A South African-produced TV series, My Better World, produced by Fundi Films in collaboration with MAAN Creative for Impact(Ed) International, recently won an International Emmy Award for the Kids: Factual & Entertainment category at the prestigious award ceremony in New York.
Speaking about the win, Chris Morgan, South African series producer at Fundi Films, said the award recognises the great African storytelling and talent from their team of writers, animators and documentary filmmakers.
“The award is a great recognition for a huge team. One hundred creatives from seven African countries with 35 South African animators,” he added.
My Better World follows the adventures of six African teens as they navigate the complex challenges of school, family and friendship.
Morgan notes that each episode revolves around the six friends facing a particular life challenge and includes a two-minute documentary showcasing inspiring role models from across Africa.
He said, “We wanted to tell the stories that matter most and leave the audience empowered to improve their lives and the lives of those around them.”
My Better World is one of many South African production to shine on the international stage. Kim Engelbrecht, who portrays the role of Reyka, is the fifth African actress to be nominated for the International Emmy, after Egyptian Menna Shalabi (Every Week On A Friday) in 2021, Thuso Mbedu (Is’thunzi) in 2017 and 2018, and Lerato Mvelase in 2010 and Brenda Ngxoli in 2007 for Home Affairs.
According to the producers, the series has already been broadcast across 5 African countries with a reach of 140 million, with more broadcasters and countries to follow soon.
With an average of 1.4 million viewers weekly, Morgan said the series was one of Kenya’s most popular shows and the number one kids’ show in Kenya.
The first six episodes are available on the Aspire Africa YouTube channel.