There is a telling pungency about the winning editorial cartoon, titled Your Life and Your Money. It shows a hefty man holding a petrol pump nozzle that looks more like a gun holding up a ragged-looking man identified as Mr. Masses while the stick up manís accomplice empties Massesí pocket. At another corner is a Senator gagging the man named NLC from screaming for help on behalf of the masses being robbed.
The cartoon is so pungent as to render unnecessary the copy... ďAnd Adolphus! Ensure that the rascal is not let loose.Ē
In deft strokes, Victor Asowata captures a frustrated government trying to impose hiked fuel prices on the people while weakening the NLC through the Senate by passing the Labour bill.
Asowata, Cartoonist Illustrator with Daily Independent newspapers, studied Painting at the Yaba College of Technology and graduated with a Higher National Diploma, Upper Credit in 1996. While at Yabatech, he won the Rectorís Award as the best painting student and the Yusuf Grillo Award for the Most Deserving Student in School of Art Design and Painting Technology.
Formerly with Comet Newspaper and The Anchor, Victor has participated in many group exhibitions and his works are widely collected at home and abroad. He goes into the DAME Hall of FAME as the first to bag a DAME for Daily Independent.