“Sesame Street” comes to Nigeria… or almost…

Posted: July 1, 2010 in Uncategorized

Ileke Media Nigeria in collaboration with Sesame Workshop New York, the producers of the popular children’s TV programme Sesame Street is set to bring a Nigerian version of the Sesame Street series to our TVs.

The Nigerian version, called Sesame Square, would be hosted two puppets: Kami, a girl Muppet who is HIV-positive and has golden fur and a taste for adventure and knowledge, and her friend, a furry blue boy Muppet who is energetic and finds ways to make even the simplest task fun and exciting.

Unnamed Boy-Muppet

The boy Muppet is still un-named and fans of the TV show have a chance to choose his name through mobile vote to 32380 by typing:  A to choose “Zobi”, B to choose “Wazu” or C to choose “Baju” at N30 Tariff .

Okay first of all, where did they get the names from? They don’t sound Nigerian and if they actually are, someone please educate me. And with the HIV-positive Muppet… wonder who picked that and how they hope to relate with Nigeria kids on that issue what with the kind of government we have in some parts of the country. They would have done better making the character homeless. A street kid connects more with the Nigerian situation.

Anyway for someone who has always loved the series, I can’t wait for them to air and I know many nostalgic “kids” like me feel the same.

Sesame Square is made possible by a 5-year grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to create the series and supporting outreach materials, and conduct research to evaluate the program’s impact. Apart from Sesame Street, the Sesame Workshop also produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy, health and military deployment. Initiatives meet specific needs to help young children and families develop critical skills, acquire healthy habits and build emotional strength to prepare them for lifelong learning.

Sesame Square is made possible by a 5-year grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to create the series and supporting outreach materials, and conduct research to evaluate the program’s impact.

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Comments
  1. Francis says:

    I don’t understand. Why HIV girl puppet? This is supposed to be educational and fun. WHy taint it with death? Names are definitely not Nigerian. Please let us use the right names

  2. Don says:

    So long as the name is easy to read, it’s good.

    But what does a Nigerian name sound like? Amina? Chika? Ibinabo?

    I think that name is a combination of the three major languages in Nigeria. Think of the popular WAZOBIA. They seem to have mixed and blended them to be neutral. Of course, a pure igbo name will have hausa and yoruba frowning and calling it the “igbo thing” and a yoruba name will make igbos and hausa switch off their TV. Everything in Nigeria is politics, you know? That Zobi seem to me to mean (zo “yoruba” bi – a “igbo”)

    The HIV girl is a way of edicating people that you can be HIV positive and still be a human being. HIV has been so much demonized, that people seem to forget other deadlier diseases like cancer.