234Next has an interesting article up about not just breaking into the comics industry — but building one from the ground up.
That’s the situation of Sewedo Nupowako, a Nigerian writer and illustrator who is trying to bring comics to his native country. Here’s a highlight:
“Our capacity has been hampered by a lack of resources and time,” Nopuwakwu says. “We are still at that stage where it is difficult to get the attention we need. If people feel we are not relevant, the energy will dissipate, even with the little pockets of creativity doing their thing. In Nigeria, everything is finance.
Discussing Nopuwaku’s journey from drawing Bible stories to telling soap opera tales with “Nollywood’s Finest,” it’s an interesting article, not in the least because it shows that creativity and art has its place everywhere, even when people typically associate news on Africa dealing with economic or health issues. To sum it up: no matter where you live, comics go hand in hand with hope.