Jason Njoku, founder and CEO of Nigeria-based Nollywood streaming company Iroko TV, has revealed plans to launch a global digital storytelling platform called Raptures.
With a global team based in Nigeria, Ghana, the United Arab Emirates and the US, Raptures will focus on creating original webtoons, comics and animations in genres ranging from romance to action, comedy, drama, sci-fi, fantasy and mystery.
Njoku has also committed US$250,000 to a content creation fund to spend on developing talent to feed content into the platform. Mobile comics on the platform will be aimed at 15- to 40-year-olds and new content will be published daily.
Raptures is currently on the Discord community platform but there are plans to launch it on Android and Apple iOS soon.
Announcing the news on LinkedIn, Njoku wrote: “Excited to launch Raptures, a global digital storytelling platform and studio network creating original industry-leading mobile comics of Black American, African and Arabic origin. My family have been great contributors to the creative industries and I hope this continues and brings the same.
“Today we are focused on igniting content creation with a $250k (N150m) creators fund to connect and fund aspiring writers, illustrators, graphic designers and animators in the creation of more content, and hopefully it’s enough to encourage a more vibrant and diverse ecosystem of comics.”
The platform will launch on December 21. The Discord community can be accessed here.