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A participant points at a cartoon during a tour of the CAIB 2018 Exhibition Opening in Benin City.

CAIB 2018 Roundtable on cartooning and animation.

Chairman of the Festival shown discussing the artwork with participants during the CAIB 2018 Opening.


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).

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Cartoon Africa International Festival Initiator Calls for Partnership to Build N4.2b Int’l Cartoon Museum and Animation Centre

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As the CARTOON AFRICA INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL (CAIB) FESTIVAL enters its 4th edition in Benin City, Nigeria, this year, 2018, Mr. Francis Umendu Odupute, initiator and curator of the collaborative cartoons and comedic arts  fiesta and Director of Francodus International Communications (FIC), an art/media business registered in Nigeria, has made an open call for private, public partnership locally and globally, to enable the organization (FIC)and its implementing partners to fully realize and sustain the international social impart cum cartoon business initiative.

Odupute told newsmen in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, recently  that the 4th Cartoon Africa International Biennial (CAIB) festival will be hosted by Crowne Art Gallery (inside Hexagon), 2A, Golf Course Road, G.R.A., Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, from  23rd - 30th November, 2018.

According to him, the proposed ‘CartoonAfrica Museum & Animation Centre’, when fully established, would become a global reference point and the pride of African cartoon and animation industry of the future, adding that the multi-purpose and all-inclusive initiative cannot be achieved without concrete private and public partnership and financial support. He said at this stage of the CAIB program, with a series of strategic fundraising training workshops, traveling advocacy cartoon campaigns and collaborative creative education, art cum media projects planned to last about 24 months after the opening of the 4th CAIB festival 2018/2019, in November, 2018, the sponsorship cum partnership call had become inevitable.

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BFI’s Lubunu Platini, Wins Mikanda Awards (Comic Book Category)

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Lubunu Platini
, a Congolese and a member of the CAIB Working Group under the Beautiful Feet International (BFI) Kinshasa outreach, has won the prestigious “Mikanda Awards” in the comic book category.

Mikanda awards, is a big event who recompensed the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s authors and artists for their creative contributions in communicating for positive change and development in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  For the first edition, the Inter Kinois Agency, Mister Deo VUADI in partnership with the Brussels Wallony Center of Kinshasa.

Many Congolese’s authors were recompensed (Poetry, theatre, first book, lyrics, comic’s book strip …)

In this first edition of Mikanda Awards, many entrants were exceptional with their works, like the young and enterprising illustrator cum artist, Lubunu Platini, who won the best comics book award for this work: “L’OISEAU VOLANT” / “THE FLYING BIRD”.

The event took place at Kinshasa’s Brussels Wallony Center on in February last year.

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Loading… CAIB’s ‘OPEN CARTOON CAMPAIGN’ on the Environment to Tour Parts of Africa

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And the “Loading…” continues!? The above mega length editorial cartoon by Francodus entitled CONSEQUENCES, will lead many other punchy and engaging environment and health related cartoons, comics, photo stories and info-graphics contributed to CAIB project by various cartoonists and photojournalists from across the world on a traveling campaign engaging youths of Africa on sustaining the environment. Have we got news for you?

It was the third time in 6 years that art and media experts interfaced with other relevant stakeholders in development communication were gathered in Nigeria to dialogue and deploy comedic art and media in addressing socio-political health and environment issues and other social development concerns in favour of Africa’s development and productivity, within the prism of graphic humour, edutainment and creative eductions.

An interface of both the young and the old, pundits and green horns, teachers and students, media practitioners and media consumers; the general public - all were gathered at the NUJ Press Center in Benin City, Edo State of Nigeria, on November 24, 2016, to witness the formal flag off of a planned touring ‘Open Cartoon Campaign’ on “Sustaining the Environment through Youth Engagement” as  the high point of the 3rd Cartoon Africa International Biennial (CAIB), with the theme: “SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT EQUALS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT”.  

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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.

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