January 24, 2007
Vic Kasinja, 1957-2007
Vic Kasinja, the Republic of Malawi cartoonist best known for the newspaper features Joza
, died in Sunday in Lilongwe and was buried early Wednesday
. The cause of death was malaria.
Vic Kasinja dropped out of school due to excessive bullying, and was a self-taught artist, working in charcoal. As a graphic designer in 1981 he was discovered by the operator of The Daily Times
and Malawi News
, David Tarttersall; the News
began running his feature Joza
soon after. In 1997, upon a request from a Daily Times
editor, he created the feature Taxina
, whose name-as-title lead was a provocatively dressed woman with a highly sexual public persona. Controversial because of the subject matter, Kasinja saw his lead as a symbol for the explosion of free expression as his home country embraced democracy in the mid-1990s.
He also published a book of the Joza
work and made a cartoon under the direction of the United Nations.
The cartoonist would have turned 50 in April, and is survived by two daughters.
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