Twende
Play video

Twende

Flag keMade in Kenya

Twende is Showmax’s first Original 2D animated series, and the first animation of this quality and scale to be made almost entirely in Africa. 

The first Showmax Original 2D animated series, Twende follows a pangolin of the same name, the slowest moving animal in the savannah. Twende’s belief that “life is about the journey, not the destination” is constantly at odds with his job as a boda boda driver in the bustling, fictional East African city of Milima.

Twende is voiced by Junior Nyong’o (The Legend of Lwanda Magere, Hamlet), while June Gachui (Crime and Justice, Nairobi Half Life) plays his unlikely best friend and navigator, Nuru – a whip-smart bird who always looks out for her bestie, even if his chilled-out vibe drives her crazy sometimes.

Kalasha Awards nominee Elsaphan Njora (Super Sema, Kati Kati) voices Boss, the perennially broke and exhausted hyena who owns the boda boda agency where Nuru and Twende work. The all-Kenyan voice cast also includes Charles Ouda (Crime and Justice) as showy stunt driver Kimbe and Mkamzee Mwatela (Mali) as Boss’s rival, Madam Mongoose, CEO of the evil tech empire Goober. Also listen out for Kalasha Awards winner Nyokabi Macharia (Super Sema), Joyce Musoke (Second Family) and seasoned voice actor and director Khaemba W. Edward (Ogas at the Top, The XYZ Show).

Produced by London-based Braintrust and Johannesburg-based Mind’s Eye Creative, Twende is co-created by Charlie Maas, Kayla Archer, Mike Scott and Regan Riskas Maas, with Greig Cameron (Seal Team, Supa Strikas) as the showrunner.

Twende’s pilot screened in competition at Annecy, the world’s premier animation festival, in 2021. MultiChoice Studios is handling international sales.

The first 2D animated show of this scale and quality made almost entirely in Africa, Twende is now streaming on Showmax.

Slow down and enjoy the ride.

Join the conversation: #twendeshowmax

More Showmax Originals you will love

Sefako and Tumelo in Youngins S1

Youngins Season 1 episodes 28-30 recap: Liars and fighters

Khaya dumps Buhle via text, Amo tells Mahlatse how she feels, Mahlatse punches Sefako, and Amo figures out that Khaya is a rat in episodes 28-30 of Showmax Original Youngins.

Original
/images/za.svgMade in South Africa
Simphiwe Ngema as Zanele in The Winning Ticket on Showmax

Simphiwe Ngema talks The Winning Ticket, and staying grounded

Actress Simphiwe Ngema discusses her new Showmax film The Winning Ticket, embracing love and staying grounded. Now streaming on Showmax.

Original
/images/za.svgSouth African
The Winning Ticket is on Showmax

The Winning Ticket (2024)

A happy family lives simply when their youngest daughter prays for them to win the lotto. Their lives drastically change when they do.

Original
/images/za.svgMade in South Africa
The Winning Ticket on Showmax

The Winning Ticket to trouble: what not to do if you win big

A normal South African family goes from kotas to caviar when their lotto dreams come true in the Showmax Original The Winning Ticket. But here’s why they should brace for trouble.

Original
/images/za.svgMade in South Africa
Mabusi in RHODurban S4 on Showmax

The Real Housewives of Durban S4: Jojo accepts Mabusi’s apology

In episode 10 of The Real Housewives of Durban S4, Mabusi apologises to Jojo during Slee’s fashion event. New episodes every Wednesday on Showmax.

Original
/images/za.svgMade in South Africa
Slee and RD in RHODurban S4 on Showmax

The Real Housewives of Durban S4: Slee meets Nonku’s ex

In episode 9 of The Real Housewives of Durban S4, Slee meets with Nonku’s ex, RD. New episodes every Wednesday on Showmax.

Original
Maria in episode 8 of The Real Housewives of Durban S4

The Real Housewives of Durban S4: The apology tour

In episode 8 of The Real Housewives of Durban S4, Angel attempts to apologise to Maria. New episodes every Wednesday on Showmax.

Original
/images/za.svgMade in South Africa
Donna Cormack-Thomson as Erika in Catch Me A Killer

Donna Cormack-Thomson on her breakthrough in Catch Me A Killer

Newcomer Donna Cormack-Thomson talks about her breakthrough role as Micki’s partner, detective Erica Botha. All episodes of Catch Me A Killer are streaming on Showmax.

Original
/images/za.svgSouth African