According to CNN, a Nigerian cartoonist has created a cartoon to teach children about something other than western culture.
Nigerian animator Adamu Waziri, has created an educational cartoon, Bino and Fino, about African culture that will not only air in Nigeria or Africa, but hopefully around the world.
According to the article, Waziri “wants the program to ‘teach kids and show that the stuff you see on TV of starving people isn’t the only thing (in Africa) — you have a middle class here who have the same aspirations as everybody else.'”
Bino and Fino will try and break the stereotypes of Africa by showing children that Africa has middle-class people who hold jobs, have technology and go to school. The show will try to educate children about the history, language and culture of Africa.
I think this is a great idea. The west portrays Africa has being a death-ridden country that is filled with poverty. But it is not (and I know from experience). Africa is a beautiful place filled with lower, middle and upper class, just like the west. Africa functions similarly to the west, and they are not as “behind” as people think.
However, many people do not know this because the media and TV shows portray Africa as living in tribes, talking to animals and living in poverty. Yes, there are still tribes in some areas and yes Africa has many exotic animals. But that does not mean we should define them by that. Africa is a growing continent that has all the potential, we just need to see it. And this show will begin to show the world a different, more realistic Africa.