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Pundits Say Cartoon Africa Intl Biennial Will Fast Track Public Awareness and Behavior Changes on Many Fronts  

The 2nd edition of “CARTOON AFRICA INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL (CAIB) festival” hosted by the Edo State Ministry of Arts, Culture and Tourism at the Oba Akenzua Cultural Center, in Benin City, Nigeria, has been described by pundits, social science cum art critics and other stakeholders as a potential catalyst for social reengineering, public awareness and behavior changes across Africa and the rest of the world.

“I think it’s a wonderful thing that you have done to bring together international cartoonists here in Benin City, and it’s the hope that you get increasing support for this particular event so that you can hold it continually”, said an American, Professor Jean Borgatti, at the CAIB festival exhibition opening penultimate Thursday.

The CAIB festival seeks to explore how  Art, in synergy with allied fields/professions,  can provide ANSWER to a wide variety of issues and concerns in favour of Africa’s sustainable development and productivity while professionally researching, showcasing, promoting, rewarding excellence in the use of cartoons and graphic humour to address issues of public interest, in the context of public education.

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Professor Jean Borgatti Visits CAIB Exhibition

Professor Jean Borgatti Visits CAIB Exhibition and offers Suggestions on Future Biennials

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Edo State Arts, Culture and Tourism Commissioner Hails Cartoon Africa Intl Biennial Festival


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CAIB Brings Violence Against Women To The Forefront

Stakeholders’ Support key To Success - It is a deliberate and collaborative effort to trigger  voluntary personal actions and catalyze behavior change across African communities on gender violence through aggressive public education, awareness creation and youth engagement/capacity building activities and projects in the context of spreading awareness of the AU Protocol on Women’s rights in Africa; international artists, press cartoonists, illustrators, photographers and cartoon animators in Africa and other parts of the world are deploying comedic art and edutainment to battle gender violence and inequality in Africa, in a global context at the 2nd CARTOON AFRICA INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL(CAIB) festival hosted by the Edo State Ministry of Arts, Culture and Tourism, in Benin City.

In a presentation at the event opening last Thursday, November 27, 2014, the Executive Director of Partnership for Women and Justice (PW&J), Mrs. Ijeoma Umeh, tasked stakeholders and artists of talent to actively engage in drawing attention to women issues through artistic solutions and sponsorships.

 The PW&J leader said, “I am very glad that this event is holding at the time it is, and I want to use this medium to welcome you all to this august event and I pray that the outcome of this event would go a long way in determining the position of the society with regards to our perception of the arts and in respect of gender perspective. Whatever platform that avails to us as gender advocates we should utilize them, we should deploy them in representing the issues that affect women in the society. Just two days ago was the international day for the elimination of all forms of violence against women, and stakeholders are saying that if you have the opportunity to represent the interest of women, even as individuals, as associations, and as organizations, we should deploy those opportunities critically in raising awareness over the issues that affect women in the society.

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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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WASH Premier Edition Comic Book Available for Free Download!

CAIB Director Francis Odupute is producing the 12 part comic book series “Schoolchildren Battle Malaria and Other Diseases” with 'WASH 4 All' and partnered with Horizon International and MediaBFI, and it’s being offered for free throughout the world!
WASH 4 ALL (water, sanitation and hygiene for all) comic book series and short animated cartoon videos are being produced by Horizon International, an NGO based at Yale University, New Haven, CT, in collaboration with the media service of Beautiful Feet International (MediaBFI), a non-profit organization based in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.
The comics are being created to positively engage youths in the fight against diseases related to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.
The comic book, “Schoolchildren Battle Malaria and Other Diseases,” was created and designed by Francis Odupute, an award-winning artist and journalist, and his MediaBfi team in Nigeria.  Francis U. Odupute is Founder and President of Bfi and an artist for Horizon International.
This is the first edition of a planned 12 part series entitled “WASH 4 All.”
 “Parents, schoolteachers, and community-leaders and health care workers through the entire world who can use the comic as a learning tool, are also part of our audience,” said Odupute.  “They all play strategic roles in WASH education efforts.”
As Odupute says, “Cartoons and comics are a unique art form and powerful information, education communication tool for public education and behavioural change, especially among youths.  Working together with Horizon International has given us the opportunity to apply our talents to help youth especially in countries where the need for greater understanding of the importance of WASH is greatest.  And to thus engage youths to tackle WASH challenges in the spirit of securing their future.”
This first comic book focuses on malaria and touches on other water-related diseases.

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