The challenges girls face in accessing education are both local and universal. Now, thanks to the television broadcast of Da Bazar Mu…, millions more have the chance to join this conversation in northern Nigeria.
Da Bazar Mu… is a six-part miniseries created specifically for Hausa-speaking audiences in northern Nigeria. Each week for six weeks, a 30 minute segment of the series will broadcast on Hausa-language television station AREWA24. Each episode showcases the real life stories of two girls - one from the original Girl Rising film and a new story from northern Nigeria.
Even better? To encourage communities to see and value the contributions of girls, the episodes include interviews with notable northern Nigerian experts and personalities, a call to action encouraging viewers to begin their own discussions, and a special phone number to allow viewers to call in and hare their opinions about the subjects covered in the series.
Here are their stories:
Azmera & Jamila
When 13-year old Azmera is told she must marry, she does something shocking; she says no. The chapter tells the story of an Ethiopian family where a brother champions his younger sister’s cause to be educated and to be free.
Jamila’s dreams quickly came crashing down when her parents arranged a marriage for her at the young age of sixteen. After that, she was faced with many challenges and responsibilities that came in the way of her education. But that will not deter her from going to trade school and contributing to a better future for her and her family.
Senna & Amina
Senna’s family struggles to survive in a bleak Peruvian mining town. Her father insists she go to school. There, she discovers the transformative power of poetry. Her passion and talent seem to ensure she’ll have a better future, and be the success her father dreamed she’d be.
While in primary school, Amina loved to flip through her brother’s Hausa novels, teaching herself to read and dreaming of becoming an engineer. When Amina was 14, her father, who had once believed in the importance of educating his daughter, surrendered to his family’s tradition and Amina was married. But Amina would not give up on her dreams and convinced her brother and husband that she should return to school. She is now a computer teacher and published author.
Ruksana & Halima
Ruksana’s family are “pavement dwellers” – living on the streets of Kolkata, India, where her father has sacrificed everything to send his daughters to school. Ruksana’s life is filled with danger but she escapes into her artwork and draws strength from her father’s resolve.
Halima is an 18-year-old girl whose determination to go to school, despite her physical condition and economic standing. She inspired her brother to pursue his dreams, and he in turn supported her dream of an education.
Suma & Hamdiya
Though her brothers go to school, Suma is forced into bonded labor at age 6. The Nepali girl endures years of grueling work by expressing her sorrow in beautiful music and lyrics. Suma glimpses a different future by learning to read, the first step on the road to freedom.
Hamdiya lost her mother at a young age and lived with her father who strongly believed that a woman’s place was in a house. She was sent to work as a maid, but saving up for school fees became her solace and kept her dreams of getting an education alive.. Through this determination, she found a way to go to school while still earning money to help support her family.
Wadley & Naja’atu
Wadley is just seven when the world comes crashing down around her. The 2010 catastrophic earthquake in Haiti destroys her home and school, but it cannot break her irrepressible spirit nor extinguish her thirst to learn, even as she’s turned away from the schoolhouse day after day.
Naja’atu’s life changed the day her town was attacked, and she was forced to flee her home in Damaturu to seek refuge in a camp in Kano. As her family settled into their new life, her enthusiasm for school continued to grow as she accompanied her neighbors on the road to school. She spent most of her days peeping through class windows, hoping to catch pieces of the day’s lesson. Then one day, a teacher inside one of the classrooms took notice of her and found a way to make sure her dreams of an education could become a reality.
Mariama & Fauziyya
Mariama, a teenager from war-torn Sierra Leone, is the voice of the future. The first in her family to go to school, she has her own radio show, big dreams and boundless imagination.
Fauziyya is a radio presenter with Dalla FM. Her show “Weekend Morning Groove” is a testament of her journey, struggles and dreams.
Da Bazar Mu… is one piece of our ENGAGE project, a USAID-funded initiative using mass media, grassroots mobilization and top-level advocacy efforts to advance a future in which all girls have the chance to go to school, stay in school and become healthy, productive members of society.