WAVE, AUN Students’ P2P Facebook Challenge Qualifies for Finals in Brussels

WAVE, AUN Students’ P2P Facebook Challenge Qualifies for Finals in Brussels

AUN has qualified for the Peer 2 Peer (P2P) Facebook Global Digital Challenge Spring 2019 finals for our project Women Against Violent Extremism (WAVE).

The finals will take place in Brussels, Belgium, on July 2.
 
The WAVE project was created in Spring 2017 by the CMD 412 (Public Diplomacy and Strategic Media Intervention) class taught by Dr. Jacob U. Jacob. It seeks to include, mobilize, and empower women to challenge extremism in their communities. This was done by creating a digital campaign and relaying the messages on all social media platforms. Our call to action was the WAVE100 Women Initiative; a WhatsApp chat group which was a safe space for women to discuss all issues affecting them. We got over 8,000 women from different parts of Nigeria to join the chat group.
 
WAVE qualified for the P2P Global Digital Challenge finals in Washington, D.C, in 2017 and the team came in second place out of 160 schools around the world https://wavenigeria.org/news.
 
The second phase of this campaign involves telling stories of women who have survived conflict or any form of extreme violence.  Various storytelling techniques were used to accomplish this including creating a comic book of which the stories were inspired by the survivors' experiences, deploying videos online and posting first-person narrative stories of the survivors on social media platforms. The WAVE 100 Women WhatsApp group was also grown and an application created.
 
The WAVE team includes Fatimah Bintah Bashir, Temi Oluwadare, Ebiuwairo Uwagboe, and Exploits Nicholas. Others are Mohammed Chubado and Abdulmalik Garba.
 
P2P Global Digital Challenge is a competition sponsored by Facebook and Edventure Partners which seeks to encourage university students and their peers to challenge extremist narratives and hate speech using digital media.
 
The team hopes to do a great job and win this competition, not just for AUN, but also for Nigeria.
 
Reported by Ebiuwairo Uwagboe (AUN 2017 alumna)