Halima’s Vote, a Nigerian animated film based on Onyinye Ough’s corruption-themed storybook of the same name, has won Best International Film at the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI).
Produced by Lagos-based cartoon studio Basement Animation, Halima’s Vote encourages young girls and women to speak up against bad governance and corruption, covering vote-buying, women’s empowerment and holding leaders to account.
The news comes after Halima’s Vote won two awards at the 2021 Africa Film for Impact Festival last November, taking home the awards for Best Animation and Best Film on Accountability & Good Governance.
“We are elated to announce that Halima’s Vote won in the category of Best International Film at the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International 2022. Big congratulations to the entire production team and partners. This is well deserved,” announced the cartoon studio on Instagram.
TAAFI took place from March 24 to 26, showcasing and celebrating the best of animation from around the world in one of the leading animation hubs in North America, the Canadian city of Toronto.