Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Africa's year in cartoons: 2008

For Nigerian cartoonist Tayo Fatunla, 2008 saw recurring headlines in Africa's news charts, like the violence that erupted in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

The year also saw the death of an African legend, South African singer Miriam Makeba, known as Mama Africa, and remembered here by South African cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro.

One of the stories that captured the world's imagination this year was that of the Somali pirates, who have the world's navies on their tails while living the high life at home, thanks to their ransom booty.

Thabo Mbeki stood down as South Africa's president in September, bowing to forces within the ruling African National Congress calling for his exit and those who saw him as an aloof and arrogant leader.

Anti-apartheid leaders, in their turn, were dismayed by the xenophobic violence that erupted on South Africa's streets in May, damaging the country's image as The Rainbow Nation.

A year rarely passes without a religious riot in Nigeria. The deadly violence that erupted in the central city of Jos was not sparked by a cartoon or beauty contest, but by a dispute over local elections.


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