Category Archives: World Radio Day

Use radio for human progress – Ki-moon

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UNIC Lagos, Ronald Kayanja addresses the audience while AVOA President, Mr Ehi Omokhuale looks on

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on everyone to resolve to use radio for human progress especially at this time the global attention is on implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. ‘For people in shattered societies, or caught in catastrophe, or desperately seeking news,’ he continued, ‘radio brings lifesaving information.’

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Group picture of organisers and resource persons

Representing the Secretary General at the 2016 World Radio Day observance in Lagos, the Director of United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Mr Ronald Kayanja, noted that radio could help in emergency response operations just as it could assist with rebuilding. In apparent reference to the theme of this year’s observance: ‘Radio in times of emergencies and disasters’, the Secretary General charged everyone to find ways for radio to do even more to help people in emergencies.

UNIC Lagos National Information Officer, Oluseyi Soremekun  (Left) and Mrs Taiwo Ajai-Lycett (Right)

UNIC Lagos National Information Officer, Oluseyi Soremekun (Left) and Mrs Taiwo Ajai-Lycett (Right)

The 2016 World Radio Day observance in Nigeria was a 3-Day activities organised by UNIC Lagos and the Association of Voice-Over Artistes (AVOA) Nigeria. The activities started with a press conference on Thursday 11 February, a students’ excursion to UNIC office and Inspiration FM Lagos on Friday 12 February as well as a seminar held on Saturday 13 February 2016. Mr Ban added that through community radio, local people could raise their voices and be heard.

WRD - High tableSpeaking, the President of AVOA, Mr Ehi Omokhuale, observed that the radio was a companion for both the rich and the poor and a credible source of life-saving information and a veritable tool of development.

Responding to questions, the National Information Officer of UNIC Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun, disclosed that the United Nations through its specialized Agencies, Programmes and Funds, has supported the development of radio broadcasting through institutional capacity building.

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.