african animation

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

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

WAGE 2015, Gaming in Lagos Nigeria

On the 29th - 31st October, the West African Gaming Expo (WAGE) hosted a number of different players in and around the gaming industry and related educational fields at Pinefield School in Lekki, Lagos.

Spread across two days, the event included specialised lectures and presentations given around the technology, and the specific hurdles and obstacles that are faced with this regional context. Some presentations included a focus upon local content such as Geniigames - and their educational games that promotes local language and culture, and representative Zuibar Abubakar from Chopup games on wider perspectives on game development. 

With game developers as young as 10 years old, the Centre4Tech showcased the outcomes from their summer camps that run with young children and adolescents interested in this field. Their attendance also included presentations on gaming and the projects that their organisation offers. 

The event also included showcasing different hardware, including the OculusRift and Google VR set Cardboard.

And there was also room for fun where delegates and attendees played their favourite games.

One other great find at the event was making the acquaintance of Tolu from the Podcast Channel, Tao of Otaku, where you can find regular podcasts of '
African perspectives on comics, video games, tv shows, anime and all things geeky'.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Well Done Ebele Okoye!

The Legacy of Rubiesby Ebele Okoye wins best Animation Film in the Africa Movie Academy Awards.

Interview with the winner of the best animation film category, The Legacy of Rubies !
Posted by African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) on Saturday, 26 September 2015

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Adamu Waziri on Local Content and Ownership

In a recent uploaded video on Facebook, Adamu Waziri shares his views on local content production and audiences in Africa. Waziri discusses the need for African animators to strategise the production and distribution of local content. In his own words...

If we want to see more Black African cartoons we have to do the hard work that companies like Disney, Cartoon Network etc. have already done. Instead of only spending energy asking those companies to create more 'diverse' content we should spend MUCH more time & energy creating, owning and supporting the content we say we want to see ourselves. Let Disney and the rest do what they have to do and we have to step up our game. 

This is not some new amazing idea that no one has thought of. The hard part is, changing mindsets, putting in the hard work and systems to make it a reality. What do you think?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

TriggerFish invests $3.5 Million looking for new African talent

As shared by South African Kevin Kreidemann
CAPE TOWN - After the international success of its first two feature films, Triggerfish Animation Studios is establishing The Triggerfish Story Lab with the support of The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and The Walt Disney Company. 
Triggerfish will be investing up to $3.5m over the next three years in The Story Lab, which aims to give Africa’s most talented storytellers and filmmakers the opportunity to develop their ideas alongside Triggerfish’s international network of mentors. Selected storytellers will potentially have their concepts developed into episodic TV content or an animated feature film for the global market.
Triggerfish is conducting a continent-wide search for storytellers. These storytellers will be carefully selected, based not only on the creative and commercial merits of their concept, but also on their track record. 
The entries will be evaluated by a high-profile panel of both local and international experts, including British director and co-founder of Aardman Peter Lord (Chicken RunThe Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists), Hollywood writer Jonathan Roberts (The Lion King) and script consultant Karl Iglesias (Writing For Emotional Impact), and a panel of development executives from The Walt Disney Company, as well as South African storyteller Gcina Mhlope, comedian David Kau and Triggerfish’s development team of Anthony Silverston, Wayne Thornley and Raffaella Delle Donne.

Shortlisted storytellers will take part in workshops with leading Hollywood script consultant Pilar Alessandra, author of The Coffee Break Screenwriter

The selected Story Lab participants will also receive two weeks of mentoring with key studio and television executives at Disney’s headquarters in Burbank, California.

“We are ready to bring a fresh voice to the world,” says Anthony Silverston, head of development at Triggerfish. “We believe there is extraordinary talent inAfrica and the Story Lab is the perfect way to partner with them.”

“We are excited to be supporting Triggerfish on this innovative project,” says Christine Service, senior vice president and country manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa. “We believe the Story Lab provides a unique opportunity to discover this continent’s next generation of storytellers.”

“The dti is committed to developing a pool of creative talent that can produce international quality animation production scripts,” says Nelly Molokoane from the dti’s Film and TV Incentives Unit, adding that the department is honoured to support projects that will contribute to job creation.

“The Story Lab will be a great catalyst for African creativity on the global stage,” says Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest. “We look forward to opening up the Triggerfish production platform and our networks to the continent’s top creative talent."

The development process can take a number of years. For each phase of development, Triggerfish will provide financial support, workspace, and expert guidance by internal and international consultants and mentors, as well as a route to market through top-tier relationships with Hollywood agency William Morris Endeavor. 

Animation has proven to be a successful medium for South African films to travel internationally, with Triggerfish’s films Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba being distributed in over 150 countries and dubbed into over 27 languages. 
Applications are welcome from all writing and creative disciplines, not just experienced film and TV screenwriters. Applicants must be over 21 and either Africancitizens or permanent residents. Entries must be in English. Entries close 31 August 2015.

Full guidelines and an online application form are available at  

Watch and embed the promo:

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Money Tree, Sierra Leone/ Australia

Hawanatu Bangura is an artist from Sierra Leone, living in Australia. Her short animated film was screened at the Australian African Film Festival in 2012, and the Legacy Film Festival in Brighton, UK.  

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Adamu Waziri talks to SMART MONKEY TV

Animation director and producer Adamu Waziri  based in Abuja, Nigeria talks to SMART MONKEY TV about their new Bino and Fino episodes and projects that are on the way, including crowdfunding, merchandising, and the transnational audiences across the world.

You can check out his company website on EVCL

Monday, April 27, 2015

Sporedust TV - A platform for African Animation and Cartoons

Sporedust Media are the Nigerian studio responsible for animated short Chicken Core released online in 2012 but also responsible for the animation and cartooning platform SporeDust TV where you can watch a small selection of African animations and read about cartooning. Their early story was covered on Cartoonbrew and they have since added to their portfolio a platform for African content. Let's hope that they continue growing.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pawit Raogo et la vielle menteuse - a Franco-Burkinabe Production

JPL Productions have recently announced the premiere of the Franco-Burkinabe animation Pawit Raogo et la vielle menteuse  by Jean Pierre Tardivel (animator and ex-professor from Goblins Animation School) and Burkinabe Andre Daniel Tapsoba. The coproduction between JPL, Pit Productions and Veenem Films is the result of a collaboration between two artists and was screened at Ouagadougou's 24th Edition of the Pan-African Film Festival FESPACO.

The film would be preceded with a short documentary screening on Animation in Burkina Faso by Patrick Barraud.

You can read more about this charming animation at filmsenbretagne

More information about animation in Burkina Faso can be found on the ABCA (Association Burkinabe du Cinema d'Animation)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

AFRIKA FILM FESTIVAL: Exhibition on Central African Animation

This year's AFRIKA Film Festival in Leuven was an exceptional year for African animation. It saw the the screening of the original film of The Tales of Mboloko (1953) by the Belgian Roger Jamar, the very first Congolese stop-motion animation. Alongside this screening was a documentary 'Roger Jamar et les palabres de Mboloko: Pionnier du cinema d'animation en Afrique Centrale', that offered an insight into the man who made these films and the context within which these were viewed.

One was also able to attend a days worth of screenings of different animation shorts, including the works of Nigerian animator Ebele Okoye and South African artist Wendy Morris.

The exhibition will be held at the Universiteitsbibliotheek, KU Leuven between 27th March and the 26th April, and features the charming models from JM Kibushi's own films, Prince Loseno (2005) and Ngando (WIP).

You can see more photos of the opening night on the Facebook event album: AFRIKA_Exhibition_Facebook

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