nigerian book Tosin’s Story made into film
Tosin’s Story, an anti-corruption storybook written by Nigerian author Onyinye Ough (Emeka’s Money), has been adapted into an animated film and will premiere on May 3.
From Lagos-based cartoon studio Basement Animation, the film addresses corruption in media and the impact of ‘brown envelope’ journalism. It follows young reporter Tosin, who looks out for her local community. When disaster hits their town, she’s sure to remind everyone that if there’s a story out there, she will find it.
The film celebrates journalists who go in search of the truth and make it public regardless of the consequences. Tosin’s Story will debut on Pineapple TV, an African channel aimed at kids, via YouTube, Ayoba and StarTimes.
The news was announced by activist group Step Up for Social Development & Empowerment in Nigeria (aka Step Up Nigeria), which said: “We have a new animation! Guess what? Our third anti-corruption storybook, Tosin’s Story, will be coming out soon as an animation in conjunction with Pineapple TV. The incredible team at Basement Animation has worked so hard to bring us this moment and now it’s here.”
Ough’s other children’s books, Emeka’s Money and Halima’s Vote, have already been adapted into animated films, with the latter winning Best International Film at the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International last year.