*Cartoon Animation and Comic Art Festival ran from 14th Tuesday to 19th November and was hosted, sponsored, and supported by the Lagos Book and Art Festival, Committee for Relevant Art in Lagos Nigeria.
Cartoonists Association of Nigeria CARTAN having launched its CACAFEST opening had a buzz of many wanting to meet some of their favorite Nigerian cartoonists who showcased their cartoons and artworks at the festival which took place at Freedom Park on Lagos Island.
CARTAN had an impressive array of cartoons on serious subjects affecting the polity and the globe. The event was made up of works of Nigerian cartoonists in Nigeria and in the diaspora.
The advantage of having cartoons on display generates interest, awareness, and closeness to cartoonists whose work people have been reading and seeing. and for collectors to collect. CACAFEST has been receiving guests viewing cartoons and some purchasing cartoons. Names of Nigerian cartoonists who had their work exhibited included, Kingsley Kalu Mba, Samuel Ojo, Gabriel Erapi, Kehinde Omotosho, Oladejo Akande, Kingsley Okoronkwo Kaycee, Mike Asukwo, Albert Ohams, Mustapha Bulama, Chino Obasi, Dada Adekola, Olufemi Arowolo, Ganiyu Jimoh Jimga, Ikogbode Sumaina, Leke Moses, Tayo Fatunla, Francis Odupute, Don Marvel Mudiaga, Jimoh Samsideen, Morak Oguntade, Olanrewaju Gafar, Olorunfemi Adedeji, Victor Asowata, Segun Awosiyan and Adewale Adebiyi.
The art of Cartooning has come a long way in Nigeria which Akinola Lasekan started several years ago.
Dada Adekola is the current President of the Cartoonists Association of Nigeria who draws for Vanguard newspapers.
TAYO Fatunla whose work has been featured on MSN.com via EURweb.com is an award-winning British-Nigerian Comic Artist, Editorial Cartoonist, Writer, and Illustrator and is an artist of the African diaspora. He is a graduate of the prestigious Kubert School, in New Jersey, US, and recipient of the 2018 ECBACC Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award for his illustrated OUR ROOTS creation and series – Famous people in Black History – He participated at UNESCO’s Cartooning In Africa forum held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the Cartooning Global Forum in Paris, France and has held a virtual OUR ROOTS cartoon workshop for SMITHSONIAN- National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C. His Fela Kuti image is prominently featured in Burna Boy’s mega-Afrobeat hit song “Ye”. – https://www.instagram.com/tfatunla123
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