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The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism supports CARTAN

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*The Lagos based Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism has donated funds to the Cartoonists Association of Nigeria CARTAN to enable cartoonists who are members in conceptualising and publishing cartoons that speak to access to information in commemoration of the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) which was on 28 September 2020 and the webinar discussion on ‘Drawing the Line for Speech: A display of cartoons reflecting Nigeria at 60 is to be held on October 1.

The centre is named after the very vocal Wole Soyinka a Nigerian playwright, poet and essayist who was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature.

TAYO Fatunla - EURWEB OUR ROOTS contributor - ECBACC Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award receipient 2018a

TAYO Fatunla

TAYO Fatunla is an award-winning Nigerian Comic Artist, Editorial Cartoonist, Writer and Illustrator. He is one of the participants of the CARTAN Virtual cartoon exhibition.He is a graduate of the prestigious Kubert School, in New Jersey, US. and recipient of the 2018 ECBACC Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award for his illustrated OUR ROOTS creation and series – Famous people in Black History – He participated in the UNESCO’s Cartooning In Africa forum held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the Cartooning Global Forum in Paris, France and took part in the Afropolitan Comics virtual comics exhibition arranged by the French Institute in South Africa coinciding with its annual National Arts Festival –www.tayofatunla.com/[email protected]

Visit cartoon exhibition on www.cartan.org – on 1st October

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OUR ROOTS: Nigeria at 60 – Future Past

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NIGERIA @ 60 Page 4 - FIN - EURWEB ---

*With all that has happened in Africa’s most populous nation for all the wrong reasons this month, Nigeria remains a force to be reckon with.

Here on EURWEB the last of four OUR ROOTS comic pages of an eventful Nigeria since Independence Day, October 1st 1960.

TAYO Fatunla

TAYO Fatunla

TAYO Fatunla is an award-winning Nigerian Comic Artist, Editorial Cartoonist, Writer and Illustrator. He is one of the participants of the CARTAN Virtual cartoon exhibition marking 60 years of Nigeria. He is a graduate of the prestigious Kubert School, in New Jersey, US. and recipient of the 2018 ECBACC Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award for his illustrated OUR ROOTS creation and series – Famous people in Black History – He participated in the UNESCO’s Cartooning In Africa forum held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the Cartooning Global Forum in Paris, France and took part in the Afropolitan Comics virtual comics exhibition arranged by the French Institute in South Africa coinciding with its annual National Arts Festival — www.tayofatunla.com/[email protected]

 

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NIGERIA – Police Brutality at 60

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NIGERIA today by DON Marvel

*Hard to believe that this month that Nigeria marks 60 years of her independence is when demonstrators against police brutality were killed in Lagos after security forces opened fire with live rounds of ammunition.

About twelve were killed and many more injured.

Nigeria’s cartoonist Don Marvel’s red bloodied cartoon saddens the reality of the current situation.

The current government of President Muhammadu Buhari has lost control. Nigeria will survive its present turmoil but the gaping wound will take long to heal – Cartoon by DON Marvelhttps://donmarvey.blogspot.com

RELATED: Attorney Ben Crump Issues Statement About Police Violence Against Protestors in Lagos Nigeria

TAYO Fatunla - EURWEB OUR ROOTS contributor - ECBACC Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award receipient 2018a

TAYO Fatunla

TAYO Fatunla is an award-winning Nigerian Comic Artist, Editorial Cartoonist, Writer and Illustrator. He is one of the participants of the CARTAN Virtual cartoon exhibition marking 60 years of Nigeria. He is a graduate of the prestigious Kubert School, in New Jersey, US. and recipient of the 2018 ECBACC Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award for his illustrated OUR ROOTS creation and series – Famous people in Black History – He participated in the UNESCO’s Cartooning In Africa forum held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the Cartooning Global Forum in Paris, France and took part in the Afropolitan Comics virtual comics exhibition arranged by the French Institute in South Africa coinciding with its annual National Arts Festival –https://www.tayofatunla.com / [email protected]

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South African Rhinos Dehorned to Deter Poachers

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Nature conservation has a new twist.

Hundreds of endangered rhinos in South Africa have been dehorned to protect them from poachers.

As international borders that were closed amid the coronavirus pandemic reopen, the country’s government has warned game reserves to prepare for a possible resurgence in rhino poaching. Poachers often hunt the animals in order to sell their horns, typically as a form of traditional medicine, for high prices on the black market.

As a result, conservationists in the province of North West have begun dehorning hundreds of rhinos in the area. Tracking the rhinos requires two helicopters and several teams of people on the ground, who then tranquilize the animals before removing their horns.

Description: Hundreds of rhinos in game reserves in the North West have been dehorned to protect them from poachers. Note: Picture is a screenshot. (Newsflash)

Nico Jacobs, the founder of Rhino 911, a conservation group that works to protect rhinos from poachers by cutting off their horns, is assisting with the efforts in North West.

“As soon as the lockdown hit South Africa, we started having incursions almost every day,” he said, noting dehorning the animals may be their best chance for survival.

Dr. Lynne MacTavish of the Mankwe Wildlife Reserve has also made it her life’s mission to save the rhinos. While she previously did not support dehorning the animals, one of her female rhinos was “poached in the most brutal way” in 2014. Afterwards, she decided dehorning them was the best way to preserve their dwindling numbers.

Description: Hundreds of rhinos in game reserves in the North West have been dehorned to protect them from poachers. Note: Picture is a screenshot. (Newsflash)

Around 500,000 rhinos roamed Africa and Asia at the beginning of the 20th century. However, just 27,000 remain in the wild today. Few tend to survive outside national parks and reserves, due to both poaching and habitat loss. Three rhino species, including the black rhino, Javan rhino and Sumatran rhino, are all critically endangered.

In Africa, the southern white rhino was once thought to be extinct, but the population is now bouncing back and thriving in protected sanctuaries. The continent’s western black rhino and northern white rhino were both recently determined to be extinct in the wild, and just two remaining northern white rhinos are housed at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya under 24-hour protection.

Description: Rhino 911, a conservation group, decided to hunt down rhinos to cut off their horns to save them from becoming the target of poachers, who kill them to sell the horns as a form of traditional medicine. Note: Picture is a screenshot. (Newsflash)

South Africa specifically is home to about 80% of the world’s remaining rhinos and has been the country most impacted by the poaching crisis, which began in 2008 and peaked in 2015.

From 2013 to 2017, more than 1,000 rhinos in the nation were hunted annually. Poaching numbers have decreased since, and just under 600 rhinos were killed in South Africa last year, according to the South African Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries.

For security reasons, South African authorities could not provide the exact number of rhinos already dehorned.

(Edited by Carlin Becker and Fern Siegel)



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