It was indeed one of the most challenging creative and intellectual tasks of their lives in one sitting - selecting the best from a bunch of bests!
But for some 5 complete hours in a stretch, a steep eight-man jury led by international awards-winning cartoon journalist and artist, Francis Umendu Odupute, the initiator and curator of the first Cartoon Africa International Biennial Festival (CAIB), graded and selected what they regarded as the “ground-breakers” in a history-making communication art strategy deploying cartoons and humour Art to collaboratively push for sustainable development in Africa, and to promote African cartooning culture, artistic excellence and cultural exchanges in a global context, within the prism of humour.
The National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), through the National Museum, Benin City, Edo State, provided the venue/space for the CAIB-2012 jury exercise with some of its Exhibition Unit staff fully involved to ensure the comfort of all jury members and that the selection process went in line with international best practices and in conformity with the thematic framework of the CAIB 2012 programme. Finally, the following results emerged from the office of the CAIB-2012 Central Working Committee:
'Celebrating African Heroes & Heroines' Theme - First Position