About Us

YouNeek™ Studios is an award-winning multiplatform entertainment company founded by Roye Okupe. Using graphic novels, animation, video games, and other forms of media, YouNeek focuses on telling extraordinary stories about extraordinary characters inspired by African history, culture, and mythology, with the ultimate goal of empowering African creatives and storytelling across the globe.

Our Why

To create a movement of African inspired storytelling across multiple mediums.

Our Value Proposition

  • Award-winning content
  • Attention to detail
  • Representation
  • Awesome characters & stories for everyone

Our Mission

Simply put, through the use of graphic novels, animation, video games, and other forms of media, we focus on telling extraordinary stories about extraordinary characters inspired by African history, culture, and mythology. We do this with the ultimate goal of empowering African creatives and storytelling across the globe.

Our Vision

Empowering African creatives & storytelling

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Our CEO

“From the first day I laid my eyes on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoons in the ’80s, I’ve been hooked on superheroes. Since then, I’ve watched, played and read every single superhero-related title I could lay my hands (movies, comics, manga, anime, graphic novels, animated movies, video games and beyond). And then in 2015, after noticing there wasn’t a lot of African inspired stories in the genre, I decided to change that. Hopefully, YouNeek Studios fulfills my goal of adding something unique to the industry”
– Roye Okupe, Owner/Creative Director at YouNeek Studios

About Roye Okupe

Roye Okupe Adewunmi Okupe

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Roye Okupe is an award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter, author, and entrepreneur whose passion for comics and animation led him to found YouNeek Studios in 2015, an avenue that would allow him to pursue his dream of creating a diverse library of superheroes. Under that umbrella, Roye wrote, produced and directed several animated productions, including, but not limited to, the award-winning and critically acclaimed Malika – Warrior Queen Animated Short. These productions have allowed Roye to attain many prestigious recognitions, such as being #5 on Ventures Africa’s list of 40 African innovators to watch (2016) as well as being part of NewAfrican Magazines’ 100 most influential Africans two years in a row (2016 & 2017). Most significantly, in 2021, Roye was nominated for the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics, meant to honor “commitment to excellence and inclusion.”

In 2021, YouNeek landed a 10-book publishing deal through Dark Horse Comics (which was later extended by an additional 20 books in 2021) to create an original line of Superhero and Fantasy stories. From this line, his title, IYANU: CHILD OF WONDER, was recently greenlit as an animated series at Max/Cartoon Network, with LionForge Animation producing and Roye serving as EP/Creator, Director, and Showrunner.