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Review: Songs About AIDS (Free Comic Download)

aids-song-twoOn the first of December, the world celebrated the World HIV/AIDS Day, that single day each year that gives people worldwide the opportunity to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.

It’s a very significant day, and as part of the campaign in the awareness of HIV/AIDS, I would like to broadcast a little something for your reading pleasure. A piece of artwork put together by a friend, Seun Odukoya. I should have done this sooner, on the 1st actually, and when I expressed by regret for this tardiness, Seun said: ‘AIDS is indifferent to time, so why shouldn’t we be?’

So here I am, updating his creation, an 18-page comic designed to commemorate the memory of the people we have lost to the deadly virus, and to enlighten all those still living about the dangers and consequences of HIV/AIDS. The comic is ‘Songs About AIDS.’

Song About AIDS is a piece of art written by Seun Odukoya, art by Samuel Achema and Solomon Osafile, and it tells the story of a character who contracted AIDS and the consequences the disease brought down on him and the people he loved.

It is a very relatable story because it paints the picture of every modern person in Nigeria who works hard and plays harder, living the life that puts you at the top, or on your way there, with every indulgence to help you along the way.

It’s a story that cautions one on how fast he or she goes through life. It creates an understanding that the choices we make today could make or mar us tomorrow. It educates on the importance of health and true happiness, two things about life that shouldn’t be taken for granted in the pursuit for other wanton pleasures in life made easy by wealth. It’s a story about AIDS and one you should read. Hopefully, it will inspire someone who is in dire need of making the right choices, and strengthen the resolve of those already on the right path.

Download the comic book free here (PDF): Songs About AIDS 1

Seun Odukoya is the winner of the 2011 Chistell International Short Story competition. He fell in love with words early, thanks to parents who fed him novels and poetry books, which led to his discovery of the use of writing to best express himself.

He is currently working on a full-length romance novel alongside other short story compilations. He released his first book, a short story collection titled For Days and A Night (eBook) in December 2012. In 2011, he wrote the pilot for a TV series titled ‘Learning Curves’. In 2012 he wrote the story and co-wrote the screenplay for the movie of same series. In 2013, he wrote and co-produced a short film ‘Idle Chatter’.

You can catch up with Seun and his writings at www.seunodukoya.wordpress.com; you can also follow him on twitter @seunodukoya.

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  1. abikoye

     /  December 3, 2013

    So am linked with a chain of writers…
    ..Walter!!!! #sighs

  2. Yemie

     /  December 3, 2013

    Just downloaded the comic book and its soooo beautiful. Kudos to the illustrators, writer(s) and the entire team who conceived and brought to light this whole idea. You guys are the BOMB!

    A narration that’s visually- appealing, very insightful, thought-provoking, totally relatable; and brilliant. God bless y’all and do keep the dream alive.


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