BBC Media Action
Akwumaba Esther Adaji
Reporter for Talk Your Own - Make Naija Better
A woman holds a strategy document
Reporter, Akwumaba describes how deeply she was affected after interviewing a woman who had experienced female genital mutilation aged seven, and how radio has helped her shared her story.
“I saw these huge women – one of them was on my left thigh and one on my right… Then I saw razor blades… It was when I started feeling some pain that I started to scream.”
Otuba Okpokam Osim is telling me about her harrowing experience undergoing female genital mutilation - also known as FGM or by some as female circumcision - when she was seven years old.
Now fifty-two, she'd agreed to be interviewed for the weekly radio programme Talk Your Own – Make Naija Better. The weekly radio show, broadcasting on over 120 radio stations across the country, is a platform for Nigerians to learn about, discuss and debate issues impacting their lives.
Visibly upset, Otuba asks for a moment to gather herself. Forty-five years after it happened, the experience still haunts her.
A young Nigerian woman...
Bidhya Chapagain, presenter of Sajha Sawal (Common Questions) – a weekly debate show broadcast across Nepal on TV and Radio – writes a letter to Ujeli, a 15 year old girl she got to know while visiting earthquake survivors in Selang.
In a special episode of Sajha Sawal, Bidhya stayed with people in the village, eating and sleeping there to share and report on life within a community still living in temporary shelters built after their houses were destroyed by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in April 2015.
Ujeli captured the hearts and minds of thousands of viewers when she took Bidhya aside amongst the mountain rocks to share her story of hope and hardship.
Having had to quit school due to seizures, Ujeli was stuck at home and had been approached by a string of suitors. Her parents didn’t yet want to marry her off, but she was worried they would soon cave in under the pressure. “I’m not interested in marriage”, she told Bidhya, “I want to get educated and make changes in the...
Content Researcher, Resilience
Villagers in Bangladesh’s waterlogged Satkhira region were bowled over when their national team cricket captain, Mashrafe Mortaza flew in with his team mates to take part in a special edition of Amrai Pari (Together We Can Do It), a TV show helping communities adapt to extreme weather.
As we drove to our filming location in the early hours of the morning, I watched the fog getting thicker. By the time we reached the village, the bamboo bridge that the community had begun building the day before was completely obscured. Dense fog covered the pond and clung to the coconut and date trees. The only flashes of colour were the bright garments of village women as they expectantly gathered around our cameras.
We all looked at our watches. Our star guests, the Bangladesh cricket team captain Mashrafe Mortaza and three of his team mates, were due to take off from Dhaka in a seaplane in the next couple of hours. They’d agreed to take part in a special episode of Amrai Pari. This...
Rishika Das Roy
Senior Project Officer
A view from Mandakini Ki Awaaz (MKA) radio station
How a life-saving radio station in the Himalayas is helping prepare its listeners for potential flooding, earthquakes and landslides.
Tucked away in the Himalayas, close to some of India’s highest mountain ranges, hides a life-saving community radio station.
Named after a local river, Mandakini Ki Awaaz (‘Voice of the Mandakini’), the broadcaster is located in Uttarakhand state, an area in...
Research Officer, Radio for Resilience Project
Listening to radio programme Nyakati Zinabadilika (Times are Changing) inspired three young unemployed men to approach the district veterinary officer, helping them to start a chicken farm in Tanzania.
A tiny chick cocked his head, flapped its fluffy wings and looked up at me from its box. It was time for feeding.
I’m visiting a chicken farm to meet Ramadhan Boli and his two friends. Until...
Senior Researcher, BBC Media Action Somali
Simple steps can help eradicate polio for good. Our senior researcher in Somalia explains how a radio show helped inform a family about polio – and how to prevent it.
I didn’t know that a simple radio programme could help change lives, until I began working as a researcher for BBC Media Action.
State House, the site of a dilapidated colonial building from which the British were once based, is...
Content Researcher, Resilience
How one community in Bangladesh – living on a shrinking island – is inspiring others in the fight against extreme weather.
Supti Nath lives on an island that is disappearing. Kutubdia, in the Bay of Bengal in Bangladesh, has halved in size over the last 20 years with water levels rising an average of 8mm a year. It has the fastest recorded sea level rises in the world.
“Most of the people on...
Governance Adviser, BBC Media Action
Jo Casserly describes the day when an all-female production crew managed four live radio shows in Tanzania - with a lively audience of 100 women.
“There's one thing I felt today and it was sisterhood and I've never felt that before during a production.”
Meena, our presenter for the day, was summing up her thoughts on Tanzania’s contribution to the BBC’s #100Women season – a global collection of...
What happens when you put 100 women in a room with Nepal’s first female president? Our Sajha Sawal (Common Questions) presenter describes some of the discussions which came out of a very special debate show.
I met Bidhya Devi Bhandari – Nepal’s first female president – a while back while presenting an episode of Sajha Sawal (Common Questions), a weekly TV debate show giving communities in Nepal a chance to question their leaders. Since our names are the same, she teasingly suggested that I should be her mitini (name sister in Nepali). Given the connotations that go with being a mitini –...
Senior Health Advisor, BBC Media Action
On World AIDS Day, our senior health advisor explains how media and communication has helped tackle HIV and AIDS in Nigeria.
December 1st is World AIDS Day (WAD), a time when people across the globe wear their red ribbons to raise awareness about HIV and for people to show their solidarity with and support for people living with HIV. It’s also a chance to remember the 39 million people who...