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Unites States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Saturday stressed the need for peaceful co-existence among ethnic groups in Nigeria to engender development in the nation and in Africa.

Stephen Haykin, the USAID Mission Director, made the declaration in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He spoke on the sidelines of the premiere of a film entitled, ‘In Love and Ashes’, held at the Muson Centre, Lagos.

The television series, ‘In Love and Ashes’,’ which depicts the current insurgency in the North East, is aimed at using entertainment to preach peace in troubled areas.

It is also aimed at addressing the impact of war and terrorism on people’s everyday lives.

The insurgency in the North East had caused disruption of institutions, destruction of infrastructure and displacement of people.



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In spite of the devastation, hope still thrives on the streets of Maiduguri, where the drama was set.

The series touches on themes such as tribal and religious inter-marriage, the status of women and girls, drivers of radicalization and violent extremism, and hardships connected with being an Internally Displaced Person (IDP.

The television drama, scripted and produced by Watershed Entertainment, is billed for broadcast on television stations on April 4.

It was partly funded by USAID, 2Baba Foundation, North East Regional Integration (NERI) and Westgate Production.

On the reason for the partnership with the entertainment industry to preach peaceful co-existence among Nigerians, the USAID Mission Director said the agency would like to use available options to achieve peace.

Guests at the premiere of the film included the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington; Music icon 2face Idibia; Nollywood Actress, Kate Henshaw, and members of the diplomatic corps.


Culled from Independent

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