Smids Animation marks 11th anniversary
Lagos-based Smids Animation Studios, which makes kids’ and family entertainment content, celebrated its 11th anniversary earlier this week by teasing news of new projects in the coming months.
Founded by Dami Solesi, Smids Animation’s productions include The Makerbolts, Zooom and Boxed. The company was selected to represent Africa at the Animation du Monde Finals in 2019, while Solesi was selected as a juror for the International Emmy Awards last year.
Solesi wrote on Instagram: “Yay! We are 11 years. Eleven years ago, in a living room in Abuja, I made up my mind and put everything I had been paid in the last 12 months as a youth corp member into starting Smids Animation Studios. At the time, it was the highest point of my life. I had loved cartons and games all my life, and now I was going to make my entire life about the very thing I loved.
“Looking back 11 years now, we have grown from one little dream to becoming a force in children’s content in Nigeria and perhaps Africa. We now have shows that are on TV (Ugo and Simsim), hit hundreds of thousands of views across all social media platforms, showcased on a global stage (Annecy 2019- Makerbolt), [and have a series] currently showing on satellite TV (Boxed).”
Hinting at future announcements, Solesi added: “Over the next eight weeks, we will be making massive announcements about our next couple of projects. It’s taking everything in me to not spill the beans but in due time we will let you all know.”