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Participate in the 4th Cartoon Africa Int’l Biennial (CAIB) Festival &Traveling Cartoon Campaigns!

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“AFRICA OF THE FUTURE: Sustainable Development through Youth Empowerment”

It is resiliently growing. Every other year, within the prism of graphic humour and edutainment, it brings together international cartoonists, cartoon animators, comic artists, multimedia experts from Africa and around the world to Nigeria - through their creative works - to interface and share ideas and innovations that can change the creative economy of Africa, and to lend their artistic voices in drawing attention to crucial development issues in Africa not given the attention they deserved.

It’s the 4th edition of Cartoon Africa International Biennial (CAIB) Festival!

According toFrancis Umendu Odupute, initiator and curator of this biennial public education media/art program, “The central theme of CAIB2018/2019 is:  “AFRICA OF THE FUTURE: Sustainable Development through Youth Empowerment.” For this edition, we are consolidating on our youth capacity building in cartoon and comedic art, cartoon animation and general pictorial storytelling, and we’re leveraging on ICT to expand our engagements and training frontiers to eLearning program, especially for African girls.

Odupute said, “Since its establishment in November, 2012, the Cartoon Africa International Biennial (CAIB) festival has resiliently and consistently focused on fostering creative dialogues and broadening audience engagement on securing Africa of the future. So far, the CAIB festival has successfully fostered dialogues that had deep impacts on youths, promoted cross cultural creative exchanges cum creative tourism, as well as capacity building and moral capital development in favour of Africa’s productivity in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


“We are also repeating all the core thematic issues we started addressing from day one because we want to broaden our audience engagement leveraging on technology. Our plan is to embark on a series of strategic promotional, awareness creation cum fundraising traveling cartoon campaigns/exhibitions and workshops/trainings in selected communities, schools, towns and cities in Nigeria, and regionally in some other parts of Africa through prospective in-country partners and collaborators”, the CAIB curator explained.

In tandem with our thematic framework, the planned 24-month strategic traveling advocacy Cartoon campaigns and workshopswill span from the first quarter of 2019 until the last quarter of 2020, and will focus majorly on youth empowerment and moral capital development; Health and wellness; the Gender agenda; Nigeria of the Future; and special Open Cartoon campaigns on the environment.

*Sub-themes/topics for the 4th CAIB festival 2018/2019: Within the consolidated thematic framework of CAIB2018/2019, interested participants should attempt to graphically interpret any of the following strategic sub-themes/topics through polemic and humourous illustrations, cartoons, cartoon animations, comic books/ graphic novels, photo stories and other graphic humour formats:
 
1.      “The God Factor” (Art4God project);
 
2.       “Laugh and Cry with Naija”(…state of the nation);
 
3.       “Sustaining the Environment Through Youth Engagement”;
 
4.      “Our Children, Our Future: Literacy & Cultural reclamation” (Case Study of Benin Kingdom);
 
5.      “W.A.S.H4All: (Water Access, Sanitation and Hygiene for All comics and animations)”;
 
6.      “Youth Against Gender Violence!” (‘Media4Women’s Rights’ [MeWOR] project);
 
7.      “Drug Abuse, Human Trafficking and Illegal Migration – What Alternatives for African youths?”
 
8.      FREE: (Here, artists are at liberty to submit any good cartoons, etc. based on their own topic(s);

Highlight of major ‘programs of event’ for CAIB2018/2019 festival are as follows:
 
*Date and Venue:  The event formally opens on Friday, 23rd November through 30th November, 2018, at Crowne Art Gallery, inside Hexagon, 2A Golf Course Road, G.R.A. in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.
 
*Participation: Participation in the CAIB thematic exhibition remains absolutely FREE for artists and cartoon animators, and all comedic art creatives worldwide; and certificates of participation plus e-copies of the CAIB 2018/2019 exhibition catalogues shall be given to all participants for FREE after the festival.

*Entry for CAIB festival exhibition:Participation in the CAIB festival’s thematic exhibition remains FREE. Submission of entries is still by email (soft copies)to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or by registered postal mail (hard copies) to: The Curator, Cartoon Africa International Biennial, C/o Francodus International Communications, PO Box 14922, Benin City, Nigeria. However, any participant whose work is tagged for purchase by art collectors and exhibition visitors during the CAIB2018 festival and its subsequent traveling events MUST send the original works to the organizers before he/she can be fully paid.

NOTE: The CONTEST segment of CAIB festival is currently on hold due to funding challenges; If you had submitted any cartoon, comics, comedic photo story or short cartoon animation on any of the thematic topics above in previous CAIB festivals and you’re sure they were documented and certificated by us, don’t bother sending in another copy of the same works because your earlier submissions are still valid and eligible to participate in the 24-month strategic traveling advocacy cartoon campaigns/workshops and you will be communicated, if anyone or group show interest to buy your works and or strike a business deal with you in the course of CAIB’s travelling promotional/fundraising cartoon campaigns and workshop series.

Any Participant(s) whose works stand out during our strategic traveling cartoon campaigns and workshops may get some cartoon business deals, comics/animation contracts cum art commissions from some NGOs, corporate business firms and individual partners and major comedic art stakeholders in our new expanding network in the course of the 2-year promotional advocacy cartoon tours and trainings. The implication of this is that your complete contact details MUST be provided in the Entry Form (Click here to download the Entry Form) for easy global reach.


MAIN EVENTS:
 
   *CAIB2018 consolidated thematic cartoon exhibition:
This will be a synthesis of selected cartoons, illustration, photo stories and animation works gleaned from 2012 till date in the CAIB festivals, in both adult and children’s section respectively, for wider audience engagement and sales. The exhibited works will form the main part of the strategic promotional/fundraising traveling cartoon campaigns and workshop series to span for 24 months, beginning in the first quarter of 2019.
 
 








"Cartoon Africa Animation Roundtable/Workshop":


The Francodus Cartoon Networks, (an arm of Francodus International Communications (FIC) will be leading the Cartoon Africa Animation training series in partnership with The Brush Cartoon Animation Center,  the Beautiful Feet Kreativ Brainz Klub (BFKBK), Benin City, and other animation skills and content development partners at the 4th CAIB festival.
 
The training is a consolidation of the strategic CAIB Visual Journalism and Media Arts course for youths which began in 2016. See this link: http://www.cartoonafricabiennial.org/festival-news/caib-media-news/114-caib-hosts-1st-visual-journalism-and-media-art-training-course-in-nigeria.
 
The first phase of the animation training series is expected to be a 2-day crash course on cartoon animation basics including fundamentals of graphic animation; video tips on writing for and making cartoon animations; storyboarding for TV animation movies; how to develop cartoon applications for Google Play Store, etc; how to draw cartoons, comics and graphic novels; and lots more. The goal is to raise an army of future African cartoonists and cartoon animation experts, as well as to broaden CAIB’s audience engagement through technology driven capacity building and youth engagement, which began in 2016, during the 3rd edition of the festival. Visit this link:http://www.cartoonafricabiennial.org/festival-news/110-3rd-caib-festival-focuses-on-capacity-building-and-youth-engagement,
 
All participants in the 4th CAIB festival animation trainings will have a chance to be mentored by the festival’s resource persons and multimedia experts, and will be required to showcase their final animation projects for peer review and further training”.

*“HUBRIS”, a short cartoon animation clip by Concept Rejuvenated Studios/FO3.
 

 
*Launch of “LIFE GATE Africana Comics and Animation Challenge/Contest”:  The Beautiful Feet Kreative Brainz Klub (BFKBK), an organ of BEAUTIFUL FEET INTERNATIONAL (BFI) MINISTRY, will be launching/ sponsoring a strategic  Africa-focused, youth-driven Gospel comics and cartoon animation program to reach out to Africans by African Christian cartoonists, creative writers, comic artists and cartoon animators in collaboration with in-country partners - publishers, educational institutions and religious groups and other stakeholders. The project aims to involve young Africans of talent to deploy children and youth literature, pictorial storytelling in form of digital cartoons and comics, graphic novels and TV animations, etc. to communicate God’s love and to build peace and tolerance in the society under the BFI Art4God outreach program.

Art4God:

BFI Re-launches “Africa Gospel Comics & Animation Challenge” …pays for comic contributions, grooms young African Christian artists, script writers, cartoon animators, and others.

"Beautiful Feet Kreative Brainz Klub (BFKBK)" and "MediaBFI", both service organs of the BEAUTIFUL FEET INTERNATIONAL (BFI) MINISTRY, will re- launch a strategic Africa-focused, youth-driven Gospel comics and cartoon animation project, to creatively share the Gospel of Jesus to youths and others across Africa and overseas. The project targeting mostly Africans is being collectively developed and produced by African Christian cartoonists, creative writers, comic artists, cartoon animators in collaboration with in-country partners - publishers, educational institutions and religious groups and other stakeholders. The project will feature among other contents, , visual gospel tracts, comic books, graphic novels, short cartoon animation videos, etc. some of which would serve as fundraiser projects, under the BFI “Art4God” outreach program. More information at: www.mediabfi.blogspot.com.ng.
 
  











*The “Cartoon Africa Children Comics and Animation Funfair (CACCAFun)”:

Debuting to add verve to the 4th edition of Cartoon Africa International Biennial (CAIB) festival, the Cartoon Africa Children’s Comics & Animation Funfair (CACCAFun) will feature Comedic art therapy and contest; cartoon/comics workshop; cartoon animation film shows; distribution of free literature, comics, health info-graphics/posters; free snacks, sweets and drinks; storytelling, jokes/comedy; poetry/spoken word; moral suasion; questions and answers; music and dance.The BFKBK, FICDATA Artists’ Cluster,and other collaborating partners aim to catch them young for a secured future using what children enjoy most: art and humour - in the forms of comics, cartoons and animation movies, to reach out to and communicate vital information and skills transfer to improve African children’s creative thinking, literacy, reading culture and to reclaim the cultural values of African society via reeducating and reinvesting in wholesome edutainment and comedic art therapy.
 
CACCAFUnis envisioned to become a competitive annual continental, children/youth-based program that efficaciously deploys cartoon art/literary contests/awards, and comedic art therapy workshops for creative education and social impact. It will help CAIB implementing partners and their collaborators in the education, culture and media sectors, etc. to discover and deploy young talents in cartoon art, encourage creativity and wholesome indigenous and Afro-centric children literature cum media contents in favour of Africa of the future.


 
Depending on funding possibilities, this program is expected to fully kick off within the first quarter of 2019, after it is launched in November, 2018 at the 4th CAIB festival.
 
Leveraging on technology, CAIB’s e-Learning program was inspired to specially train interested African girls (and women) in unreached areas and disadvantaged communities,  to be able to think, create/develop, produce and sell their own art and cultural products and services like their male counterparts; e.g. press cartoons, comic books and graphic novels, cartoon animation movies, cartoon applications and multimedia contents, to bridge the gender gap in this cartoon art genre evidenced in the dearth of professional female African press cartoonists, comic artists and cartoon animators in mainstream media and entertainment industries in Africa.
 
*Private Exhibitions and Merchandise Sales:Limited spaces have been provided at the CAIB2018/2019 festival venue for individuals and corporate bodies anywhere in the world to use for their private exhibitions and merchandise sales for 7 days while the festival lasts. Terms and conditions apply. Interested individuals or groups can email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (and copy This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for details; or send a whatsApp chat to this phone number: +2348023680030.



*The unveiling of“CAIB eLearning program for African girls/women”:

Depending on funding possibilities, this program is expected to fully kick off within the first quarter of 2019, after it is launched in November, 2018 at the 4th CAIB festival.
 
Leveraging on technology, CAIB’s e-Learning program was inspired to specially train interested African girls (and women) in unreached areas and disadvantaged communities,  to be able to think, create/develop, produce and sell their own art and cultural products and services like their male counterparts; e.g. press cartoons, comic books and graphic novels, cartoon animation movies, cartoon applications and multimedia contents, to bridge the gender gap in this cartoon art genre evidenced in the dearth of professional female African press cartoonists, comic artists and cartoon animators in mainstream media and entertainment industries in Africa.

NOTE: Travel Assistance/Accommodation Arrangements:For all intending CAIB Festival participants, private exhibitors, art/culture tourists, and other visitors coming from outside Benin City or outside Nigeria in general please call +2348093086835, for any inquiries in respect of travel and hotel accommodation arrangements or any related issues.

SUPPORTING EVENTS:
 
1. The 2nd FICDATA National Children’s Art and Literary challenge (a supporting event powered by the FICDATA Artists’ Cluster , under the “CACCAFun” segment of CAIB2018/2019);

2. Sponsored “FRANCODUS Cartoon Workshop series” for African kids and youths beginning on 17th August, 2018, at the ‘Summer Art School’ organized by Bimpe Art  Studios in Benin City. It is a capacity building collaborative agenda to expose more African children and youths to cartooning, comics creation, cartoon animations and media arts, while broadening audience engagement and mobilization for sponsorships
for the CAIB festival;

3. Free comedic Art therapy, crafts & literary Skills Development trainings for some returnees/survivors of human trafficking and illegal migration, holding in Benin City, Edo State, facilitated by BFKBK in collaboration with the Edo State Zonal Command, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP)…

4. Crowd-Funding and traveling fundraising advocacy cartoon campaigns and workshops (expected to last for 14 months via in-country partners, locally, regionally and internationally as funding determines);

5. CAIB Cartoon Book Research: “Humour Mongers on Rampage…”;

6. Etc.

IMAGES:
 
1.  “A Day For Celebration”by Maria Angelica Tejada (then 8 years old; Philippines);  CAIB2014/2015
2.  “Mother Africa”,an editorial cartoon by Henry  Ezeokeke (Nigeria); CAIB2014/2015
3.  Cartoon Africa Animation Roundtable/Workshop Series: US-based Nigerian cartoon animator, Adeboye Adegbenro, demonstrates a basic animation process to students during a 2-day workshop organized by The Brush Cartoon Animation Center in Lagos, Nigeria, in July, 2018.
4.  "Life Gate" - Comics Africana.
5.  The “Cartoon Africa Children Comics and Animation Funfair (CACCAFun)”; FRANCODUS CARTOON WORKSHOPS: CAIB initiator and curator, Francis Umendu Odupute, takes teenagers on the rudiments of comic books creation, during the “Vacation Bible School” (VBS) organized by Heritage Children’s Ministry, Heritage Assembly, Benin City, Nigeria, in August 2016.
6.  COMEDIC ART THERAPHY: Kids draw and paint after an outdoor training by Francis U. Odupute on how to draw and paint for PEACE and LOVE as “A Chosen Generation”, during the 2016 VBS by Heritage Children’s Ministry, in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. Third from right (on red strips shirt) is Master Francis Nduchukwu Odupute, a.k.a Francis the 2nd,(8 years old then) sketching with his mates at the event.
7.  *The unveiling of“CAIB eLearning program for African girls/women”: ICT-COMPLIANT: Francis Odupute gathered these female students of Dayspring Schools in Evbuotubu, Benin City, together to learn, understand and appreciate how to use virtual cartoons, web comics and animations to communicate and improve health awareness and sanitation culture among schoolchildren in flood prone communities like theirs. A one-day “WASH in Schools (WinS)” health outreach was later held in their school by MediaBFI and some health partners, led by Odupute.

VIDEO:

“HUBRIS”, a short cartoon animation clip by Concept Rejuvenated Studios/FO3.
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