Tuesday, 25 September 2012

From Broadcasting House in Lagos

How about catching up with the Voice of Nigeria over your cornflakes, from 0500 to 0700 UTC? (0600 to 0800 British Summer Time).

Simply tune your kitchen portable shortwave radio to 15120kHz, where on weekdays you can hear Scope, Moving On, News about Nigeria, Africa and the World, Insight and Newsfile.

On Saturdays at 0505 UTC is a 25 minute programme of listeners’ letters, From Our Correspondents at 0630 UTC and Weekend Rendezvous from 0645 UTC. Sundays starts with This week on Voice of Nigeria and finishes with a 30 minute sports show, Talking Sports.

The same frequency of 15120KHz beams a signal to Europe and North Africa for four continuous hours from 1700 to 2100 UTC, with the main course being the weeknight programme Broadstreet. A review of the African Press is on most days at 1845 UTC, followed by Landmarks.
Other programmes of note in the evening from 1915 UTC include Mondays’ Beyond the Poverty Line, Women and Development and Our Environment. On Tuesdays are In Vogue and The Villa, Just a Chat on Wednesdays, and Nigerian popular Music and Time for Highlife on Fridays and Saturdays.

Highlife is that West African genre of music with horns and guitars often led by up-tempo keyboards. I am sure you will recognise the style when you hear it, even if you didn’t know its correct name.

Do tell the station what you think of their signal quality and their programme content by an email to info@voiceofnigeria.org .
There is a fascinating piece in Nigerian station broadcasting Pidgin English in today's Guardian www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/sep/24/nigeria-pidgin-scatter-brain-swagger?INTCMP=SRCH

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