In Africa's most populous country, we are working to improve health, governance, and to engage and inspire youth about their country's future.
- Our office: Abuja
- Our areas of focus: Governance, health, inclusion
- Our partners: UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, ActionAid, Unicef, Sightsavers, European Commission
- On social media: BBC Media Action Nigeria is on Facebook and programme Talk your Own is on Twitter.
About our work
We’ve worked in Nigeria for 20 years and are currently delivering a number of vibrant projects addressing governance and health issues – with a particular focus on inclusion of marginalised groups including women and girls, youth and people with disabilities. Our radio shows, Talk Your Own and Mu Tattauna, as well as PSAs and award-winning digital content reached 11.1 million people during the 2019 elections – informing and empowering citizens to engage with their leaders and address electoral and governance-related issues. And through a partnership with UNICEF, we’re debunking harmful health myths and supporting audiences in northern Nigeria to make informed choices about immunising their children against polio.
Previous work in Nigeria includes a multimedia project providing life-saving information about pneumonia and diarrhoea – two of the biggest killers of children under five in the country – and youth-focused radio shows challenging stigma against people with HIV and AIDS.
We're now working as part of the Inclusive Futures consortium led by Sightsavers to dispel stigma around disability and promote inclusion in society and the workforce -- in part through the return of our popular radio series, Story Story, later in 2020, with exciting new storylines.
Latest newsRead more blogs from Africa
- Media at scale during a pandemic – COVID-19 in NigeriaAlmost one year on since the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Nigeria, our country director reflects on the impact of our mass media programming and the work still to come on tackling vaccine hesitancy and a worrying 'second wave'.
- Police reform: how media is addressing security reform in NigeriaAmid the End SARS protests and political unrest sweeping many states in Nigeria, our creative team in Abuja are working to facilitate dialogue and accountability between Nigerians and their police force.
- Making research disability-inclusive – reflections from Nigeria We know that people with disabilities face exclusion and discrimination across a multitude of areas – we are determined that our research will not be one of them. Our Head of Research and Learning in Abuja shares our learning and reflections.
- Live drama tackles community attitudes to polio vaccination in NigeriaLearn how drama and community discussion is changing attitudes to childhood polio vaccination in Nigeria.
- Read more Nigeria blogsBBC Media Action blog
Our projects in Nigeria
- Inclusive Futures: media for a fairer worldAs part of the Inclusive Futures consortium, we’re working through media to improve knowledge of the rights of people with disabilities, and challenging stigma, discrimination and negative social norms related to people with disabilities.
- Leave no one behind: Improving participation in the 2019 Nigerian ElectionsWe’re helping people in Nigeria become more involved in political processes and hold their leaders to account. With an emphasis on reaching young people, women, and people with disabilities, our content aims to ensure traditionally marginalised groups are heard.
- Helping improve child health through radio in NigeriaHelping families and the wider community make informed decisions about childhood immunisation - with the aim of reducing preventable death and disability.
- Encouraging accountability in NigeriaBBC Media Action's radio dramas and discussion shows are encouraging political accountability in Nigeria.
- Tackling pneumonia and diarrhoea in NigeriaA multiplatform media project - running between 2014 and 2016 - aiming to stop two of the biggest killers of children under five in Nigeria.
- Improving family health in northern NigeriaWeekly radio show Ya Take Ne Arewa (What’s Happening up North) tackles health issues facing women, families and communities.
- Responding to HIV and AIDS in NigeriaBetween 2009 and 2014 BBC Media Action provided accurate information about HIV and AIDS and tackled stigma through radio shows, short films and training for media professionals.
Our insight and impactUse our research library
- Stories of change: Yahaya and Salamatu, NigeriaYahaya Abdul-Rahman and his wife Salamatu never miss an episode of radio health programme Ya Take Ne Arewa. Thanks to the Nigerian show, they've learned the importance of antenatal care, birth spacing and how to treat their water to make it safe to drink.
- Stories of change: Oluchi Atu, NigeriaDue to a poor electricity supply, trader after trader was leaving Lugbe AMAC market in Nigeria’s capital city Abuja. But then the chair of the market appeared on an episode of radio show Talk Your Own – Make Naijia Better. She asked the minister of power to help and a week later a new transformer was installed.
- Brochures: Tuning in and changing livesHow is radio helping debunk harmful myths around the polio vaccine in Nigeria? Find out in our country report.
- Research summary: What do Nigerians believe about conflict and the media?A research summary examining which conflicts most concern Nigerians today and what they believe drives these conflicts.
- Research summary: Promoting good governance in NigeriaResearch summary about a project providing training to local radio stations to strengthen advocacy and good governance in Nigeria. Published in September 2012.
- Research summary: Delivering civic and voter education through media to enhance democracy in NigeriaResearch insights from our project increasing citizens' knowledge and understanding of key electoral issues in Nigeria to achieve more inclusive and informed public discussion.
- My Media Action films: Xoxa Ichi, NigeriaHow a radio drama programme produced in Nigeria inspires people across Africa to take action.
- My Media Action films: Chibuike Utaka, NigeriaHow a radio show is helping people to hold Nigeria's government to account.
- My Media Action films: Amina Kato Chiroma, NigeriaBBC Media Action helps make pregnancy safer in Nigeria.