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Iwaju OTT release date – The animated tale of a futuristic Nigerian city with cute robotic pets arrives on THIS day

Iwájú OTT release date – Iwájú is a one-of-a-kind heartwarming tale that is set in the futuristic African city of Lagos, infusing the local culture with MCU-level technological advancements.

Iwaju OTT release date – The animated tale of a futuristic Nigerian city with cute robotic pets arrives on THIS day
A still from the trailer of Iwájú

Last Updated: 01.29 PM, Feb 16, 2024


Iwájú is the brainchild of Disney Animation and Kugali, a pan-African British-based company. The Disney original series is set in a futuristic Lagos, where nothing is as it seems. Directed by Olufikayo Ziki Adeola, the Afrian sci-fi show is one-of-a-kind, as the angle has rarely been explored and celebrated by international cinema and Television.  

Release date and trailer of Iwájú

Produced by Disney Animation’s Christina Chen, the film’s screenplay was written by Halima Hudson and Adeola herself. Releasing on Disney+ February 28, 2024, all six episodes of Iwájú will be released when it premieres. The trailer, which was released on February 13, had unique visual effects and futuristic tech, along with the essence of Lagos, thanks to the presence of cultural consultant Toluwalakin Olowofoyeku. 

Name of Series Iwájú 
Director Olufikayo Ziki Adeola
Number of Episodes 6
Genre animated science fiction
Release Date February 28, 2024
OTT Platform Disney+Hotstar
Voice Cast Simisola Gbadamosi, Dayo Okeniyi, Femi Branch, Siji Soetan and Weruche Opia

Nigerian culture showcased in Iwájú's trailer

Iwájú is a coming-of-age sci-fi animated series that explores the adventures of Tola, the young daughter of a wealthy tycoon who lives a sheltered life on an island, and her best friend Kole, a self-taught tech expert with a humble background. On her birthday, Tola is gifted something she has wanted for a long time: a pet. But it comes with a twist. Her pet is Otin, a robotic, orange and blue salamander.

The trailer showcases moments of sweet friendship between Tola and her friend Kole, despite their class differences. However, when Tola goes to the mainland of Lagos unsupervised with Kole to escape the rules and guards, she unknowingly falls into the trap of Bode, her father's enemy. Thankfully, Otin is there to save the day. 

The trailer shows a unique blend of Nigerian culture and the spirit of ‘real’ Lagos, with the elements of a futuristic city with easily available hi-fi tech. Since ‘iwájú’ translates to ‘the future’ in the Yoruba language, the limited series will not only reveal the futuristic fate of Lagos but also the imminent fortune of the two best friends and a cute, robotic salamander cum bodyguard. 

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