Tayo Fatunla is a leading African cartoonist, designer, illustrator, caricaturist and cartoon tutor. I came across his take of African life during 2004 in Africa.
The first of the 10 ‘2004 Year In Review’ sketches depicts how the world’s concern for the African continent seems to have taken a backseat in world affairs. Africa is shown drifting off, away from the rest of the planet into space.
The second sketch shows a skeletal female holding a skeletal baby’s body, leaning over as if to see if the child is still awake or rocking in grief over the child’s death.
Sketches 4 – 8 cover various problems that plague most African countries, including the AIDS/HIV pandemic, political power struggles, gender violence, including honour killings, press freedom and crime.
Sketch 9 is a tribute to all African children who starved or suffered from malnutrition in 2004 and who will enjoy hunger for Christmas. It is Katanga’s letter to Santa pleading for food as her Christmas gift because she doesn’t want to be hungry anymore.
And number 10 is Tony Blair’s promise that 2005 will be the year for Africa to be ‘remembered’ and put back on the international front burner.
The sketches are a pictorial reminder of the spiritual truth that what affects one human being or any other aspect of life on the planet, affects all Life on Earth. During the course of 2004 and increasingly in the next 2 -3 years, the obvious truth of this will become apparent to the biggest sceptics amongst us.
Fatunla’s sketches are a haunting call to awaken more compassion within our individual and collective hearts, minds and souls and thus fund the energy necessary to manage the Earth’s resources in such a way that all its inhabitants can live with the basics of food, clothing, shelter, health care, education and freedom from every form of oppression.
Have a look at Tayo Fatunla’s 10 sketches at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/photo_gallery/4099481.stm
and his official homepage: http://www.tayofatunla.com/
A hilarious political cartoon site: http://www.cagle.com/politicalcartoons/