Standing in the Spotlight
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Name meaning

Cure, pardon, save[1]




Pride Lands


Pride Landers
Simba's pride

Afua may not know he's hurting my feelings when he says that Beba is better at everything than I am.
Kopa on Afua[2]

Afua is a male lion cub.

During his cubhood, Afua became best friends with Kopa, the prince of Pride Rock. The two cubs had a falling out when Afua met and befriended a cheetah cub named Beba, whom Afua continually compared Kopa to. Though initially distressed by Afua's behavior, Kopa realized that Afua's hurtful comments were unintentional, and he sought to reconcile with his friend.


Early life

All Afua wants to do is hang around with Beba. He doesn't want to play with me anymore.
—Kopa to Timon and Pumbaa[2]

Afua is a young lion who lived in the Pride Lands during Simba's reign. He met and befriended Kopa in cubhood, and the two later became best friends. Their friendship went through a rough patch when Afua began to pay more attention to a talented young cheetah cub named Beba.

Falling out with Kopa

Best friends never hate each other. They only do that if one of them does something really, really bad.
—Kopa reflects on his friendship with Afua[2]

Although Afua never makes a direct appearance, he is an important character in terms of the problems he's created for Kopa, his best friend. After befriending Beba, a cheetah cub, Afua becomes somewhat obsessed with the cheetah's natural abilities in running and climbing. Kopa's feelings are hurt when Afua compares him to Beba, and he is ultimately jealous of the attention the cheetah cub is getting.

Kopa goes to Timon and Pumbaa for advice, and they, in turn, tell him a story from when they were still living in the jungle with Simba. After hearing the story, Kopa realizes that Afua may not know how much hurt he is inflicting on his friend by comparing him to Beba. In better spirits, Kopa scampers off to talk with Afua. It is strongly hinted that the two cubs make up by the end of the story.

Personality and traits

He's a nice kid.
Pumbaa on Afua[2]

Although Afua never makes a direct appearance, his personality is commented upon by several chief characters, including Kopa, his best friend. Through Kopa, it is implied that Afua is a somewhat preoccupied character, as he does not seem to realize the hurt he is inflicting on his friend by comparing him to greater talents, primarily Beba, a cheetah cub who has thoroughly impressed Afua with his great running talents.



  1. Afua meaning
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 A Snake in the Grass