Lupita Nyongo teams up with new start-up, Kukua, to bring new YouTube Original kids’ content to Kenya

Oscar-winning actress, Lupita Nyongo has partnered with new media and tech start-up, Kukua to bring the franchise, Super Sema, a new YouTube Original kids’ and family program.

Super Sema will debut the first eight-episodes on March 8 and will mark Africa’s first animated kid superhero series. The remaining 12 episodes will be released from March to April. Fueled by STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) superpowers, Super Sema follows the adventures of an extraordinary young African girl, Sema, who lives in the neo-African-futuristic community of Dunia.

Kukua’s COO Vanessa Ford added, “74% of characters on TV remain white and only a few portray Black female leads in STEAM. As a Black girl growing up in North America who majored in science, I didn’t see anyone that looked like me when I watched cartoons or walked into a chemistry class.”

Kukua is an edutainment startup with an award-winning female team working at the intersection of technology, entertainment and education. Super Sema is the company’s first franchise and was introduced to children in Africa through literacy apps.