About 10 months ago, we raved about Eri Umusu and Nurdin Momodu's viral short film, Plaything, which was and still is the best animated Nigerian film we've ever seen.
The 3-minute short film, which was written and directed by Umusu and Momodu, followed Ayodeji, a young boy whose boring afternoon takes a thrilling turn when he discovers his toys can do much more than just lie around in a pile.
Well, the animated short is now being made into a proper series due to be released next year, with Umusu and Momodu still directing. According to Anthill, the studio producing it, Plaything is a show "about pre-teens and the power of imagination."
Speaking with Pop about how the idea for the short film was born, Umusu said:
"While the studio I work with was in the middle of working on a TV series, Momodu, another animator, spoke to us about wanting to work on an animated short.
A conversation about animated greats like Toy Story reminded me of an earlier idea I had for a feature film. I presented my plan for the film Plaything, everyone loved it and the idea was born!"
In anticipation of the show, the studio recently revealed a character addition to the Plaything story, Aisha Bello. Aisha was born in Kano but schools in Lagos with the show's lead, Ayodeji, who also happens to be her best friend. She's described as having an "endless imagination".
While we impatiently wait for what is sure to be a brilliant show, check out Aisha Bello below: