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TAYO Fatunla’s Our Roots: Eid Al-Fitr Celebration and Islam in Africa

Our Roots - Kaaba - 2023
Our Roots – Kaaba – 2023

*It’s Eid Al-Fitr this weekend long when Muslims all around the world celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Eid Al Fitr simply means “breaking of fast.” Muslims fast between sunrise and sunset every day during this month. Saudi Arabia, among other Islamic countries, usually announces the day of Eid al-Fitr once the moon has been sighted. Local mosques tend to also confirm.

Islam is Africa’s second most widely professed faith behind Christianity. Africa was the first continent into which Islam spread from the Northern part of Africa. Statistics have it that one-third of the world’s Muslim population comes from Africa. Africans also make the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their lifetime.

Poverty may not allow many to do so. And suffice it to say that the holy pilgrimage to Mecca will be the focus of many Muslims in July who are able to make the holy pilgrimage trip.

For now, it’s an Eid celebration. from Friday. My grandfather Robert Abosede from my mother’s side was a Muslim who converted to Christianity paving the way for his own Abosede family to be all Christians and having names in the family such as Juliana, Augustus, Francisco, Catherino, Vincent, Josephine, and Marcellina who was my mother.

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Comic artist TAYO Fatunla - OUR ROOTS creator
Comic artist TAYO Fatunla – OUR ROOTS creator

TAYO Fatunla whose work has been featured on MSN.com via EURweb.com is an award-winning Nigerian Comic Artist, Editorial Cartoonist, Writer, and Illustrator and is an artist of the 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 has held a virtual OUR ROOTS cartoon workshop for SMITHSONIAN- National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C. His Fela Kuti image is prominently featured in Burna Boy’s mega-Afrobeat hit song “Ye”. https://www.instagram.com/tfatunla123

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