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The Voice's Tayo goes back to his roots

IT WAS an emotional homecoming for cartoonist TAYO Fatunla when he recently visited Nigeria.

TAYO, who has won fans all over the world with the OUR ROOTS cartoon strip which he created for The Voice travelled to the West African nation where he grew up and went to school before travelling to the US to study illustration.

The cartoonist held an all day storytelling and cartoon workshop session at Child of Promise School on the outskirts of Lagos. Child of Promise provides activities that aim to foster social and emotional growth while imparting Christian
values and leadership. He also gave several presentations and oversaw cartoon workshop sessions with a view to encouraging young illustrators who wanted to follow in his footsteps.


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During his visit to the school, TAYO introduced the children to a wider artistic horizon using styles and techniques
to draw cartoons. It was a first of its kind cartoon workshop at the school and the children were excited to have been part of the workshop program for the day and using cartoons, comic images and picture books to tell and retell stories. Some children who were keen to draw comics, paint, design and illustrate had an opportunity to be part of the sessions.

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His kind of workshop was the first at the school and went down well with the head teacher and teachers. The cartoonist also had a training session with the school’s teachers showing other ways of engaging mainstream school children as well as children with special needs and how to identify and meet their needs.

TAYO told The Voice: “I felt like giving back to the Nigerian community where I began my career as a cartoonist drawing for the PUNCH newspapers and other publications. I later drew cartoons for WEST AFRICA
magazine as an international cartoonist in London so it was rewarding for me to be at the school to further enhance the school’s set up with creative skills geared towards a godly future, to inspire, to excel, to educate, to inform, to believe and to lead.”

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