How Modin Comics is Changing the African Narrative Using Animation

August 3, 20202 min read

This post on Modin Comics, Jeffrey Abban and Ghanaian animation originally appeared on theafricandream.net and was authored by Oral Ofori. Parts of the post have been republished here with slight modifications.

In what has become stereotypical about Africa with wars, poverty, and others that demean the continent, many have put it upon themselves to in their own way help change that narrative, one of such many is Modin Comics.

Modin Comics is a Ghana-UK-based graphics agency owned by Jeffrey Abban who tells TheAfricanDream.net that “Modin” in the Ga language of Ghana means “black person“.

With the inspiration to challenge what they saw as unfair and untruthful stories peddled about Africa, Modin Comics is using graphic novels and animations to tell the world a whole newer and truer story about Africa.

While in his second year at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, he was poached by a graphic design firm in Accra called Legends after he was spotted on a field trip there. That was the beginning of a new working relationship with Legends that lasted for three years well after his graduation. He worked as a graphic designer and an illustrator for them.

Before graduating KNUST however, Jeffrey together with his brother started producing the Mighty Joo comic book series. This project, however, did not see the light of day back then due to financial limitations and had to be shelved.

Jeffrey Aban founder of Modin Comics
Jeffrey Abban

Inspired by the African proverb “until the lion learns to write, every story will glorify the hunter,” nurtured his Mighty Joo ambitions, and saw a moment to publish it when an opportunity to travel to the United Kingdom (UK) became a reality.

Read Jeffrey Abban’s full story on The African Dream, where he shares among other things, some of the African comic stalwarts he wants to work with and the future projects by Modin Comics including African Defenders, an African superhero team as well as a collaboration with his brother, Cycil Abban’s Parables Animation.

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