Guardians of the River: An Online Course Workshop with Kamilu Hassan Hamza, Stephen Okpadah
In this session we will learn about the Jakara River and the Niger Delta in Nigeria. The Niger Delta is widely considered to be one of the most environmentally damaged ecosystems in the world. Why are stories so vital to communicating the work of local river guardians and activists? We will be discussing different local storytelling traditions with community theatre practitioner Stephen Okpadah and Hausa oral historian Kamilu Hassan Hamza. We will learn about storytelling within a Hausa animism and spirit possession oral tradition. Is it possible to be possessed by the spirit of black waters?
This event is part of the Guardians of the River online course, offered by Advaya and Guardians Worldwide.
Guardians of the River: An Online Course
Kamilu Hassan Hamza #
Kamilu Hassan Hamza is the Founder of Al Fitra Academy, a primary school in Kano Nigeria. He is an oral historian of the Maguzawa, or Hausa animists of North east Nigeria and a human rights lawyer as well as a nature guardian
Stephen Okpadah #
Stephen Okpadah is a Nigerian theatre and performance researcher interested in participatory theatre, storytelling and climate justice, with a regional focus on the Niger Delta. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Warwick