Africa's latest futuristic superhero is from Nigeria

The days of having virtually no superhero elements in African culture might be seeing an end soon, as more and more young people like Roye Okupe, are creating superheroes with African elements that most people can relate to.

EXO: Legend of Wale Williams

EXO:Legend of Wale Williams Part One is 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 LagoonCity, 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 sociopath, Oniku, leader of an extremist group called The CREED.

Roye Okupe is creator/writer of EXO: Legend of Wale Williams. The Lagos-born digital animator with his team, YouNeek Studios, created the afrofuturistic comic despite being told by several possible investors that the comic would have not much of a fanbase. Okupe, speaking top OkayAfrica.com, revealed that he persevered because of his love for comics.

“From the first day I laid my eyes on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoons in the ’80s, I’ve been hooked on superheroes. Since then I’ve watched, played and read every single superhero-related title I could lay my hands on: movies, comics, manga, anime, graphic novels, animated movies/series, video games etc. Then in 2008, after noticing there wasn’t a lot of diversity within the genre, I decided to tell a story about a hero from Nigeria”, he says.

E.X.O.: The Legend of Wale Williams Part 1 is available via , , , or directly from . The first chapter can also be found for free .

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