And the “Loading…” continues!? The above mega length editorial cartoon by Francodus entitled CONSEQUENCES, will lead many other punchy and engaging environment and health related cartoons, comics, photo stories and info-graphics contributed to CAIB project by various cartoonists and photojournalists from across the world on a traveling campaign engaging youths of Africa on sustaining the environment. Have we got news for you?
It was the third time in 6 years that art and media experts interfaced with other relevant stakeholders in development communication were gathered in Nigeria to dialogue and deploy comedic art and media in addressing socio-political health and environment issues and other social development concerns in favour of Africa’s development and productivity, within the prism of graphic humour, edutainment and creative eductions.
An interface of both the young and the old, pundits and green horns, teachers and students, media practitioners and media consumers; the general public - all were gathered at the NUJ Press Center in Benin City, Edo State of Nigeria, on November 24, 2016, to witness the formal flag off of a planned touring ‘Open Cartoon Campaign’ on “Sustaining the Environment through Youth Engagement” as the high point of the 3rd Cartoon Africa International Biennial (CAIB), with the theme: “SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT EQUALS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT”.
The dearth of female professional press cartoonists, comic artists, photojournalists in Africa’s mainstream mass media remains a critical human communication concern in Africa. But recently in Nigeria, some African strategic thinkers and development communicators began to question and challenge the status quo through the growing international art and media collaborative: Cartoon Africa International Biennial (CAIB) festival.
One of the ways this is yielding fruits is the Francodus International Communications (FIC)-led game-changing CAIB Visual Journalism and Media Art training course cum capacity building for African youths held during the 3rd edition of the cartoon event (CAIB2016/2017) which opened on November 24, 2016, at the Press Center of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo State council, No. 1 Reservation Road, G.R.A, in Benin City, Edo State of Nigeria.
For three days the up-and-coming African journalists, university students, mass communication interns, practicing journalists interfaced with journalism experts, professional artists, photographers, cartoon animators and multimedia storytellers, to learn the fundamentals of visual journalism in the context of capacity building in reporting the environment and other health issues through visual journalism/information graphics.
My health is in my hands!
From Evbuotubu Primary school, Ugiagbe Primary school to Dayspring Nursery, Primary, Junior and Senior secondary schools, the slogan was the same: “”! School kids affirmed their resolve. The Beautiful Feet International (BFI) WinS project is making them catch on how to take responsibility for their own health and wellness in school and at home as a good way to securing their future despite the prevailing poor environmental learning conditions they are daily being subjected to due to annual flooding, environmental degradation and government neglect which has made WASH emergency higher in the area. All the schools in the WinS project are in Evbuotubu, a flood prone community in Egor Local Government Area of Edo State, Nigeria.
The BFI team of media and development specialists in collaboration with Horizon International is currently offering WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) education outreach materials to schools in flood-prone areas of the country as an intervention.
Working together with local educators, the media service of BFI is currently visiting schools in selected communities in Edo State where they engage with schoolchildren on health and wellness education. They are distributing for free WASH4All comic books and other info-graphics aimed at teaching schoolchildren the importance of clean water, good hygiene, and improved sanitation practices that will ultimately reduce the prevalence of water-borne childhood illnesses. This effort is made possible with additional support of a seed grant from The Pollination Project (TPP) and the support of individual friends of BFI.
3RD CAIB FESTIVAL FOCUSES ON CAPACITY BUILDING AND YOUTH ENGAGEMENT, CALLS FOR ENTRIES
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.
CAIB Director Francis Odupute is producing the 12 part comic book series “Schoolchildren Battle Malaria and Other Diseases” with 'WASH 4 All' and partnered with Horizon International and MediaBFI, and it’s being offered for free throughout the world!
WASH 4 ALL (water, sanitation and hygiene for all) comic book series and short animated cartoon videos are being produced by Horizon International, an NGO based at Yale University, New Haven, CT, in collaboration with the media service of Beautiful Feet International (MediaBFI), a non-profit organization based in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.
The comics are being created to positively engage youths in the fight against diseases related to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.
The comic book, “Schoolchildren Battle Malaria and Other Diseases,” was created and designed by Francis Odupute, an award-winning artist and journalist, and his MediaBfi team in Nigeria. Francis U. Odupute is Founder and President of Bfi and an artist for Horizon International.
This is the first edition of a planned 12 part series entitled “WASH 4 All.”
“Parents, schoolteachers, and community-leaders and health care workers through the entire world who can use the comic as a learning tool, are also part of our audience,” said Odupute. “They all play strategic roles in WASH education efforts.”
As Odupute says, “Cartoons and comics are a unique art form and powerful information, education communication tool for public education and behavioural change, especially among youths. Working together with Horizon International has given us the opportunity to apply our talents to help youth especially in countries where the need for greater understanding of the importance of WASH is greatest. And to thus engage youths to tackle WASH challenges in the spirit of securing their future.”
This first comic book focuses on malaria and touches on other water-related diseases.