On the 7th Dec, I attended TedxEuston2013 and it was at this fantastic event we were told that Nigeria now has the 2nd highest rate of HIV after South Africa. ‘Crappy Doo’
According to a 2012 report , ‘Adolescents and HIV related behaviour in Nigeria’, sub-Sahara Africa is the region most affected by HIV/AIDS. In Nigeria, more than 3 million people are currently living with the virus. Only 30% of people requiring HIV treatment are on antiretroviral therapy. This is shocking.
I heard about the MTV series ‘Shuga’ and I have fallen in love with this entertaining, informative and educational MTV series which explores the serious issue of HIV/AIDS. The series are eye opening. Season one was seen in more than 48 sub Saharan African countries. Season 2 was seen in more than 70 countries worldwide. And according to research carried out by John Hopkins University, over 90% of those who saw ‘Shuga’ said it changed their attitudes about multiple concurrent sexual partners, HIV testing and the stigma associated with HIV/Aids.
I am looking forward to season 3 which is based on Nigeria and directed by Biyi Bandele ( he directed the film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel called Half of Yellow Sun), featuring Tiwa Savage and Chris Attoh. Watch the series on Iroko TV (founded by Jason Njoku- he also made the ‘100 Most Influential Africans 2013’ list) http://irokotv.com/tv/13/shuga
Time to talk about
sex education. What are you waiting for? Lets do our bit.