Pierre Sauvalle, animation director from Cameroon and Aïda Ndiaye, Senegalese business woman, decided to create and develop an animation studio that would
create original African content and be an outsourcing facility in
Africa for big international animation studios. Pictoon animation studio is based in Dakar,Senegal.
The company has taught more than 150 people the different skills of 2D animation production and has completed ‘Kabongo the Griot’ a 2D cartoon series, the first television cartoon series ever produced in Africa.
Pictoon has been chosen by institutions such as Unicef and “Global Dialog against Aids” to create animated cartoons. Pictoon also creates advertisement for various clients throughout Africa.
company is in the process of producing "The Invincible Lions", a feature film about
an African soccer dream team, the first African super heroes ever to be put on the
“Unless we know how to sell our culture, others will sell it for us.” - Pierre Sauvalle, founder and co-director of Pictoon.
My intention for this blog is to change the image of Africa that most non-Africans and indeed many Africans have. I want to remind everyone that Africa is a truly BEAUTIFUL, RICH and immensely DIVERSE continent full of hardworking and hospitable people. The African people have overcome the immense odds stacked against them as a result of the "arrested development" caused by slavery and colonialism. Now, finally, after an average of thirty years of self-determination, the African continent is moving forward into the 21st century. This blog will highlight the achievement of Africa as a whole. I feel no need to dwell on the negative aspects of Africa because that is pushed in our faces and ingrained in our minds already. The negativity is so deep seated that one rarely thinks of positive images when thinking about Africa. The poverty we see so often in Africa makes us forget that Africa is the world's richest continent. The over generalization of the African people makes us forget that there are over 2,000 languages and about 2,500 ethnic groups who live in varying physical environments within the continent.
I would also like to show my pride in my country, Nigeria, the largest black nation in the world who itself has over 250 ethnic groups. And lastly, explain what it truly means to be "African".