Earleir this month YouTube premiered Super Sema, produced by the Nairobi-based children’s edutainment media and technology startup Kukua, on its Originals channel. At the time, it was just one episode with the promise of more, but more are on the way — in just s few hours. Five more episodes of the series will be added tomorrow, March 26.
The center of Sema is Sema herself — a young girl who runs a secret laboratory with her twin brother. They use their discoveries not just to improve the quality of life in Dunia, the city they live in, but to defend it from the evil schemes of a robotic villain. The series takes place in a futuristic version of Africa (which is where the show was made).
Super Sema was written by four-time BAFTA winner Claudia Lloyd (Charlie & Lola, Mr. Bean, Tinga Tinga Tales) and directed by Lynne Southerland, the first female African-American director for Disney (Mulan II). The press release doesn’t mention who is voicing the main characters, but it does reveal Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave, Black Panther, Us) plays a major character in an upcoming two-part episode.
The first episode of Super Sema is available now on YouTube Originals; five more will appear tomorrow and more episodes are planned to be released through the next few weeks.