Last week, TechCabal broke the news of our upcoming Yoruba101 cartoon; a 6 to 8 episode long miniseries to help children learn basic Yoruba custom. In case you missed it, here’s the trailer.
As we prepare for the first episode slated for October 14, 2016, here’s a summary of the miniseries
Yoruba101 with Tughu and Ewa
The Yoruba101 miniseries is a series of short videos built around basic Yoruba customs. Each video is no more than 30 seconds to a minute with a central custom such as ‘saying sorry’, ‘good morning greeting’ etc.
Why the Yoruba101 cartoon series?
Our goal is to illustrate simple relatable contexts for each custom for children to learn. For example, in a Yoruba household, when a child wakes up, he or she is expected to greet his/her parents. Or when a child walks by an adult, he is expected to acknowledge him or her.
Who are the main characters?
Tughu 8 and Ewa 7 are the main characters in the series.
What’s the setting?
The setting is a typical home
Why isn’t it showing on TV?
We’d love to get the miniseries on TV. Please drop us a note – firstname.lastname@example.org – if you know any TV station that might be interested.
Now, for some background to the series, let’s connect the dots backwards
Following the relative success of the Yoruba101 app, we thought of extending it to include short videos specifically for parents who seek interesting ways to help children learn the basic of Yoruba custom. The continuous mission to stimulate the interests of kids in traditional values such as languages requires convincing contexts that read like relatable storylines for these kids. Add that to the short attention span of today’s kids and the miniseries becomes something of a hack for Yoruba custom.
The Yoruba101 cartoon series is a hack for children to learn Yoruba custom
Prior to, the B.O.L.A series was conceived as a fantasy adventure for promoting native African languages. The trailer was released with some fanfare 4 months ago but the resources that went into its development meant it would take a lot to develop a full fledged version of the series, hence a break while we figured out a short-term model for our audience. Enter, Chris Ihidero’s Story Story Masterclass Series. During the workshop led by Chris Ihidero , one of my favorite speakers, Victor Aghahowa shared his experience on a successful miniseries he’d made with limited resources setting off an idea in my head. It hadn’t occurred to me or Tughu (one of the animators on the team who was also at the workshop) that we could use the same concept for delivering on teaching Yoruba custom. That’s where the idea for the Yoruba101 miniseries was born. Lola Opatayo, a brilliant writer was at the workshop and bought into the idea of the miniseries when I shared with her. As a mother, I couldn’t think of a better person than Lola to write the script for the Yoruba101 miniseries for children. Kola Tubosun threw in his support by helping us vet the Yoruba spellings for the translations.
So, here we go; we’re ready to go out with at least 6 episodes.