On the 23rd of November, 2012,at WHITE SPACE, 58 Raymond Njoku Street, Off Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos State, the first ever Cartoon Africa International Biennial (CAIB) festival and exhibition will open for the global public, with the central theme: "UNITED STATES OF AFRICA: Matters Arising".
The novel cartoon art event which is collaboratively put together by the African Press Cartoon Syndication Services, FICDATA and the BFIKBK is a multi-purpose, all-inclusive development education platform to drive innovation, productivity and sustainable development in the African continent, while promoting cultural diversity and African cartooning culture in a global context.
The CAIB2012 event will feature, among other things, presentation of certificates to all participants and prizes to the winners in each category of the biennial festival contest as well as cartoon workshop/paper presentations, fund-raising art and merchandise sales, etc.
" We are deploying cartoons and humour Art in general, as a creative education strategy to draw attention, fight societal evils, and spread awareness and inspire positive actions across Africa for progressive change of perspectives, retrogressive habits and the negative systemic status quo precluding sustainable development, and to drive productivity, equity, moral capital development and innovative human/cultural resources development across Africa in a global context. CAIB strategically aims at creating a strong platform to effectively promote African Cartooning, graphic communication and visual literature with an attitude" said the organizers in an issued the statement.
Follow-up travelling exhibitions, cartoon workshops and seminars, fund-raising Art auctions, merchandise sales will equally kicks off at the National Museum in Benin City, Edo State, home of the CAIB vision, on December 23rd 2012. It is expected to tour selected cities and towns across Nigeria and Parts of Africa.