Lola Aikins is a Sierra Leonean born South African director of animated films. She is also a visual development artist specialising in environment design and a 2D animator. She studied 2D animation at LISAA in Paris, France. In 2019 she interned at Tshimologong Precinct as a part of the first animation skills development program. Whilst growing up, she saw a lack of representation of stories and characters that she could relate to or looked like her. As a result, in her work she pushes for authentic African aesthetics to help build the identity of animation coming from Africa. She is now directing her first professional short film called ‘Naledi’.
Director and writer Lola Aikins and art director Lesego Vorster give an update on the 2D animated short film NALEDI. Discussing what has happened and been achieved since the debut of the trailer at Comic Con last year and how the progress of the production of the film is going. With new exclusive previews of never seen before art for the film