– Best Animation | 2015 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA)
– Best Animation | 2015 Africa International Film Festival
– Best Animation | 2015 Silicon Valley African Film Festival
– Best Animation | 2015 Out of Africa International Film Festival OOAIFF
Watch the AMAA announcement below and the overwhelming confusion afterwards
Midle aged, Nerd, Sassy & Creative: I was 7 when I knew my dream was Animation and over 30 when it became true. With a HND in Graphic Design, my migration to Germany in the year 2000 and further education turned me tech savy. With the advent of social media, all four got combined: Animation / Branding/ CMS / Social Media Marketing. Nothing can be more fun!
I graduated from the IMT, Enugu Nigeria with an upper credit in Graphic Design/ Illustration. Upon graduation in 1989, I worked in Advertising agencies, while freelancing as a cartoonist for Magazines and Newspapers, in Nigeria.
In 1995, I went into full time studio painting holding local and international exhibitions until my migration to Germany in the year 2000 for a Post Graduate studies in Africanology at the University of Cologne
After Cologne, a design-study stint at the University of Applied Sciences Duesseldorf, Germany and a traineeship at the West German Broadcasting Corporation, WDR, I finally got the chance to pursue my childhood dream and passion; I furthered in 2D Animation at the International Film School Cologne under renowned names in Animation like Michael Dudok de Wit, Sylvain Chomet, Giannalberto Bendazzi (known as the Godfather of Animation History) and these three of blessed memory: Larry Lauria, Jimi Murakami, Harald Siepermann (Disney character Designer)
Graduating in 2004, I worked as a studio animator with Trickstudio Lutterbeck Cologne before setling as an independent Director and Animation producer. This decision though not easy has been an interesting one especially as it has exposed me to the real rudiments of Animation production both on own productions. I have led quite a few international co-productions, most remarkable of which is “Anna Blume” a German /Bulgarian co-production and winner of the 2007 Robert Bosch Foundation Promotional Prize for Animation.
In the previous year, I had won the DEFA Stiftung research prize towards an animation for a co-operation between Germany and Estonia. Eventually, the German estonian project titled “Feet Voters” did not see full production. My interpretations ended up as “Patterns” a 10 minutes experimental animation dealing with the same topic “Feet Voters” was supposed to handle, which is “Migration”
THE PREFERRED APPROACH
In my works, be it in the area of media or visual arts, I like to address socio-political issues as affecting my two countries. (Germany and Nigeria) For instance, the 10 minutes animation “Patterns” is an abstract rendition of the German immigration laws based on own experience and those of other people I have come in contact with. On the other hand, Patterns shows the misconceptions most Nigerians have about Europe being a land where money “grew on public trees”.
However, in animation, I am in my element when I am working on “visual poetry”, translating prose and poetry into animation. Among the German authors whose works I have visualized are: Simone Kanter [Die Verrückte / The Lunatic ] Kurt Schwitters [Anna Blume / Eve Blossom] Ulrike Almut Sandig [Meine Heimat / My Homeland] Björn Khuligk [Die Liebe in den Zeiten der EU / Love in the age of the EU]
My recent animation project [The Legacy of Rubies], a 28 minutes Nigerian-German Co production inspired by African Folklore, revolves around a young forest boy named Mfalme, whose life suddenly gets turned upside down as he is kidnapped and brought to a palace with the claims that he is the son of the dying King Obankosi and as such should overtake the throne however with certain prerequisites which he can neither ignore nor fulfill.
This very production was my first attempt into mainstream animation. It was a difficult but enriching making me realize that mainstream is about the hardest kind of production because it does not give one full artistic fredom in visual expression.
The Legacy of Rubies despite being a short, is the first ever Nigerian / German Animation co-production.
My passion for the future is more German African co-productions as well as establishing a kind of institution where young talented animators will receive the best quality trainings as is obtainable any other part of the world. This decision was made out of own experiences, having suffered as a talented child with no financial backing.
Due to financial restrictions, establishing such a school is still not within easy reach but my strong yearning to impart knowledge to others has led to the establishment of the initiative Shrinkfish Media Lab (smedLAB) which covers short but intensive Audio visual tarining programmes.
The first run [smedLAB Animation Course 2013] kicked off in March 2013 at the Goethe Institut Lagos, in co-operation with the Goethe Institut, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Development Research (CEDR) of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, and StudioXup, an artists’ collective. Again, having had that first run and evaluated the challenges involved in such course tied to a location, smedLAB is currently being built into an online school, like Anim School, Digital Tutors, Lynda and the likes, but focusing on African, with a consideration of the social and infracstructural constellations.
Also with the same passion for bringing together Animation enthusiast, I have been managing a facebook group called “The Animation Club Africa” The main aim ofof this group which has over 2,000 members is for exchange, mentorships and possible co-operations between Animation Film Makers or Animation lovers of African descent or interests.
This would be incorporated into the smedLAB platform.
MUCH FUN IN VERSATILITY
I am is still active as a Painter, Media Designer, Branding expert and social media marketing while pursueing a hobby in photography and fashion.
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