Thursday 7 January 2016

Maddo's take on Nairobi transport wins him a CNN Award

Maddo with his award

MADDO (Paul Kelemba)  Kenyan cartoonist and creator of the long running and extremely popular It's a Madd Madd World cartoon in the Standard (see blog posting August 2013) was in 2015 awarded a CNN Award for his cartoon called ”Sorting out Nairobi Transport”. It was chosen from entries spanning 39 nations across the African continent.

CNN gives annual awards for outstanding journalism in Africa.  Paul Kelemba's piece was the first CNN award to have ever been given to a cartoon. It gives recognition to the fact that also cartoons can be seen as solid journalism.

To complete ”Sorting out Nairobi Transport” has involved a lot of research, sci-fi modelling, etc. And, as usual, Paul Kelemba pokes gentle fun at his fellow Nairobians which makes the cartoon even more enjoyable.

Congratulations to Maddo, who is, incidentally, at the time of my writing this, struggling in severe  sub-zero weather in Estonia on a visit to the University of Tallinn.

Leif Packalen

The Madd Madd World Special "Sorting out Nairobi Transport"

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