Africa’s first superhero comes to television screens soon


Set largely in modern day Johannesburg, arguably the New York of Africa, ‘Jongo’ (Season 1) tells the story of a young man, Eli King, who acquires an array of supernatural abilities after an alien crystal is found in a cave at the Cradle of Humankind.

Created by Philip Wolmarans, Gareth Corocker, Fred Wolmarans and Nick Keulemans of Motion Story, ‘Jongo’ is the first mainstream African-based superhero television series.

The high-impact drama delves deeply into universal themes with the title character Eli King finding a stone that was left to him by his father, an enslaved miner who is murdered shortly after escaping from the cave. As Eli tries to deal with the death of his father and sets out to find the men responsible, he must also grapple with the powers of the crystal and how they will indelibly alter the course of his life. What Eli doesn’t know is that the men he is hunting have crystals of their own and need Eli’s stone to fulfill an ancient and devastating prophecy, which will threaten the lives of millions.

The title character, Eli King, will be played by one of the world’s top hip-hop dancers (who is yet to be named) and his dancing will feature prominently in the series.

‘Jongo’ is set to be released in December 2015.

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