The African Geek Calendar 2018

2017 was an incredible year for the African geekosphere especially with comics. Old players like Comic Republic, Vortex Comics and the Comexposed community entrenched themselves as African comic book powerhouses with releases pretty much every month, back to back.

Let’s not also forget new and returning players/creators such as Kugali, Juni Ba, Setor Fiadzigbey, Mad Comics, Elupe, Avandu and Mongolia Studios who’ve expanded on the infinite possibilities of what an African comic can be.

Perhaps the most inspiring and exciting development for the African geekosphere is the many niche events that happened across the continent. From NAICCON (Kenya), Lagos Comic Con (Nigeria), Nerd Con (Ghana), Comic Book Day (Zimbabwe) to Digi Art Fest (Uganda), African geeks have safer and more inclusive spaces to be themselves and further explore their passions.

Below is a calendar of all the African geek events to look out for in 2018. Updates will be included as and when they’re announced. In the meantime, keep these in mind.

  1. Global Game Jam 2018


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    Organizer: Global Game Jam®
    Date: January 26 -28 2018
    Locations: Angola, Egypt, EthiopiaGabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Morroco, NigeriaSouth Africa, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia.

    The Global Game Jam is a gathering of people across different industries (but primarily gaming) for the purpose of planning, designing, and creating one or more games within a short span of time, usually ranging between 24 and 72 hours.

    Global Game Jam Accra.jpgIt’s happening in several locations across 14 African countries. If you’ve got game dev chops or just want to experience what building a game from scratch is like, definitely register at a jam site near you. Also, if you want to catch us at the jam, we’ll most likely be at the Game Nerd jam site (image above).

  2. Comic Connect Africa


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    Organiser: Comic Republic Media x Social Media Week Nigeria
    Date: February 26, 2018
    Location:  Landmark Event Centre, Oniru, Victoria Island, Lagos.

    Comic Connect: Let’s Talk is a panel session that will explore the Comic Book and Animation Industry in Nigeria, ways to generate revenue from a Global Audience, how to harness art skills in Nigeria, how to improve skills and aid ease of publishing . This session will also explore tools that can be used to drive great quality art out of Africa. Comic Connect: Let’s Talk is part of Nigeria’s Social Media Week. The panel includes Ibrahim Ganiyu (June XII), Niyi Akinmolayan (Anthill Studios), Jide Martin (Comic Republic), Tokini Peterside (Art X Lagos), Ahdora Mbelu-Dania and Olusola Amusan.

    Attendance is free but you’ve got to register to attend! Register for Comic Connect Africa here.

  3. Animafrik Animation Festival


    Animafrik Animation Festival.jpgOrganizer: Alliance Francaise
    Date: March 5 – 9, 2018
    Location: Alliance Francaise, Accra

    Animafrik is an animation festival dedicated to African and Caribbean animation and designed to promote its art and animation. The festival projects films by Africans and Caribbean animators on the continent and in the diaspora.  It however reserves a place for animation from regions outside Africa and the Caribbean. The 2018 edition of the Animafrik festival will cover screening of films, animation conferences and exhibition of African and Caribbean art.

  4. Accra Animation Film Festival (AAFFia)


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    Organizer: AAFFia in partnership with Squid Mag
    Date: Sometime in April, TBA
    Location: TBA (Accra, Ghana)

    The Accra Animation Film Festival is a week-long international animation film festival as well as a platform for animators across Africa to connect with international animators, exchange ideas and find new production partners and investors. We’re proud to announce that we’re helping bring this baby into the world. This is a festival we so eagerly anticipate.

  5. NAICCON


    Organizer: NAICCON
    Dat: TBA
    Location: TBA (Nairobi, Kenya)

    The Nairobi Comic Con is Kenya’s primary geek event and brings together geeks and nerds from all over to bask in the awesomeness of both local and international content. NAICCON got a lot of international press last year and we’re excited to see how it gets the momentum rolling in 2018 as well.

  6. Nerd Con


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    Organizer: Nerdcore Studio
    Date: Sometime in June, TBA
    Location: TBA (Accra, Ghana)

    Nerd Con is Ghana’s premier geek event that creates an enabling space for people to connect with local and international content in animation, gaming, programming, comics and music, even Korean Pop. This year will mark 3 years since the inception of what is essentially Paul Ziem (Game Nerd / Nerdcore Studios)’s baby.

  7. Lagos Comic Con


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    Organizer: Mustard Seed Communication x Ayodele Elegba (Spoof Comics)
    Date: 15 September, 2018
    Location: Landmark Event Centre, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria.

    The Lagos Comic Con is an annual geek event and possibly the biggest in Africa organized by Mustardseed Communication International. This year marks the event’s 7th Anniversary and we expect it to attract about 6000 guests come September.

  8. Pa Gya Literary Festival


    Pa Gya! A Literary Festival In AccraOrganizer: Writers Project of Ghana & Goethe Institut
    Date: Sometime in October, TBA
    Location: Goethe Institut (Accra, Ghana)

    Pa Gya is a literary festival and not your typical run of the mill geek event. It’s on this list because it’s the only other event in Ghana that facilitates the distribution of African comics. We did it for our young industry at Pa Gya last year and are giddy with excitement to repeat that this year. Definitely, keep this on your calendar.

  9. Comexposed


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    Organizer: Comexposed
    Date: Sometime in October, TBA
    Location: TBA (Harare, Zimbabwe)

    Comexposed is essentially Zimbabwe’s comic book convention. The Zimbabwean Comic Book Convention brings together comic book creators, animators, publishers and artists from Zimbabwe and the region to one spot to share their work, love and appreciation of comic books with the public, corporates and investors in attendance. Comexposed is also the name of the organizers who shoulder Zimbabwe’s animation and comic making industry and geek culture.

  10. FEJA (The Electronic and Video Game Festival of Abidjan)


    Organizer: Paradise Game
    Date: Possibly sometime in November, TBA
    Location: TBA (Abidjan, Ivory Coast)

    The Electronic and Video Game Festival of Abidjan (FEJA) launched in November last year and we’re looking forward to it again this year. The festival brought together thousands of gaming enthusiasts from all over Africa, around the theme: video games in Africa, it is possible. We’ve done very little in our coverage on African comics, games and animation, so this really makes us happy.
    More info.

  11. DiGiArt Fest



    Organizer: Tribe Toonz
    Date: Possibly sometime in December, TBA
    Location: TBA (Kampala, Uganda)

    DiGiArt is a collaborative initiative between Uganda’s geek community that was launched with the main objective of uplifting the creative industry in that country. The event was a smashing success that attracted a lot of creatives and this year promises to be even bigger based on all the positive feedback. According to Pyler of Tribe Toonz, “creatives ought to understand the business language this is how we are going to grow as an industry, it’s not easy but there is always a start”.


These are a few of the events happening across the continent to look out for. We will update this list as and when we have more information or find new geek events happening.

Squirt Creativity.

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Help Design The December Edition Of The Kugali Magazine

To celebrate the Christmas edition of the Kugali Magazine, Kugali is running a competition inviting artists to design the front cover for the next edition of the Kugali Magazine.

Winner gets $125 in cash, $100 for 2nd place and $75 for 3rd place. Here are the front covers from the two previous editions as well as the characters that are set to feature in this 3rd edition.

Finally, here’s a picture of our Kugali Masks (including them in your art is optional). Plenty of inspiration for you to come up with your design.

Now just a few rules:

  1. Post your entry on Facebook or Instagram and tag Kugali in the post.
  2. Use the hashtag #KugaliMagazine
  3. Winner will be decided by popular vote. To make things easy, we’ll equate this to likes.
  4. The deadline is the 3oth of November.

For more design inspiration, check out the slideshow below with artwork by Juni Ba.

That’s all folks. Happy drawing!

Squirt Creativity!

7 Great Resources for Discovering African Comics

Googling African Comics these days thankfully returns a series of articles highlighting one African comic or the other. But that’s several articles pointing you in many different places (or saying the same darn thing about the same darn comics). If you’re like me, that means bookmarking a tonne of pages for later when you can sift through and find your favourites.

That’s not very productive and too much work.

Let’s change that. Continue reading “7 Great Resources for Discovering African Comics”

COMIC REPUBLIC’S SCION IS AN AFRICAN STORY OF IMMORTAL WARRIORS

What if you were an African warrior that could not die, who would you sell your services to? This is what Scion is about, in a nutshell. Scion: Immortal, is one of Comic Republic‘s newest titles alongside Beatz and Visionary.

After two issues, Scion appears to be quite consistent in its releases compared to other series published by the CR label. I really hope it stays like this because we need consistency in this budding African comics industry. Without further delay, allow me to dissect this piece of art, and give you a reason to either follow the series or let it sink into oblivion. Muhahahahaha!

Continue reading “COMIC REPUBLIC’S SCION IS AN AFRICAN STORY OF IMMORTAL WARRIORS”

Fear Faces The Music (Or Something Like That) In Comic Republic’s Double Release

This weekend promises to be tons of fun with the release of two comic titles via Comic Republic. The publisher is ready to drop the fourth issue of the dark and fearful Eru comic. What was that? You haven’t read or heard about Eru? You do yawa! We’d totally love to go into it for you but the folks over at Naija Komics Online do a wonderful job of it here. Okay, fine, we’ll bite.

Continue reading “Fear Faces The Music (Or Something Like That) In Comic Republic’s Double Release”

Get Your Game Face On – This Is Global Game Jam Accra 2017

What’s up Ghanaian game gbees (lovers) and developers? The 8th Global Game Jam is happening this weekend and you should attend. What’s the, hang on, let’s roll with the 3 W’s. 🙂

What’s the Global Game Jam?

Good question. Before that, what’s a game jam? I recently found out. It is a gathering of people for the purpose of planning, designing, and creating one or more games within a short span of time, usually ranging between 24 and 72 hours.  Global Game Jam? Continue reading “Get Your Game Face On – This Is Global Game Jam Accra 2017”

This Kenyan Comic Set in the Star Wars Universe is Awfully Short But Many Levels Awesome!

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Rovik

UDK Crew (now Avandu), the guys behind socially conscious Dunamis of which we happily spoke, are back with another dose of visual dead gorgeousness for 2017.

Titled Rovik, the awfully short comic is set in the Star Wars universe. The first issue shows no light sabers (yet). Also, with master Yoda, yes, the same universe it is. Sadly, appeared not has master Yoda; if he will at all. Continue reading “This Kenyan Comic Set in the Star Wars Universe is Awfully Short But Many Levels Awesome!”

What’s Up With Squids in 2017?

2016 is technically our sophomore year in sharing content around African comics, animation and games although it does feel like freshman year. It was a testing the waters kind of phase that we’re thrilled to have experienced.

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Promo image for Anthill Studio’s Plaything

An experience that has us pumped for 2017 which promises to be a fantastic year following all the incredible creative output and interactions from last year. Continue reading “What’s Up With Squids in 2017?”

Sobolo in Squidtropolis: Chit Chat with MAD! Comics Writer, Hafeez Oluwa

The folks over at MAD! Comics have something epic on the way. The art for their upcoming comics have piqued our interest so much so, we hang out with Hafeez Oluwa, the writer behind the upcoming beauties deep in Squidtropolis (that’s our home). What follows are excerpts from the fun chat we had.  Continue reading “Sobolo in Squidtropolis: Chit Chat with MAD! Comics Writer, Hafeez Oluwa”

The Gods Must Be Crazy…em…Children – This Is Orisha Pikin

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Obatala and Shango. Illustrated by Charles Universe.

Picture Shango (the god of thunder and awesomeness) as the sore loser in a gaming duel against Obatala (the god of purity)! Now picture Obatala’s impassive face in stark contrast to Shango’s fuming visage coupled with childish outbursts (we all have that one friend who doesn’t take losses well). That delightful glee is what you’re served in Orisha Pikin, the newest title by Vortex Inc.

While gods are often depicted as captivating, well-sculpted jewels of perfection whose exploits are nothing short of epic sagas, Orisha Pikin awesomely deviates. Continue reading “The Gods Must Be Crazy…em…Children – This Is Orisha Pikin”