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Animator toons up African tales

TransTale Entertainment finds success online with CGI fare

A Nigerian animation team is winning international praise for a series of animated tales told from an African point of view.

Obinna Onwuekwe and his partner Segun Williams launched TransTales Entertainment in 2005, hoping to fill up the void in authentic African animation,” says Onwuekwe.

Pics are distributed through Amazon, and on the company’s website.

TransTales’ biggest hit so far has been “Mark of Uru,” a Web-based series that was adapted into a feature-length film.

Drawing on traditional Nigerian folk tales, the pic is a story of discovery and redemption that has struck a chord across Africa and in the diaspora.

Onwuekwe works with a small team of freelancers, but does most of the animation himself. The studio is planning to hire additional full-time animators once it finds more commercial success, and is planning to produce two feature-length films a year. It’s also in talks to create a TV series.

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