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Ghanaian animator Comfort Arthur aims for the top

BY: Gifty Owusu-Amoah
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Ghanaian animator Comfort Arthur made history as the first Ghanaian to win the Best Animation award at the latest edition of the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) held in December 2020 with her web series ‘I’m Living in Ghana, Get Me Out of Here.’

The series take a comical look at her experiences after moving back to Ghana from London and how she struggled to fit into the system.

Comfort Arthur won after four failed attempts to secure a win in the Best Animation category.

She told the Daily Graphic that her feat was a win for Ghana as “it puts the spotlight on the animation industry, which has not enjoyed a lot of attention in the creative space.

“I’m surprised to have won this award since I lost out the four consecutive times I was previously nominated but this award will inspire me for greater works.

Also in a country where animation has not really been given a lot of consideration, this win will encourage other young people who may want to venture into the field.

“Animation is a major business and an aspect of the creative sector across the world and winning this award will raise Ghana’s image on the continent and beyond” , she noted.

Profile

Comfort Arthur is a British born Ghanaian and award winning animator and artist. She is the founder of The Comfy Studio, a multimedia studio based in Accra that specialises in animation, illustration and comic art.

In 2016, her short animated film, Imagine won Best Animation at the Golden Movie Awards.

Her short film, Black Barbie, released in 2017 and starring Ama K Abebrese has been an international hit and has been screened at over 40 film festivals, earning her several international awards.

In 2018, Comfort Arthur was 1st runner up at the Kuenyehia Ghana Contemporary Art prize for her work Naughty Nii and was nominated in the Animator of the Year category at the 2017 Ghana UK Based Achievement Awards (GUBA).

She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design from Central St Martins, University of the Arts, London, and a Master’s Degree in Animation from the Royal College of Arts in London.