Nickelodeon Africa will bring SpongeBob SquarePants: isiZulu to our screens in December.
Nickelodeon tested interest in an isiZulu-dubbed version SpongeBob SquarePants on the animated character’s birthday in July this year and the resonance was clear. Furthermore, this initiative is inline with Paramount Africa’s mission to strive for creative excellence and cultural impact across the programming of all its channels.
“Paramount Africa and Nickelodeon are committed to playing a pivotal role in promoting diversity, creativity and edutainment for African youth. Through Nickelodeon Africa’s dubbing of SpongeBob SquarePants into isiZulu we are unleashing the power of content; unleashing the value, impact and emotion of an already iconic piece of content. In so doing, we allow our children to see and hear themselves in the characters they have grown to love,” explains Monde Twala, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Paramount Africa and Peer Lead, BET International.
“We couldn’t just choose any show to achieve our mission of cultural impact and better representation on our channel; we had to choose the best. SpongeBob SquarePants has earned his stripes and this isiZulu series aims to preserve local language base and reach for new audiences, ” continues Twala.
SpongeBob SquarePants is one of the most loved, most watched and most recognisable animation characters of all time, on TV and online. Loved by children and adults alike globally, he is the most watched show on YouTube, and Facebook in South Africa with more than 1.5 billion views for the year so far.
You can catch SpongeBob SquarePants: isiZulu every Monday from 5 December at 07:30 and 15:00 on NickToons (Channel 308).
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