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CAIB Hosts 1st Visual Journalism and Media Art Training Course In Nigeria

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Young African Female Journalists Eager to Cartoon, Thanks to CAIB Visual Journalism Course!
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.

From simple creative writing tips, photography/photojournalism introductions, hints on filmmaking and cartoon animation fundamentals to long-stretched lectures on editorial cartooning, comics and graphic novel creation, storyboarding for films, as well as the principles of pictorial storytelling, students were exposed to some of the basic secrets of pundits in the game.

Female participants in the sponsored visual journalism course were particularly enthused by creative information motivations they received from faculty members, and some of them wanted to cartoon and embark on illustrated storytelling right away. They asked curious questions that revealed burning desires to tell impact stories from gender perspectives - to show how women and children are affected by environmental and WASH crises in the society - which are grossly underreported.

The ladies’ dreams came true when all participants in the visual journalism course were asked to go out into the streets of Benin City on day 3 of the course, to put into action all they had learned from the workshops so far. The course was to resume on a later date, during which everybody was expected to submit their stories, story pitches/ ideas, drawings, photographs, etc. for critiquing, further training as well as possible publication in some media outfits locally and internationally, with the help of the course faculty and some CAIB media partners.

The CAIB 2016/2017 capacity building Visual Journalism and Media Art course was headed by international media award-winning artist cum journalist, Mr. Francis Umendu Odupute (popularly called Francodus by fans and friends) and CEO of Francodus International Communications (FIC). Other course faculty members who also lectured during the 3-day event included veteran Nigerian journalist, Mr. Tony Abolo of the International Institute for Journalism (IIJ) Benin Study Centre; multi-talented architect, film maker and comic artist, Edwin Irabor; Mr. Peter Iyeke of the International Institute of Journalism (IIJ) Benin Study Center;  cartoon animator and multimedia expert, Paul Kelvin of Kelvchocotech Limited; photographer and media arts lecturer, Keinde Shobukola of the University of Benin (UNIBEN); Dr. Toyin  Faboya of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Mr. Lucky Isibor, Financial Secretary, NUJ Edo State council, amongst others. 

Below are some exciting images from the capacity building course...

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