Like every other Nigerian, we have watched with great fear and deep concern the deterioration of law and order and the mass killings currently ongoing in the northeastern states of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa over the past few years. But perhaps just as worrying as the violence is our collective helplessness. The media has focussed mostly on the political ramifications, rather than the human impact, of the violence in the northeast. This has affected Nigerians’ reactions by fostering fatigue and not the expected sympathy and anger. We believe the current state of affairs to be insidious, and recognize the need for increased awareness of the human impact of the violence, as well as for a platform through which Nigerians can speak directly to each other and use as a springboard for further, more people-focused activism.
The Testimonial Archive Project (Hereafter referred to as “TAP” or “Archive”) seeks to create an online archive of the voices of ordinary Nigerian citizens living in the northeast that details the human cost of the violence in the north-eastern Nigerian states of Yobe, Adamawa, and Borno. TAP will exist online as a crowd-sourced, people-driven project that will rely on the input of civil society organizations, both based in the north-east of the country and elsewhere, for audio footage and research information.
This page will host the archive, as well as the transcriptions of each audio file. Each of the persons who provided a testimony for the use of the Archive are resident in or from one of the affected northeastern states, unless otherwise stated. Below are our editorial guidelines. Do note that these may change or be added to in coming weeks or months.
- TAP does not have to use every audio that it collects. Only good quality recordings will be used for the project
- Audio from the interviews uploaded to the site may be edited to ensure minimal repetition and that each testimony is no more than 5 minutes
- TAP will use content that targets religious or ethnic groups, as long as it does not target at any individual. In other words, we will use a testimony that says “Muslims are causing the violence” but not one that says “Hauwa/Mohammed/Abdul is causing the violence”
Please note that the views expressed by the interviewees do not represent those held by TAP. We will aim to update this website with content twice weekly with testimonies and resources on happenings in the north-east from news and resource persons who work or focus on the region. Please reach out to us with any questions you may have in the comments section.