Published Aug 13
9 African Kids Shows for All Ages
We've rounded up the best kids educational series and family movies that are proudly African - the coasts of the Cape to the slopes of Kilimanjaro, and beyond! All streaming on Showmax.
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Toddlers and Preschoolers
A perfect way for curious kids to learn about the animal kingdom, Tinga Tinga Tales is a Kenyan animated series that’s inspired by African folk tales and tells the story of the origin of various animals. Using captivating stories, colour and songs, Tinga Tinga Tales explains how animals came to be how they are today – why does the lion have a trunk, why the eagles rule the sky, why a chameleon changes its colours and more.
Akili and Me is an animated edutainment series set in Tanzania that is perfect for preschoolers. The series follows the young Akili as she escapes to the magical dream world of Lala Land where animals can talk and where Akili together with her animal friends get to learn about language, letters, numbers and art.
Near Mount Kilimanjaro, there is a zoo full of unique creatures. A baby elephant with zebra stripes or a flamingo-coloured lion? You never know what you'll see at Zafari.
Jabu, an intrepid nine-year-old from Masiphumelele, Cape Town, and his magic talking drum explore the jungle and help animals in need. This fun series is set to Afro-pop music.
Lower Primary Schoolers
Khumba is a young zebra with only half his stripes. He’s blamed for the drought and sets off on a quest to find the waterhole where the other zebras got all their stripes. An animated delight for the whole family.
Kai travels to the bustling bird city of Zambezia to discover the truth about his father. Made in South Africa but with A-list Hollywood actors lending their voices, including Jenifer Lewis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum and more.
Tweens and Teens
Perfect for family viewing, this multi-award-winning Kenyan film, Supa Modo, tells the heartwarming story of Jo (Stycie Waweru, Lusala), a terminally ill nine-year-old girl whose last wish is to become a superhero, a dream that comes true when her strong-headed big sister rallies the whole community behind her. Despite its emotional plot, Supa Modo has an uplifting message for children of all ages. It won a Children’s Jury Special Mention at the Berlin Film Festival and was also named Best European Film for Children from the European Children’s Film Association.
Who can forget the comic Supa Strikas, the Saturday Nation pullout that introduced us to the great football team Supa Strikas and stars like Shakes Makena, El Matador and Dancing Rasta? Adapted into an animated series, Supa Strikas follows Shakes and his teammates on their quest to become the greatest football team in the world.
Combining documentary scenes and animation, Liyana is described as a hybrid documentary. It follows the story of a young Swazi girl who attempts to rescue her twin brothers after they're kidnapped. Inspired by real-life stories.
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