Super Sema, an African cartoon, inspires thousands of black children

Written By: Gravitas desk WION
New Delhi Published: Mar 16, 2021, 11:12 PM(IST)

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In a world where children watching cartoons is always seen as a waste of time, this animated show is helping kids absorb knowledge and evolve beyond the confines of a classroom

Meet Sema, an African superhero with academic powers, or as she likes to call it, the power of STEAM:  Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math

Sema lives in what's described as 'the neo-African-futuristic community of Dunia' along with her brother. Sema uses her awesome powers to code world-changing apps, create energy from waste, engineer technological solutions for her family, develop virtual worlds, launch a space rocket, and if she's hungry, she might just print 3D pizzas.

Apart from these skills, each episode of this show also teaches values that are important and relevant to children everywhere in the world: Grit, resilience, determination, love for people and awareness about the environment.

It's a groundbreaking series on many levels. It is produced by a female-led team. The lead is a Black female superhero. The show is set entirely in Africa. And all the voice artists are from Kenya.

In a world where children watching cartoons is always seen as a waste of time, this animated show is helping kids absorb knowledge and evolve beyond the confines of a classroom.

It is also inspiring thousands of Black children to dream beyond what they think is possible.

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