African children’s cartoon will show positive aspects of Africa, breaking stereotypes

The cartoon, Bino and Fino, aims to teach children about Africa | photo from CNN

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.


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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2 Responses to African children’s cartoon will show positive aspects of Africa, breaking stereotypes

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