Under The Sun

Peda Studio, a Nigerian multimedia company and publishers of the popular ‘Chronicles of the Newborn’ and Amazing Tek Kids’ comics is poised to release another masterpiece into the comic book market, one that is both interesting and intriguing, especially on the social aspect of the story.

Africa is a continent is blessed with a rich heritage and culture. It stands proud and strong as the root of all black heritage where all black people can look back to this great continent as the beginning of a long and tedious journey to all parts of the world.

Africa is rich in culture, and the culture passed down responsibly from generation to generation come baring the superstitions, taboos and beliefs that our forefathers subscribed to. This has made witchcraft, magic and supernatural beliefs thrive hand in hand with Christianity. Though it connects us closer through the land we live in, those different have been victims to the culture that has never been inclusive of them and one of those groups are people living with albinism.

One writer is trying to change the view on people living with albinism while managing to give a good story in a comic book called “Under The Sun”. Writer Austine Osas new book tries to open our eyes to the plight the albino. He said “’Under The Sun’ is our way of drawing attention to the pain and injustice meted out to persons with albinism based solely on the color of their skin. Persons with albinism are normal people like you and me who want to be treated equally with respect. Nobody deserves to be derided, viewed as an abnormality or killed because of the lack of pigment in their skin, hair and eyes.”

Speaking further about the project, he reiterated that the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights says that the body parts are traded in a lucrative market for use in witchcraft. Reported prices range from $2,000 for a limb to $75,000 for a corpse.

Set in Zamia (a fictitious African nation), “Under the Sun” highlights the danger faced by persons with albinism in a continent where supernatural beliefs and voodoo thrive. We are going to be seeing the horror through the eyes of two kids believed to be gifted with "luck" in a time of war, as they lose their homes, families and friends.

“Under the Sun” employs the talents of Austine Osas (writer & creator), Abiodun Awodele (writer), Yusuf Temitope (art), Nsia Ndidi (colours & cover art) and Peter Daniel (lettering). The book is currently available at pedacomics and other platforms (print and digital format).


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By NAICCON on Jan 7, 2019

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