25 June 2013

Liberia: FPA Graphics Editor, Cartoonist Chase Walker Off to Newhouse for Semester Study

FrontPageAfrica Cartoonist Chase Preston Walker has been accepted as an Exchange Visitor for one semester at the Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University, one of America's top schools of communication and journalism.

Mr. Walker will be working with Syracuse University faculty and students on a variety of projects including a redesign of the FrontPage Africa's print and web editions as well as developing a multimedia narrative work.

Walker who leaves Liberia for the United States of America on Friday in addition will be giving seminars on reporting in West Africa and the life of a modern Liberian journalist.

The cartoonist academic sojourn will be sponsored by the Lillian and Emmanuel Slutzker Center for International Services at Syracuse University, SU Professor Ken Harper and FPA.

"I have known Mr. Walker for some four years now and found him to possess a high degree of professionalism, humility and integrity," says FrontPageAfrica's Publisher Rodney Sieh.

"His eye for the basics and simplistic sentiments of the Liberian scene has made him one of the best and most creative artists in Liberia today."

As head of the layout and graphics department at FPA Walker has successfully integrated his artistic skills with sophisticated graphics technology to produce on a daily basis the most attractive, fascinating and appealing newspaper cover for post-war Liberia's award-winning and leading newspaper and online service, www.frontpageafricaonline.com.

The cartoonist's daily provocative cartoons and political satire of post-war Liberia's political scene has won him scores of followers who anticipate his take on the latest controversy or the news of the day.

The management of FPA says it is looking forward to seeing Walker enhance his skills and share his experiences during his exchange at SU.

Walker has also illustrated several books with his recent effort being speaking a book on corruption by Liberian Writer Robtel Pailey's dealing with the issue of graft.

Chase along with Pailey launched the fascinating work of literature called 'Gbagba' meaning corruption that takes the fight against corruption to another level never before defined.

The book GBAGBA with illustration from Walker and published by Weyatu Moore- One Moore Book is about two children, Sundaymah and Sundaygar, who are two siblings.

The kids who live in Grand Bassa County comes in contact with this word for the first time on their way to visit their Antie Mardie in Monrovia.

On the way they encounter various characters in the big city which introduces them to this dreaded word GBAGBA!

For Cartoonist Walker, his work as a cartoonist has been focused on corruption.

"I have been illustrating cartoons since I was 18. It has been very great to even have the opportunity to illustrate her book," he said.

"Doing Cartoons have been a one-man's fight against corruption. Whenever I hear that someone have stolen public funds, somebody somewhere is doing something that they are not supposed to be doing."

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