Yetide Badaki (American Gods) has teamed up with Payback Entertainment to develop a TV series and comic called Naija Vamp!
According to Deadline, which broke the news, the project “is about a Nigerian vampire’s hunger for eternal love, beyond the flesh. It is described as an irreverent love letter to all those who have ever felt othered, wrapped in a blood-sucking coming-of-age self-discovery romp.”
Deadline goes on to outline the story for Naija Vamp, which follows “Bisi, who is turning 40 years old. Again. In fact, Bisi turned 40 many years ago when she became a vampire as part of her Nigerian undead family heritage. Struggling to find herself in the New World amidst navigating her family’s Old World vampiric expectations and unable to keep a partner for fear of eating them, Bisi’s (after)life has felt like one perpetual time loop she can’t quite escape.
“But this year is going to be different. This year Bisi is going to learn to accept and fully embrace all of who she is, even the blood sucking part.”
Badaki will produce Naija Vamp with Payback Entertainment founders Prentice Penny and Sebastian A. Jones, as well as Chris Pollack and Alex Soler. The comic will be published by Payback, distributed by Stranger Comics, and co-written by Badaki and Jones.
“I am over the moon to be embarking on such an epic storytelling adventure with Prentice, Sebastian and the team at Payback Entertainment,” Badaki said in a statement. “As a geek and as a Nigerian it has been a dream come true to be able to fuse both of these elements in this unconventional coming of age tale and to hopefully play a small part in further expanding inclusivity in genre spaces. To see Naija Vamp, an idea that originated in my mind, brought to fruition in partnership with the immense talents and experience of Sebastian, Prentice and the team, is the absolute geektastic cherry on top. Gratitude is an understatement.”
“When Yetide first pitched her idea of Naija Vamp I was bitten,” Jones said. “She had created such a culturally rich setting, and one I had never seen before but in a tale we could all relate to in an ironically human way. Nigerian vampires with family issues and a hero wanting to find the true love we all crave. But it’s our cravings that can get us into trouble, and hers are little more deadly. I’m so excited to be able to be part of something as fun and bloody wonderful as Naija Vamp.”
“Yetide has created something really special in Naija Vamp,” Jones added. “It feels like the perfect blend of horror and comedy from a perspective we don’t get to see enough but need more of. I’m just really honored and excited we get to explore and develop both the comic and TV landscape from inception and then launch this vampire franchise on the mortal world.”
The Naija Vamp comic is slated to launch in 2023.
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)