Nigeria: Why I Started Arewa Queen TV - Nadabo

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Mannir Yusuf Nadabo's passion for girls' education made him create a YOUTUBE channel, 'Arewa Queen TV', and through a weekly series, 'Nasiba', Nadabo disseminates messages on improving the future of girls. In this interview, the youth spoke more about his project.

What inspired you to start the Arewa Queen TV?

Being a social studies teacher in a secondary school I am expected to analyse and evaluate problems in the society. One of these is the problem of girl child education. In my line of work, I meet a lot of girls facing this particular problem in northern Nigeria, and from my interaction with them, I realized that the major cause of this problem is lack of awareness and the communication gap. So I came up with this idea of creating a social media channel on YouTube which I believe is a way to curtail the problem. Basically, empowering northern girls is the reason I started Arewa Queen TV.

What is behind the Nasiba series programme?

Nasiba is a project after my heart. It is borne out of the desperate need to answer a cry for help in our society. There is the saying which goes: Educate a girl and you educate the whole nation. With good education, we could have better sisters, wives and mothers who will train the next generation of leaders. Nasiba focuses on the need to enlighten the society about the importance of educating girls and the ways to prevent them from contracting infectious diseases.

Why are you passionate about the education of girls?

Charity begins at home they say. Today, we have youths who are involved in various crimes due to lack of proper home training that comes majorly from our mothers. Because the society has fallen into chaos, youths have lost all bearings, social vices abound. All these can be curbed if our girls are educated and equipped with the information to be able to guide and mentor their kids.

What do you hope to achieve with this project?

The YouTube channel aims at achieving a high subscriber rate that may have been impacted on directly or indirectly by the storyline. The subscribers and viewers should be able to take home at least one lesson from this project.

Where do you see this project in future?

In the next five years, I hope to have more of these projects that have meaningful and interesting messages which the society can relate and work with. They should be able to entertain Nigerians and also make a difference in someone's life.

Government and NGOs can get involved by supporting this cause as they the TV programmes are about issues that could empower people especially young females. Through this means, youths of this generation will not have to continue to depend so much on government or seek white collar jobs. They can be self-sufficient.

What do you have to tell youths on being independent?

I will advise youths particularly the girls to focus on their education and try to acquire some skills so they can depend on themselves. I will also advise parents in Arewa to respect and treat a girl like a queen. These girls should be provided with equal life opportunities and good education.

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