Are Nigerians Aware of the MDGs? A Theatre Dialogue

Nov 9 2010

By
Gowon Ama Doki
&
John Ochinya Onah
Department of Theatre Arts, Benue State University, Makurdi

Global trends today are geared towards a common focus on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The basic objective is to ensure that most nations across the globe are comfortably located within the ambience and basic provision of sustainable human development by the year 2015. However, in Nigeria, this objective may be a far cry due largely to ignorance and unawareness on the part of the people. This paper therefore proposes to explore how the instrument of drama and theatre is ensuring and facilitating the flow of sufficient information on this aspect of global development. The paper is of the view that if Nigerians (irrespective of age, gender, status, occupation, etc) are sufficiently enlightened about the basic provisions of the MDGs, mobilizing them towards achieving these objectives will become all the easier. The paper thus concludes that, the theatre, with its multifaceted approaches in engaging humanity, is a dependable instrument for achieving results in this direction.

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