Among a plethora of African superheroes currently gracing the African skies, there is one I think is most worthy of note and he is Kwezi. The South African superhero created and drawn by Loyiso Mkize.
“Kwezi is a young city dweller who discovers he has super human abilities. His journey starts off as a self serving narcissist who only uses his abilities to further his social status. This is until he is tracked down by three individuals who exhibit similar evolutionary talents. It’s not long until Kwezi is confronted with the truth about his powers and is faced with an important decision; to carry out his life serving no particular purpose, or joining his new companions on a journey to discover who he really is and what he is destined to be.” That’s the official synopsis of the character.
Loyiso Mkezi didn’t begin his foray into the comic book world with Kwezi however. His journey began several years earlier with the rather popular Supa Strikas comic book. A comic book centered around soccer players and which was mostly used as a medium for advertisers to display their brands and products. The success of this comic is also worthy of note and it even inspired an animated series which is still currently running on Nickelodeon Africa.
The Kwezi comic book followed seven years after Mkize worked as head illustrator for the Supa Strikas comic book, which is available in print in South Africa and numerous other countries around the world, including Nigeria, which is where the title was originally created.
Loyiso Mkize is a South African visual artist and was born in Butterworth, 19th March 1987. He studied at CPUT in Cape Town where he achieved his diploma qualification in graphic design in 2009. In 2015 he founded his own visual arts and communication company Loyiso Mkize Art (Pty) Ltd which produces its flagship South African superhero comic book, KWEZI.
With Kwezi, Mkize has brought much-needed diversity to comics, where, as the artist explains, young South Africans have never had a superhero with which they share appearance, language, experience and environment. Through his project,Mkize is exploring both the power of comics, as well as their ability to empower.
Mkize also paints as a method of documenting his ideas. His subjects are generally African, and his focus is to explore the complex nature that makes up this modern man, his environment, predisposition and culture.
You can buy the comic here @ Kwezi on amazon.com