Nigeria’s love of anime sees festival expansion

Nigeria's love of anime sees festival expansion

Practically 1,000 anime followers gathered in Lagos, Nigeria for the second Eko Anime Pageant.

Some anime followers carried out on stage, and plenty of wore the costumes of their favourite characters.

Anime is an animation originating from Japan. Its motion pictures and characters are a part of a tradition discovered in lots of different mediums similar to video video games.

“We realized that there isn’t any conference or pageant like an anime pageant in the entire of Nigeria,” says Laura Ajayi, co-organizer of the second version of the eco anime pageant.

“So we thought, why do not we begin this as a result of we’ve got a complete group of otakus who cry, even individuals who simply need to get their toes within the anime pool, and so we thought why do not we do this, of us. you get collectively and you’ve enjoyable and it really works.”

The anime has an enormous fan base in Nigeria, the place many grew up with Voltron, Naruto and Samurai X from the Eighties to the early 2000s.

“I feel Nigerians are eager about anime tradition as a result of Nigerians usually prefer to strive new issues, so anime, which is a totally totally different tradition in its personal proper, is one thing new and distinctive to Nigeria, so they may proceed to like it as a result of they hold bringing out various things yearly to seize our consideration. continues, which is superb for us,” provides Ajayi.

Nigerian anime lovers say their purpose is to socialize and promote the tradition.

The recognition of anime tradition is claimed to be growing on-line in Nigeria, with many Japanese comics (manga) accessible on web sites and apps and followers speaking about them through social media.

Antonio, who attends the pageant, loves anime due to its inclusivity.

“Anime imitates life, everybody and the whole lot has anime. In case you like sports activities, there’s anime about sports activities, if you happen to like horror motion pictures, motion motion pictures, romance, fairy tales, there’s an anime for you and also you simply need to test it out.” Anime is large and for everybody.”

Anime lovers are optimistic that extra Nigerians will love and embrace the tradition, and likewise hope to carry bigger festivals.

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