Organisers of the TheatreMania Africa Festival have joined the battle against malaria as it kicks off campaign for the maiden edition in 2017.
In a statement by Marcus Yemiete, media executive for TheatreMania Africa Festival, the initiative will see TheatreMania Africa Festival donating and distribute Insecticide Treated Malaria nets(ITM nets) and Mosquito Repellant to pregnant women, children, hospitals during her visits to Orphanages, General/Public Hospitals, Ante-Natal Clinics, Primary and Secondary Schools as well as drugs and insecticides across the shortlisted Africa countries.
Meanwhile, TAF ambassadors that include Akin Lewis, Norbert Young, Doris Simeon, Owen Gee, Thandekile Grace Maseko, Sibongile Maria Phakathi, Zani Michelle Chiumia and Ebo Whyte, will join other hundreds of Theatre Groups across Africa to lend their voices to the campaign.
The statement further said the TAF ambassadors will specifically create awareness, impact and intervene in the movement against malaria in five countries namely Malawi, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa and Nigeria from December 2016.
In the words of the CEO & Co-Founder of TAF, Alayande Stephen: “TheatreMania Africa thought to ourselves and said we have to contribute our quota to the efforts of the UN and other bodies against malaria; hence, we stepped up to tackle Malaria through our advocacy initiative christened Africa Rise Against Malaria (#ARAM) with fusion of drama sketches, dances and skits.”
The TheatreMania Africa Festival is scheduled to hold its maiden edition in Nigeria in March, 2017.