World Radio Day: UNIC Lagos gets peak period on three radio stations… translates and discusses SG message in Yoruba Language

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Lagos, observed the 2014 World Radio Day in grand style having secured peak periods on three radio stations for live discussion of gender equality and women empowerment, the theme of this year’s celebration. In addition, the Secretary General’s message on the Day was translated into and discussed in Yoruba language on ‘Faaji FM’, a radio station that broadcasts in Yoruba Language to audience in South-West Nigeria..Metro FM pix 2
Speaking on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 on ‘Facts File’, the early morning talk programme on ‘Ray Power FM’, Nigeria’s first Independent Radio Network, the Officer-in-Charge of UNIC Lagos, Envera Selimovic, called for the emergence of more women on the Boards of media enterprises adding that it was not enough for women to be presenters and reporters.
In her contribution to the discussion of Thursday, 13 February, 2014 on Metro FM, a Radio Nigeria Channel, Ms Envera urged the management of radio stations to shun stereotypes that portray women as weak and incapable of accomplishing certain professional and managerial tasks. ‘Everyone’, she said further, ‘should promote the voice of women and enhance the role of women within broadcast organizations.Metro FM pix
Contributing, the National Information Officer of UNIC Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun, explained that the United Nations system in Nigeria had been promoting the cause of women in media. He noted that the UN had organized many capacity building training for women journalists and only recently organized a training for female student-journalists from fifteen journalism training institutions in Nigeria.
Speaking as a guest on ‘Faaji FM’, Soremekun harped on the need for gender equality in radio station ownership and control; and urged everyone to celebrate women and encourage them to get to the apex of the broadcast industry. He shared with the audience in Yoruba Language, the Secretary General’s message.