Growing up in Nigeria my elders would often tell me stories about our culture and history. Stories about ancient heroes, myths and legends. Stories that respect our history embrace the present and imagine the future. When I first moved to the UK I wanted to share these stories with my new friends but all I had were memories. Of course, I cherish these memories but I knew they would never be enough to convey the magic and majesty of these tales. After several years, I decided to look to the magic of art and storytelling to recreate these African tales. As a comic book writer, it makes perfect sense. Why not use this wonderful medium to showcase the best of African art and storytelling?
Of course, Africa is a big place and I knew this project was far beyond me as an individual. Therefore, with my trusty pal Tolu Foyeh, I set off on a mission to see if there were any African comic book creators out there and what we found was beyond our greatest imagination:
Afrofuturist space operas, epic fantasies set across Ancient Africa and a whole whose of stories showcasing our culture using the magic of comics. Thus Kugali was born, a collective of African creatives showcasing the best African stories by Africans using comics, art and animation. We had two goals:
- To make our fellow Africans proud by showing them their stories in new and innovative ways.
- To show the rest of the world our culture though our own eyes.
Two years later and we’re really proud of what we’ve achieved so far with Kugali. We’ve united over a dozen African creators to publish 9 amazing comics. I’m so grateful that so many people have given us the opportunity to show all of you how our culture can enrich our stories and our comics.
If you’ve read this far, I’m sure you know what is coming next. This is the part where I ask you to tattoo Kugali onto your foreheads and give me all your money. Alright, I’m joking but the truth is that we’ve taken this vision as far as we can and now we need some help to keep going so we’ve decided to turn to Kickstarter. The goal is to fund the printing and production of the Kugali Anthology, a 200-page collection of our best comics.
Not sure what to expect? Here’s a little preview of the kind of work we produce.
The Kickstarter campaign runs until March 28 2018 8:17 PM BST.