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Mark of Uru

09 Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • Year: 2009
  • Award: World Summit Award
  • Category: Culture & Tourism
  • Country: Nigeria

Mark of Uru is an exciting web-based animation from Nigeria. Developed to fill the void of authentic African animation, the series combines digital expertise with local folk story, imagery and culture. Azuka is a girl born with a birthmark identical to the tattoo of the sinister sorceress Uru, who was banished from her village long past. Tales of agony and doom are woven around Uru and everything associated with her. Despite the efforts of Azuka's mother's to conceal the birthmark, it is eventually discovered, and the annihilation of the child becomes imminent, in order to protect the village dwellers from the curse of Uru. The intervention of a fallen elemental being, Isi-Agu, and his apprentice Etido, forestalls Azuka's execution, and she is taken to a sacred mountain out of the reach of her family, friends and foes. She embarks on a gruelling journey through treacherous terrains to unravel the mystery behind her bizarre birthmark.