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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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Results of the 2nd Cartoon Africa International Biennial Festival 2014!

Here's the complete list of Winner's of the 2nd Cartoon Africa International Biennial for 2014!

The Theme for this years Contest was "Africa of the Future".

CAIB Sub-Themes...


1st position: STANE JAGODIC (Slovenia)
2nd position: MARIA ANGELICA TEJADA (Philippines)
3rd position: HOMAYOUN ABDOLRAHIMI (Iran)

 Honourable Mention 1: MANUEL S. SERRANO (Spain)
 Honourable Mention 2: LUC DESCHEEMAEKER (Belgium)

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Cartoon Museum Up in Benin City

Comic Characters Fight to End Gender Violence in Africa
A private mini museum of cartoons and comics has been set up in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, by the organisers of the ongoing Cartoon Africa International Biennial (CAIB) festival. Arguably Africa’s premier cartoon and comic art museum, and definitely Nigeria’s first ever cartoon museum, the private humour art space is projected to metamorphose into a world class institution for the promotion of contemporary communication art researches in Africa and for cultural exchanges and creative education.
The yet-to-be-launched “CAIB Cartoon Museum” is sequel to the successful opening of the 1st Cartoon Africa International Biennial (CAIB) festival/exhibition on 23rd November, 2012, at White Space in Ikoyi, Lagos State, Nigeria. All selected cartoons by the event’s jury were collected into a temporary space at house number 4, Oghagbon Street, Evbuotubu in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, by FICDATA, a community based, art and media organization in Benin City and the main facilitators of the CAIB programme.

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Results of the 1st Cartoon Africa International Biennial Festival 2012!

It was indeed one of the most challenging creative and intellectual tasks of their lives in one sitting - selecting the best from a bunch of bests!
But for some 5 complete hours in a stretch, a steep eight-man jury led by international awards-winning cartoon journalist and artist, Francis Umendu Odupute, the initiator and curator of the first Cartoon Africa International Biennial Festival (CAIB), graded and selected what they regarded as the “ground-breakers” in a history-making communication art strategy deploying cartoons and humour Art to collaboratively push for sustainable development in Africa, and to promote African cartooning culture, artistic excellence and cultural exchanges in a global context, within the prism of humour. 
The National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), through the National Museum, Benin City, Edo State, provided the venue/space for the CAIB-2012 jury exercise with some of its Exhibition Unit staff fully involved to ensure the comfort of all jury members and that the selection process went in line with international best practices and in conformity with the thematic framework of the CAIB 2012 programme. Finally, the following results emerged from the office of the CAIB-2012 Central Working Committee: 

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Photos from the Festival

Here's a selection of images from the Festival!

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Gender Advocacy Comics: NAWOJ, FICDATA to take Advantage of CAIB

Within the frame work of the Protocol to the African Chapter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (a.k.a the A.U. Protocol on Women’s rights), and in the context of  advancing the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs), the National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Edo State chapter, and the FIC Development Advocacy Through Art (FICDATA) last week strategized to garner more media  and artistic support and participation in the African regional comic series project aimed at spreading awareness of the AU Protocol as well as information sharing on other areas of the gender agenda in Africa, especially in Nigeria.
In a ground breaking planning meeting held in Benin City last week at the instance of FICDATA and the African Press cartoon syndication company (APC), in respect of the forthcoming CARTOON AFRICA International biennia festival /contest (CAIB) in Lagos, the leadership of NAWOJ Edo State, represented by the association’s chairperson, Comrade Ijeoma  Umeh, noted that gender balance, justice and equality remain central to any efforts for meaningful democratic progress and social development of any society, hence the need for increased massive awareness creation, interventions and actions to ending all forms of violence against women and girls in our society.

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