Cartooning Nigerian Anticolonial Nationalism

Tejumola Olaniyan

in Images and Empires

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780520229488
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927292 | DOI:
Cartooning Nigerian Anticolonial Nationalism

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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

Chapter.  5956 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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