The Nigerian Comic industry is taking off, though not as fast as expected but there are observable motions in the industry. With annual events like Comic con Lagos and its likes, there are annual gatherings bring together in thousands of Sketchers, illustrationists, Cartoonists and Digital Artists alongside their fans, giving them a platform to network, interact and exhibit. Truly, things are moving ahead for good in the growing industry. The last decade in Nigeria has churned out a good number of highly creative digital artists and graphic designers. Across the internet, all over Instagram new names are sprouting up daily. This is indeed an exciting time for the creative industry in Africa and most especially, Nigeria.
One young Nigerian Illustrationist/Cartoonist, Justin Irabor is drawing organic attention to himself through his weekly comic series on Obaranda. Heavily clothed in Humour and delivered with the most unpredictable satire, Justin in less than one year has kept a fast growing number of his fans and followers coming back to his Obaranda yard. With characteristic bright pop colours, Justin is telling everyday relatable Nigerian stories in the most amazing way.
From Local Politics, to News, to Pop Culture, Obaranda Comic covers it all. It is interesting to see that this self-taught digital artist grow and improve by the day even as he applies his digital marketing skills in promoting his works online, effectively and efficiently he has done this and in this he has proved himself to be the digital marketing expert he professes to be.
Though Political Cartoons and Comics on Newspapers have in the past been received well by readers, there seems to be a lack of boldness and modern creativity in expression. Most works have remained relatively same and have refused to step of the box built by early Nigerian sketchers.
With the likes of Justin disrupting the growing sphere, other Nigerian Cartoonists and Comic sketchers may have a few tricks to learn from this young digital artist. Since new media is fast taking over from traditional media, comic series like this might be the way forward for comic on online dailies and tabloids.
See how Justin illustrated the recent flooding in Lagos in the boldest yet funniest way