Labarin Aisha

Labarin Aisha is a Hausa radio drama series that is aimed at creating alternative perspectives at the issues surrounding the insurgency in North East Nigeria. The stories range from issues at IDP camps, recruitment and radicalization, de-radicalization, stigmatization of returnees and the conversion of fighters into social influencers. Using local characters and ordinary people, the stories are symbols of the on-going struggle which shows the resilience of the people even as they are confronted with daunting odds. 


The drama plot is centered on the life of a young girl in an IDP camp who had a bright and promising future ahead of her, but was struck by tragedy at the age of 12 and everything that seemed promising to her changed. Her bright future became a mere day dream when her father died and she had to take up hawking to support her ill mother. The drama is a series of stories detailing the various conflicts Aisha’s family goes through on a daily basis which include chronic poverty, lack of access to healthcare, education, insecurity and vulnerability; which are all scenarios leading to radicalization. In the face of all these adversities, a bomb blast occurred in her hometown which made Aisha and her mother flee and seek refuge in an IDP camp.

The story continues in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp where the camp residents are still generally disillusioned and deprived due to the antics of the camp management. The story highlights the struggles that the Internally Displaced Persons go through, not only in the hands of the insurgents but also in the hands of the camp management – these include teenage pregnancy, high handedness, discriminatory practices, uneven distribution of resources and sometimes the breakdown of law and order which gives room to recruitment and radicalization.

The resilience of the average person in Northern Nigeria is shown in the drama through the various trials and tribulations that the characters go through and the psychological trauma they also confront. Despite all these, there is still hope for a better tomorrow. The on-going series is aired on 22 radio stations across Northern Nigeria with a total reach of 15m listeners weekly. The series has become a veritable vehicle for behavioral change across the region. 

"Labarin Aisha is a story of resilience, determination and strong will in the face of daunting odds."