Soyinka urges cartoonists to be more professional

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

Professor Wole Soyinka, who was in South Africa during the event, spoke via Skype.

The Nigeria’s Nobel Laurel, Professor Wole Soyinka has called on cartoonist to be more professional in the discharge of their duties.

He gave the admonition at a symposium organised by the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism tagged:  Art of the cartoon: Imaging social realities.

“We recognised the importance of Cartoons as a means of communicating the realities of Nigeria and this forms the need to bring together the cartoonists, as a way of raising their status as part of the news media for general consumption,” he said.

He explains that cartooning is an art which has not been given a duly acknowledgement, stressing the need for the cartoonists to up their game in the work of art.

According to him, “Cartoonists must ensure the nation’s reality is depicted in its true colour.”

For young minds
He enjoined them to use the platform to entertain, educate and inform the public and mentor some young ones.

Some of the cartoonists who attended the symposium decried poor remuneration of the profession and expressed sadness over how they were being treated in the media.

They canvassed for better recognition in the media organisation particularly the print medium and assured of optimal use of the internet to better the profession.

Notable Nigerian Cartoonists at the event include Aliu Eroje of New telegraph, Mike Azuw of Business day, Leke Moses of National Mirror, Dada, the creator of Mr. and Mrs. of Vanguard newspaper among others.

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