One of the hallmarks of good cartoonists is their disarming ability to use humour to put serious points across to their audience without sounding frivolous. This is the style employed by Usoro Ndianbong when he depicted NEPA as a conduct pipe for siphoning public funds.
Published in the Saturday Punch of March 2005, he described NEPA as a grinding machine mill, in which the federal government is pouring millions of naira, only for rats to eat the end products.
The cartoon figuratively depicts NEPA as a drain pipe where millions of tax payer’s money have been sunk, with no positive results.
Judges scored the entry high in concept, idea, and humour. Its subject matter was also found to be relevant and topical.
A first timer winner at DAME, Ndianbong attended the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile –Ife, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. He freelanced with Punch in 2000, joined Daily Times in 2001 and went back to Punch in 2003. Born July 29, 1968, Ndianbong also paints and designs.