Search
Close this search box.

Kenny Adamson: A Nigerian Cartoonist and Icon Celebrated at 70

Kenny Adamson and some of his late 1970s cartoons
Kenny Adamson and some of his late 1970s cartoons

*To celebrate Kenny Adamson at 70 is to celebrate the doyen of Nigerian editorial cartoons. I had the privilege of working with him as a teenager at PUNCH newspapers in Nigeria. He paved the way for many cartoonists and myself to follow in his footsteps. Kenny, an icon and an inspiration to many is also a celebrated sculptor and painter.

Suffice to say, Kenny was not the first Nigerian editorial cartoonist. There was Akinola Lasekan (Pioneer of Nigerian modern art) and later dele jegede and Josy Ajiboye with the later two, having worked for years for the government owned newspaper Daily Times. Along came PUNCH an independent national newspaper where Kenny showcased his skill in cartooning and mesmerised newspaper readers with his witty, political and thought-provoking cartoons for PUNCH on daily basis and weekends as well.

His cartoons spared no one. He later joined the VANGUARD newspapers where he continued with more punchy editorial cartoons that made him a household name and still is today. An arrangement different with those who came before him. He took his brand of editorial cartoons to a different level, cartooning local and foreign issues. His caricatures of government officials in power were apt. Born in 1951, Kenny is a graduate of the iconic art school in Lagos, the Yaba College of Technology from 1973 – 1977.

OTHER NEWS ON EURWEB: SiriusXM’s ‘Auto Trends’ Talks to Attorney and Client Awarded $137M Discrimination Judgement Against Tesla

Kenny Adamson (R), showing Yinka Fashokun and Ish Alimi a thing or two about cartooning at PUNCH newspapers
Back in the day: Kenny Adamson (R), showing Yinka Fashokun and Ish Alimi a thing or two about cartooning at PUNCH newspapers

He had his first joint exhibition at Didi Museum in Victoria Island, Lagos in March 1983 and ten years later had his first ever solo exhibition at the same Museum. which was declared open by the first lady then, the late Mariam Babangida. Since his cartooning years, Kenny’s commissioned sculptural works and paintings now grace public places in Nigeria including at the famous Tinubu square in Lagos and some of his works are at the Presidential villa in Aso rock, Abuja.

Kenny Adamson’s works have enjoyed large patronage from Nigerian and foreign collectors. Notable among personalities his works have been presented to include Queen Elizabeth II, during her state visit to Nigeria in 2003, President George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States and also several foreign dignitaries.

Congrats to a living legend at 70, a man respected in the annals of Nigerian art by his peers, his mentees and upcoming generation of cartoonists, sculptors and painters who still clearly adore him. He is a likely feature later in OUR ROOTS.

TAYO - EURWEB (10-14-21)
TAYO Fatunla

TAYO Fatunla is an award-winning Nigerian Comic Artist, Editorial Cartoonist, Writer and Illustrator is an artist of African diaspora. 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 at 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. His image of Fela Kuti was used as a backdrop in the Burna Boy’s YouTube channel the mega-Afrobeat hit song “Ye”. www.tayofatunla.com/[email protected]/[email protected]

We Publish News 24/7. Don’t Miss A Story. Click HERE to SUBSCRIBE to Our Newsletter Now!

Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez / Getty
Candace Owens and Eminem
Sandra 'Pepa' Denton - Getty
Donald Trump - Thomas Matthew Crooks
Robin Allen as Miss Cleo - via Lifetime
Trump - JD Vance (Getty)
Shannen Doherty dead after cancer battle
nene leakes and kenya moore
Donald Trump - Bennie Thompson
amber rose
Thomas Matthew Crooks
Read More
Donald Trump shooting - bloody ear (screenshot)
Read More
Tejuana Johnson - via Facebook
Read More
Donald Trump in Butler PA as shots are heard - screengrab
Read More
Donald Trump being rushed from stage in Butler PA
Read More
John Gotti - Donald Trump
Read More
Paige Butcher and Eddie Murphy - Depositphotos
Read More
Kadia Iman in scuffle with white educator during graduation ceremony
Read More
Shannon Sharpe and Meagan Good - via Club Shay Shay
Read More
KeKe Jabbar
Read More

POPULAR

Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez / Getty
Tory Lanez Granted Potential Opportunity to Appeal Conviction in Megan Thee Stallion Case
Candace Owens and Eminem
Candace Owens Fires Back at Eminem After Being Dissed on His Latest Album
Sandra 'Pepa' Denton - Getty
Sandra 'Pepa' Denton (Salt-N-Pepa) Deemed Safety Risk - REMOVED from Southwest Flight in Vegas | WATCH
Donald Trump - Thomas Matthew Crooks
What We Know About the Trump Rally Gunman (Thomas Matthew Crooks) So Far | VIDEOs
Robin Allen as Miss Cleo - via Lifetime
Lifetime Announces Biopic 'Miss Cleo: Her Rise and Fall' Starring Robin 'The Lady of Rage' Allen | WatchTrailer
Trump - JD Vance (Getty)
Trump Selects Ohio Sen. JD Vance As His Running Mate | VIDEO
Shannen Doherty dead after cancer battle
Shannen Doherty Dead at 53, 'Beverly Hill, 90210' Co-Stars Pay Tribute
nene leakes and kenya moore
Nene Leakes Reacts to Kenya Moore's Departure from RHOA
Donald Trump - Bennie Thompson
MS Congressman Bennie Thompson Faces Backlash for Bill to Strip Trump’s Security | VIDEO
1 2 3 8,186