Using creative arts to enhance peace and stability in Northern Nigeria.
Tackling the challenge of violent extremism requires a comprehensive, whole-of-society approach grounded in supporting local actors and communities to address the effects of violent extremism and its root causes. Creative artists and cultural practitioners can and must play a vital role in this process. Cultural aspects intersect in several ways with this understanding of conflict – they may be used to undermine security and stability, but they can also provide early warnings of conflict, serve as a coping mechanism and foster cohesion.
- To strengthen the capacity of cultural and creative arts stakeholders to implement initiatives within their craft to counter violent extremism.
- Facilitating arts interventions that foster resilience and empathy, or which give visibility to victims and groups at risk;
- Providing support to initiatives in the cultural and creative industries, through the provision of capacity building, networking opportunities and other support
- Using music and poetry to garner community support against banditry, kidnapping, violent extremism, and terrorism.
- Using music and poetry to Support governments’ efforts in combating these issues.
- Using music and poetry to bring out clear contradictions from the activities of the bandits, terrorists, and or extremists.