Nigeria's Version of Sesame Street Will Feature a Muppet with HIV

Sesame Street is coming to Nigeria, and the producers have tailored it to meet local public health needs. To address the rising tide of HIV infection in that country, they've created a HIV-positive character:

The show stars Kami, a girl muppet who is HIV-positive, has golden hair and a zest for adventure; and Kobi, an energetic, furry, blue muppet whose troublesome escapades help others learn from his mistakes.

In a country with a population of over 150 million -- where, according to the CIA World Factbook, nearly half are under the age of 14 -- the show will address some of the biggest challenges faced by young people in the region: AIDS, malaria, gender inequality, religious differences -- as well as many positive aspects of Nigerian life. In the case of Zobi, this is characterized by an obsessive love of yams -- a staple food in the Nigerian diet.

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