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Uncomfortable Conversations

They say nothing stays hidden under the sun. One day you’re having a conversation about something unrelated and all of a sudden a deep family secret, or even just a truth that nearly everyone else but you knew is revealed. This was how Jessica found out that she had been circumcised as a child.

ARDA Staff Gives Peace Talk to Youth

ARDA staff were invited to give a talk about peace and the dangers of Fake News and Hate Speech to young people at the 13th Tri-Adepoju Memorial Lecture and Peace Summit in Lagos, Nigeria. Our Project Coordinator, Rebecca Ebenezer-Abiola and Program Officer, Ajemina Ogan represented ARDA at the event, with Ms. Ogan giving the talk…
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Radio and Peace: two sides of a coin

In a prison in the West African country of Mali, journalist Hassan Ngeze serves a 35-year prison sentence. His crimes include conspiracy to commit genocide, genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide; complicity in genocide; and crimes against humanity (persecution, extermination and murder). Ngeze was one of the key figures behind the Rwandan genocide.…
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ARDA Staff Speaks at Social Media Week

Our Project Coordinator, Rebecca Ebenezer-Abiola spoke at the 2019 Lagos Social Media Week on a panel entitled “A Thousand Lives: How Stories Affect Social Change.” The panel was coordinated by the Mandela Washington Fellows Alumni Association (Nigeria Chapter).

ARDA News Review: Cocoa as a Source of Clean Energy

When we think about the cocoa plant, the first thought that is likely to come to mind is chocolate and its many associated products: cocoa powder, chocolate flavourings and even cocoa butter. It is hard to imagine that the cocoa plant could also serve as a solution to one of the world’s biggest ongoing problems…
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The Bitter Side of Chocolate

July 7th was World Chocolate Day, which got us at ARDA thinking about cocoa, the raw material for chocolate. The majority of the world’s cocoa – thirty percent of it, to be exact – is produced by Ivory Coast, which produces about 1.5 million metric tonnes of cocoa annually. Chocolate is made from cocoa seeds,…
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ARDA Attends International Storytelling Conference

Earlier this month, ARDA’s Project Coordinator; Rebecca Ebenezer-Abiola set off for Sydney, Australia to attend and present at the ‘Sydney International Storytelling conference’. She has since returned but is still basking in the excitement of the conference and all it stands for. The Sydney International Storytelling conference focuses on the tradition and practice of Oral…
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Aroko Call-In Show a Success

After 5 episodes on two Lagos radio stations, the Yoruba-language call -in show Aroko has come to an end. The show, which was developed as part of SEEFARs project against modern-day slavery combined a call-in show starring experts on preventing human trafficking and domestic servitude, with survivors of these situations. The setup allowed listeners to…
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ARDA Staff Reflect on Successful Bali Summit

It’s hard to believe it but it’s been actually a month since our program staff set off for Bali, Indonesia for the 2018 Social and Behavioral Change Communication Summit.  It was, in a sense, a rebirth for ARDA, 20 years after we started working in this field as it was the first place we debuted…
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Postcard from Kigali

A friend of ARDA recently visited the beautiful city of Kigali in Rwanda. Rwanda is slowly changing the image it evokes in the global mindscape. From the ethnic cleansing and genocides of 1994 to the movie, Hotel Rwanda, to the 21st century, where Rwanda which has the highest rates of female participation in politics (one…
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