Susan Binwie Tanwie

  • University of MaiduguriPhD Scholarship Holder

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Reconstructing Dislocated Cultural Memories through Video for Development amongst Displaced Children in Maiduguri, Nigeria

This research study targets the deepening of the culture of peace in insurgency affected Shuwari III community in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria. It is common knowledge that insurgency has been on in Northeast Nigeria for about a decade now and concerted efforts have been on to contain the menace. Several communities were sacked and people are still living in camps, especially in the Maiduguri metropolitan axis. However, even as complete success has not been recorded yet, some communities are already settling down and beginning to deal with the aftermath of the violence unleashed on them. For such people, entrenching the culture of peace is crucial as they still leave disturbing memories, suppressed anger and a general state of uncertainty. It is therefore necessary that durable peace is built in these communities using their cultural approaches in order to entrench the idea of peaceful coexistence within them. In this study, Shuwari III community is selected to habour the analytical concerns of the study. The selection is based on the fact that it is a host community facing the challenges that come with reintegration of persons into communities. There is therefore the need to work with the people to evolve ways that will significantly advance the culture of peace amongst the people, hence this proposal to use the Video for Development (VfD) approach that is participatory and inclusive in order to arrive at participant-led solutions to the state challenges.

The study will make use of an ethnographic approach and a qualitative research design. The idea is to establish from the people’s perspective, an understanding of their context and how interventions to deepen the culture of peace amongst them could be delivered. Thus, it seeks to answer the following research questions:

  • What are challenges of building a culture of peace in Shuwari III community in Maiduguri Nigeria?
  • What are the key cultural practices for peacebuilding within this community?
  • In what ways can peacebuilding initiatives be best delivered in Shuwari III?
  • How effective is the use of Video for Development (VfD) in deepening the culture of peace in Shuwari III community?



Susan Binwie Tanwie has obtained a Bachelor degree in Performing and Visual Arts and a Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea, Cameroon and a Master of Arts Degree in Cultural Sustainability from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria. She is currently a PhD scholar at the Centre for the Study and Promotion of Cultural Sustainability, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria. She has carried out a research projects on the progressive role of women in Cameroon drama and the prospects of Video for Development in promoting culture of peace between Nkwen and Bamendankwe communities in Northwest Cameroon.

Susan has experience and interest in community engagement and mobilisation and is committed to using localized content to promote culture of peace and cultural sustainability through performances. She is very zealous towards humanitarian work and has worked as gender-based violence officer at African Humanitarian Aid International (AHA Int’l) and as program lead with Grow Strong Foundation (GSF) and Global Village Healthcare Initiative for Africa (GHIV Africa). She is committed to using localized content to promote culture of peace and cultural sustainability through programming.