Nigerian creator Roye Okupe successfully finished his kickstarter campaign to gain funding for his latest graphic novel Malika: Warrior Queen and is $1000 ahead of his target! The first chapter is already available for free.
Roye Okupe, born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, growing up he also had a passions for video games, animation and superheroes. Basically none of these were based on Nigerian characters, he decided to do something about that when he created an African super hero and released his first graphic novel, the 136-page E.X.O. – The Legend of Wale Williams Part One in August last year and followed up with Part Two August 2016. Since then he has had his books featured on CNN, Forbes, The New York Times, NBC, The Washington Post, ABC7, BBC, The Huffington Post, Mashable, and more.
working on Malika has been one of the most fun times of my life!
“Set in fifteenth-century West Africa, Malika: Warrior Queen Part One follows the exploits of queen and military commander Malika, who struggles to keep the peace in her ever-expanding empire. Growing up as a prodigy, Malika inherited the crown from her father in the most unusual of ways, splitting the kingdom of Azzaz in half. After years of civil war, Malika was able to unite all of Azzaz, expanding it into one of the largest empires in all of West Africa. But expansion would not come without its costs. Enemies begin to rise within her council, and Azzaz grabbed the attention of one of the most feared superpowers the world has ever known: the Ming Dynasty. As Malika fights to win the clandestine war within the walls of her empire, she must now turn her attentions to an indomitable and treacherous foe with plans to vanquish her entire people. The story of Malika takes place in the same universe (the YouNeek YouNiverse) as the E.X.O. series, roughly 500 years before the events of Lagoon City.”
“It’s truly a great time for black heroes,” Roye okupe founder YouNeek studios.