I Was Inspired by ‘Lion King’ to Write an African Animated Film Titled ‘Tejumade’ – Adebimpe Adebambo

Adebimpe Adebabambo is the visual artist telling African stories through the cartoon she produces.

In 1994, Adebimpe saw the film, ‘Lion King’ and it inspired her to write her own story, titled, Tejumade. She then wrote to Walt Disney that she would like them to produce it but she got a reply in 1997 that they couldn’t produce a story that isn’t theirs.

23 years later, Adebimpe produced ‘Tejumade’ and it has shown on different international platforms as Silicon Valley African film festival, Ndiva Women’s film festival and Cardiff International film festival for 2017.

Adebimpe hopes that the support for the Nigerian animation industry will improve with time.

About the cartoon, Tejumade

Apata is a beautiful and peaceful kingdom but this ethereal set up is threatened by the circumstances of the birth of princess Tejumade—a gift to the royal family through the magical powers of the great Iroko tree and its emissary; Baba Ogbon. She must journey to the dreaded forest to obtain the last gold leaf from the great Iroko tree otherwise, Apata will be destroyed forever. Ika, the evil water spirit stands between her and the safety of her kingdom.

Yesterday was a mixed bag of emotions- highs and lows. I had hoped to make the Tony Elumelu Foundation grant selection. Over 150,000 entrepreneurs from all over Africa from ages 18 to over 60, applied. Only 1,000 are selected across the African continent. I have friends who got the grant and their ideas and projects spanned across jewellery production,recycling waste,animation, fashion, furniture production etc. I really looked forward to the mentorship, training and access to other 999 entrepreneurs. Even though the money available is 5,000 usd in local currency, I had hoped to get it so I could produce one episode of the Tejumade series i have in mind. But a video with Tony Elumelu himself speaking to the entrepreneurs not shortlisted found its way to my inbox. Also yesterday, I got the final confirmation that Bookcraft Africa will publish the Tejumade storybook. Remember this journey started in 1994. With the 2 different pieces of information, I knew I had to commence illustrations for the book asap. I wish to launch this book on the 22nd of October 2018 if God wills. So i called up the extremely talented creative who developed all the characters and created the doe-eyed Tejumade everyone is in love with asking, that even though his schedule doesn't give him breathing space, he needed to bring me and the project to life with whatever he could do. So Matthias Aragbada the brains/ heart behind Dudutoonz Nigeria, Adulawo entertainment, a forthcoming fashion label, and so many other things this space cant take sent me this work in progress sketch today and I have just been staring at it. #womenincreativearts @dudutoonznigeria Thank you for lifting my spirits.. #tejumadetheproject

A post shared by adebimpe adebambo (@adebimpea) on

#mondaymotivation This beautiful is what I woke up to this morning 😍😍 and she still in progress…. Issa rosy cheeked, healthy,adventure loving, kind hearted, teenage Yoruba princess.. She was sent to me by my the ogbonge all round creative – Alagba Matthias Aragbada of @dudutoonznigeria Thanks Matt for the surprise because I am sure you know I had kind of given up getting this from you because of your crazy schedule 👏👏. This is just a lesson for me never to give up and that persistence and getting under people's skin will eventually be rewarded 😁 And no, I am not such a bad 'chinch'😅 Matthias developed most of the characters for my Tejumade animation and after spending a whole day (morning to night actually) with him at his studio,he came up with the beautiful version of Tejumade everyone has been loving even though it was just a portrait. I went on to work with that portrait for all I have done on the film and have different interpretations the different artists who worked on the project. Matt said no matter what, he will complete what he started so here is another angle of my girl Tejumade. You like? I love ❤😊!! #art #artist #animation #drawing #illustration #visualdevelopment #characterdesign #tejumadeanimationshort #tejumadetheseries #tejumadetheproject #tejumadeanimatedfeature #tejumadethestorybook #womeninfilmandtv #womenincreativearts #womeninanimation #blackexcellence #girlchild #africanstories #culture #heritage #blackandproud #writerproducerdirector #womanentrepreneur @dudutoonznigeria E se pupo sa! 🙌 @artofmichael_okoroagha @rendermax_studios @novat_studios @orangevfxstudios

A post shared by adebimpe adebambo (@adebimpea) on

 

 

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Latest Posts

5 Things We Learned From The World Cup So Far
Sports
4 views
Sports
4 views

5 Things We Learned From The World Cup So Far

PH - June 20, 2018

These are 5 interesting take-aways from the 2018 World Cup in Russia which is gathering momentum: 1. A World Cup Of Penalties One of the major things…

Reining The Act Of Indecent Dressing in Nigeria
Art, History and Culture
9 views
Art, History and Culture
9 views

Reining The Act Of Indecent Dressing in Nigeria

PH - June 20, 2018

A voice against indecent dressing is to be raised, to maintain the culture and tradition of this land. The rate at which Nigerian youths, particularly female teenagers,…

Nigerian Rapper, Vector, Calls Out SARS In New Release
Entertainment
49 views
Entertainment
49 views

Nigerian Rapper, Vector, Calls Out SARS In New Release

PH - June 19, 2018

The continuous outcry by youngsters over the domineering intrusion and at times unreserved brutality of members of the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) against the youths has apparently…

Meaningful Hairstyles Among Yoruba Women In Those Days
Art, History and Culture
52 views
Art, History and Culture
52 views

Meaningful Hairstyles Among Yoruba Women In Those Days

PH - June 19, 2018

In Yorubaland, in those days, women did not just plait their way to make them beautiful only. But some hairstyles were a means of identifying specific kinds…

This Government Has Done More Than Enough – Governor Ajimobi
Politics
52 views
Politics
52 views

This Government Has Done More Than Enough – Governor Ajimobi

PH - June 19, 2018

Abiola Ajimobi, governor of Oyo state, says the All Progressives Congress (APC) has done more than enough for the country. The governor said this on Roadmap 2019,…

Why President Buhari Honoured MKO Abiola, Kingibe
Politics
59 views
Politics
59 views

Why President Buhari Honoured MKO Abiola, Kingibe

PH - June 19, 2018

A Former governor of Kaduna State, and elder statesman, Balarabe Musa, has revealed why President Muhammadu Buhari gave a posthumous award to Chief M.K.O Abiola and recognized…

Oluwo of Iwo land, Oba Abulrasheed Donates N1.5bn Medical Equipment
Food and Health
64 views
Food and Health
64 views

Oluwo of Iwo land, Oba Abulrasheed Donates N1.5bn Medical Equipment

PH - June 19, 2018

The Oluwo of Iwo land, Osun State, Oba Abulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, on Monday, donated medical equipment worth N1.5bn to hospitals in Iwo land. A statement signed by…

3  Ways To Make Your Partner Feel Special
Romance and Love
64 views
Romance and Love
64 views

3 Ways To Make Your Partner Feel Special

PH - June 19, 2018

Every one wants to be special to someone, if not to everyone, so it cost almost nothing to make your partner feel special. So when next you…

Kayode Shows His Love For The Ukrainian Club With  A New Hair Style
Sports
67 views
Sports
67 views

Kayode Shows His Love For The Ukrainian Club With A New Hair Style

PH - June 19, 2018

Kayode Olanrewaju, Nigera forward has declared that the main reason for his new look is his love for Ukrainian club, Shakhtar Donestsk. Kayode, 25, recently penned a…

See The Top 10 Most Used cars In Nigeria
Best of Nigeria
64 views
Best of Nigeria
64 views

See The Top 10 Most Used cars In Nigeria

PH - June 19, 2018

You possibly might have been guessing which car is the most used car here in Nigeria. This list on the most used cars in Nigeria will prove…

“Why I Choose Not To Help Anybody” – Nigeria Rapper, Olamide
Entertainment
74 views
Entertainment
74 views

“Why I Choose Not To Help Anybody” – Nigeria Rapper, Olamide

MT - June 19, 2018

Nigerian artiste, Olamide Adedeji has got people talking on social media with a post he made on Instagram. Olamide shared a photo with a questionable caption, “Oyinbo…

Meet the Rapper Who Lives With All His Three Babymamas and Kids in the Same House (Photos)
Entertainment
87 views
Entertainment
87 views

Meet the Rapper Who Lives With All His Three Babymamas and Kids in the Same House (Photos)

MT - June 19, 2018

Ahunna Stacks is an American rapper from Chicago who is making serious headlines around the world because of a really bold move he made. The American musician,…

2018 World Cup; Why John Mikel Obi Is Under Pressure To Fulfill Promise To Buhari
Sports
71 views
Sports
71 views

2018 World Cup; Why John Mikel Obi Is Under Pressure To Fulfill Promise To Buhari

MT - June 19, 2018

Super Eagles’ captain Mikel Obi has been put under intense pressure to lead the team to a resounding victory against Iceland on Friday, as well as fulfill…

Sallah: How Boko Haram Terrorists Observed Eid Prayer In Sambisa Forest. [Video]
Shocking
67 views
Shocking
67 views

Sallah: How Boko Haram Terrorists Observed Eid Prayer In Sambisa Forest. [Video]

MT - June 19, 2018

A compilation video of how Boko Haram terrorists observed Eid-el-Fitr in various locations of Sambisa forest has surfaced on the internet. A journalist with access to the…

What Will It Take To Make Nigeria Better
Business
71 views
Business
71 views

What Will It Take To Make Nigeria Better

PH - June 19, 2018

Nigerians need to agree that something has to be done before there can be any improvement in the system of the country, there has been various assumptions…

Meet Nigeria’s King Of Music, King Sunny Ade
Best of Nigeria
90 views
Best of Nigeria
90 views

Meet Nigeria’s King Of Music, King Sunny Ade

PH - June 19, 2018

Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye, popularly known as King Sunny Ade was born September 1, 1946. He is a Nigerian born popular musician in the development and popularization of…

Food and Health
76 views

Breaking Bad Habits And Replacing Them With Good Ones

PH - June 19, 2018

Bad habits are mostly cultivated when people feel stressed or bored. Once it is cultivated, it becomes very hard to give up on it. Different things can…

See 8 Things You Should Never Say Via A Text
Lifestyle
77 views
Lifestyle
77 views

See 8 Things You Should Never Say Via A Text

PH - June 19, 2018

People say some things are better left unsaid, but I would say," some things are better said in person than on text". When texting another person, your…

Loading...