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Introducing Bino and Fino, Africa’s answer to Dora the Explorer

stopwhitewashing:

(CNN) — Move over Disney — a Nigerian animator has produced an educational cartoon to teach youngsters about African culture.

Tired of African children watching only imported cartoons that didn’t reflect their lives, Nigerian animator Adamu Waziri decided to do something about it.

His creation is “Bino and Fino,” a cartoon aimed at three to five year olds, about a brother and sister who live with their grandparents in an unnamed African city.

“I want to create a brand that’s as good as Dora the Explorer, Charlie and Lola, quality wise, made in Nigeria, that is educational, and also shows positive aspects of Nigerian/African culture, not just to Nigerian or African kids but to kids everywhere,” says Waziri.

The pilot episode celebrated Nigeria’s Independence Day and looked at the issue of colonialism. The cartoon has also had segments teaching the numbers one to 10 in the Nigerian Igbo and Yoruba languages.

He adds that he wants the program to “teach kids and show that the stuff you see on TV of starving people isn’t the only thing (in Africa) — you have a middle class here who have the same aspirations as everybody else.”

See also: Meet the Afropolitans

Bino and Fino isn’t the only children’s cartoon produced in Africa. “Tinga Tinga Tales,” for example, is made in Kenya for the BBC, while “Jungle Beat” is produced in South Africa and has been shown internationally. But both cartoons, like many set in Africa, tell stories about the continent’s exotic animals. Waziri was determined to do something different.

“I said I’m not going do African folk tales, animals — that’s what you get in (animated movie) ‘Madagascar’ — we don’t want to do that,” he says.

“We want to show a couple of kids in a middle class life, which I know isn’t the reality of all the kids in Africa, but let’s show that reality — the reality of people using laptops, phones, going to school, doing their daily business — no talking ants, no dancing ‘jinga jinga’ music — just a cartoon of life.”

Two full-length “Bino and Fino” episodes have been shown on a channel on Sky TV in the UK, where Waziri says it has been well received. The next step is to attract the funding and sponsors needed to get the cartoon aired in Nigeria.

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It takes Waziri and his core team of four a month and a half to produce a single episode of Bino and Fino, which is just eight minutes of animation. His says the slow turnaround is off-putting for sponsors in Nigeria, where feature-length Nollywood movies are often produced in a matter of weeks.

Waziri adds that when it comes to entertainment, some Nigerians have a mindset of “West is best,” but he is determined to change people’s minds by showing it’s possible to make a credible homegrown alternative to imported programs.

He believes that it’s not enough for Africans to complain of being underrepresented in foreign cartoons, or misrepresented by international media — they must also do something about it.

“People complain that Africa is not represented well in the media,” says Waziri. “I understand that, but my point is Nigeria and other parts of Africa aren’t poor, you have businessmen, the infrastructure, the ability to link up and make studios, finance it and sponsor it and make the market — stop waiting for Disney to do it, do it yourself.”

(Reblogged from thefemaletyrant)

dynamicafrica:

New Music Video: 2Face - Raindrops

The wait is over for the video of the award winning song ”Raindrops” from the album ”Unstoppable” by 2Face Idibia, this classy video was shot in Ghana and directed by Isaac Offei Awuah for Hypertek Entertainment.

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Legend of the Okpella People (another storytime).

thegoddamazon:

My mother’s people have a story that we tell as to why the Okpella Kingdom was never taken by slave traders. I’ll condense it.

Our symbol is the python, and has been since the Transatlantic Slave Trade for the following reason. The python is the “Mother of Okpella”, and you often find them twined in the cocoa trees during the rainy season (we have tons of cocoa, I’m still trying to convince my mom to tell the family to start a chocolate business and bring money into the tribe and stuff…I digress).

During the time slavery was still a heavy trade, and at this time Europeans were just foregoing negotiating for slaves and actively taking our folks, the neighboring tribe/nation sold us out. Okpella is nestled in a very lush valley, and it’s notoriously hard to get to (we have roads in some places, now, but my mother’s compound has to be reached by foot, as does the Old Palace). So after being sold out, someone gave warning, and the Okpella people packed up and vacated to the mountain caves, which are hidden by waterfalls.

When the Europeans got to the village, they found it deserted, and ventured into the mountains to search for them, suspecting a ploy. Of course, having not been accustomed to the wildlife of Africa, when they saw the pythons coiled in the trees by the caves, they abandoned their search, citing all kinds of wild tales. Of course, there’s probably more to this story, but the fact is, our people forever respect the python for this protection.

As for the snitches next door? We eventually reconciled around 1990 or so, and the royal family on our side (Afegbua…my mother’s family) exchanged our royal dance with the royal family from their side. I don’t know what that dance was, but the one we exchanged it for is called Ishimuvu, which is Okpella for “Dance of the Big Behind”. Or it is called Ishimavunuku which means “Dance of the Big Skirt” because the ladies wear these huge skirts with bells on them (for my Native friends, it’s similar to a jingle dress), and they carry a mirror and a fan. I love this dance, actually. The children of the village (myself included), just call it by the sound the drums make…which I can’t even write.

So that’s another story I picked up from my childhood. I love this story because it kind of justifies my adoration of serpents…and my choosing Slytherin as my house. :P

(Source: the-real-goddamazon)

(Reblogged from karnythia)
excentricyoruba:

comingonstrong:

saharareporters:

The youth killed by the Nigerian police today in Ilorin, Kwara state during an anti-fuel hike protest has been identified as Muyideen Mustafa.
Credible sources in Ilorin told us that Mustafa was an Abuja-based youth who decided to participate in the protest only to meet his end at the hands of the police. Mustapha is 23 years old and hails from the Ajikobi ward in Ilorin.
Meanwhile, the Kwara State police command is twisting the circumstances surrounding the killing of Mustafa, claiming that he was stabbed to death by the National Labor Congress (NLC), which had earlier accused the police of shooting the unarmed protester.
(continue reading)

It’s been two days of protest but I don’t see tumblr blazing up with news of the ongoing protests in Nigeria, let alone making “Nigeria” or “Occupy Nigeria” a trending tag on tumblr. At least it’s trending on twitter in Nigeria, let’s hope it’ll become a worldwide trend too. But regardless, we shall troop on.

This happened in my state, close enough to my hometown. Muyideen Mustafa could have been a family member.
I don’t even know what the hell the Nigerian government is thinking! Upon Boko Haram, they increase fuel subsidy and continue to allow the military and the police to kill, brutalise and rape Nigerian citizens.

excentricyoruba:

comingonstrong:

saharareporters:

The youth killed by the Nigerian police today in Ilorin, Kwara state during an anti-fuel hike protest has been identified as Muyideen Mustafa.

Credible sources in Ilorin told us that Mustafa was an Abuja-based youth who decided to participate in the protest only to meet his end at the hands of the police. Mustapha is 23 years old and hails from the Ajikobi ward in Ilorin.

Meanwhile, the Kwara State police command is twisting the circumstances surrounding the killing of Mustafa, claiming that he was stabbed to death by the National Labor Congress (NLC), which had earlier accused the police of shooting the unarmed protester.

(continue reading)

It’s been two days of protest but I don’t see tumblr blazing up with news of the ongoing protests in Nigeria, let alone making “Nigeria” or “Occupy Nigeria” a trending tag on tumblr. At least it’s trending on twitter in Nigeria, let’s hope it’ll become a worldwide trend too. But regardless, we shall troop on.

This happened in my state, close enough to my hometown. Muyideen Mustafa could have been a family member.

I don’t even know what the hell the Nigerian government is thinking! Upon Boko Haram, they increase fuel subsidy and continue to allow the military and the police to kill, brutalise and rape Nigerian citizens.

(Reblogged from thefemaletyrant)

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Wow.

Coronets (orikogbofo), 1900s
cloth, lass beads
Guinea Coast, Nigeria, Yoruba people

via oscarpetefan on flickr