Sesame Street Hits Nigeria, With HIV-Positive Muppet

A Nigerian adaptation of children's show deals with local issues
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 11, 2011 9:54 AM CDT
Characters from Sesame Street Live appear by Madison Square Garden to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the live touring shows based on the PBS television series in New York, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

(Newser) – It's finally ready to go live: A Nigerian adaptation of Sesame Street will debut later this month in Africa's most populous country, according to US officials. It will be called Sesame Square and will feature Kami, an inquisitive female Muppet living with HIV, and Zobi, a blue Muppet obsessed with yams, a staple food in Nigeria. The US is also helping to fund a Pakistani version of the show.

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