When Faze, the last of the now disbanded Plantaishun Boiz , dropped his hit single ‘Originality’ in 2008, the song received so much airplay largely due to its , well , originality and its apparent distinction from mainstream pop.
Maybe that’s what we need now in this country. Some originality.
I think it would be apt if we took telling our Nigerian story to the next level. I think Nigerians should advance significantly in making full-fledged, gripping, hard-hitting and obviously interesting cartoons that leave viewers coming back for more. Yup. That way we’d be killing two birds with one stone; we’d be consolidating our culture and having fun doing it. What else could you ask for? Cartoons – the really good, timeless ones like Tom and Jerry- have a way of appealing to the young and old alike. I think the creation of Nigerian cartoons will not only serve as a good alternative source of entertainment but will also foster the relatively young neo-nationalist spirit in all of us.
The few Nigerian cartoons that do exist, like Bino and Fino (see picture above) , should become more mainstream however. I didn’t know about Bino and Fino until I ran a google search when writing this post. You see, African kids import a lot of culture from abroad, a situation which is fast drowning African culture (gist for another post). The average African child now speaks English or French as his/her first language , etc .The creation of more engaging African cartoons will be an effective method to nip this problem in the bud because if something isn’t done about the situation, then Africa would finally morph into Europe come 2042. And we definitely don’t want that to happen.
Learn more about Bino and Fino at www.binoandfino.com