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Community Voices: Leadership Drawings Tanzania

These drawings are from two leadership training workshops funded by Hivos for farmers in coffee cooperatives in Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. The aim was to help people think through a more participative and visionary leadership style than the type of corrupt leadership they normally see around them. To improve leadership in the cooperatives, and also leadership of change in gender inequalities. The participants had all done previous GALS trainings. Education levels are high in Tanzania and so literacy was not an issue, but people liked drawings to express themselves and have fun.

I chose these for one of my ‘creative translation’ series because conceptually they are interesting. But I still need to analyse them further – together with other drawings I have not yet had time to process. That will be done, selecting the images most relevant to my narrative, and incorporating some of the drawing styles from neighbouring Uganda.

Good and bad leadership drawings

Creative translation ideas

I see these translations as incorporating humour – both light and black.

The drawings would lend themselves to a number of storylines eg:

  1. Bad man leader becomes good after a series of disasters – competition from other corrupt leaders, gets too drunk and is beaten up etc – and he sees the light.
  2. Bad woman leader becomes good after a series of disasters – competition from other corrupt leaders, gets too drunk and is beaten up etc – and she sees the light.
  3. Good leader becomes bad
  4. Woman leader trumps man leader – but maybe that is too much of a stereotype – participants said women leaders in Tanzania are not necessarily better than men.

I envisage 2-3 translations:

  1. Simple line drawing animation – probably in Movie maker
  2. Stick figure animation in Stick Nodes
  3. Lego puppet animation in Toontastic
  4. Animated leader shapes like Fanelli’s collage or the animations in the middle column below eg in Rough animator

Key issues are the relative sizes and ways of distinguishing ‘leaders’ from ‘followers’ while emphasising participation and a vision of equality. But this is a key challenge I need to address in my current professional work.

Animation styles

I would like to do one translation with the simplicity of Nuggets.

Peter Millard

Peter Millard’s style also has a simplicity and directness of animation to them that fit well with the Tanzania drawings.

Storylines and symbols

These are complex animations, but they use symbolism and other techniques that could be applied to the leadership drawings.

Line Styles

I like the energetic lines of Basquiate and expressive faces of Nara. Possibly some collage like Fanelli. Not sure whether Quentin Blake would work.