Name: Fino and Bino
Product: Cartoon series for kids
Age: 3 – 6 years old
If you’ve been searching for a great cartoon for kids that is afro-centric and not violence-ridden, you should check out Fino and Bino. This is a cartoon series that portrays the rich and wonderful diversity of the African tradition. It is funny, educative and will hold your children’s attention. As an added bonus, the characters, Fino and Bino are really cute.
The series was created by Nigerian animator, Adamu Waziri, who saw the need for programmes in an ever-growing multi-cultural society. It is being produced by his Nigerian based animation company EVCL.
Now the cartoon series are about a brother and sister, Bino and Fino, who live in Sub-Saharan Africa. They get into all kinds of mischief and often have to be scolded by their grandmother. They also learn a lot about the rich history of their country and the different fruits and foods found on the continent.
The first episode of Bino and Fino was released in 2010 and has been profiled internationally, on CNN and The Huffington Post and in each episode Bino and Fino, with the help of their friend Zeena, the Magic Butterfly and their family, discover and learn things about the world. Its second season is currently being produced in Nigeria by EVCL and will be released by the end of 2014.
A 24 minute TV feature of the show available on DVD and has been broadcasted on Television in the UK and South Africa, on YouTube and at festivals to a growing fan base of kids and parents from around the world.
African parents and those of Caribbean and African descent can now see the diverse cultural representation that they have been looking for with Bino and Fino.
My kids loved watching it, especially my toddler and your will love it too. You should get them a copy of the DVD. You can buy yours by clicking this link.
If you would like to try it out first before purchasing, sign up to the Bino and Fino Mailing list here and you will get a free full length episode!
We really love this and hope that more homegrown cartoons and children’s programmes will emerge. There’s a YouTube clip below.