Sunday, May 1, 2011

In the News-Dele Jegede

Nigerian-American Dele Jegede's Art on Display

Artist and cartoonist Dele Jegede is holding an art exhibit, called "Peregrinations," in his home country of Nigeria, beginning yesterday, April 30, 2011, and on display until May 12 at the Nike Gallery in Lagos. Born in Ikere-Ekiti, Nigeria, in 1945, Mr. Jegede graduated from the university in 1973 and worked as art editor for the Daily Times in Nigeria. In 1979, he migrated to Bloomington, Indiana, to study art at Indiana University. Since graduating with a doctorate in 1983, he has been back and forth between Nigeria and the United States, working in journalism, art, and academia, including a stint at Indiana State University from 2002 to 2005. Mr. Jegede is a pioneering cartoonist in Nigeria. He started drawing a daily comic strip, Kole the Menace, in 1976. In the early 1990s, he assembled a team of cartoonists who put together the first color Sunday comics section, called Funny Cords, in a Nigerian newspaper. You can read more about him with a simple Google search and by looking at his website, here.

Dele Jegede's Kole the Menace, reprinted from Glendora Review: African Quarterly on the Arts, 1997 (Vol. 2, No. 2).
Text copyright 2011 by Terence E. Hanley

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