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Images and EmpiresVisuality in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa$
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Paul Landau and Susan Griffin

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520229488

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520229488.001.0001

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Cartooning Nigerian Anticolonial Nationalism

Cartooning Nigerian Anticolonial Nationalism

(p.124) Chapter 4 Cartooning Nigerian Anticolonial Nationalism
Images and Empires

Tejumola Olaniyan

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on the cartooning of anticolonial nationalism in Nigeria. It focuses on the works of Akinola Lasekan, Nigeria's pioneer political cartoonist. It suggests that Lasekan's ideology closely follows that of his mentor Nnamdi Azikiwe: a blend of liberal democratic, welfarist, and socialist precepts forged by the master in the crucible of black racial protests and cultural renaissance in the U.S. of the 1920s and 1930s. It explains that Lasekan called for the total Africanization of Nigeria and that for the iconographic resources to prosecute the all-out war, he drew on a wide spectrum of sources, from the culturally indigenous to the colonial and European. It argues that though Lasekan's conventions of physiognomic representation have strong indigenous resonance, they were also common in the cartoons published in many British American newspapers of the 1930s and 1940s.

Keywords:   anticolonial nationalism, cartooning, Nigeria, Akinola Lasekan, political cartoonist, Nnamdi Azikiwe, racial protest, Africanization

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