For over a century, comics have existed as a sort of entertainment and enlightenment.
Africans and the world at large would gaze upon comic books as something light hearted, filled with humour or epic action scenes but this Comic Book publisher is changing the narrative by using their comic books to tell compelling stories that create awareness about the injustice that exists in the world.
In the recent Metalla comic book release, Comic Republic explores some often difficult to discuss stories and showcases ordinary individuals- Nigerians helping to instill Justice or in some cases Vengeance on corruption and irresponsible acts like rape.
Speaking to the head of content creation and direction – Akintoba Kalejaye, the writer of the comic book for Comic Republic, he said:
“The shame, the mental distress, the stigma and the physical trauma. Rape is a crime of intimacy, a robbery of innocence and personality. A rapist does not only rob the victim’s body, they also steal their hope, their beliefs and most shockingly…a rapist steals the victim’s soul and life.
As a lawyer I have seen my fair share of Rape cases. In Nigeria, I can tell you that most times, the rapist isn’t some young boy who has refused to control his sexual impulse. It is usually middle aged to elderly men who see the act itself as exertion of power over the victim. In Nigeria, most cases never make it to court, buried on the revolting sands of “forgiveness” – “don’t ruin his life for a simple mistake”. When they do make it to court, these men come to court sauntering in haughtily and answering the queries of the prosecutor arrogantly. While the victim cries silently in the gallery or she is still in the hospital recovering from her wounds.
A number of rape victim’s commit suicide, or go off the deep end mentally scarred for the rest of their lives… most bury their scars so deep that they find themselves crying to sleep every night.
Rape is not a joke. Rape is not a myth. Let’s commit ourselves to doing better, to teaching our sons /our children to respect boundaries, to teach ourselves and our generations to empathise… … And to expose these rapists wherever we find them…whoever they might be”.
Comic Republic has always used it’s platform to share positive messaging as reported on the BBC, the team illustrated for Marc Ellison on a project which shone the light on Children being accused of witchcraft in Calabar. They are currently working with DW on stories about African history to educate their over 200,000 online subscribers. The story has now reached over 63 million users.
To read Metalla and more compelling stories from Comic Republic visit www.thecomicrepublic.com
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