Mandela comic book wins award

A COMIC book depicting former president Nelson Mandela's life has won an award for the best book for older readers in the Children's Africana Book Awards in the US, the Nelson Mandela Foundation said yesterday.

A COMIC book depicting former president Nelson Mandela's life has won an award for the best book for older readers in the Children's Africana Book Awards in the US, the Nelson Mandela Foundation said yesterday.

The authorised comic book, produced by Umlando wezithombe (meaning history of pictures) and the NMF, depicts the life of Mandela from his birth in 1918 to his retirement in 2004. It was awarded the prize for the best book for older readers in the Children's Africana Book Awards from the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association (ASA) for 2010.

The ASA is a non-profit corporation founded in 1957. It aims to bring together people with a scholarly and professional interest in Africa.

The award would be presented at a ceremony in Washington DC at the National Museum of African Art in November.

Verne Harris, head of the NMF memory programme, said the book was initially designed as a series of comics for South African schoolchildren.

The book was first published in South Africa in 2008 to coincide with Mandela's 90th birthday. It had since been published in the Netherlands, France and the US.

Creative director of Umlando wezithombe Nic Buchanan said the comic book was published because, while most children had an idea of who Mandela was, they did not have the whole story.

"Kids don't engage with documentary biographies, so we went to the foundation with an idea of a comic book, because young people can handle little chunks of information."

Harris said this was the third international award for the NMF this year. - Sapa

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