Sunday, June 16, 2024

World Children’s Day – Celebrating the Future Generations

Suffer the little children - EURWEB
Suffer the little children – TAYO Fatunla

*World Children’s Day has come and gone. It’s UNICEF’s annual day of action for children. Celebrated in November every year, it was first established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day to promote international togetherness, and awareness among children worldwide, and improve children’s welfare.

The occasion also happens to be the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

African Children are victims of War (as it is in Israel Gaza and Ukraine) and victims of hunger and poverty, abuse, famine lack of good education, and more. The African child sometimes forgotten, should not be forgotten and be remembered. They grow up wanting to be a better person who can impact the society. With adequate education, tools, and facilities they can progress in life.

College Students from Lead Forte Gate College who were involved in the Cartoon art competion
College Students from Lead Forte Gate College who were involved in the Cartoon art competition
College students from Lead Forte Gate College viewing CACAFEST Cartoons and the winning cartoons
College students from Lead Forte Gate College viewing CACAFEST Cartoons and the winning cartoons

The just concluded Cartoon, Animation, Comic, and Art Cartoon Festival CACAFEST 2023 in Lagos, Nigeria, is an example of how enthusiastic schoolchildren who attended the festival were and who learned to draw cartoons and entered a cartoon competition at the festival. It was an exclusive drawing and art competition for invited secondary schools, coupled with an inspiring Art Talk and Digital Illustration Workshop for aspiring young talents! Students from Lead Forte Gate College, Lekki, Lagos attended the festival.

Three young winners emerged from the competition namely Obanua Kamsiyochuckwu, Odulate Doyin, and Nnukwe Treasure, and who received gifts comprising poster colors, sable brushes, and sketchpad. Other students received certificates for participating. All were provided drawing materials for the competition. The Judges for the competition included Mike Asukwo, Dada Adekola, and Jimoh Samsideen who are celebrated Nigerian cartoonists themselves. Children are the future who can make the world a better place and change things. But they must be nurtured first.

TAYO Fatunla
TAYO Fatunla

TAYO Fatunla whose work has been featured on MSN.com via EURweb.com is an award-winning British-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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