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3rd CAIB Festival Focuses on Capacity Building and Youth Engagement

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo State Council, will host the forthcoming 3rd CARTOON AFRICA INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL (CAIB2016/2017), holding in November, 2016, in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, with an audacious traveling  ‘Open Cartoon Campaign’ on sustaining the environment; plus an INTENSIVE 3-day international visual journalism training for journalists and other stakeholders.

According to Francis Umendu Odupute, initiator and curator of the biennial public education media/art event, “CAIB exists primarily to shape public opinion and drive sustainable development in Africa through media and comedic Art. Every other year, we bring together in Nigeria international press cartoonists, photojournalists, cartoon animators, graphic communicators and visual journalists from Africa and around the world to Nigeria, through their artworks, to proffer artistic solutions, fresh angles and new perspectives and lend their creative voices in artistically addressing certain vital development issues not given the attention they deserved, while fostering dialogue, cross cultural creative exchanges, youth engagement/capacity building and moral capital development in favour of Africa’s development and productivity within the prism of graphic humour and edutainment.”

Odupute, however, pointed out that the CONTEST part of the cartoon biennial is currently on hold till the basic funding and logistics needs to sustain it are fully met by CAIB organizers and their partners. He cited funding dearth as CAIB’s overwhelming hindrance/challenge, due to inadequate local sponsorship support from stakeholders of the novel project.

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Post-2015 Development Agenda

Pundits Say Cartoon Africa Intl Biennial Will Fast Track Public Awareness and Behavior Changes on Many Fronts  

The 2nd edition of “CARTOON AFRICA INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL (CAIB) festival” hosted by the Edo State Ministry of Arts, Culture and Tourism at the Oba Akenzua Cultural Center, in Benin City, Nigeria, has been described by pundits, social science cum art critics and other stakeholders as a potential catalyst for social reengineering, public awareness and behavior changes across Africa and the rest of the world.

“I think it’s a wonderful thing that you have done to bring together international cartoonists here in Benin City, and it’s the hope that you get increasing support for this particular event so that you can hold it continually”, said an American, Professor Jean Borgatti, at the CAIB festival exhibition opening penultimate Thursday.

The CAIB festival seeks to explore how  Art, in synergy with allied fields/professions,  can provide ANSWER to a wide variety of issues and concerns in favour of Africa’s sustainable development and productivity while professionally researching, showcasing, promoting, rewarding excellence in the use of cartoons and graphic humour to address issues of public interest, in the context of public education.

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Professor Jean Borgatti Visits CAIB Exhibition

Professor Jean Borgatti Visits CAIB Exhibition and offers Suggestions on Future Biennials

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Edo State Arts, Culture and Tourism Commissioner Hails Cartoon Africa Intl Biennial Festival


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CAIB Brings Violence Against Women To The Forefront

Stakeholders’ Support key To Success - It is a deliberate and collaborative effort to trigger  voluntary personal actions and catalyze behavior change across African communities on gender violence through aggressive public education, awareness creation and youth engagement/capacity building activities and projects in the context of spreading awareness of the AU Protocol on Women’s rights in Africa; international artists, press cartoonists, illustrators, photographers and cartoon animators in Africa and other parts of the world are deploying comedic art and edutainment to battle gender violence and inequality in Africa, in a global context at the 2nd CARTOON AFRICA INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL(CAIB) festival hosted by the Edo State Ministry of Arts, Culture and Tourism, in Benin City.

In a presentation at the event opening last Thursday, November 27, 2014, the Executive Director of Partnership for Women and Justice (PW&J), Mrs. Ijeoma Umeh, tasked stakeholders and artists of talent to actively engage in drawing attention to women issues through artistic solutions and sponsorships.

 The PW&J leader said, “I am very glad that this event is holding at the time it is, and I want to use this medium to welcome you all to this august event and I pray that the outcome of this event would go a long way in determining the position of the society with regards to our perception of the arts and in respect of gender perspective. Whatever platform that avails to us as gender advocates we should utilize them, we should deploy them in representing the issues that affect women in the society. Just two days ago was the international day for the elimination of all forms of violence against women, and stakeholders are saying that if you have the opportunity to represent the interest of women, even as individuals, as associations, and as organizations, we should deploy those opportunities critically in raising awareness over the issues that affect women in the society.

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