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2017 Character Portfolio! Part 1

I designed what I thought the characters from the Dr. Dolittle story would look like. Im still updating on this daily.

Dr. Dolittle is a doctor turned vet by accident. His pet parrot teaches him how to communicate with animals and from there he learns of mistreatment of animals going on in an African village. Him and his animal companions travel to the African village of Jolliginki to solve this dilemma and to rescue the animals of the area. While they are saving the animals Princess Elani is fighting against her mother to share their food among everyone in the village. 
He is passionate about helping those around him, a bit of a goofball, but leads with his heart which can get him into danger quick. Believes there is good in everyone.

Polynesia is Dr. Dolittle’s main sidekick, she teaches him how to speak animalese, the language used to communicate with animals. She is mature, bossy, and is a planner for their adventures in Africa. She thinks with her head and has to get Dr. Dolittle and Che Che the monkey sidekick, out of danger by coming up with plans.


2017 Character Portfolio! Part 2 

Designed characters from the Dr. Dolittle story, 

Prince Bumpo, the son of the Queen, is naive but sweet, Was an antagonist with his Mom at the beginning but then realizes his wrong doings and helps Dr.Dolittle free the animals. His sister Princess Elani revolts against her Mom and provides food to her fellow Jolliginki villagers. He thinks Dr. Dolittle is amazing since he can talk with the animals

The Queen of Jolliginki is the antagonist of the story, she is hoarding the food supply from the animals and her fellow villagers. 

The Warriors are her right hand men, antagonists, always tracking down Dr Dolittle and Princess Elani to stop their plans of restoring the food back to everyone. 

Jolliginki Villagers are friendly 

Shuri’s Greatest Adversaries, #3: The Desturi

In this series of posts, I profile four of Shuri’s greatest adversaries in comics. Said adversaries come in various forms: physical, political, psychological, and so on.

My previous post on Ohyaku can be found here.

First Encounter With Shuri

Black Panther Vol 5. #7


A secretive, xenophobic, ultra-conservative group within Wakandan society, the Desturi believed that the Wakandan monarchy has strayed too far from Wakandan values and traditions, at Wakanda’s expense. The Desturi began plotting in the shadows and—ironically—colluded with outside forces from Latveria, namely Dr. Doom.


Well-funded group with many devoted followers.


Villains like the Desturi aren’t uncommon in the BP-verse. Wakanda had to deal with hardliners trying to bring Wakanda back to its “roots,” so to speak. M’Baku is the biggest representation of that movement.

The Desturi, however, were a lot more devious. Rather than going public, they elected to move quietly and efficiently. There would be no negotiations or presentation of grievances, as far as they were concerned. They were going for the top and would do what it takes to get it done, even if it meant colluding with a foreign nation (topical, isn’t it?).

Looking back, the Desturi represented a bigger problem that Wakanda has faced since T’Challa became king. Wakanda was moving in a seemingly unprecedented direction in the eyes of many Wakandans: too much interaction with the outside world; too much reliance on non-Wakandan resources; too much outside influence on Wakanda; and so on. These feelings, whether they were true or not, found a home in the Desturi and would linger long after the events of Doomwar.

The Desturi also represented the first major domestic threat that Shuri had to face as the ruler of Wakanda. Her face-off with the secretive group resulted in her first major decision as a ruler and set the tone on how she would deal with this particular aspect of running the country.


In addition to being secretive, the Desturi were quite thorough. They very likely surmised that they wouldn’t be able to take out T’Challa on their own. Thus, they decided to get outside help: Dr. Doom.

Soon after a secret meeting with Namor, T’Challa is ambushed by Doom and barely escapes. However, he is found barely alive and in a coma. Though brought back due to the efforts of Storm, Shuri, and others, T’Challa is out of commission, recovering from his injuries and finding a way to gain back his powers. Shuri is chosen as the new Black Panther and ruler of Wakanda.

The Desturi moved on to the second phase of their plan: taking out Shuri. While Shuri is in a diplomatic mission in the United States, her motorcade is ambushed. She survives the attack, but finds no evidence who attacked her. Sensing that this attack wasn’t a coincidence, she decides to speed up her search on who attacked T’Challa, believing there is a possible connection between both events.

The Desturi anticipated such a move, however. Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the Desturi managed to infiltrate almost every aspect of Wakandan society, in large part due to high-tech nanites created by Dr. Doom. The Desturi managed to place those nanites key locations such as the water and food supplies, ensuring that practically every Wakandan—including members of the royal family—would become human cameras feeding information. Only T’Challa and Shuri escaped this fate, due in large part to their enhanced senses that came with their panther powers.

The Desturi eventually made their move and enacted a bloodless coup of Wakanda. They ruled seemingly with an iron fist, imposing their will on all of Wakanda.

Shuri and T’Challa had a plan of their own, however.  Rather than seeking something they couldn’t find or see, they allowed the Desturi to come out of the shadows and take over Wakanda, in order to clearly identify their enemy. They (along with the Dora Milaje) quickly left Wakanda and headed to Utopia in order to recruit the X-Men in retaking the country. Cyclops decided not to officially sanction such a move, but didn’t stop those that wanted to help out either.

Once facing the Desturi leader, Shuri gave the Desturi an ultimatum: surrender and become part of a soon-to-be-reformed Wakandan parliament, or be destroyed.

The Desturi leader eagerly rejected her terms, and things greatly escalated from there.

The Desturi were massacred. Per Shuri’s orders, not a single Desturi was left alive.

With every Desturi eliminated, Shuri ordered the Wakandan air force to deploy EMPs throughout Wakanda, destroying the presence of Doom’s nanites in the nation. Her job was far from over, however, as she, T’Challa, and others had to face the puppet master behind the coup: Dr. Doom.

Coming Up

Shuri meets her “end” at the hands of an outsider, but probably not the one she expected…

New Music: Dr. Vades x Wande Coal x Beenie Man - Freaky

UK Urban production duo, Dr.Vades has teamed up with Afrobeats heavyweight Wande Coal and Dancehall legend, Beenie Man on their last single “Freaky”.

A track that appeals to everyone, “Freaky” is definitely one to watch out for this summer.

Listen, share and enjoy “Freaky” down below…

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The Central Slave and Ivory Trade Route

Until, not even 150 years ago, millions of Africans had to bear a cruel fate. They were captured by slave hunters, chained together and forced to walk some times hundred of kilometers to be sold for example to planters who used them as cheap labour in their fields. Central and East Africa was one of the main areas where the slave hunters and traders, most of them Arabs made their shade deals. They caught their victims e.g. in some areas which is today parts of Democratic Republic of Congo and in the Western and Central parts of what is today Tanzania. The Slaves were brought to the coast and from there to the spice island of Zanzibar and many were sold further to the Arab countries, Persia, and India, Mauritania and Reunion.

Officially, the slave trade was forbidden in 1873 under British pressure, but it went on secretly for several years. One of the routes that were used by the traders’ caravan started in Ujiji at the shore of Lake Tanganyika. It went over 1200 kilometers and ended in Bagamoyo just opposite of Zanzibar on main land Tanzania. Many experts view this as the main route of mainly three that were documented for East Africa. By now the list includes the Ujiji-Bagamoyo route as a whole. The idea is not only to protect the still visible reminds of the dark past like Arab Forts and other historic buildings or parts of the route that are existing, but also to intensify the research around the topic, to document the memories about the era and to preserve the culture and the traditions of the communities living along the route. In this regard, there are possibilities of Trans-national Nomination with neighbouring countries like Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Kenya and Mozambique. This possibility will be investigated during the nomination process. Six centres have been identified along the central slave route to include Bagamoyo, Mamboya, Mpwapwa, Kilimatinde, Kwihara and Ujiji Bagamoyo Due to its location along the Indian Ocean and being a major harbor and town along the coast of Tanzania that played a key role in the East Africa Slave trade; Bagamoyo is a “place of memory” for human suffering and humiliation caused by Slavery and the Slave trade and the imposition of European colonialism.

The population of Bagamoyo groups is the result of the interaction and fusion of different ethnic groups from the interaction and fusion of different ethinic groups from the hinterland and immediate coastal built especially the Wazaramo, Wadoe, Wakwere and Wazigua and the interiors especially Wanyamwezi and Wamanyema. Bagamoyo serves as the terminal which starts from Ujiji. From Bagamoyo, slaves were shipped to Zanzibar where the slave market used to be Important slave trade evidence include slave and slave descendants, buildings such as Caravan Serai, Von Wissman block, Old market, Customs house and the Old fort. Also the freedom village at the R.C.

Descendants of slaves and slave traders are also part of the present community. Kilimatinde Located in Manyoni District, Singida Region. Kilimatinde is another important place on the route where caravan rested at a well. The village with Arabic house, market and late the seat for the German administrative is an important place for information along the route. There existing small Arabic houses that are abandoned. Kazeh (Tabora) Kazeh was established by traders involved in the East Africa slave and Ivory trade on the area given to the traders chief Fundikara of Unyanayembe in rapidly development into a key market centre located as it was at an interaction between the trading routes to the coast and those further inland to the Congo and north to what is today Burundi. By 1871, it was estimated to have.

Ujiji Ujiji was the last major trading center of the central of Caravan Trade Route located on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. It was a trading centre for slave and ivory coming from different parts of Lake Tanganyika, including Eastern region of Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. By 1876, Stanley estimated that Ujiji had a population of 3,000 It is located within Kigoma Township, 5 km west of Kigoma Railway station. Important land marks are a site of formal port (no longer existing) coconuts and Mango Tree Avenue, Usagara grounds where slaves used to be held and auctioned and a site where the house of the former slave trade by the name of Tippu Tip used. A path running between Ujiji seminary and Kaluta Primary school through Kagera village to Luiche and beyond is clearly seen and improved by big historic Mango trees on both sides