It doesn’t happen often enough but Victor Ndula one of Kenya’s top editorial cartoonists was the winner of the 2012 United Nations/Ranan Lurie International Political Cartoon Competition.
Its not easy being a cartoonist in Kenya. First there is the issue of telling someone your job is drawing things like a child would do in kindergarten which cant be that great when you seek a serious spouse. Then there is the issue with the amount of work required to remain at the top of game of giving commentary by drawing with one’s bare hands and a pen and paper. Then there is the complaint I have heard from more than one cartoonist trying to break in about the cliques preventing folks trying to break in from doing so.
Off course as a person who couldn’t draw to save my life I wouldn’t know cartoon politics if they came and bit me on the behind. In spite of it all I did come into close contact in the last five years (is it 5 years already?!) with a very good cartoonist. I have been running a column in the Star called Nairobi Living and in the Print Version it comes with a caricuture based on my musings. It has been done for five years until only recently by Ndula who has a humour that would compete with the best Mad Magazine creators.
So it wasn’t suprising to learn that the man was a big winner this December as he was awarded the top prize at the 2012 United Nations/Ranan Lurie International Political Cartoon Competition. His entry was about the international women’s day and the cartoon is on this page with his permission.
The man is to be congratulated.