Despite the difficulties facing the Niger Delta, leaders are challenging the social acceptability of violence and are striving for a future of peace and prosperity. Teachers, journalists, and religious leaders are joining forces to strengthen the social contract by increasing accountability between citizens and government and condemning violence.
NGOs and Nollywood stars are teaming up to give voice to communities shaping a legacy of non-violent civic activism. If amplified, these inspiring stories can drown out the adage that “violence pays,” and set the tone for a new public narrative of peaceful problem solving.
Partnering with a core group of Nigerian activists, businessmen, media entrepreneurs, and thought leaders that comprise the Niger Delta Legacy Board of Directors, the U.S. government is catalysing the launch of a mass media campaign supported by community and government outreach.
In light of this, the U.S. Consul General, Jeffrey Hawkins, Nigerian filmmaker, Member of the Niger Delta Engagement Board of Advisers, Jeta Amata, Bizmark Rewane, Reverend Father Edward Obi, Chairman Niger Delta Engagement Board of Advisers, shed more light on the Dawn In The Creeks project.