Homosexuality is outlawed in many African countries. In countries such as Nigeria, Mali, Niger, and the Democratic Republic Congo, there are strict anti-gay laws, some with penalties as grim as death. Here begins our exhibition of cartoonists’ take on the issue.
Ongoing #DrawingBlood Exhibition of Cartoons on Killings in Nigeria
#DrawingBlood in Buhari’s Nigeria is an ongoing exhibition of cartoons on killings in Nigeria. Through it, cartoonists chronicle violence, chaos, terror, insecurity, and death in Africa’s most-populous country. According to the curator, Dr. Ganiyu Jimoh, #DrawingBlood is an exhibition on the:
“…needless bloodshed in Nigeria. It is in response to the state of insecurity and indiscriminate killings in Nigeria over the years which reached a record high in 2018, the Cartoonists Association of Nigeria (CARTAN) took artistic obligation of distilling the obnoxious drawing of innocent blood in artistic expressions. Cartoons with dominant red colour with themes around these killings were created and circulated in print and online media for mass education and participation between May and December, 2019. This was part of campaign against similar issue launched by The Arts and Civics Table Organization (TACT) on May 3, 2019 to mark world press freedom day. It was a brave attempt to lend critical voice to the state of the nation through visual metaphors drawn from different contextual allusions. A methodical examination of; the use, appropriation, and contextualisation of these metaphors reveals significant patterns that may serve as pointers to some of the causes of the menace and why it is ongoing unabated. Through these works of satire cartoonists are able to provoke discourse on salient issues that may be too dangerous to express. Though some of these works are coated in humour, but finding it funny depends on the side you are in the “ring of audience”; as the exhibition reveals that it is difficult to humorously express terror to counter terrorism especially when you are on the victims’ side.”
This begins our collection of political cartoons leading up to the Nigerian general election on February 16, 2019. The first cartoon by GADO marks the beginning of the race as the incumbent President Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC), the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the Action Democratic Party (ADP), and a diverse array of candidates including former governors, entrepreneurs, engineers, and entertainers run for presidency of Africa’s largest national economy and population.
Jimga’s “The Change We Need” exhibit showing in the main lobby of the International Center, Michigan State University from October 1 – 30, 2015. We thank the artist for agreeing to share the exhibit through AfricaCartoons.com as well.