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Equatorial Guinean Cartoonist Jailed

Image from “This Cartoonist is One Dictator’s Nightmare, And He’s in Jail For It” by Dante Besong and Andy Warner from The Nib.

On September 16, 2017, Ramón Nse Esono Ebale was detained without charge and then accused of “money laundering and counterfeiting.” He was targeted by Equatorial Guinea’s secret police for his political cartoons and graphic novel entiteld Obi’s Nightmare, critiquing the leadership of long-time dicator Obian Nguema.

In Rowan Moore Gerety’s article, “Comics without Captions: Can a cartoonist help unseat a dictator?” he ruminates on Esono’s fate stating that “The sense I’ve gotten is that what the Obiang regime is waiting for is some kind of full-throated apology which even if it isn’t really credible, would at least be viewed as kind of a victory.”

Read more about Ramón Nse Esono Ebale in the following articles:
“A cartoonist out to unseat a dictator is arrested” by Carol Hills from Public Radio International
“Oil, Instagram and the Plunder of Equatorial Guinea” by Lucas Oslo Fernandes from the New York Times

Africa Past & Present Episode 101: “Corpulence, Cartoonists, and Politics”

Listen to Professor Tejumola Olaniyan on the latest episode of Africa Past & Present, African studies’ pre-eminent podcast. He joins Professor Peter Alegi and Associate Professor Peter Limb to discuss “African cartoonists, their depictions of the body and struggles with censorship… the aesthetics of corpulence in African political cartooning…” and, of course, Africacartoons.

Listen here.

Interview with Joseph Oduro-Frimpong

David Bresnahan
December 2015

The Black Narrator, "What a Shock."

The Black Narrator, “What a Shock.”

On November 14, 2015 Professor Joseph Oduro-Frimpong gave a talk at the University of Wisconsin-Madison entitled “‘What a Shock’: Civic Activism and Resistance in The Black Narrator’s Cartoons.” Oduro-Frimpong completed a PhD in Cultural Anthropology at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and he is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department for Arts and Sciences at Ashehi University College in Ghana. During his visit to Madison, we had the opportunity to sit down and discuss political cartooning in Ghana and its value to academic and non-academic audiences.

Interview with Ganiyu “Jimga” Jimoh

Leah Misemer
October 2015

Ganiyu "Jimga" Jimoh: Happy Independence Nigeria cartoon

Ganiyu “Jimga” Jimoh: Happy Independence Nigeria

The following interview was conducted while Nigerian cartoonist Jimga was visiting the University of Wisconsin-Madison in conjunction with his 2015 exhibition “The Change We Need,” which he displayed at Michigan State University and online at Africa Cartoons. On an October afternoon after Jimga gave a talk on cartoon representations of Boko Haram for Africa @ Noon, Leah, a graduate student in the English department and researcher for Africa Cartoons, talked to Jimga about how he became a cartoonist and why he considers cartoons a powerful medium. They also discussed Jimga’s creative process and why he likes posting his cartoons online. Jimga is both a scholar and an artist, and the interview references a paper Jimgah presented at the University of Lagos Research and Conference Fair in 2011 about a project where he analyzed the comments of cartoons he posted on his Facebook page. You can listen to audio of the interview and read the transcript below.


“Encyclopedia of African Political Cartooning” Interview

Africa Digital Art interview Check out African Digital Art’s fantastic interview with Professor Tejumola Olaniyan. Read about AfricaCartoons’ origins story, as well as Olaniyan’s thoughts about the importance of cartooning and digital archiving. [Read more]

Attack on French Satirical Magazine Charlie Hebdo

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Today, gunmen attacked the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Twelve people were killed and several others were injured. The gunmen entered the offices and opened fire during an editorial meeting. Among those killed were the well-known cartoonists Cabu, Tignous, and Wolinski and the editor Stéphane Charbonnier. This attack has been condemned by French President Hollande as the worst attack in France for decades.


ASA 2014: Cartooning in Africa

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The annual African Studies Association conference met last month in Indianapolis and among its numerous, fascinating sessions was one dedicated to cartooning in Africa. Presenting in the session were, Dr. Baba Jallow from Creighton University, Dr. Alexie Tcheuyap from the University of Toronto, Dr. Tejumola Olaniyan from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Dr. Paula Callus from Bournemouth University. Each panel member presented on various aspects of political cartooning and animation from Africa, the following is a brief synopsis on the papers presented.


Africa Is a Country Reviews Africa Cartoons

aiac_2-659x509Africa is a Country is doing an on-going series on African digital archives and recently stumbled upon AfricaCartoons.com. Read the excellent review by Liz Timbs here.

Kenyan Political Cartoonist Exhibit and Talk on the Changing Global Landscape

Gado ExhibitUW-Madison Libraries News and Events covers the AfricaCartoons exhibit, “Africa & China: the Political Cartoons of Gado,” which will be up in Memorial Library through the month of May.

“Cartoonists : Foot Soldiers of democracy” at the Cannes Film Festival!

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On April 17th, the Cannes Film Festival announced the official selection of the film, Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy (Caricaturistes – Fantassins de la démocratie). The film is directed by Stéphanie Valloato and produced by Rady Mihaileany and features four African cartoonists:
Willis from Tunis (Tunisia), Slim (Algeria), Glez (Burkina Faso), and Zohoré (Ivory Coast).

Click here more information about the film.

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