Yams and Mosquito Nets on Nigeria's "Sesame Street"
September 21, 2010
Since its US debut 40 years ago, the children's educational TV program "Sesame Street" has spread to more than 140 nations. Next month, a version of the show, renamed "Sesame Square," and customized to speak to location-specific issues, will debut in Nigeria.
In one episode, a yam-eating Muppet named Zobi encourages kids to sleep under mosquito nets, a critical matter in Africa, where malaria kills one child every 30 seconds. A yellow Muppet called Kami talks openly about her mother's death from AIDS, delivering important information about blood safety as well as the need to accept those living with HIV.
09.17.2010; Yinka Ibukun
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