Comic Connect Africa was hosted by one of the biggest indigenous comic studio/company in Nigeria, Comic Republic. Which held at freedom park on the 4th of March(e don tey sha, no mind me) with support from the British Council, Lagos Theatre Festival and a large number of sponsors; The Guardian Newspaper(Nigeria), Silverbird TV, BBM, Wacom(Nigeria) just to name a few. With exhibitors and those from related industries, most especially the technology industry, which since last year’s edition of the Lagos Comic Convention has thrown its weight behind the nascent industry.
The convention had speakers like CEO, Comic Republic, Jide Martin; PR and Communications Manager, Google West Africa, Taiwo Kola- Ogunlade; CEO, A2Hub, Adaora Mbelu-Dania; CEO, IC Studios, Ibrahim Ganiyu, CEO, Peda Studio; Peter Daniel, Business Country Manager Strikas Entertainment Nigeria Ltd; Joyce Olagesin and Sebastian Loerscher an Illustrator and author from Berlin, leading a special panel session called Comic Connect Let’s Talk which was moderated by Eduvie Martin. The room was filled to capacity as eager art enthusiasts listened in to the discussions on the future of comic books, gaming, animation and many more in Africa as well as how to collaborate and distribute products in the creative art. There were also cosplay, gaming, musical performances, award presentation.
This happening is just an attestation to the fact the industry is growing at an unprecedented rate and its something we need both partnership, support and investment for it to be able to achieve its potential as a viable form of telling our stories….the African story.
Enough of the talk….as they say a picture is worth a thousand words, here are a few:
The most beautiful part of it all, is now the industry has two conventions(in Nigeria) strategically positioned in the beginning and last quarter of the year to showcase its growth and role as a partner and collaborator in nation building, economic diversification and promoting the African culture.