A yam-loving muppet and another who's HIV positive romp about a set filled with an old drum of oil, a raffia basket and a heap of ubiquitous hot red peppers. Welcome to 'Sesame Street,' Nigerian style.
The local adaptation of the legendary children's educational television series hits Nigerian screens at the weekend with the same vocation as its award-winning American model: give pre-schoolers a head start in learning their letters and numbers - and lots of fun while doing so.
An African twist
But Sesame Square, as the show is called, has a definite African twist - and not just Big Bird's Nigerian-accented English.
Focus is also placed on malaria prevention in a country where the disease kills around 300 000 people a year - or nearly a third of one million malaria deaths on the continent.
And it seeks to get the HIV and AIDS message across in an easy-to-understand way for children in Africa, the continent worst hit by the virus.
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