Creating An African Children's Educational Cartoon Global Brand. That's Our Mission
In today’s ever polarising but increasingly connected world it is important for children to have access to media represents them and positively represents others. Many people understand the power of media to shape minds, especially young ones. One of the mediums children really love is that of animation or cartoon shows. Unfortunately there are very few genuine African and Afrocentric cartoons for children out there. Currently children of the wide African Diaspora don’t have much choice when it comes to cartoons that represent them in anyway culturally or visually. Also children and parents from around the world don’t have many cartoon brands they can use to show their children that genuinely represent the continent of Africa. The culture and history of Africa is something that should be shared positively with children around the world. A powerful African children's cartoon brand is a wonderful way to do this.
Introducing Bino & Fino!
The idea for the Bino & Fino cartoon series came about around 2007. The creator of the show, Adamu Waziri, realised that there was a massive lack of true African made children's educational cartoon shows. In Nigeria at the time there were no indigenous cartoon shows that showed children a reflection of themselves. All the cartoon shows were imported and had no link to Africa in anyway. Children are highly impressionable and the human brains learning capacity is the most between 0-6 years. Children’s media is one of the most powerful when it comes to shaping minds. So the fact that children across the world had no cartoon they could watch that genuinely taught them about Africa or represented the continent in a proper way was a worrying one. The Bino & Fino Cartoon Show was created to help rectify this imbalance.
So enough talk and on to the good stuff. Here are some free episodes from our show.They are in a variety of languages besides English. We passionately believe in spreading and keeping alive African languages. We are proud to say we have already dubbed the show into four African languages and hope to do more. After the episodes you will find out more about our progress and get an idea of what behind the scenes at our studios.
Have fun viewing!
English Language Episodes
The original idea to do a Portuguese version came from the fact that Brazil has the largest African descendant population outside of Africa. Unfortunately, Brazil's major media networks have long had a struggle with showing the diversity of the country's population. Arguably those that suffer the most from the media's neglect in representation are Brazil’s children. Most children in Brazil know little about their African heritage, African culture, history and the positive impact it has had in Brazil and the world. They are not taught about this in schools, in the books they read or the TV shows they watch. Of course this is the same for other Portuguese speaking countries in Africa such as Angola, Mozambique or Cape Verde. We had a fund raising campaign to help produce the Portuguese versions. Here's the video for that.
The Journey So Far....
Behind The Scenes
Our Studios are based in Abuja, Nigeria. The majority of the production is done here in Nigeria. We have been lucky to work with some very talented writers, actors, animators, designers, composers and more to bring the show to life.