HIV Positive Muppet

HIV positive muppet on Sesame Street

(CNN) — Big Bird and the Cookie Monster have some new friends, but they’re a long way from “Sesame Street.”

One of America’s best-loved children’s shows, which began life on a fictional New York street over 40 years ago, is about to land in Nigeria under the title of “Sesame Square” — bringing with it some distinctly West African twists.

The show stars Kami, a girl muppet who is HIV-positive, has golden hair and a zest for adventure; and Kobi, an energetic, furry, blue muppet whose troublesome escapades help others learn from his mistakes.

In a country with a population of over 150 million — where, according to the CIA World Factbook, nearly half are under the age of 14 — the show will address some of the biggest challenges faced by young people in the region: AIDS, malaria, gender inequality, religious differences…

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