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An exhibition of cartoons celebrating African unity has opened in Addis Ababa. Entitled ‘Change the perspective of African unity – Illusion and Myth or Imperative and Opportunity’, the competition for African cartoonists was launched in September 2012.
It was won by South African artists Jack and John Curtis, who collected the 5,000 Euro first prize for their cartoon, entitled ‘Are we there yet?’
The second prize, of 2,000 Euros, went to Victor Ndula from Kenya, for his cartoon ‘Unity is imperative for Africa’s survival’.
The 1,000 Euro third prize was awarded to Samuel Mwamkinga from Tanzania, for his cartoon, entitled: ‘African Union challenges’.
The exhibition, being held at Addis Ababa’s Goethe Institute, displays works from across the continent, as well as the prize winners.
The competition was organised by the German political foundation, Friedrich Ebert-Stiftung, and the Third World Journalists Net.
Contestants were asked to illustrate their view of the African Union in a cartoon drawing, as a way to mark the 50th anniversary of the OAU/AU.
The competition organisers said many people blame a shortage of opportunities for Africans on a lack of political unity, with crises and violent conflict all too common across the continent.
They also said some people see African unity as a threat to African diversity and therefore to do not see it as a worthwhile goal.
This was the third time the cartoon competition has been held. It is exclusively for African cartoonists, with no limits on age or place of birth, offering an opportunity to express, manifest and symbolise ideas.