Theatre, Family Planning and Internal Displacement in Nigeria

Even though studies have shown that men’s attitude towards family planning greatly influence women’s use or non-use of contraception, creating due space at the tables of academia and theater for the exploration of internally displaced men’s role in influencing family planning use remains under-explored. By adding theatrical perspectives and unique case studies from internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Nigeria to the existing body of knowledge on internal displacement, this study will illumine in the humanities the long-overlooked nexus between masculinity, internal displacement, family planning and theater. Through an employment of performance ethnography, this research aims to understand the much disregarded importance of men’s role in family planning decision-making among internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Nigeria against the backdrop of a spike in IDPs’ birth rates which has worsened the pressure on the under-supplied pool of humanitarian aid in the country. This research also draws attention to IDPs as valuable members of society who possess prized repositories of knowledge from whom scholars, policymakers, theater practitioners and humanitarian actors can learn a lot if only they engage them as people and change agents rather than as mere objects of research and helpless mendicants in perpetual need of aid.

“The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.”― Leo Tolstoy.