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Animation: Drawn in Africa

African animators' time has come. After being overlooked for decades, with traditional film a preference for investment, its commercial potential is starting to be tapped by advertising agencies, and artists are finding more opportunities to make a sustainable income from their creations.

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The 10 people you meet in Nigeria: N° 1 The Faded Glory Monarch

Image©All Rights ReservedTen thousand years ago, his or her great-great-great-grand-uncle's cousin's mistress might have commanded a small group of less than five people, but if you think The Faded Glory Monarch is ever going to let you forget about it, you've got another think coming.

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The 10 people you meet in Nigeria: N° 2 The Alhaji

Image©All Rights ReservedUsually Hausa, Fulani or Yoruba and instantly recognisable by the massive voluminous sleeves of his agbada or babanriga, The Alhaji is impossible to ignore.

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The 10 people you meet in Nigeria: N° 3 The Sisi Eko

Image©All Rights ReservedThe de facto social butterfly of Nigeria, the Sisi Eko [owambifera partigoa] is a staple at the country's hottest parties and social functions.

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The 10 people you meet in Nigeria: N° 4 The Ajebutter Pastor

Image©All Rights ReservedAccording to the Ajebutter Pastor, God wants you to have it all. Forget that nonsense about rejecting material things, poverty is a plot designed by the Devil!

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The 10 people you meet in Nigeria: N° 5 The Aboki

Image©All Rights ReservedOn every street corner on nearly every street is a little yellow kiosk that houses the friendly neighbourhood Aboki [mallam mallam].

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The 10 people you meet in Nigeria: N° 6 The Igbo Trader

Image©All Rights ReservedIgbo Traders eschew the usual trappings of wealthy Nigerians, preferring ill-fitting native coats and other attire that often has them mistaken for menial labourers.

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The 10 people you meet in Nigeria: N° 7 The Aristo

Image©All Rights ReservedCars, watches, houses, jets: the Aristo wants all the things she cannot get ... on her own, that is.

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The 10 people you meet in Nigeria: N° 8 The Ajepako Pastor

Image©All Rights ReservedInstantly identifiable by his 'jump-up' trousers, overlong tie and 'I swear to God' shoes, the Ajepako Pastor [religiosium hungrius] always has a battered Bible in hand and is sweaty from jumping up and down to get the gospel across.

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The 10 people you meet in Nigeria: N° 10 The Oga Kpata Kpata

Image©All Rights ReservedLurking in the shadowy corners of Nigerian society, the Oga Kpata Kpata [finalius boss] controls everything from behind a mysterious office door.

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The 10 people you meet in Nigeria

alt"If you live or are in Nigeria, sooner or later you will run into all of the following people," claims Nigerian illustrator Sugabelly, whose caricatures take a wry look at some familiar personality types and how they mesh together.

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The 10 people you meet in Nigeria: N° 9 The Cash Madam

Image©All Rights ReservedName a price, any price. To the Cash Madam it's chicken change thanks to her multiple successful businesses.

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