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Roye Okupe, Creator of E.X.O – the Nigerian Super Hero Animation is Featured on Washington Post

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Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 7.35.52 AMLast year, we shared the story of Nigerian-born animator, Roye Okupe, and his comic book story – E.X.O: The Legend of Wale Williams – a super hero story set in futuristic Nigeria. {Click here if you missed it}

This week, his story was shared on The Washington Post.

Here is an excerpt from the feature:

Okupe, now 31, arrived in the United States in 2002, attending George Washington University and earning a bachelors and master’s degree in computer science in 2007 and 2009. In between those degrees he took a class in animation at the Art Institute of Washington. After college, while working as a web developer for International Software Systems in Greenbelt, Md., Okupe was able to put together an eight-minute animated trailer featuring his first superhero creation, Wale Williams, a young, 20-something Nigerian who suits up in high-tech armor to become the African superhero E.X.O. (Endogenic Xoskeletal Ordnance).

Okupe shopped his trailer to distributors, television networks and investors for a year and got nowhere. One movie producer even told him that E.X.O. looked interesting, but he should think about changing the race of the character.

“That was a down period for me. I really had to dig into believing in myself that I could actually get this done,” Okupe told The Washington Post’s Comic Riffs. “Hearing that from someone who was in the [entertainment] industry, I almost took it for the gospel. But if you have a dream, it’s your responsibility to make it happen and then people will join the bandwagon once you start to get some recognition.

Read the full story HERE on Washington Post

5 Comments

  1. Gorgeous

    August 26, 2016 at 5:27 am

    Is he one of Doyin’s sons? Doyin Mr sharp mouth that has run under cover. The twist of fate Mr Doyin’s has faced, since govt changed makes me laugh. Nice job on the comic book! Nothing as refreshing as pursuing your dreams and it works in your favor!

    • Bimbo

      August 26, 2016 at 10:17 am

      He is definitely Mr doyin s son, the resemblance is quite strong

  2. Tosin

    August 26, 2016 at 6:29 am

    proud!

  3. Ethio

    August 26, 2016 at 8:34 am

    anything out of the ordinary, and so nicely and passionately done is welcome by me. i love this, big ups roye! ?

  4. Oluwadamilola Akinayo

    August 26, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Great stuff,Dewunmi,you made us proud & more grace,man….if y’all want to get a copy of his comics & merchandise be present at the 5th annual Lagos ComicCon 2016 in Ikeja. Visit http://www.lagoscomiccon.com for more info…

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