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Wole Soyinka Centre ‘Art Of The Cartoon’ Project Launch Moves To New Venue

By Iliya Kure

imageKaduna (Nigeria) — Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) has announced a change of venue for the launch of its ‘Arts of the Cartoon’ project which will hold on Friday, at 10am.

A notice to invited participants by the Centre Coordinator, Motunrayo Alaka, says the new venue is Lagos Business Club Ikeja, 50 Hakeem Balogun Street, Central Business District Alausa, Ikeja (Beside NECA House, Opposite Afrikan Shrine).

In a detailed explanation on its website the Organisation says it intends to train and mentor practitioners through the project.

“The Art of the Cartoon project is intended to contribute to raising discussion on the status of cartooning in Nigeria’s news media. The Centre plans to use the initiative to develop the capacity of reporters in the genre, by stimulating the culture of satirical, investigative and humorous cartoons through training and mentoring.

“At the launch, Professor Wole Soyinka, the Nobel Laureate, will present the keynote address. Other speakers drawn from media houses and organisations interested in the subject matter will join him to speak to the theme of using cartoons to document and communicate social realities across the world in general and in Nigeria in particular.

“The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism has nurtured the idea of championing a programme for cartoonists in addition to its award category in editorial cartoon as it observed that it is one of the most neglected genres of the Nigerian news media. The art of the cartoon project, which commenced with the monitoring of cartoons in seven national newspapers in April 2016, will finally provide the desired opportunity.

“The initiative will be supported with social media campaign, especially on Twitter, through the organisation’s handle, @WSoyinkaCentre using the hashtag; #ArtoftheCartoon.” the statement says.

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