Bahari Blue #11 – The Moving Art of Peter Poka Arts Asamoah

October 8, 20194 min read

Love, romance, relationships, religion, comedy, Poka Arts makes art that captures all these and more in his vivid illustrations and animation.

Peter Oti Asamoah, better known as Poka is an illustrator, comic book artist and animator from Ghana. He is arguably Ghana’s foremost animator, responsible for a good chunk of animated music videos from the country and West Africa.

Poka is responsible for the animated visuals for a number of artists including Jayso, Worlasi, Juls and Mr Eazi. In 2018, Poka’s simple but fun animation catapulted Akwaaba, Guilty Beatz’s sensational hit with Mr Eazi and Patapaa to phenomenal heights and even created an iconic dance. He has replicated this dance magic with Joeboy’s Beginning. Additionally, Poka created a series of animated visualizers for all of the songs on Mr Eazi’s Lagos to London album in 2018.

Animated Music Videos/Visualizers by Poka Arts

Animated music videos/visualizers Poka has worked on include:

Peter’s animations have screened at film festivals, including twice at Encounters Film Festival in Bristol (2018 & 2019) and the Accra Animation Film Festival in Acra (2019).

On the illustration front, Poka paints moments from everyday life that many people can relate to. His art revolves around different aspects of relationships – romance, family, friendships and religion.

Poka has also worked on a graphic novel adaptation of Kwaw Ansah’s Love Brewed in an African Pot drama. He also made the trailer for Tales of Hasan, an African 2D platformer by Trigger Pixels.

Poka has also worked on a number of children’s illustrated books such as Recipe for Light Soup, Big Welcome for Uncle Ransford, Close to Home (by Malaka Grant) and Our First Family Holiday. He was one of the illustrators whose work was displayed at the Bologna International Book Fair in 2013, curated by the Golden Baobab Prize.

Poka is currently working on his own animated series, Ato Bibinii, about a little boy, AB, navigating life as best as he can.


Illustration of a little girl playing with ribbons in her father's lush beard illustrated by Poka
A Valentine’s Story by Poka
She's on a diet. Illustration of a man eating pizza while holding up a sign behind a woman that reads "she's on a diet" while taking a teasing selfie illustrated by Poka
She’s on a Diet by Poka
Baby Takes of Wig by Poka Arts
Illustration of Kwame Nkrumah statue in 1972, brimming with hope and another in 2016, with a expressing how tired he is
Ato Bibinii spoof
Booze High gif by Poka
GIF from Booze High for Worlasi and Juls
Digital illustration showing a couple kissing and handing over their bag to a third wheel friend illustrated by Peter Oti Asamoah Asamoah
Third Wheel – Hold My Bag for a Sec
Animated visuals to Mr Eazi’s #LagostoLondon album by Peter Oti Asamoah

Check out more of Poka’s art on his Instagram and Facebook page. Sadly, he doesn’t have a website at this moment

Bahari Blue curated by Squid Mag's Kadi Yao Tay and Kofi Sydney Asare
Bahari Blue Series

Bahari Blue is Squid Mag’s Kadi Yao Tay and Kofi Sydney Asare’s and illustrator Bolaji “Art Nerd X” Olaloye’s scrapbook of favourite African (including the diaspora sometimes) artists they love, are inspired by and believe the whole world needs to know about.

So far we’ve featured Alfred Achiampong, Venus Bambisa, Malcolm Wopé, Simangaliso Sibaya, Kofi Ofosu, Ifesinachi Orjiekwe, Kudzai Ngundu, Salim Busuru, Rodney Tawanda Ngundu and Juni Ba.

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