Roye Okupe – 11:30 to 12:00 La Rambla Stage
Roye Okupe’s debut graphic novel “E.X.O. The Legend of Wale Williams Part One”, a superhero story set in a futuristic Nigeria, was received with critical acclaim and has been featured on CNN, Forbes, The New York Times, NBC, The Guardian, ABC7, BBC, The Huffington Post, Mashabe and more!
The Journey to Living the Dream: Steps to achieving the impossible
“I dreamed of doing comics and animation all of my life but all of my life I felt like I was never good enough. It wasn’t until I understood that the first step to succeeding is believe you can. Now I use my daily life of being a full time comic book writer to inspire people to chase their dream while living mine. My talk will be centered around how I went from doubting myself as a writer/creator to getting my first book on CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, BBC and Forbes all in less than a year.”
ABOUT ROYE OKUPE
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Roye Okupe is a creative specialist who holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in computer science from The George Washington University. His passion for animation led him to found YouNeek Studios in 2012, an avenue that would allow him 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, 2D/3D animated short films, TV commercials, show openers, music videos and much more. These productions have allowed Roye to attain much prestigious recognition such as being #5 on Ventures Africa’s list of 40 African innovators to watch .
With the superhero genre currently at the height of popularity, Roye has made it a goal to create a connected universe of heroes, with origins from locations that are currently neglected and/or ignored. In August 2015, Roye released his debut graphic novel titled: E.X.O. The Legend of Wale Williams Part One, a superhero story set in a futuristic Nigeria. E.X.O. was received with critical acclaim and has since been featured on CNN, Forbes, The New York Times, NBC, The Guardian, ABC7, BBC, The Huffington Post, Mashabe and more!