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Our Very Own Animated Super Hero! Watch the Trailer for E.X.O – Legend of Wale Williams by Roye Okupe

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What do you think about the idea of an animated Nigerian super hero? Cool, right?

Well if you agree, then Roye Okupe, has created E.X.O: The Legend of Wale Williams – a super hero story set in futuristic Nigeria.

Synopsis
A superhero story about redemption, set in a futuristic, 2025 Africa! The 136 page graphic novel follows the journey of Wale Williams; an impetuous young man who inherits a suit with super powers after his father goes missing. Tricked into returning home to Lagoon City, Nigeria following a five-year absence, Wale embarks on a journey to investigate his father’s mysterious disappearance. As he comes to understand the suit’s powers, Wale realizes he must restore hope to his city by preventing catastrophic attacks from the sociopathic, Oniku, leader of an extremist group called The CREED.

Read the first chapter for free here.

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Watch the trailer below:

Roye noted that his interest in superheroes and cartoons started from the’80s and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. “I started E.X.O. for 2 main reasons. First of which was to finally step out and take a risk to make my dream come true. I have always had a dream to create a superhero from Nigeria where I was born and raised. The second reason was pride. I wanted to do something positive and inspiration for my country (Nigeria) and my continent Africa. When people see E.X.O. either animated on screen or read as a graphic novel, I want them to see a different side of Africa (our booming tech industry, amazing city architecture, unique culture, African humor, Afrofuturism etc.), a side that is not regularly shown in mainstream media.”

He explains more in this video below:

Like what you’ve seen and want more? Click HERE to buy the full novel.

11 Comments

  1. p

    September 3, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    reason why we should buy your book? you could have said something more appealing rather than begging… some people might not be convinced to buy the book but all the same i love the concept congrats!!!

  2. amaa

    September 3, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Add uncovering billion of naira stolen by politicians to your story line that will be interesting

  3. Oluwadamilola Akinayo

    September 3, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Awesome stuff and the paperback has sold out in one day!!!
    dm3drev-studeos.blogspot.com

  4. Juwon

    September 3, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Why does that fight scene look like the finale battle between Zuko and Azula in Avatar: The Last Airbender.

  5. Unique

    September 3, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Wow!!! Im loving this. Imma pre order. Proudly a cartoon freak

  6. Mabo

    September 3, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    I love the Guts, Great Direction, good start up . Excellence all the way bro

  7. Tosin

    September 3, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    🙂
    #balls

  8. vincent

    September 3, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    A trailer should at least give a little hint on the story line, what is this actually, how did he become a super hero, what are his powers, what course does he fight for. common????

  9. PurpleiciousBabe

    September 4, 2015 at 1:46 am

    Why should I buy the book?? (What the creator should have tried to say/convey)
    Well there are number of reasons why?
    Firstly, it is a new and exciting concept that you will not only find interesting but more refreshing and innovative.
    Secondly, it is showcasing African’s talent and doing something we are not generally known for.
    Thirdly, you are buying into an investment. You are part of the investment and part of history. Years down the line when your children are loving the series etc you can proudly say you were part of its humble beginning.
    Fourth, buy into the book because it needs your support towards the overall vision.
    Buy the book because it is WORTH EVERY PENNY.
    Heck, why not buy it, it is DIFFERENT and NEW. (The idea sells itself because it is different).
    Dont be the last person without the book, be the 21st Century of Africa- Nigeria.
    You can hire me oo for future briefings. x

    Me: I love the concept.
    I love the creativity and effort behind the book.
    I love the hardwork and authenticity.
    And NO the trailer did not help much but the guy did provide hints.

    I will buy it, I am your audience because I like animation/comic books.( I am not a collector).
    Anyone who loves animation is your audience(regardless of age). However, your target market is HUGE…. You need to know your target are different from audience… Your target market are mostly young male children. Also older males/comic collectors, females etc Guy, this book should be the next CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR EVERY BOY and some GIRLS. Your target MARKET IS HUGE…. KIA, I can help you. x
    Goodness, where are the govt initiatives that fund project like this instead of wacking the money/stealing.

    Kudos to you. well done.
    I see a GREAT FUTURE. XXX

  10. austine chima

    September 4, 2015 at 10:30 am

    originality is what we need, not recycled western movies please.Nice stuff though

  11. dayo

    September 5, 2015 at 3:38 am

    This is great! This is history in the making… Buy the book if you have any idea about the precedence this young man is about to set. As a matter of fact, “you” would be stupid not to buy the book. Personally, I plan to buy several copies for myself and my kids(even if I have to force them to read it) This is what I have been waiting for…a new talent spurred by the “nollywood concept” and its effect on a new generation of adventurous youth, with a diversified penchant for creativity. Stay the course Mr. Okupe; trust me, a lot-more than you expected- is going to happen with this…

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