The just concluded One-Day Capacity Building/Workshop and Unity Song of BELWIDIC Program;
Mitigating Ethno-religious inequalities and discrimination in Plateau
State (funded by PeaceDirect Local Action Fund).
BELWIDIC Believers Without Dichotomy Foundation, with the theme “we are one people“
funded by PeaceDirect and supported by Plateau State Youth council, Plateau Muslim youth movement, and Displaced women and children foundation in Plateau State.
The program is to run for three months ( Dec – February), it is aimed
at addressing the ethno-religious inequalities and discrimination in
the state and the nation at large. As you know BELWIDIC is all about
creating and promoting balance so the project basically promulgates the
message that we are different but that our differences are not the
problem but our lack of respect for these differences.
We are very different people with different temperaments, family
backgrounds or upbringing, different cultures, tribes or ethnicities,
different religions or beliefs different paradigms, but to live out our
lives to the fullest and enjoy what this earth holds for us we must
learn to respect each others differences. The key is not synchronization
to become one but to harmonize that is the beauty of life and as we
learn to respect these differences and live harmoniously we become like
husbands and wives that become one.
As you can see we just finished the one day capacity building workshop
where we had youths and people come from Bassa, Barkin ladi and Jos
North people from these very different and conflicting ethno-religious
backgrounds come together to build peace and relationships, the
participants were super excited to be a part of this project.
A Glimpse of the participants
A participant posed a question to us towards the end of the programme,
he said and I quote “what are you doing or what plans or arrangements
are you putting in place to see that this our coming together to
interact goes beyond this event or gathering and doesn’t just end here”
The moment Questions were asked
what touched me the more and made me see the seriousness of the question was when all the other participants over 270 of them (remember we budgeted for 100),
agreed with him and turned to us for an answer, right there and then I
saw youths that were yarning for fellowship, togetherness something more
than just the workshop or the 3 months activities, for me that was the
turning point the point of change to be precise.
Photos of some of the speakers
For me I believe they came to an understanding that they have been
hurting themselves, treading on the path of violence and separation,
they talked about how they used to live peacefully together, visit each
other and sometimes even sleep over. I saw them relishing on those
moments but now they are separated and can hardly go into each other’s
territory freely without the fear of something going wrong. I saw
feelings of disappointment and regrets, and the desire for things to go
back the way the used to be, desire for togetherness again, in fact this
inspired a new project idea for us at BELWIDIC.
The project ended with a recording of the audio and video of a unity
song where we had artists from Bassa, Barkin ladi and Jos North coming
together in weeks of coaching, rehearsals and studio recording and then a
video was shot for the unity song.
CHECK OUT/DOWNLOAD THE MUSIC HERE
Pictures from the studio session
The song which was produced by A list Producer Seigha Smooth Ebide and Top Music Producer Sahara Productions,
The music which has gone viral already having Thousands of
streams/downloads and Nation Wide recognition by different people
embracing its message…
CHECK OUT/DOWNLOAD THE MUSIC HERE
Pictures from the video shoot
The music video was Directed by Veteran Director Seigha Smooth Ebide, and is coming out soon…
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