With the recognition offered by the Fondation Chirac Prize, and the accompanying € 100 000 endowment, Imam Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye have continued their mediation for conflict resolution, in several zones of tension.
In Nigeria, their country of origin, they have been requested to help at both the national and regional levels. Going from school to school, across the country, they have made youths more aware of recurring religious tensions. The Imam and the Pastor also host a weekly television program during which they discuss contemporary issues (The Interfaith Forum Peaceful Co-Existence).
The Imam and the Pastor have also intervened in the mediation of several conflicts. In the Bauchi State, the Governor appealed to them to help mediate between religious and ethnic groups vying for control of the town of Tafawa Balewa. In the states of Sokoto, Kebbi, and Zamfara, they have trained religious women and men in conflict resolution.
Internationally, their expertise and skills have also been requested. The were called to Kenya in 2010 and Iraq and Chad in 2012, to train local mediators. In 2013, the Imam and the Pastor have planned to travel to Somalia, where the international community is struggling to find a global solution. They have held conferences in Switzerland and Scandinavia. The Ministry of Education of Singapore has called upon them to make proposals to preserve the unity and prosperity of the State.
This handful of examples prove that the Fondation Chirac Prize for Conflict Prevention’s first laureates have strengthened their mediation skills and gained recognition from the international community.