african animation

currently researching african animation : interested in compiling a database of practitioners in various sub-saharan countries : welcome any postings from practitioners

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tribute to Moustapha Alassane in the words of Jean Michel Kibushi

The words that Congolese animation director Jean Michel Kibushi posted and circulated on social media and via email today are a poetic tribute to the great father of Sub-Saharan animation who died on the 17th March 2015.

Moustapha Alassane, un ami, un père… le cinéma d’animation africain en deuil.
C’est avec peine que je viens d’apprendre la nouvelle de la mort de Moustafa Alassane, le pionnier du cinéma d’animation africain et nigérien survenu le mardi 17 mars 2015 vers 18h00 au Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Yalgado Ouédraogo, Ouagadougou au Burkina Faso où il était soigné.
Moustapha était à la fois un ami et un parent. Je conserve le souvenir d’un homme si chaleureux et n’oubliera jamais les merveilleux moments passés en sa compagnie : ses éclats de rires, ses précieux conseils de vie, son humilité, sa modestie, ses tranches de vie passées aux côtés de Norman MacLaren et surtout son grand ami, Jean-Rouch, le griot africain dont la voix ponctue majestueusement la narration de ses deux films d’animation,La Mort de Ganji, 1966 et Samba le Grand, 1977. Deux œuvres qui magnifient les hauts faits des personnages mythiques de l’épopée mandingue où on relève tout particulièrement le courage, la bravoure, la loyauté, la défense du faible et de l’opprimé.
Moustapha nous laisse une œuvre satirique sur le pouvoir dans Bon voyage Sim, 1966.  Des régimes assis sur le tralala médiatique et le faste dispendieux : bouquets, champagne, et bavardage entre compères au sommet.
Merci à Monica Blanc Gomez de l’avoir accompagner pendant une longue période lors des nombreux hommages, rétrospectives et jusqu’à son dernier souffle à l’hôpital. Merci également à Maria Silvia Bazzoli et Christian Lelong pour le beau documentaireMoustapha Alassane, cinéaste du possible que nous avions découvert à Kinshasa au cours de la formation Afriqu’Anim’Action qui restitue merveilleusement la carrière de Moustapha. Ce fut un moment important de repère dans la carrière de nos jeunes réalisateurs africains de films d’animation.
Au moment où j’écris ces lignes, un long cortège funéraire composé des réalisateurs amis et connaissances est en route de Ouagadougou vers Niamey la capitale du Niger ou les funérailles nationales seront organisées.
Mes sincères condoléances à sa famille et à tous les réalisateurs africains.
Auteur – Réalisateur
Studio Malembe Maa

Recognised as a founding figure in the history of African animation by ASIFA as prize Laureate in 2009.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Call for Support: AFROGAMES an animated series from Burkina Faso

The pitch for an animated series developed in Burkina Faso, AFROGAMES is being launched as an Indiegogo project that aims to raise $18,000 dollars to develop the series. The first episode of the animation was developed with the aid of the Danish Centre for Culture and Development. The animation is described as:

An original animated series made in Burkina Faso, that shares tales of African society through the eyes of five children and their passion for African games.
Five children of different backgrounds team up through diverse games from African soil  and use them to solve problems. 

Please click on AFROGAMES to support this project. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tribute to Allan Mwaniki

It is with great sadness that I write this post to announce the death of the Kenyan artist and animator Allan Mwaniki. Allan was an talented individual whose work in animation as a independent filmmaker and teacher inspired many within the animation community in Kenya. He was known for his work on the UNESCO Africa Animated Project, with his and Thomas Mbalu's animation Samak (2006).

He went on to work on the famous Tinga Tinga animation series and later became an animation teacher going on to inspire and teach others. He also made other work in collaboration with others, such as Children of War (2013)

and his more humorous Jino Pevu Uhunye


His contributions also extended to aiding and assisting with research on animation in Kenya, through interviews with key players and disseminating animation to rural communities, Allan's efforts in this field were always positive and his good nature brought joy to many. These are some of the photos he sent me whilst doing fieldwork in a rural Maasai community with colleague and animator Kwame Nyongo.

Allan Mwaniki (left) and Kwame Nyongo (right)

I only hope that his memory lives on through the many people he inspired in his travels. You can read more about the man on the Facebook tribute page Allan Mwaniki

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Animated Collage

The South African artist Jil Jarvis, finalist of the Golden Baobab Children's Illustrator award, not only makes beautiful collage for print but her animations also have a similar fun aesthetic. 

JILJARVIS from JilJarvis on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Illustration and Animation from Ghana

Gyimah Gariba's work featured in a recent post on OkayAfrica's article on 10 African Illustrators to know. This short video profiles Gariba's work and process. You can read all about his work on his blog at or see his most recent work at 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

KIRO'O Games - Cameroon and Games

The studio Kiro'o has been in operation since 2013, although the project Aurion has been in development since 2003. The studio consists of a team of 20 young Cameroonian artists, programmers, designers. The founders are Madiba Guillaume Olivier, based in Cameroon, Yakan Dominque Brand, based in Belgium, and Wouafo Nono Hugues, in France. 

Sponsored by the Ministry of Arts and Culture in Cameroon, the games studio Kiro'o has been developing a game that aims to present an 'African Fantasy' game Aurion an action role-player game that follows the Prince of Zama who is trying to regain his kingdom that has been usurped by his brother-in-law.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Zimbabwe Animated!

As posted on Facebook today by Carl Joshua Ncube: 

Zimbabwe Animated has embarked on an extremely ambitious project of doing 5 music videos for Zimbabwean artists as a process of teaching animation to young new talent in Zimbabwe. This project is assisted in part by the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe with their partners the European Union. Please follow the progress of the animation projects as the PRODUCER DIRECTORS Carl Joshua Tinodavanhu NcubeRufaro Rutherford Dhliwayo and Henry Oliver Hakulandaba) of the 5 projects will post everything used or done to make the projects a success. The recipients of the animated videos are Tehn DiamondHope MasikeFarhaan Kazz KhanChikwata.263 and Ammara Brown follow the progress of the projects on

Looking forward to seeing the results... 

In the meantime you can watch some examples of Zims animations here.

Monday, January 26, 2015

The NEST in Kenya

Visual arts, film, music, photography, fashion... these are some of the aspects that the artists at The NEST in Nairobi, Kenya are exploring.

What is the NEST?

The NEST is a multidisciplinary collaborative of ten Kenyans, working collectively since 2012 with the aim of exploring our troubling modern identities, re-imagining our pasts and inhabiting mythical African futures.

Included in their portfolio of work one can find
'Stories of Our Lives', 'The Old Order of Things' and recently 'To Catch a Dream'

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Okoye's The Legacy of the Rubies

The Nigerian animator Ebele Okoye has just released the trailer for her twenty-five minute 2D animation - The Legacy of the Rubies. The synopsis as described on Okoye's website describes the story of...

Mfalme is a young forest boy whose life suddenly turns upside down as he is kidnapped and brought to a strange kingdom with the claim that he is the blood son of the dying king Obankos

You can see all of Okoye's contributions to African Animation at or

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Online Africa Political Cartoons

A fantastic resource on African Cartoons - this website collects a range of African political cartoons presented as in an Encyclopedia on the subject. 

Tejumola Olaniyan's also includes blog posts, maps, links to other resources, and an index of cartoonists. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Animation Festivals in Morocco

As I currently work away on a chapter for a book on Arab animation, my research into Moroccan animation has come up with some exciting examples... for those interested in getting a flavour of animation from Morocco, and a wider international lineup of artists have a look at the festivals FICAM in Meknes and Casanim in Casablanca.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Ghana's Children's Animated Series Anokye

The animated series Anokye: The Truth of Destiny presents the story of ' the adventures of the young magician Anokye and his best friend Prince Osei as they battle to free the people from the evil King and save the sacred forest' it is currently in production in Ghana. Producer Akua Ofosuhene has launched a kickstarter project that details the series can can be found here Anokye

Kenyan Digital Creatives Rock!

Whilst not only featuring animation, this short trailer features a bunch of Kenyan artists that are straddling different forms of art and engaging with a range of digital technologies... including Kaggia, Just a Band, Bob Muchiri and others...

Check out Stocktown's  trailer for Afripedia on Kenya

Afripedia Kenya trailer from Stocktown on Vimeo.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Motion Capture Suite in Kigali, Rwanda

Africa Digital Media Academy in Kigali announced the arrival of its Motion Capture Suite (the first of its kind) on September 22nd. The academy that employs Kenyan animator Alfred Muchilwa as their lead animation instructor. This is the third country on the continent following Nigeria and South Africa to secure these facilities, with a view to contribute to the growth of the creative industries in this sector.
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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Animation Training in Dakar

BBC World News - 'Embracing Animation in Africa' ran a story on a new initiative based in Dakar that uses EU funding to train 10 African artists in animation. The artists come from various countries including Senegal, Mali, Madagascar, Congo and Comor...Their work includes 2D and 3D animation and upon completion they will return back to their countries with seed funding to make their own films. You can watch the video at