Interview with Ayodele Elegba, Publisher of Spoof Comics
Ayodele Elegba, publisher of Spoof Comics is fondly known as the Dreammaker among Nigeria’s comic/animation industry insiders is a seasoned veteran in the Nigerian comic and animation industry. He began his comics career as a writer in 1999 after a brief stint in the Nigerian TV and movie industry and has since gone on to create many of the successful comic titles and characters like Strikeguard, Vantage, Boxsa, Jinx, Central Attack, Voyager, and so on in Nigeria.
He is also the producer and director of various highly acclaimed short film animations such as Lost Dreams, Strikeguard, Voyager, and many more. He has also been the brains (both producer and directing of production) of several television animated series such as When I Grow Up, Area Daddy, and Roli Tales Animation.
Elegba founded the Lagos Comic Convention in 2012 with an attendance strength of 300. Coordinating and inspiring a dedicated team, he has grown the event to a gathering of over 4,000 geeks in 2017. The event is currently tagged widely as the biggest geek/ Pop culture festival in Africa, serving as both an umbrella and a launchpad for the diverse and immensely talented players in the Nigerian comics/animation industry.
Elegba is also the President of the Association of Comic Makers of Nigeria, a body that seeks to promote the interest of Nigerian comic creators all over the globe. Ayodele has given several talks and presentations all over the world on comics, animation and his passion to see young talent in the creative space drives him daily to mentor hundreds across various platforms annually. He is the founder and Managing Director of SPOOF! Animation, a leading animation and content producer in comics and animations in Nigeria, which he founded in 2015.