Accepted paper:

Never expect power always, please light candle: visual narratives and state of electricity in Nigeria between 1971 and 2019.

Authors:

Ganiyu Jimoh (Rhodes University )

Paper short abstract:

This paper explores satirical representation of Nigerian power sector in Newspapers as forms of editorial cartoons. It examines how this narrative changed over the course of 48 years (1971 - 2019).

Paper long abstract:

Visual representation of events plays significant role in understanding and contextualizing societal realities. This paper explores satirical representation of Nigerian power sector in Newspapers as forms of editorial cartoons. It examines how this narrative changed over the course of 48 years (1971 - 2019). Generations of cartoonists over four decades have appropriated multimodal but constant visual cues in capturing epileptic supply of electricity over this period. It is observed that, though four different generations of cartoonists address this same issue over four decades, their individual representations could be brought together to form a reel of interconnected snapshots which reveal a steady deteriorating electric power system over a period of time. The personified symbols of electricity employed become organic over time and lives within Nigerian visual satirical space till date.

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