Bino and Fino is a cartoon series about a brother and sister named Bino and Fino who live with their grandparents ‘Mama’ and ‘Papa’ in a modern day city in Africa. Bino and Fino have many adventures where, with the help of their friend Zeena theMagic Butterfly, they discover and learn things about the world.
Bino and Fino was created in answer to an industry demand for more ethnically diverse children’s entertainment. Especially for viewers from a Black African heritage globally, whether residing on the African continent or in Diaspora. Importantly, it is an inclusive series for all children of Kindergarten and preschool age from around the world, from Africa, Latin America through to Europe, Asia and America.
‘We see the series to be a mix between ‘Dora the Explorer’ and ‘Charlie and Lola’’ says Bino and Fino creator and producer animator Adamu Waziri. It will be fun and educational. Bino and Fino will help to teach children about counting, colours, animals and will also help teach children major African languages. As the production is happening in Nigeria the African languages initially available will be Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba plus English and French initially. Though the english version will be first. If the series is a success we intend to produce versions in many other languages such as Swahili and the official language of parts of Africa, Pidgin English. This is an important aspect as many African languages are dying as parents on the continent and in Diaspora battle to pass on their mother tongue to their children.
The precise launch date and a list of where one can watch the episode will be published on the official website. http://www.binoandfino.com .The first episode will be launched online for free and on some African national television broadcasters. The episode will be an educational one about the importance of 2010 being the 50th year of independence for many countries. ‘We want people to get to know the characters and also give us feedback about what they think would make a good cartoon for young children. That way we’ll be able to produce a better cartoon series. We don’t have the financial and logistical backing other cartoon series have so audience participation even in the production stage is really important to us. ’
Bino and Fino is also about a larger movement focused on educating young African children and children from all parts of the world about the positive wonderful sides of Africa that don’t include worn out negative clichés.
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