‘Wewe Mimi Sisi’ is an exciting new TV series created by Drop A Jewel Network founder Nii Klotey Quaye and his five-year-old daughter Xolani, which aims to adapt classic African stories into fun and interactive programs for children, which incorporates captivating storytelling with dynamic yoga movement and exercise, in a bid to help them develop their physical and mental health and improve their overall wellbeing.
The pilot episode of ‘Wewe Mimi Sisi’ retells the riveting Ghanaian tale of Xolani’s favourite classic African stories ‘Anansi & The Yams’, and is packed with life lessons for children, whether it is of the perils of laziness and deceit, the dangers of revenge, or the benefits of friendship, among other things that ‘Wewe Mimi Sisi’ can teach children, while also encouraging them to move. The series also aims to foster and sow seeds of stronger community within the African diaspora, while celebrating the union between ancient African wisdom and contemporary black excellence.
The all-black team that has brought ‘Wewe Mimi Sisi’ to life include passionate yoga student and fashion designer Haliymah, who starred in and co-produced the pilot episode ‘Anansi & The Yams’, illustrator Selom Sonu, who created all the art for the pilot, 16-year-old music student and burgeoning producer OMadeIt, who curated the soundtrack for the episode, internationally renowned musician Mikel Ameen, who developed the ‘Wewe Mimi Sisi’ theme song, and the black-owned production company Studio 44 that filmed and edited ‘Anansi & The Yams’.
Speaking about the inspiration for the ‘Wewe Mimi Sisi’ series, Drop A Jewel Network founder Nii Klotey Quaye says, “Following the teachings of Dr Khalid Muhammad, it’s important for us to receive both information and inspiration. Often, we have tried to teach our children their culture out of context of their reality. This offering serves to correct this approach by putting children at the heart of Africa, and allowing the Africa that is in their hearts to blossom. ‘Wewe Mimi Sisi’ is a celebration of the union between ancient African wisdom with contemporary Black excellence which gives life to a beautiful future legacy for our children”.
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