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......NGWOKE NGWOKE

They call him “the man with a double barreled name. His first name is his surname and his surname is his first name.
NgwuokeNgwuoke recalls those days his name sounded queer and embarrassing. Today, it has become a household name, almost idolized by mass communication students.

NgwuokeNgwuoke (known as NAN by colleagues and close associates), came into the journalism profession by accident. Many years ago, a man who posed as a professor collected money from a group of young teachers with a promise of getting them better jobs in town.
On the appointed day, Ngwuoke went to Owerri only to discover that he had been duped. One thing led to the other and he came in contact with notable people in the then Imo Broadcasting Service (IBS), Owerri such as Late Azu Ewah, Julius Eke, Okechukwu Okenze, Nnamdi Olebara and Senator AnyimUdeh. He eventually got employed in the IBS.

This was the beginning of a journey to self discovery. Within two years, Ngwuoke had become one of the star reporters in IBS Owerri, covering many grade ‘A’ assignments.
He recalls two - three embarrassing situations in his early days as a reporter, on each of these situations he came back from very important scheduled assignment without a report.

The first assignment was a church service at Christ Church, Owerri. Ngwuoke had the misfortune of having a white priest deliver the homily. He did not get a word of what the white man said. So, he returned to his editor without a story.
The second and third assignments were political campaign rallies by Dr NnamdiAzikiwe of the NPP and Dr Kingsley Mbadiwe of the NPN. On both occasions, this young reporter was mesmerized by the oratory of Zik and Mbadiwe that he did not jot anything on his notebook. Happily for him those were not the days of commercial news.

Ngwuoke Ngwuoke joined the services of Radio Nigeria from the Imo Broadcasting Service. In 1987, he was sent to Ogun state as a State Correspondent. It was there that he started blossoming. For seven years he reported events in Ogun state for Enugu Zone and National Network Service. His peculiar way of pronouncing Yoruba names endeared him to the people.

Following a minor reshuffle of state Correspondents in 1994, Mr. Ngwuoke was moved from Ogun to Oyo state with additional mandate to cover the neighbouring Ondo state, which he did for two years before returning to Enugu in 1996.
Back to Enugu, Mr. Ngwuoke spent only a month on the station before he was posted out again, this time as Enugu Government House Correspondent.

A versatile and active news Correspondent, Ngwuoke’s reports were very regular on the network news. He was so committed in the discharge of his duties that many people did not know that he was not an indigene of Enugu state. He served as Government House Correspondent for eleven years.
The man with the double-barrel name was recalled to base in 2007, where he brought his wealth of experience to bear on operations and activities of the News Sub-Directorate in Enugu National Station.

Born to the family of Mr.& Mrs. Lazarus Ngwuoke of Amasiri in Afrikpo North local Government Area of Ebonyi state, Ngwuoke is the first of eight children in a family of four boys and four girls.
It has been an interesting career for Mr.NgwuokeNgwuoke. Today, he is Controller News at the FRCN Headquarters, Abuja.


...THE LADY BEHIND KAPITAL KIDS- KFM (CHINYERE EBE)

I was born fifty years ago to Late Justice Gerald. I. Ibe and Lady Virginia Ukachi. I am from Ikenanzizi Obowo, a local government area in Imo state of Nigeria. My home is a beautiful place, located amidst undulating hills and several valleys.

I am the first of eight children, and must say that it is no joke because they all look up to me for leadership and guidance. I simply lead by example and by caring.
Growing up was fun. I still remember vividly that in my primary and secondary school days at Holy Rosary Umuahia, I used to have children all around me. From a very young age people entrusted their daughters to me for mentoring, a vocation I have always carried out till date, for you can only give what you have.
I learnt motherhood from youth: How to talk, eat, dress properly, take care of my younger ones, wash, sweep and keep the home tidy.

I graduated from Federal Polytechnic Bauchi where I read Business Studies, and then took up appointment with Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria twenty seven years ago. Twenty- five out of these years have been dedicated to working with and for children in such programmes as “Children’s Time, Rising Stars, Capital Kids, Schools Debate” and lots more.  My passion in working with children is to challenge them to bring out the best in them.

At various times in Kapital FM 92.9, Abuja National Station, where I work presently, I have produced and packaged other programmes, such as Travelogue, A Culture and Tourism Programme; Just for Women; Watch It; Sports Pavilion and more.Recently, I have been visiting schools in Abuja to deliver multinational speeches.
Joining FRCN Abuja National Station at the time I did twenty seven years ago was on its own a giant step in my life. I had just left the Federal Polyechnic Bauchi and had to travel with my friend, Nnenna Ukoha to Abuja with the permission of my parents.

Late Mr. Joseph Angulu, the then Assistant Director, offered me the opportunity to work first, in the music library before I was transferred to production unit. I learnt very fast under the tutelage of late Chris Moris, Mohammed Bello, Mercy Njoku, and some other older hands in Programmes Department.

I tried my hands on “Children’s Time”, ‘Watch It’ and Just for Women’ before I finally and naturally settled for Children’s Time. This is because right from my early life, I have always had a special bond with children. I have also at various times presented sports at our Medium Wave station at the Broadcasting House,Gwagwalada.

In 2002, I was one of the staff of Abuja National Staff drafted to the 12th floor of Radio House to kick - start the Kapital FM 92.9.
Here in Kapital FM, I have been in charge of all children’s programmes in and outside the studio. Kapital Kids’ parties which are held during festivities, are all fall outs of my programme,Kapital Kids.

Another  successful programmes on KFM which I produced, is Travelogue, a culture and Tourism Programme which won me the Best Producer Award at the time Mohammed Bello was General Manager Kapital FM and Eddie Iroh the Director- General of FRCN.
Aside the fact that my late father’s name opens doors for me, FRCN has opened even more doors. Even at that, there have been so many challenges in the course of carrying out my duties.

Travelogue for instance, was rested because of lack of funds for the crew to travel to all the states for production materials. My biggest challenge came at a time w hen my two children were very young and I had to juggle job and Family.
I have been to some foreign radio stations to see how they operate firsthand. I have equally visited BBC World Service Headquarters in London,Holland and Brugge, Belgium.

Broadcasting for me is a very interesting job. You get to meet a lot of people, go to lots of places and get first class attention. For me it has been broadcasting and will always be.


.....TOMPRA ABAROWEI

Tompra joined the services of Radio Nigeria, then NBC, in 1976 just after his secondary school education. He joined as a Studio Manager Trainee and rose to the position of Senior Studio Manager. In the course of his job, Mr. Abarowei was adjudged the BEST STUDIO MANAGER OF THE YEAR 1982.

Because of his love for broadcasting, Tompra started to present programmes on Radio from 1979 and was subsequently transferred to the Production unit in 1983. His many years of liaison with programme production enabled him to adapt quickly to the challenges of the unit. He attended the Production courses and excelled. He started production with the Sport and Outside Broadcast unit covering sporting events, production of sports programmes and running commentaries, especially ceremonials.

Mr. Abarowei was later to be transferred to the Pidgin Department of Bond FM (Then Radio Nigeria 3) as Head. After a few months, his services were required once again in the production unit and he was moved to the Drama unit of Radio Nigeria 1 in 1986.

As a producer, he produced programmes such as Public Opinion, Radio Courier, Sports Update, Sports Round – Up, Gandu Street, Play of the Week, True to Life and various Documentaries and Features. He was among the team that covered the World Youth Soccer Championship in 1999.

A versatile programmes person, Tompra has been involved in many “Grade A” broadcasts. In 1987, he was drafted to cover the Elections for Radio Nigeria national service. This was during the era of Prof Eme Awa as Chiarman of NEC, while Mr. Tonnie Iredia was Director of Public Affairs and the Late Mrs Eno Irukwu serving as a National Commissioner on the board of NEC. He combined this daily coverage with his duties as Head of Drama in Radio Nigeria, Lagos.

In 2006, he was in the team that produced a series of documentaries on the Inter-Modal Transport System embarked upon by the Administration of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.

As a broadcaster in the military era, Mr Tompra Abarowei has encountered various life threatening experiences. In Dec 1983 he was the officer on duty to receive Gen Buhari in broadcasting house, Ikoyi Lagos when he arrived the premises to deliver his maiden speech as Head of the Military Government that had overthrown the administration of Alhaji Shehu Shagari.

In the course of his service, he obtained a Diploma in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos and a Bachelor of Science, (B. Sc degree) in Mass Communication from Lagos State University. By 2004, Mr Abarowei was appointed Ag. General Manager of Creek FM Bayelsa State, to facilitate the acquisition of a land for the station. He was later transferred to Treasure FM, Portharcourt, with a mandate to oversee the establishment of the FM Station in Bayelsa. He resumed in Portharcourt and quickly embarked on the repositioning of Treasure FM with a view to improving its revenue profile.

Today, Treasure FM Portharcourt is enjoying a new lease of life with staff working in a very conducive environment.

In Dec. 2010, Treasure FM hosted a musical concert featuring most of the musical stars and comedians from the Niger Delta region such as Duncan Mighty, Omo Agege (the Krikata Master), etc. The highly successful event was attended by the Zonal Director of FRCN Enugu Zonal Station as well as the General Managers of the FM Stations in the Zone.

It has been a fulfilling career trip for Mr. Tompra Abarowei who started as a Studio Manager Trainee and today is an Assistant Director Programmes/General Manager of one the vibrant FM station in the stable of FRCN.


............FLORA OJUKWU (JP)

STARLIGHT & LAMPLIGHT ON COAL CITY FM

I heard some of my colleagues and ardent listeners to our programmes call me ‘song bird’ when ‘STARLIGHT AND LAMPLIGHT’ came on air in 2003 and later referred to as ‘made in heaven’ although mostly not on stage. I was quickly reminded that it was simply because I sang and played lullabies to pep their journey to dream land with ease on most editions of the programme. I also knew I was going to work extra hard in order to keep the flag flying and sustain the interesting, entertaining, informative and musical piece such as the STARLIGHT AND LAMPLIGHT, ON COAL CITY FM 92.8.

As an adolescent, I enjoyed the usual ‘tales by moonlight’, that is the literal “akuko iro” (bedtime stories) by the oldies who were handy with history. Those times, virtues like honesty, trust worthiness, sincerity, faithfulness, equity etc, were imbibed with the release of timely and well-balanced stories and comments.

Little wonder those became the platform upon which my contribution as a presenter would stand almost three decades later.  I love to tell stories when I know someone is listening. I can’t step down from the consciousness that a lot of folks enjoy listening to a soothing voice at bedtime. It has been my deepest pleasure and a driving force since I started the programme STARLIGHT AMD LAMPLIGHT on Coal City FM.

Radio Nigeria Enugu National Station under the Executive Director Mr. Kevin Ejiofor in 2003, saw the need to birth a programme to relax the ready to sleep audience with interesting short stories and thoughts to end the day in style, and to wake up the next day totally renewed! This is what the programme seeks to achieve.

Earlier in 2002, the then Assistant Director Programmes, Sir Robinson Iwuoha identified my voice as musical, sonorous, soothing and capable of lulling one to sleep, and so he told me to present to him, well scripted editions of a programme entitled “ And so to bed”. The synopsis included soft and easy music with thoughts before going straight to bed so that the listener might leave the radio on and wake up the next day to the sound of the station’s tone or even when it is bright and early!

I took a little time and presented sixteen editions of the one hour package for starters. Abraham Lincoln once said “I might be a slow walker but one thing I’d never do is walk back”. I didn’t take chances in scriptwriting even though I had little knowledge about the art. I was just an artiste presenter but I was determined to get better and better with each passage of the day in communicating my thoughts to the simple and wise every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights until May 2003 when it was resolved during a programme planning conference to extend the programme by 30 minutes, and re-christened:  STARLIGHT AND LAMPLIGHT.

The content would include a scenario designed to get the listener to imagine a group of people coming together under the light of stars and the moon or when the lights of the hurricane lamps glow at some corners; giving the impression of serenity in those days where both children and adults find some comfort around the fireplace or at moonlight to play and tell tales far into the night.

Such became a clear mandate of the late night musical and informative STARLIGHT AND LAMPLIGHT. Anyone who keeps date with the programme can attest that it is a must listen to and would normally expect it every Monday or Tuesday night when I open the telephone lines for an entirely different programme” breaking the silence” just because it is the same voice that seeks to get you relaxed and make you feel a lot better before you sleep. The producer, then late Mrs. Ifeoma Arinze would advice: “play music, plenty of soft and easy tunes because, music also has a way of communicating emotions”.  That I did and the programme gained much listenership. I get so many letters, electronic mails and text messages in reaction to the succor which the programme provides.

The content of the programme is drawn from personal to public opinions, objectives and constructive ideas, to get things done so long as time permits, usually 24 hours on course I discussed with myself, think aloud in my usual rhetorics as facts fly here and there while making thoughtful points which take the listener along until midnight. For instance, on one occasion, I trailed an issue with a story on infidelity. Men wondered why they were the culprit and how they contributed to the counter-action of a greater infidelity on the part of the woman who wanted to “pay back” their husbands who pushed them to do it! You and I know that if a woman catches her husband with another woman the man may deny it and ask the woman to leave his house and if the husband catches his wife with another man he will still ask the wife to leave the house. Either way the woman suffers the leaving!

A short story told with a persuasive but soothing voice accompanied by music, can do a little magic in salvaging a breaking home. Trust me! STARLIGHT AND LAMPLIGHT during the day is on a scavenger hunt for such flubs. It winds its way into busyness and idleness characterizing humanity in the day and tables them at the feet of the audience in the stillness of the night, and you know what? It thrives on such knowledge. The result is rewarding – you sleep and wake up in the morning fortified to meet targets and success!

In another occasion I pondered over a virtue “excitement”, as the best way of handling any unhealthy emotion. It could be a difficult task but practice, they say, makes perfect.  You can imagine spending most of the day in the work environment which appears somewhat hostile. To convince you to rebound and keep moving would not be such a difficult exercise for me. I will naturally start with true life stories such as: “in practice I have learnt a great deal about what it means to endure a difficult work environment, missed deadlines, petty supervisors, conflicts with co workers, over blown budgets and frayed nerves become the constant land mines waiting to detonate each day, I know these because I have been there”!

Then I would have you lulled to sleep with pleasant lullabies and great thoughts on STARLIGHT AND LAMPLIGHT. Several individuals have poured out their struggles and conflicts via text messages or e-mails and by the grace of God, I offered a few observations and insights built around some principles and you will not wake up the same the next day. The magic is captivating! and posterity no doubt will preserve this package called STARLIGHT AND LAMPLIGHT. More nudge comes from the listeners and the producer, Lovett Chiezey (Mrs.), who would call to say’ baby you will get a commendation letter for your presentation of this very special edition’, but most frankly all of them are!

The presentation also takes into account times and seasons of life and strictly the mood of each season is duly captured in each edition.

Listeners who over the years have kept faith with us on STARLIGHT AND LAMPLIGHT, have much to attest to and it is no surprise they are still keeping faith with the programme for eight years that it has been on the air waves of radio Nigeria Coal City FM.

I should extend my gratitude to all who have encouraged, supported and never failed to be part of the excitement on this programme from the sparkling voice of the east.


      Brief Profile of Cordelia Okpei

Cordelia Aroore Okpei was born in Delta State to Mr and Mrs Charles Okpei. She had her education in Benin City where she graduated from the University of Benin with a degree in English and Literature in 1994.
Her career in broadcasting started in earnest in 1989 when she started hosting a programme called 'From Me to You' after many years of appearing as a participant in other programmes from the tender age of ten in the then Bendel Broadcasting Service.

She maintained her freelance radio and TV presence all through her University and National Youth Service years with same station. After National Youth Service, Cordelia worked with the Bendel Broadcasting Service, now Edo Broadcasting Service, Radio and TV till 1998 when she relocated to Lagos to join the then RN 2, now Metro FM as an On Air Presenter.

The versatile  Radio and Television Presenter and Producer has received various awards and nominations amongst which are the Nigeria Media Merit Award, NMMA, DAME Presenter of the year 2005 and SES Media award for the Radio personality of the year 2010, DAME Reporter of the year 2010.
                                                                                  
In December, 2012, she also won an 'Ever Green Award' from the Nigeria Broadcasters' Merit Awards, the 'Best Radio Presenter,' Award at the Nigeria Media Merit Award and the 'Radio Presenter of the year' from the Diamond Award for Media Excellence.

Cordelia has also received several trainings locally and internationally in the broadcast field. Interned with Choice FM London, had professional tours of MTV New York and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation where she observed their various production styles.

She has recently graduated from Certificate Course in Broadcasting from the School of Media and Communications of the Lagos Business School.

She currently is Controller Programmes of Metro FM.

Cordelia Okpei is a Presentation/Production Trainer, Content Developer, Mentor, Master of Ceremonies and Motivational Speaker. She loves travelling, exotic foods and world music.


     MEET IKECHUKWU EDEH, ‘DJ MISILO’ OF COAL CITY FM

If you have not been excited listening to radio in the South-East, then you have not listened to Ikechukwu Edeh (a.k.a. D.J. Misilo ‘E’), a graduate of Mass Communication from Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu. 

 Iyke started his broadcast career while still a three-hundred level student at IMT as a presenter of a weekend entertainment programme “Saturday Vibe” in 2002. This programme swept across Enugu and cities surrounding it.  A month later, the presenter who was then contract staff, was given a slot to present a Tuesday morning breakfast show “Coal City at Dawn”.  This programme was so successful that after being on air for just a month, it ran from Monday to Friday.  However, after about seven months, another hugely successful programme, “Misiloslammer Show” was created, and he jointly presents it with Orlaedo Mbiwe.  This show took the entire Southeast Nigeria by storm, and has run for more than seven (7) years. It has also won many awards including, Rotary Club International District 9140 Recognition Award, FRCN Enugu Special Recognition Award.

Presently, Ikechukwu Edeh is still a force in radio entertainment in the Southeast as he handles Tuesday Mid-morning Show, “Coal City Express”, Friday morning and Saturday night power musical mix “Saturday Night Out on Radio Nigeria Coal City FM 92.8.”  He invites you to tune in to any of these programmes and feel the grooooveeeee ! ! ! ! 


 

      Chief Andrew Nnebedum
Manager Programmes (Sport & OB)
FRCN Enugu National Station


Andrew Nnebedum belongs to the Sports and Outside Broadcast family of FRCN and holds the position of Manager Programmes (Sports & OB) of the ENS.

A graduate of Mass Communication and a good mixer, Andrew speaks English, Igbo and French languages. He handles football and other commentaries for FRCN, and was part of the team during the World Youth Championships hosted by Nigeria in 1999, All African Games in 2003 and the U-17 World Cup hosted by Nigeria in 2009.  He was also one of FRCN’s Commentators in South Africa during the 2010 World Cup.

He produces sports and other Programmes in FRCN, Enugu National Station.

Andrew likes football, tennis and reading a lot and is a tee-to-tal-ler.

He hails from Agba Umana, in Ezeagu Local Government of Enugu.

He is a good Christian and shares jokes a lot. They call him “Okwulora 1, which means, the spokesman of the people”. He is happily married with children.


 

     THOUGHTS FROM DA SAGE …ME AND MY CROPHONE                        

 If you describe the radio producer or presenter as the fellow in the business of minding other people’s business, you may not be far from the truth. A close observation of human nature is the fountain of our creativity. All sorts of things happen behind the scene before the award-winning reports and programmes are burnished in the studio for the listening pleasure (as we always say) of the listener. One day, this “MY CROPHONE” will put me in trouble.

The comprehension passage of my IGBO junior WAEC Paper had this story of the Lion and the Lamb that were drinking from the same stream. As expected, the king of the jungle was upstream lapping from the less turbulent, clear and near potable fresh water whereas the meek one was quaffing with relish the already murky waters of down stream. Yet the royal cat still had the audacity…the intrepidity…the sauciness and the…, (that should do for now) to ask the innocent lamb, “Why are you stirring this stream so badly that my portion has become muddy?” My brother, is it not common knowledge that streams run in the direction of the valley? So if the stream is to be muddied, it should come from upstream downwards abi?

That is a prefect analogy of the story of my boss and me. Let’s refer to him as Uncle Finicky for national peace.  Of course he was the predator and I, the prey. But I managed to learn the tricks of the trade alongside the trade itself. Adaptation therefore is not just an exclusivity of the chameleon vis a vis his environment. This boss of mine is no more in service but even before he left, we had become best of friends.
He was down to earth when it came to work. Just share a table with him moments ago and go on air and bungle the job, you are dead. Give wrong time check, you are doomed; Cut a song before it gets to its CADENCE and you are done for. Fastidious is the word for his idiosyncrasies on the job. Tolu Fatoyinbo remains unforgettable.

On this sunny Tuesday morning, we (my crophone and I) arrived at one of the 5-STAR Hotels in Abuja where a workshop was already in progress. Lo and behold, the chairman of the opening session…guess who? Uncle Finicky now! At first I was panicky but the ye-ye tin just bone…my crophone of course.
He was talking and giving me that if-I-ever-catch-you-kind of look. This is a man that would issue queries to about 50 members of staff simultaneously the same day. Immediately I started concocting the ensemble of words that would form my response to the imminent office love letter.

Have you ever listened to Gamaliel Onosode, Ikenna Ndaguba, Emeka Anyaoku or Pete Edochie?  Thank you! That was the same manner in which the speech of Uncle Fin was delivered. His pair of eyes permeating his bottle thick spectacles and boring holes in my bowed head as he spoke. Bowed because I could’nt stare back at him having broken a major rule…wrong place, wrong time. Even if you were blind folded in the meeting room, you could feel the swagger in his strides.

A deliberate elbow nudged me a little when he arrived behind my seat as if to say, WE SHALL SEE at home. But my mind was made up to stay, since there was no middle ground between the worlds of valiance and villainy. I chose to stay. Besides, his exit gave me a good draught of oxygen as I heaved a sigh of respite. Little did I know it was going to be short-lived. It happened during my favourite segment-lunch. He ambled behind me and bellowed into my ears, “How did you get here?” Immediately, the bucal cavity that was gearing for a massive mastication ended up in an agape position; the well curved hands got stuck midway between the lower mandible and the clavicle (collar bone) I mean mid air; the pupils dilated to maximum aperture, leaving yours sincerely in a ludicrous position of “FREEEEZE!”It was as if the PAUSE button of my metabolism was depressed ad infinitum.

Believe me, I thought that this clownish display would appease him and water down the immediate ‘wahala’, but guess what? It didn’t work –he was still waiting for my response to his query.

So, to avoid a traffic jam on the highway of my alimentary canal, I slowly dropped my heavily loaded cutlery; gulped a hard swallow; and with an expressionless countenance I said, “I took a bike from old Karmo to Wuse market and then took a drop from there to this hotel sir…”  “Omokomo” (meaning stubborn child), he said under his breath as he strolled to his table. And in my head I replied, “baba omokomo.”

For your ears only: During the days of military rule, this same uncle Fin had been recording a military head of state when the battery of HIS CROPHONE went flat and he started sweating profusely in an air-conditioned room. Sweating like a white man with a mouth full of alligator pepper. He is most powerful when I am involved. Na God save am dat day. The General was in a good mood. How can you point YOUR dysfunctional CROPHONE at a no –nonsense military head of state?

I know I am not the best, but it is a pleasure having such a side kick that tilts everyone’s tympanic membrane towards that radio where I reside. This MY CROPHONE has made even septuagenarians dress me in borrowed robes as “THE SAGE”. In order not to offend those who truly should be greeted after that manner, l funkified mine to read, “DA SAGE”

All l need to do is speak intelligence (or better still, sagacity) into the live side of the one I always carry on me (MY CROPHONE) or into the one in the studio (OUR  CROPHONE) and things happen. Sometimes I feel like a divorce, especially when it makes me act erratic in response to those deadlines. I would feel like handing over to the listener so it becomes THEIR CROPHONE or to you and it becomes “YOUR CROPHONE.”Another red letter day with MY CROPHONE was the day that a former DG of FRCN- Mr. Ben Ndubuisi Egbuna- was to be sent off. I was the master of ceremony at the mini reception organized by his friends at TRANSCORP HOTEL and in its usual electromagnetic intoxication, I heard myself pronouncing the name of the then DG of NTA the unit measurement of electricity. Since that day, I have been so sorry I ever went near THEIR CROPHONE.

 ……………………Ndubuisi IKPEAGHA (DA SAGE)


 

 TONY AMOLE

 

LEAN ON ME’ HOLDS FAMILY MEETING

It took a long time coming. But it finally came.
The Lean On Me Family Conference was the first face-to-face meeting between the producers of a programme and the listening public, in the annals of Radio broadcasting in Nigeria.

LEAN ON ME is a two hour, thirty minutes phone in programme that proffers solutions to people’s problems on Radio.
The six year old programme is broadcast on Monday at half past ten in the night, on Kapital FM 92.9, Abuja.
It is a household name which residents of Abuja and its environs relate to, as members of one big family.

The 22nd of September, 2007, was therefore a memorable day as over five thousand listeners to the programme, converged on the Christian Pilgrims Centre, Zone 5, Wuse Abuja for the first national conference.

The Nigeria Police Force was on hand to provide security. That was not all from the police; its image maker; Haz Iwendi delivered an incisive talk on Police-Community Relations.
The National Human Right Commission was equally well represented at the epoch-making event which was meant to take the programme to a greater height.

The host and General Manager Kapital FM, Mallam Mohammed Bello was also in attendance alongside, the Manager, Mrs Mercy Njoku.
It was a happy moment for the producer of the programme Tony Amole, Uncle T as he is popularly called, as it was a dream come true for him.

The NTA Abuja and some other media organizations were there for the coverage of the colourful event.
The people made a lot of contributions on their expectations on the programme and how to take it to a greater height. There was also LEAN ON ME LIVE, during which the programme was presented LIVE to the admiration of the people present.

Money, food items, clothes and lots of other goodies were donated to three children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Their case was earlier treated on Radio.

LEAN ON ME, which is waxing stronger everyday, with the help of God, the management of Radio Nigeria Abuja National Station and support of well meaning Nigerians, had touched the downtrodden, dispossessed, and oppressed.

The programme, LEAN ON ME is pro-poor.

 


      MSURSHIMA KIGHIR

 Her Journalism Career started on 1st July 1991 when she took up an appointment with the Daily Times Newspapers, Agidingbi, Lagos as a Senior Reporter. Msurshima Kighir started as a Health Correspondent.

She thinks her entry into the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria family in 1996 is by providence.  Though she needed a job alright, she was not particular about broadcasting because she had not thought she possessed a fantastic voice, having grown up to believe that a broadcaster must have a “Golden” voice. Hers was nothing close to being “Bronze”, so she had ruled out the possibility of working in a broadcast organisation.

God had planned otherwise as He used the then Assistant Director of Programmes FRCN, Lagos, Mr Tunde Aiyegbusi, to get her into the system. She assumed duty on 11th November 1996 as Producer I with RN1 and on hindsight, she is not sure she would have fared better doing something else.
 
Msurshima’s first shot at production was titled “The Family in Focus”, which was a thirty minute magazine programme with special attention on promoting family values.

In her already 14 years sojourn in FRCN, she has lost count of the programmes she has produced both at RN1 in Lagos and in the Programmes Directorate at the Headquarters, Abuja. She considers “This Land Nigeria”, a thirty minute documentary on Nigeria’s cultural heritage and tourist attractions the most challenging of them all. It is still running to date. This programme has provided her and the audience, the opportunity to appreciate the diverse but rich cultural heritage that has made Nigeria unique. It has also helped her to discover the untapped abundant tourism potentials that are unutilized across the length and breadth of the country.

While “This Land Nigeria” would pass for the most challenging, the most fulfilling programme in her kitty is “Police Diary”. This is because the programme helps in solving several problems for Nigerian citizens, including members of the Nigerian Police Force who suffer one form of injustice or the other. As a Producer, her fulfillment was derived from listeners’ complaints that were satisfactorily resolved.

She particularly pays tribute to the late Force PRO, Mr. Haz Iwendi, whose dedication to duty made the resolution of many cases possible.

Another important production assignment that came Mrs. Kighir’s way was the UNICEF project on Child Trafficking which she coordinated in 2007. It afforded her colleagues and herself the opportunity to travel round the country to see man’s inhumanity to man via an inglorious business known as “Child Trafficking”. It exposed afresh how wealth-seeking individuals engage in selling other people’s children to make their own children comfortable.

The UNICEF project was the last assignment she handled before her deployment to Kapital FM as the General Manager on February 1, 2008.

On assuming office, she just prayed God would make her Station the most listened to in the FCT by the end of the year but to her surprise three Months later, they became No.1, and have remained there ever since.

Asked the secret of her success, she attributed it first to God Almighty. Hear her: “He put me on this seat and He has ensured my success”. Secondly, the staff of Kapital FM 92.9 have been wonderful. God has blessed the Station with wonderful Producers, Anchor Persons, Reporters, Engineers and support Staff.  I could not have achieved anything without these hard working, intelligent and selfless young men and women”.

Thirdly, they decided to shift from the popular FM style of programming which has the philosophy of “More music, less talk” to what they term their House style, which says “FM broadcasting; much more than just music”, and KFM listeners are happy with this.

Fourthly, they have introduced what they tag “non air programmes”. This involves organizing “Live Shows” to mark special events in the country and these shows have been highly successful. These are Valentine Show (February 14), Children’s Day (May 27), Sallah Show (August/Sept), Christmas Party for children and the “Baba” of them all is the Christmas Charity Show for the less privileged members of the society. These shows have helped in endearing her station to the listeners.

Finally, the KFM star programme, “LEAN ON ME” has also helped in raising the station’s profile. It comes up on Mondays 10.30pm – 1.30AM. Kapital FM uses the programme to reach out to those needing different forms of assistance.

She was Msurshima Buter Abagi born to a peasant family of Mama Sarah and Late Pa Abraham Buter Abagi about 45 years ago. Now she holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Linguistics, a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism, a Master of Business Administration in Advertising and Public Relations and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB).

Mrs. Kighir has attended several professional Courses here in Nigeria and abroad.

Married to Dr Apedzan Kighir, a University Don (no wonder she has not stopped studying), they are blessed with a God-given baby girl, Msendoo Maria Kighir. She has authored a book: “You Can with 20 Secrets” a motivational piece.

She openly professes her love for God and is involved with charity work. She places a high value on FRCN because, according to her, the organization has done so much for her, which makes her ever ready to contribute her quota towards its further advancement.


  ........VON NWADUKWE

Humble, Nice, Kind to a fault. Few of the words he has been described with. A close encounter with him may prove these words to be true. But if you ask me, I would add crazy to that list.

Born to an agriculturist dad and a teacher mum, Onyebuchi Nwadukwe (Von "the saint'' Nwadukwe) is a presenter in Coal City Fm Enugu. As a young junior secondary school student, he never would have agreed to a prophecy saying he would be a Radio Presenter, for he had always wanted to be a Mechanical Engineer.

But as destiny would have it, he fell out with his Physics teacher in SS1 which made him lose interest in the subject. This action made the school authorities push him to the arts class which served as the beginning of a journey to self rediscovery.

Classmate with the likes of Flavour Nabania at the prestigious College of the Immaculate Conception, Enugu, he had motivation to change the world around him if not through building Nígeria's first homemade car, then, through the arts.

A B.Sc. degree holder in Mass Communication from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Von had his first broadcasting experience as a regular guest on a local television programme for youths in Enugu. In 2001, when he gained admission to the higher institution, the passion to change the world drove him to join the Anambra Broadcasting Service, Awka. There he presented his first programme, "life on campus". He had a five year stay with them within which his presentation profile expanded with many other programmes. From there he moved on to Radio Benue, a move made possible because of call to national service.

Though his primary assignment was as a secondary school teacher, he still had time to handle a few programmes at the station. In July 2008, he joined the FRCN family where he anchors quite a number of programmes. "The weekend vibes show", a major programme he handles, is more like a religion to him. He's been able to build its fame greatly because of his resolve to be the first to break any hot Nigerian hip-hop or dancehall tune to the public.

In addition to this, he has also been able to feature on a regular basis the super stars in Nigeria’s music industry with people like MI, Duncan Mighty, Psquare, Ice Prince, Flavour, etc.

He has no favorite meal or colour but he sure can’t live without music. He is single and handsome. The ladies may actually be owing him a favor.


.............Mercy Ohakwe- Ajebutter                                                        

Her name is Mercy Ohakwe born to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Aghedo of Oredo Local Government Area in Edo State. She is the fifth of six children in a family of three boys and three girls. As a young girl she knew she would be in the talking profession, because she was very vocal at home defending and convincing anyone who cared to listen to her point of view.

This earned her the nickname: Chukwumerijie or Information Minister. 
Mercy attended Federal Polytechnic, Auchi where she studied Mass Communication even though her mum had wanted me to be a Lawyer. Her  first stint with broadcasting was during her industrial attachment at Edo Broadcasting Service Benin City in the year 2000 where she was opportuned to learn how to produce “world news” - a thirty minutes television news program  that focused on news from outside Nigeria.

She learned quickly and virtually took over the production of the program all through her industrial attachment year. This earned her a temporary appointment with the station which she quickly accepted. She continued producing the programme until Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, Benin started transmission in 2000 and she took the bold step to switch over to television broadcasting, a step she has never regretted. 
She worked with NTA as a newscaster and presenter between 2002 and 2004. On good advice, she decided to complete her Higher National Diploma at Federal Polytechnic Auchi within the same period. Shuttling between school on week days and work on weekends was an adventure for her because she never could tell what awaited her on both ends. 

Her love for broadcasting grew much stronger after her tertiary education when she was posted to Enugu for the national service. At the orientation camp in Awgu, she joined the Orientation Broadcasting Service, O.B.S, as a news reader and presenter of the camp’s program “hot seat” - a weekly thirty minutes interview program. Within the three weeks of orientation she was able to bring to the “hot seat” the Camp Director, the Camp Commandant and Head of O.B.S. 
It was very hot indeed. Little wonder she was given an award by the broadcasting service board, at the end of the three weeks. 
She left camp for Enugu North which she met her first disappointment which later turned into multiple blessings for her. She was posted to a private radio station “Cosmo FM” but she was rejected. On return to her supervisor, she was advised to go and look for where sheI would serve before collecting another posting letter. 

She took a bike and the rider asked her where she was going, she narrated her ordeal. The rider full of compassion used his link with Radio Nigeria to get me into the Corporation through the then Deputy Director Programmes Mrs. Virgy **** On hearing that there was room for her, Mercy hurried to get a fresh letter posting her to the station. She was interviewed, found suitable and was engaged. 
She was deployed to the Programmes Sub-Directorate where she served in talks and Features Unit as part of the production team of Inside Pages. She was later charged with responsibility of reviving a moribund program “Call to Service” - a program for Corps Members which x-rays the activities of NYSC. She did this successfully and became the producer and presenter of the program throughout the service year. She also presented Inside Pages among other programmes.

Her joy knew no bounds when she was asked to fully take over the presentation of a three hour pidgin English phone in program “wetin dey shelle” towards the end of her service year. Until then, she was co-presenting the programme with Tope Ojime every Wednesday morning. This development presented her the opportunity she had prayed for: An opportunity to be the people’s advocate, talk about what the masses are feeling without watering down the facts so that our leaders would hear and change.

Remarkably, the programme brought a lot of sanity and noticeable changes in Enugu especially in the areas of sanitation, attitude of public office holders and infrastructural changes. Some abandoned government structures were renovated and this earned the then government of the day encomiums from the people.  Issues relating to power supply were also addressed on the program. 
The program has become so popular that people often jokingly refer to it as the last hope of the people’s parliament. 

At the end of her service year in 2005, she was commended by the station for her efforts during the period. She also received a merit award from the NYSC.
Soon after this, she was engaged as an artiste by the station and eight months later, she was given a permanent employment. 
She has since then been presenting “wetin dey shelle” with Godwin Ogwo and “Diva Express” a program that x-rays the issues impacting on the success of ladies. He is into other things like news reading, anchoring and duty continuity announcing. 
Every day, she thanks God for using people to help her. This drives her each week to do the best she can to help people via the radio. 
As for how she got the nickname Ajebutter, you may have to wait for an opportunity to interact with her. 

PETRA O’BLACK OLOGUNDUDU                    Producer /Presenter KFM FRCN                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          AFTER THE VOWS
The Birthing of a Programme

In 2003, when Petra fractured her leg in an auto accident and was confined to bed for 3 months after surgery, she could not initially cope with what was a hellish experience because she is normally very restless, but as with every misfortune, something good was to come out of it. 

Because reading happens to be a great passion with her, this hitherto unfortunate incident afforded her the time to go voracious with the reading appetite. She read all printed matter:
From the hospitals menu back and front, to every scrap of newspaper, every old magazine. She even would read the doctors’ footnote hanging on her bed as soon as he walked out. 
It was in the process of trying to quench this insatiable thirst for knowledge that she picked a very old edition of “Cosmo” magazine and turned to a page titled “Pick a partner”. It was a compilation of short self descriptions of different people who were supposed to be on the lookout for new friends, lovers, or even life partners.

 She was initially amused as she read about people and their description of the kind of people they would like to meet. Petra laughed aloud and read out a paragraph to a friend who was keeping her company. He said something about how many people out there find it hard to approach a partner. 
At this point, something lit up in her head and she said “You know, I could turn this into a radio programme” And she did! 
Thus began the first and most successful dating game on Abuja Radio ‘MYSTERY PARTNER’. It was a blind date show! This programme went on for 4 years and several altar-bound relationships were birthed thereof.

Another unfortunate incident in the DIVA’S life again pulled her away from work for a while. At that point, she was also itching to move on from that point in her career. So when she bounced back after sorting out the issues, she decided to discontinue with Mystery Partner since by now, stations in Abuja had duplicated the blind date show on their own stations. 
Petra O’ Black was ready for the next level. She figured that there was no radio programme catering for the married and addressing their peculiar issues. She went into hibernation with her drawing board and emerged with the design of “After the Vows”. She excitedly discussed it with her Manager Programmes, who nodded to the great idea. 

So once more, KFM began the first Radio programmes for married people. Here, they could voice their problems, get and give advice without the fear of exposure, judgment or ridicule from family and friends. 
It became an added advantage that the programme was on Radio – A blind medium, and participants could choose whether to disclose their true identities or not, but still obtain help from other couples who had been there.

Gradually, Tuesday night 9.00pm - 10.00pm on KFM has become a converging point for all kinds of people, ranging from the widowed, single parents, divorcees, single people who want to learn the dos and don’ts of married life, very happy couples and desperately unhappy married people at the point of walking out of their marriages.
After the Vows is a free zone where people can come and talk about their problems without getting preached at or condemned for not being able to keep their marriages. It is a place of healing, where we believe that a problem shared is half solved. 

A shocking number of married people have no one to complain to about the failures in their marriages and most people pretend to have perfect marriages when the reverse is the case. After the Vows addresses real problems with real people.  A certified counselor is always in the studio to mediate where necessary and suggest possible ways of making things better for the programme participants.

This programme, within a very short time, garnered a huge listenership and produced outstanding testimonies to salvage, otherwise very bad marital situations. After the Vows has dealt with issues such as Separate rooms, Meal time, Ex-boyfriends, the Third party, Secrets, Confessions etc.
As a media practitioner, she strongly believes that in broadcasting, though attention should first be given to content, other things like originality and human interest must never be taken for granted. Programmes should be built around real problems in our society in a bid to meeting such needs, give the people a voice (especially the voiceless) and proffer solutions to problems that people are only bold enough to think but never talk about. Then we would be said to have made the difference.


.........Funke-Treasure's Profile

 Funke -Treasure Durodola is a breakfast show anchor and a presenter with Metro FM 97.6, Radio Nigeria's foremost FM station.

She is a network news anchor on the Network service of Radio Nigeria. An estimated 120 million listeners tune in to the service in one single news broadcast.

She is a very articulate and witty presenter who is a household name in Lagos, Nigeria where she has been a breakfast show anchor for her 8 years with Radio Nigeria, Lagos .

Through that platform Funke-Treasure has continually brought women and children issues to the front burner.

Funke-Treasure has presented a number of popular programmes on the night belt of Metro FM. Her soar away successes include Sharing with Treasure, Divas of Africa and Juju music and How's your day been? She is fondly called Treasure Lee by fans.

A multi- skilled broadcaster, She has gone through the three tiers of training as a continuity announcer/presenter at the FRCN Training School,Lagos. She has done the Basic Journalism course at the same institution.

She is also a news feature producer and a reporter. She produces "Nigerian Pride" -a programme that showcases and celebrates outstanding Nigerians in the Diaspora, on the Network Service of Radio Nigeria.

She was a finalist of the Henry J. Kaiser HIV Journalism Category at the 2007 CNN/Multi-Choice African Journalist of the year.

She was nominated as Best Music Presenter at the AMEN Awards 2002. Recently she was nominated as best female presenter at the Nigerian Kids Choice Awards 2007

She has also won the Cadbury 2007 Education Reporter of the Year award and the Best Feature Report -Radio at the 2007 Red Ribbon Awards on HIV/AIDS organized yearly by Journalists against AIDS.She was a nominee for the local language reporting category at the same award ceremony.

Funke-Treasure is a writer; she was a columnist with two Nigerian newspapers - New Age and the Guardian on Saturday in the last four years. Her writings bothered on women, children, social and media issues.

She is very passionate about Nigeria and proud of her Nigerian heritage.She particularly loves "gari", made from cassava and like it most when soaked in water. She loves watching stage plays and reading.

Funke is a fellow of the Thomson Foundation, UK.

You can contact Funke-Treasure by sending an e-mail to ftreasure@radionigeria.net for your comments.



   .......BOLATITO JOSEPH

THE BROADCASTER WITH A PASSION!

On the 16th of March 1964, the family of Opatunji in Inalende Ibadan, Oyo State, had a baby girl added into them. She was indeed a blessing to them and was thus christened “BOLATITO”.

 An NIJ trained broadcaster, she started her adventure into broadcasting in 1984 as an Artiste with the Educational Service.

She later became a market correspondent with Radio II Ibadan, where her brilliance was noticed and she was employed as an Announcer in the Corporation in 1987.

One day, the English news was just about to fail and the Studio Manager came to call her to help-out by reading the news.  Bolatito was very glad to honour this request which, according to her, was “an invitation of a lifetime”.  But just as she was about to start reading, a very senior officer took the bulletin from her and read it herself and warned against such actions in the future.

Moved to tears, she felt very angry with herself and the system. There and then, she made up her mind to read the news one day, through hard work.

 She went to work on her diction.  She listened to every News broadcast on local stations, Network News, BBC and VOA because she knew she could do it.

Thus, a year after the demoralizing challenge, she was re-deployed to Radio I (English Channel), Ibadan, marking the beginning of the fulfillment of her desires.

Four years later, she was invited to read the FRCN Network News in 1997.

She has gone on assignments as a Reporter with the Marantz strapped to her side, written and voiced her reports, on the Network.  She equally presented ‘Radio Link’ on the network, ‘Women’s World’ on Kapital FM and did many other programmes, while on the Network belt.  

No sooner had she attained this national broadcasting recognition than she started receiving accolades.

BOLATITO was for almost ten years, Announcer of the year and Newscaster of the year 2000, in Oyo State.  She was a pioneer member of Premier FM Ibadan, Positive FM Akure and the pioneer G M of Progress FM, Ado-Ekiti.

She was given a letter to pioneer Progress FM Ado-Ekiti in acting capacity, in the year 2003. 

Due to hard work which made her become a model in management, she became the substantive General Manger of the Station in 2004.  That same year, Progress FM topped the Media Agency chart as number 1.

In 2007, after a meritorious four years of service in Ado-Ekiti, she was transferred to Gold FM Ilesa, as General Manager.

Although her stay in Ilesa was brief as no sooner had she resumed than she had to take-up a higher and challenge, she equally printed

her name in ‘Gold’ at Gold FM, as the Station in 2007 was rated number 1 on the Compliance Chart in the South-West, which comprises 26 FM Stations, by the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC South-West zone. 

Currently, she is in Ibadan as the G M of Premier 93.5 FM.

She is married to her mentor in the broadcast industry – KAYODE JOSEPH.  She says she will forever be indebted to him for making her a broadcaster of note and a mother of 2 Boys and 2 Girls.  Mr. Kayode Joseph is also a Staff of Radio Nigeria.


........Mercy Ohakwe- Ajebutter                                                        

Her name is Mercy Ohakwe born to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Aghedo of Oredo Local Government Area in Edo State. She is the fifth of six children in a family of three boys and three girls. As a young girl she knew she would be in the talking profession, because she was very vocal at home defending and convincing anyone who cared to listen to her point of view.

This earned her the nickname: Chukwumerijie or Information Minister. 
Mercy attended Federal Polytechnic, Auchi where she studied Mass Communication even though her mum had wanted me to be a Lawyer. Her  first stint with broadcasting was during her industrial attachment at Edo Broadcasting Service Benin City in the year 2000 where she was opportuned to learn how to produce “world news” - a thirty minutes television news program  that focused on news from outside Nigeria.

She learned quickly and virtually took over the production of the program all through her industrial attachment year. This earned her a temporary appointment with the station which she quickly accepted. She continued producing the programme until Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, Benin started transmission in 2000 and she took the bold step to switch over to television broadcasting, a step she has never regretted. 

She worked with NTA as a newscaster and presenter between 2002 and 2004. On good advice, she decided to complete her Higher National Diploma at Federal Polytechnic Auchi within the same period. Shuttling between school on week days and work on weekends was an adventure for her because she never could tell what awaited her on both ends. 

Her love for broadcasting grew much stronger after her tertiary education when she was posted to Enugu for the national service. At the orientation camp in Awgu, she joined the Orientation Broadcasting Service, O.B.S, as a news reader and presenter of the camp’s program “hot seat” - a weekly thirty minutes interview program. Within the three weeks of orientation she was able to bring to the “hot seat” the Camp Director, the Camp Commandant and Head of O.B.S. 
It was very hot indeed. Little wonder she was given an award by the broadcasting service board, at the end of the three weeks. 

She left camp for Enugu North which she met her first disappointment which later turned into multiple blessings for her. She was posted to a private radio station “Cosmo FM” but she was rejected. On return to her supervisor, she was advised to go and look for where sheI would serve before collecting another posting letter. 
She took a bike and the rider asked her where she was going, she narrated her ordeal. The rider full of compassion used his link with Radio Nigeria to get me into the Corporation through the then Deputy Director Programmes Mrs. Virgy **** On hearing that there was room for her, Mercy hurried to get a fresh letter posting her to the station. She was interviewed, found suitable and was engaged. 

She was deployed to the Programmes Sub-Directorate where she served in talks and Features Unit as part of the production team of Inside Pages. She was later charged with responsibility of reviving a moribund program “Call to Service” - a program for Corps Members which x-rays the activities of NYSC. She did this successfully and became the producer and presenter of the program throughout the service year. She also presented Inside Pages among other programmes.

Her joy knew no bounds when she was asked to fully take over the presentation of a three hour pidgin English phone in program “wetin dey shelle” towards the end of her service year. Until then, she was co-presenting the programme with Tope Ojime every Wednesday morning. This development presented her the opportunity she had prayed for: An opportunity to be the people’s advocate, talk about what the masses are feeling without watering down the facts so that our leaders would hear and change.

Remarkably, the programme brought a lot of sanity and noticeable changes in Enugu especially in the areas of sanitation, attitude of public office holders and infrastructural changes. Some abandoned government structures were renovated and this earned the then government of the day encomiums from the people.  Issues relating to power supply were also addressed on the program. 

The program has become so popular that people often jokingly refer to it as the last hope of the people’s parliament. 
At the end of her service year in 2005, she was commended by the station for her efforts during the period. She also received a merit award from the NYSC.
Soon after this, she was engaged as an artiste by the station and eight months later, she was given a permanent employment. 

She has since then been presenting “wetin dey shelle” with Godwin Ogwo and “Diva Express” a program that x-rays the issues impacting on the success of ladies. He is into other things like news reading, anchoring and duty continuity announcing. 
Every day, she thanks God for using people to help her. This drives her each week to do the best she can to help people via the radio. 
As for how she got the nickname Ajebutter, you may have to wait for an opportunity to interact with her. 

PETRA O’BLACK OLOGUNDUDU                    Producer /Presenter KFM FRCN                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          AFTER THE VOWS
The Birthing of a Programme
In 2003, when Petra fractured her leg in an auto accident and was confined to bed for 3 months after surgery, she could not initially cope with what was a hellish experience because she is normally very restless, but as with every misfortune, something good was to come out of it. 
Because reading happens to be a great passion with her, this hitherto unfortunate incident afforded her the time to go voracious with the reading appetite. She read all printed matter:
From the hospitals menu back and front, to every scrap of newspaper, every old magazine. She even would read the doctors’ footnote hanging on her bed as soon as he walked out. 

It was in the process of trying to quench this insatiable thirst for knowledge that she picked a very old edition of “Cosmo” magazine and turned to a page titled “Pick a partner”. It was a compilation of short self descriptions of different people who were supposed to be on the lookout for new friends, lovers, or even life partners.
 She was initially amused as she read about people and their description of the kind of people they would like to meet. Petra laughed aloud and read out a paragraph to a friend who was keeping her company. He said something about how many people out there find it hard to approach a partner. 
At this point, something lit up in her head and she said “You know, I could turn this into a radio programme” And she did! 

Thus began the first and most successful dating game on Abuja Radio ‘MYSTERY PARTNER’. It was a blind date show! This programme went on for 4 years and several altar-bound relationships were birthed thereof.
Another unfortunate incident in the DIVA’S life again pulled her away from work for a while. At that point, she was also itching to move on from that point in her career. So when she bounced back after sorting out the issues, she decided to discontinue with Mystery Partner since by now, stations in Abuja had duplicated the blind date show on their own stations. 

Petra O’ Black was ready for the next level. She figured that there was no radio programme catering for the married and addressing their peculiar issues. She went into hibernation with her drawing board and emerged with the design of “After the Vows”. She excitedly discussed it with her Manager Programmes, who nodded to the great idea. 
So once more, KFM began the first Radio programmes for married people. Here, they could voice their problems, get and give advice without the fear of exposure, judgment or ridicule from family and friends. 

It became an added advantage that the programme was on Radio – A blind medium, and participants could choose whether to disclose their true identities or not, but still obtain help from other couples who had been there.
Gradually, Tuesday night 9.00pm - 10.00pm on KFM has become a converging point for all kinds of people, ranging from the widowed, single parents, divorcees, single people who want to learn the dos and don’ts of married life, very happy couples and desperately unhappy married people at the point of walking out of their marriages.
After the Vows is a free zone where people can come and talk about their problems without getting preached at or condemned for not being able to keep their marriages. It is a place of healing, where we believe that a problem shared is half solved. 

A shocking number of married people have no one to complain to about the failures in their marriages and most people pretend to have perfect marriages when the reverse is the case. After the Vows addresses real problems with real people.  A certified counselor is always in the studio to mediate where necessary and suggest possible ways of making things better for the programme participants.
This programme, within a very short time, garnered a huge listenership and produced outstanding testimonies to salvage, otherwise very bad marital situations. After the Vows has dealt with issues such as Separate rooms, Meal time, Ex-boyfriends, the Third party, Secrets, Confessions etc.

As a media practitioner, she strongly believes that in broadcasting, though attention should first be given to content, other things like originality and human interest must never be taken for granted. Programmes should be built around real problems in our society in a bid to meeting such needs, give the people a voice (especially the voiceless) and proffer solutions to problems that people are only bold enough to think but never talk about. Then we would be said to have made the difference.



    PROFILE OF JOY SEKPE:

          
‘THE JOYOUS ONE ON RADIO'

 Listening to FRCN-Kapital FM 92.9 connects you to a voice so unmistakable, it is the delight of listeners tuned to the 'station that rocks the Nation:’ She is Joy Tani Sekpe!
The dark complexioned Joy hails from the North-Central part of Nigeria and has had a flair for show-biz from her very young age.

In her words, she says ' I eat, drink and sleep broadcasting - journalism is my passion’. No one would believe that Joy is an introvert outside the station, but while behind the mic or among her colleagues, she is in high spirits and never exhibits a dull moment.
The dream of being an entertainer or broadcaster was evident in the early life of Joy Sekpe. She loved to mime popular music to the admiration of her parents and family friends, who nick named her 'boogie-boogie' and would read anything readable to those who cared to listen.
‘The Joyous One on Radio', as she is known, is a very versatile and creative presenter.
She is a graduate of English-Linguistics and Mass Communications from the University of Jos, Plateau State. She worked with several media houses before she settled down with Radio Nigeria.

 In Makurdi, Benue state she worked with NTA & Radio Benue FM.
 In Jos, she worked with Plateau Radio & Television [PRTV], as an artiste which earned her an award of commendation for her role in adding value to the station.  
Joy says broadcasting is part of her soul, her life style and inner peace. Her dream is to help the world using this profession.
 At the moment, this lady of high vision anchors a night programme known as 'Pillow Talk' -a love talk show which is aimed at rekindling fizzled relationships – a phone-in programme that has brought hope to love-sick people even beyond Abuja.

When asked about her likes and dislikes she simply said, 'I like intelligence, creativity and adventure; but I despise pessimism!' I love jeans, nature, travelling and good food.
 Her mentors are veteran broadcasters home and abroad. Joy loves five colours – red, blue, yellow, white and black. What is her kind of car?  She loves jeeps because she feels they give definition to her adventurous spirit.

Her heart’s desire is to grow big in her career, meet and work with broadcast counterparts
around the globe. To achieve this, Joy says she is insensitive to discouragement – not now, not ever!
She is so passionate about the downtrodden and helpless, because she had been there, and broadcasting in a way provides the avenue to satisfy the yearning for championing their cause.
Wow! Speaking with Joy felt like eating a hot ginger-spiced meal on a cold day, and man, imagine loving so many colours! No wonder she never has a dull moment, and sure her voice is one I can pick out from a thousand others.

 


        ..........ASABE FRANK BAIYE

 Omoladun Asabe Frank now Asabe Baiye is one of the many unique voices on the Network Service of Radio Nigeria who believes in complete trust and faith in God for a purposeful and fulfilled career.

  An indigene of Kogi State, she had her early years in Kaduna where her mother comes from, studied in Kano, Kogi and Kwara States. She got a Bachelors of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of Ilorin.
 
With highly trained personnel, she confesses the FRCN Training School has all it takes to make a broadcaster out of a linguist.
  She insists that attaining a career in Broadcasting was a divine providence because no sooner than she got employed after arriving from the Training School was she ushered into the Network News Corps against all odds.

 Although she believes she is just starting her career, Asabe Frank Baiye names the likes of late Veronica Osawere, Zachary Mohammed, Samson Shuaibu and Ilemi Okoka as her mentors and recalls with nostalgia the roles they all played in getting her to where she is in the Broadcast media.

Before joining FRCN, she was into Catering, Contracts and Interior Decoration. Cooking and Interior décor are still part of her hobbies today.
 
She has produced and presented magazine programmes such as AM Safari and Woman to Woman on the MW&SW frequencies of Radio Nigeria Abuja while on the Network Service she has also voiced programmes such as Health Watch, This Land Nigeria and Every Woman. She has had the opportunity of interviewing dignitaries such as former ICPC boss, Mustapha Akanbi.

Her frustrating moments in life are moments when she mispronounces names of persons or places on the news. Her dream for now is that someday she will be able to package and present programmes for abused children of the society.
 
  Broadcasting, she concludes, is where she will always want to be and advises young ones to always believe in themselves and know they can achieve their dreams by remaining focused.
  
  “I love meeting people and the most dramatic one that occurred recently apart from meeting Dr. Eddie Iroh, is meeting my better half after several years of loosing touch as schoolmates”, she smiles.


  .....MKO: RADIO FOR LIFE

A good combination of brains and voice makes an excellent broadcaster. Maryam Kehinde Okesanjo has both in good measure.

MKO has a wavy feminine voice laced with a husky crescendo that makes it quite impossible to ignore, and Radio Nigeria has utilised this to a great advantage in attracting and keeping her teeming audience all around the country. Her exploits on radio are a commentary on intelligence!
 She says her venture into broadcasting was not an accident. Back in the years when she was a toddler the small box that talked fascinated her.

 For those who have the flair, broadcasting is an everlasting profession. Her focus had always been radio broadcasting. All entreaties to switch over to TV where her beauty and youthful sparkle would be an advantage were turned down. She opined that there was an enduring ecstatic feeling in radio broadcasting that one cannot get elsewhere. For her it is Radio for life!
 
Maryam Kehinde Okesanjo was born to the princely family of Chief I .A .Okesanjo. Her mother died early and so a formidable bond grew between child and grandmother.
The strict father and siblings always pointed to books, books and more books and virtually turned the child to a reading machine that read everything that came her way. It paid off! She now speaks flawless English. Even her teachers in primary and secondary schools in Lagos noticed this and the awards she earned in debating and literary competitions are testimonies to the fact.
 
Her journey into broadcasting proper began in 1995. She had a stint in NTA Abeokuta, but her joy was consummated when finally she found her way into radio. With an HND certificate in Mass Communication from Ogun state polytechnic, she did her post-graduate diploma in English Education at University of Abuja. During her teaching practice at Government Gifted School Gwagwalada, the authorities quickly offered her employment for her dedication to duty and creativity.

But Maryam had her focus! She rather chose to be an artiste with Radio Nigeria Abuja with the attendant meagre stipend. It was not long and her stay in Radio Nigeria was regularised.
Her programmes were always the toast of listeners as she literarily engraved her name in their minds with her mellifluous, silky voice.

She presents Abuja Connection; a phone-in interactive that is enjoyed by virtually everyone as attested to by the number and of course, pedigree of callers. Other programmes she has handled include: Date Line Abuja, sponsored by the DFID and Career Corner-an interview programme aimed at enlightening young ones on the rudiment of various professions. One conduit through which the name Maryam Okesanjo became popular in most homes in Nigeria would be the Network News delivery, for hers is a regular voice on the network service of Radio Nigeria.
 
She says her inspiration flows from memories of some broadcasting heroes past; some of them she had worked with, some she longs to meet.
Any moments of regret? Miss Okesanjo says none. She knows broadcasting is a demanding job to the extent that whatever personal discomposure you may have must never seep out to the listener. Your voice conveys your mood, so you must work at projecting cheer.
 
On one occasion in 2006, shortly before she went on air, she received a text message that her beloved.


MILLIONS OF INTENDING COUPLES VISIT PARAMOUNT FM
By Dare Olorunfemi

That Paramount FM is reputed to be a fertility station is no news – going by the number of babies born there in the last two years.

That canopies have moved to the homes of the four “mountains of joy”, as published in last edition of Radio House, may not be news to many.
When I was told of the safe delivery of the last of the four, I said: “Praise God for the safe delivery of the last of our pregnant women”.
Somebody interjected: “Oga, just talk of the last you have known”.
He confided in me that at least, wives of two other staff were heavy.
I counted off my fingers, each representing the babies delivered by the staff of Paramount FM in the past months.

When I bent down to continue the counting with my toes, I got a nudge within my heart:  “Kai! Taboo! A kii ka omo f’olomo” (You don’t count somebody’s babies), according to a Yoruba belief.
Hush! Lend me your ears.  This is confidential!  I need no magnifying glasses to see growing tummies.

I will brief you again as events unfold.  By implication, one should not count protruding tummies for the owners!
Who knows whether it is the fertile environment that attracted millions of winged intending couples to invade Paramount FM few weeks ago?
It was a silent night, somewhat cold after a peaceful rain.  The night was solemn - as if heralding a great event in a starry night.
Suddenly, our lighting wavered, gradually becoming blurred.  The brightness was gradually receding, as if turned down by a remote control. The lovers bombarded the light with their garments, as if to turn our Paramount Hill to a disco hall.
We needed the trained eyes or the aided retina of entomologist to determine which of the intending couples were male, female or both - hermaphrodite.
The untrained eyes could not differentiate the wedding gowns from the longish suits.

We did not know from which direction the intending couples were coming.
Even without knocking or opening the doors, they crept into every office, including the newsroom and the studio, as if they wanted to announce a coup or their unexpected descent on our premises. May be in an attempt to find suitable suitors, they menacingly embraced each of us, possibly in error, inflicting irritating sensation with their hair-clothed limbs.

Like many staff, I slapped my own face numberless times, in an attempt to ward them off from perching on my mouth, may be for an un-consenting kiss. They did not bite.  They did not sting.  They made menacing advances at us. To avoid frequent collision with them, we put off the light.  We closed our offices to join the wedding ceremony. It was a social night, officially called Nuptial Flight.

We watched them form pairs, appearing to have found partners to make a home.  We did not know what informed the choice of partners, but some, it appeared, either could not find or decided to remain single.
We watched them, each going away with its six legged, two winged partner.
They put off their wedding dresses as they went away, I learnt, to go downstairs into the earth – to build ‘termitarium’, a city of termites.
 
They left their wings (gowns) behind.  These formed a lawn of refuse all over our premises, and our cleaners had a hectic time the following morning, tidying up after the wedding party.
The creatures went away on their honeymoon, leaving us to pack the wedding dresses they left behind.

Termites! I learnt are social insects.  They came to Paramount FM to “socialize” with us as part of their nuptial flight! Were they unwanted visitors?  For some people, the invading visitors constituted a proteinous meal. Millions of them, left behind after failing to meet suitors, became meals for men, ants, lizards and toads.

What a blessing!  Paramount FM is a Mountain of Joy, fertile ground, and melting pot for virtually every stakeholder in the ecosystem.
 
 
Dare Olorunfemi
08055910714
divinelydare@yahoo.com



   HUMAN RIGHTS DESK OF RADIO NIGERIA
BY BOSE IJELEKHAI

 Everybody, whether male or female, young or old, rich or poor has certain rights usually referred to as human rights. But it is sad to know that very few people are aware of the existence these rights and how they can enjoy them. This is responsible for the spate of human rights abuses across Nigeria because people take advantage of this ignorance.

Human rights abuses will be entrenched except people are taught to know their rights, how to protect these rights and seek redress when such rights are violated.
Apart from individuals knowing their rights, governments and their agencies need to be told that they have a responsibility to protect and uphold the rights of the citizens.
It is in view of these that the Radio Nigeria Human Rights Desk was established in February 2003 to produce a Thirty-Minute Programme christened “Know Your Rights”, to educate the people on their rights and responsibilities, for rights are no rights without responsibilities.

A Briton, Joanne Offer, who was on a voluntary service programme in Nigeria and her place of primary assignment being Radio Nigeria, pioneered the Human Rights Desk.
Offer, who was in the country for the first time, discovered that there were still gross violations of human rights in Nigeria due to its long years of military rule. To enlighten the public on the tenets of democracy, rule of law and equity, the Human Rights Desk was established to highlight cases of human rights abuse with a view to drawing the attention of the authorities concerned to these and the need to address the situations.

The desk focuses on issues around extra-judicial killings, prison over crowding, tension in oil producing areas and conflict between settlers and indigenes. Other areas of focus are human trafficking, domestic violence, female genital mutilation, discrimination, rape and child defilement, denial of inheritance as well as widowhood practices.
Issues on education, elections, pensions and plights of pensioners, lack of access to water, corruption and unemployment as well as workers rights are also brought to the fore on the programme.

These and all other issues around human rights make up the discussions on the programme, Know Your Rights which initially was broadcast every fortnight at seven o’clock on Friday evenings.
Joanne Offer was also the pioneer producer and presenter of the programme during the first six months when the programme hit the air waves. In order to give a background to the issue under discussion for the day, there is usually a four minute detailed introduction, followed by the main discussion.
The discussions always have at least two guests to make them interesting and to represent differing viewpoints, so as to address both sides of the argument. For example, a show on police brutality must have a human rights activist but also someone from the Force to give its side of the story.

There is also the Human Rights in Action segment where a practical example of the weekly topic is highlighted and NGOs or other relevant government agencies offer counselling to the victims e.g. a rape victim.
After successfully completing her assignment, Joanne Offer left for her country in 2005 and Henrietta Ibrahim, who had worked all along with the Briton, became the producer of the programme, Know Your Rights. Henrietta Ibrahim contributed her quota to the programme for three years and later handed over the mantle to Adora Ramsome-Chesa.
Bose Ijelekhai who had worked with all the producers since the inception of the programme is currently the producer and presenter.

Today, Know Your Rights has cut a niche for itself, as it has met the expectations of many Nigerians. Some of our listeners attested to this through the programme’s feedback mechanism. Some excerpts:
 ‘’I truly like your programme ‘’know Your Rights’’. In fact this will help us in the next general elections. Please keep it up’’. (Sms from Stephen Akpan).
 ‘’Good evening madam, I listened to your programme and the programme is hundred percent good for all Nigerians especially youths. Today’s topic should be made available on CD so that one can make reference to it because this wonderful programme can change people’s indecent acts.’’ Benjamin from Port Hacourt.
“Good evening ma, I listened to your programme. It gave me joy that some one out there is trying to fight for a good cause especially when you spoke about the human rights desk which ought to be available in every police station but they are not! You also talked about justice delayed being justice denied. As am texting you now, you will find it hard to believe that I am an awaiting trial inmate in Kuje prison, who was wrongfully remanded. I hope I will get the chance of talking to you at your own spare time”. Steve, from Kuje, FCT Abuja.

An Anonymous listener wrote in: “Dear presenter, please aid me with this situation. My in-law in Abuja raped my younger sister who lives with them, impregnated her and terminated the pregnancy. What should I do? I am always heartbroken anytime my mind goes there”.
These are just few of myriads of texts and messages that the desk is inundated with.
Through the programme, we have been able to counsel many on where and how to seek redress. It has also served as academic materials for students in the tertiary institutions.
Make it a habit to listen to Know Your Rights every Friday at 7 O’clock in the evening as you have a lot to benefit from the Programme.



   BINTA ABUBAKAR MORA

 A Civil Engineer by education and a broadcaster at heart, Binta Abubakar Mora, BAM, as she was popularly known while in Kapital FM Abuja, has had a field day in the broadcast industry.

An all rounder, Binta began her career in the broadcast industry as a Studio Manager with the Kwara State Radio Broadcasting Corporation in 1996. She had previously worked as a freelance sports presenter with Tayo Balogun, a veteran Sports Journalist who is presently in Lagos.
Her inclination towards sports journalism earned her a job with Kwara State Television Service as a sports Reporter. This did not deter her from other aspects of reportage. Infact, she combined this with production and presentation and became one of the Newscasters of repute on Kwara Television.

Binta joined the service of Radio Nigeria in 2007 and was deployed to Kapital FM where she anchored the weekend, afternoon and midnight segments. She indeed carved a niche for herself because most of her fans kept asking after her when she got redeployed to Harmony FM Idofian, Kwara State.
She has always loved the English Language and taken active part in school debates, drama and cultural dance. As a child, she had dreamt of being a Medical Doctor until fate brought her face to face with broadcasting.

Today, she is fulfilled in her chosen career and says she could not have been anything else.
The last fourteen years have been filled with challenges, but Binta has been up to the task all the way. One of such challenges she recounted to ‘RadioHouse’ was her very first impromptu presentation of the network news: “I had just signed on at four, the drum signal was on and I was about to take my seat in the studio for another programme when the Editor on duty dashed into the studio in Kapital FM and said BAM, please you have to take Network News! I got scared in the beginning. How was I going to do this? Then like always, I took a deep breath, and faced the challenge. Of course I went through with the News, and though it was a heart warming experience, I sure nearly jumped out of my skin”. Now she looks forward to being on the Network News.
A graduate of Civil Engineering and a holder of a diploma in journalism, Binta is a native of Kaiama Local Government Area of Kwara State. She is fluent in Hausa, Yoruba and Bokobaru Languages.

Binta has excelled in her career and has received many awards, the most recent being “the Student Reading” FRCN Basic Presentation Course for August-October 2009.

Quiet and simple, Binta Abubarkar Mora is down to earth and believes that whatever needs to be done should be done well. Insubordination is what she hates most, while diligence and accountability are her watch words.
BAM is the daughter of Late Alhaji Mahmud Ibrahim and Hajia Jummai Mahmud Ibrahim. She is married to her heart-throb, Usman (Usam) Abubakar Mora, and blessed with two lovely kids, Rukayya and Farida.


.........Funke-Treasure's Profile

 Funke -Treasure Durodola is a breakfast show anchor and a presenter with Metro FM 97.6, Radio Nigeria's foremost FM station.

She is a network news anchor on the Network service of Radio Nigeria. An estimated 120 million listeners tune in to the service in one single news broadcast.

She is a very articulate and witty presenter who is a household name in Lagos, Nigeria where she has been a breakfast show anchor for her 8 years with Radio Nigeria, Lagos .

Through that platform Funke-Treasure has continually brought women and children issues to the front burner.

Funke-Treasure has presented a number of popular programmes on the night belt of Metro FM. Her soar away successes include Sharing with Treasure, Divas of Africa and Juju music and How's your day been? She is fondly called Treasure Lee by fans.

A multi- skilled broadcaster, She has gone through the three tiers of training as a continuity announcer/presenter at the FRCN Training School,Lagos. She has done the Basic Journalism course at the same institution.

She is also a news feature producer and a reporter. She produces "Nigerian Pride" -a programme that showcases and celebrates outstanding Nigerians in the Diaspora, on the Network Service of Radio Nigeria.

She was a finalist of the Henry J. Kaiser HIV Journalism Category at the 2007 CNN/Multi-Choice African Journalist of the year.

She was nominated as Best Music Presenter at the AMEN Awards 2002. Recently she was nominated as best female presenter at the Nigerian Kids Choice Awards 2007

She has also won the Cadbury 2007 Education Reporter of the Year award and the Best Feature Report -Radio at the 2007 Red Ribbon Awards on HIV/AIDS organized yearly by Journalists against AIDS.She was a nominee for the local language reporting category at the same award ceremony.

Funke-Treasure is a writer; she was a columnist with two Nigerian newspapers - New Age and the Guardian on Saturday in the last four years. Her writings bothered on women, children, social and media issues.

She is very passionate about Nigeria and proud of her Nigerian heritage.She particularly loves "gari", made from cassava and like it most when soaked in water. She loves watching stage plays and reading.

Funke is a fellow of the Thomson Foundation, UK.

You can contact Funke-Treasure by sending an e-mail to ftreasure@radionigeria.net for your comments.



    A DAY TO REMEMBER

It was Friday, February 13, 1976 and as a Studio Manager trainee, I was on duty for the morning shift at the Broadcasting House (BH), Ikoyi, as early as 05.15 hrs.
I was manning the Conty studio while Mr. J.E. Okorie was taking care of the playback tape machines.
 
At exactly 08.25hrs, six stern looking soldiers barged into the studio. Two of them in mufti gladly toted their riffles. The station, Radio Nigeria, Lagos, was dishing out good music when the soldiers struck. Their leader, who turned out to be Lt-Col. Buka Suka Dimka, shouted, "Stop the music. We want to broadcast to the nation. Your Head of State has been overthrown". He dashed into the inner cubicle where the DCA operated from. The fact that a coup was playing out in my very presence sent shivers down my spine.
 
As a trainee SM, I remembered that it is unprofessional to stop a music program abruptly. On a second thought, I lifted the telephone to call the Head of my unit, Mr. Vincent Nwokolo, when one of the soldiers immediately ordered me to drop the phone, with his gun menacingly pointing at my head. He apparently thought I was trying to make an outside BH call. I quickly faded the music and switched over to the inner studio where Lt-Col Dimka had already taken a seat to announce the coup.
 
As soon as he blabbed off the message, the Director-General of Radio Nigeria, Dr. Christopher Kolade, rushed down from his office to the Continuity studio on the first floor. When he saw the soldiers manning the entrance of the Conty, he needed no other signs. All this while, activities at the B H became paralyzed. The coup announcement with martial music was relayed every fifteen minutes on the station. Neither vehicle nor pedestrian was allowed to enter or leave the station. I was more scared than confused at the turn of events.
 
As Col. Dimka solicited our assistance to enable him record a follow-up message on the reasons for the coup, we noticed the arrival of another army officer downstairs. Col. Dimka quickly dashed to the studio balcony while the new comer, a young, smiling gap-toothed officer passed a message to him from below. After the two men had briefly conversed in Hausa language, it became obvious from Col. Dimka's countenance that matters were about to take a rough turn.
 
I watched the coup leader quickly remove the eagle pips denoting his rank and opted to disguise as a mere Second Lieutenant. With his pistol tucked inside his pocket, Dimka hurried downstairs, hurled himself across the fence and disappeared from sight. Meanwhile, some of his accomplices manning different points in BH did not know that their leader had vamoosed.
 
About twenty minutes later, two armoured tanks rolled into BH with heavily armed battle-ready troop. The leader of the new loyal troop, ordered everyone out of the studios. This new leader was the same gap-toothed army officer who had come to BH earlier to tell Col. Dimka that the game was up. He advised all members of staff who were in the premises to take cover by lying flat on the ground outside the building. Col. Ibrahim Babangida, warned all of us to obey all instructions from the troops in order to remain alive.
 
Heavy shooting followed the counter-move as the remnants of Dimka's group tried to resist. It was indeed a deadly drama for those of us who were trapped in the melee that fateful Friday morning. It is hard to imagine that a young man like myself, about to begin life as a broadcaster, had to be marooned for hours with my big bosses such as the D-G, Dr. Chris Kolade; Mr. Emeka Okeke, Head of Nigerian Languages Unit; Mr. Bisi Lawrence, Head of Sports; Mr. J.O. Ajaguna, Director of Admin; Isola Folorunsho, Controller Programs; Mr. Vincent Nwokolo, Head of Studio Management, and many others.
 
We however took solace in the fact that no life was lost in the crisis. Only one member of staff, Mr. Olaiya, a gardener, sustained bullet wounds. However, the screens of some cars parked in the premises were shattered. Some of Dimka's men fell to superior firepower. At the end of the shooting, we were shocked to learn that the directive from Dodan Barracks was that the entire BH should be brought down if the coupists proved difficult to flush out. We continued to thank God that the matter did not get to that stage. There was no way I could have imagined then that in signing up to work in Radio Nigeria, I was gleefully signing off my life.
 
When the gate was eventually opened for staff to go home in the evening, I did not know whether to laugh or to cry. It was indeed a day in the life of the broadcaster!

 BY Chris  Chikeluba

(CD & C)