REPORT OF 2018 WORLD RADIO DAY MARKED IN COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL ESIE (UNESCO FOCAL POINT) NIGERIA, UNDER THE AUSPICIES OF UNESCO ASSOCIATED SCHOOLS PROJECT NETWORK (ASPNET) ON 13THFEBRUARY, 2018.
The programme was registered on the United Nations global events map on 13th February, 2018 at 9:00am.
Speakers on the theme: Radio and Sports were drawn from Albarka FM Ganmo (Ajibade Kehinde) and Kwara State Broadcasting Corporation a.k.a Radio Kwara (Bunm iAdedoyin represented by Ismail Ayodeji a versatile sports commentator).
It was moderated by Hajia Mero E. Mustapha the Board Chairperson (Programmes) Sobi FM Radio Station Ilorin and former General Manager, Radio Kwara/Kwara Television Ilorin (Kwara State Broadcasting Corporation).
Participants weretraditional ruler/chiefs, State Government delegation, educationists, journalists/reporters, community leaders,teachers and students.
The speech of Ms. A. Azoulay, the Director General, UNESCO was delivered on the occasion.
• Principals’ Speech by Mr. OdedejiTaye (Attached)
• Ms. A. Azoulay, Director General UNESCO’s message by Mr. Aribidesi (Attached)
• Speech by the Elesie of Esie Kingdom, HRH Y.A Babalola, Egunjobi II, delivered by Chief Joseph KikelomoAdeyemiPopoola:
ELESIE OF ESIE EESA OF ESIE KINGDOM
He congratulated the radio world and appreciated the role of the radio in promoting unity, peace and development particularly through adequate coverage of local sports.
Omo Ibile Esie through a community representative, Mr. Afolayan Noah Titilayo
…..welcomed the broadcasters to the event and wished them fruitful deliberations.
Kwara State Government:
The state government delegation led by Mr. J.K. Alabi, of School Services who represented the Honourable Commissioner for Education and Human capital Development Ilorin congratulated the Esie community and the school management for hosting such a global event and making the state/Nigeria proud.
He said the state Government would continue to support and encourage laudable projects/ programmes by schools and communities. He advised other schools and communities in the state key into UNESCO ASPnet and other extracurricular activities particularly sports for aggregate development.
Hajia.Mero E. Mustapha said sports promote unity at the local community and international levels. Sports and academics are complementary. She encouraged students to be more active in sports to boost their academic excellence; good physical exercise helps the brain. Very good students in sports are always doing well in their academics. Also journalists are advised to be balance their report coverage on sports as it has been observed globally that female sports are not given adequate coverage.
ISMAIL AYODEJI KEHINDE AJIBADE ALBARKA FM
Ismail Ayodeji, representing Bunmi Adedoyin sports commentator of Kwara State Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Kwara (Speech attached)
Kehinde Ajibade: Head of News, Albarka F.M, Ganmo (Speech attached)
Students responded to questions and observations raised by participants.
KADIR ADAMA SS2 STUDENTS FROM OGS ORO
• Oral Poetry by the women of the community on the sports culture and tradition of Esie people.
• Acrobatic display by students of High School Esie
• Ayo traditional indoor game was displayed by the students
Finally the Elesie of Esie Kingdom, Oba Y.A Babalola concluded the programme with Royal blessings for the students.
The programme ended at 2:20pm
SPEECH BY ODEDEJI MATTHEW TAYE, PRINCIPAL COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL, ESIE AND UNESCO FOCAL POINT, NIGERIA DURING THE 2018 WORLD RADIO DAY HELD IN THE SCHOOL PREMISES ON 13TH FEBRUARY, 2018.
On behalf of Mr. Kehinde A. Ayotunde the Secretary General Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO, Abuja, I welcome you to this UNESCO Focal point/Zonal Node, Community High School, Esie.
Today is World Radio Day, all over the world and it is being marked here on the platform of UNESCO Associated Schools Project network (ASPnet). World Radio Day is one of the major global programmes of ASPnet Schools annually and 2018 is the 7th edition. It should be noted that Community High School Esie is marking the second edition. The first came up on 12th and 13th February, 2016.
Going down the memory lane, the 2016 edition had as its Guest Speakers SodiqAdebara of Harmony F.M Idofian and TaiwoAtolagbe of Radio Kwara, Ilorin. They came here to lecture us on February 12, 2016. The following day, 13th February, 2016, our students were received by AbdulfataiAdeniyiDankazeem and Aderayo Dada Royal FM
Ilorin, KunleAkogun and IdrisAlooma at Unilorin FM. I sincerely appreciate HRH, Oba YakubuEgunjobi II, Elesie of Esie and community leaders for solid backups.
Today, the 2018 World Radio Day has as its theme: “Radio and Sports” and it is expected to focus on Diversity in Sports Coverage, Gender Equality in Sports Coverage and Peace and Development through Sport Coverage.
While carrying along our students and youth, we are expected to celebrate our traditional sports that connect us to our traditional sports and grassroots sports that anchor within our communities and the inspiring stories that challenge gender stereotypes and covers sports events.
It is on this note that I appreciate the gentlemen of the press that have accepted to be here to share their experiences on the theme. Special thanks to HajiaMeroEyitayo Mustapha, Board Chairman (Programmes) Sobi FM, KehindeAjibade Head of News, Albarka FM, BunmiAdedoyin of Radio Kwara and past Chairman, sports Winters’ Association of Nigeria Kwara State Branch, Mrs. Binta Ibrahim of Harmony FM Idofian and incumbent Chairman, National Association of Women Journalists Kwara State Branch. Thanks also to Comrade AbiodunAbdulrahaman, Chairman Nigerian Union of Journalists, Kwara State.
This address would be incomplete without throwing more light on the relationship between Community High School, Esie and UNESCO Commission, Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja. However, I need to acknowledge the support and encouragement of the state Government to the school in carrying out UNESCO programmes in the school. The Ministry of Education and Kwara State Teaching Service Commission in collaboration with OmoIbileEsie (The Proprietors) have created a wonderful enabling environment comfortable enough for the school to present and represent Nigeria very well in various UNESCO programmes some of which will be mentioned.
Based on records of performance in UNESCO club activities in 1995, when the late Elder Awoyale J.A was the Principal and later in 2015, Community High School Esie, was declared a UNESCO Focal Point on 16th May, 2016 with Kwara State as the Zonal Node for North-Central when Mrs. Magdalene Anene-Maidoh, the then Director/Secretary-General, National Commission for UNESCO, Federal Ministry of Abuja led a team of UNESCO officials to the school on a familiarization and sensitization visit to Kwara State.
Before and after her visit some international events had been marked in the school. Among them are: World AIDS Day 2015, World Radio Day 2016, World Environment Day 2017 and World Teachers’ day 2017. Today’s programme is also registered on the global map of events of United Nations this morning at 9:00am.
The National Library of Nigeria has organized training for some of our teachers on e- and m- learning to enable them key into the current global trends in teaching. In spite of our evident constraints UNESCO Commission keeps sending us invitations to attend international programmes especially to Spain, Thailand, South Africa, Korea etc and about two weeks ago, a resource link on Financial Literacy for our students in preparation for 2018 Programme for International Students Assessment (PISA) was forwarded to assist us by an Education officer, UNESCO Office in Nepal, a country near India.
UNESCO ASPnet activities in Esie was part of the submissions from Nigeria to the recent Conference on Education for SustainableDevelopment in Sub-Sahara Africa held in Nairobi Kenya between 6-9th December 2017.
TheSchool has also recently received commendation letters and a certificate from the United Nations:
1. June 2017, Certificate of Appreciation:
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Canada for active participation in the World Environment Day.A collaboration of UNESCO/UNEP Programme.
2. 18th December 2017 Commendation Letter:
United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) for the school’s compliance to United Nations environment standard.
3. 25TH January 2018, Global Competence Example:
Commendation letter from the Centre for Global Education and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development of Asia (OECD).
We thank God for the strength and wisdom. We have what we lack from what we have. Our teachers are few but very dedicated and God-fearing. The community support is very good. We, however, appeal to the government and the international body for
increased support to enable us keep the flag flying. The school needs institutional and infrastructural upgrading to meet up with the standard of other UNESCO Focal Points across the globe.
At this point, I appreciate the OmoIbileEsie, North America led by Engr. NurudeenAdeyemi for the comprehensive renovation of a block of four classrooms and offices.
Finally, I thank all our guests. My appreciation goes to the Honourable Commissioner, Elesie of Esie Sobi FM, Albarka FM and Radio Kwara, Ilorin. I thank members of staff for unflinching support, the Management of Kaslad Technologies, Mr. KaseemOladipo, Mr. Anu Ibiwoye and particularly Kemi Odedeji, the brain behind the screen.
Thank you all and God bless.
Message from Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Radio Day
Coverage of Sports for Peace and Development Initiatives
Gender Equality in Sports Broadcasting
Coverage of Traditional Sports
In 2018, UNESCO is dedicating World Radio Day to the theme of radio and sports.
The radio is a powerful means to transmit the enthusiasm of sport events. It is also a means to convey the values of fair play, teamwork and equality in sport.
Radio can help combat racist and xenophobic stereotypes that are, alas, expressed both on and off the field. It allows a broad range of traditional sports to be covered, far beyond the elite teams. It provides the opportunity to nurture diversity, as a force for dialogue and tolerance.
The fight for gender equality is central to this effort. According to the report of the Global Media Monitoring Project, supported by UNESCO, only 4% of sports media content is dedicated to women’s sport. Only 12% of sports news is presented by women. UNESCO is working to improve the coverage of women’s sports, to combat gender discrimination on the airwaves and to promote equal opportunities in sports media. The task is immense.
On World Radio Day, let us mobilize to make radio an increasingly independent and pluralistic media. Let us join forces to celebrate the potential of sports radio in furthering development and peace.
GUEST SPEAKERS’ SPEECHES
1. BUNMI ADEDOYIN SPORT COMMENTATOR RADIO KWARA REPRESENTED BY ISMAIL AYODEJI
BEING A PAPER TITLED
‘SPORT AND RADIO’
2018 WORLD RADIO DAY
SPORTS ANCHOR WITH MIDLAND FM 99.0
APATA YAKUBA, ILORIN
TUESDAY, 13TH FEBRUARY, 2018
COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL, UNESCO FOCAL POINT ESIE, KWARA STATE
Facebook: Ayodeji Ismail
It’s my pleasure and great honour to be here this morning to stand in for my mentor and boss, Mr. Bunmi Adedoyin, the present CPS to the deputy Governor of Kwara State. Today worldwide is marked as “World Radio Day”, the day set aside by the UNESCO to reflect on the activities of radio in the world and this year’s edition is focused mainly on Radio and Sport. The theme for this year is timely considering the fact that major sporting event will shake the world later in the year. The World Cup Championship is billed for Russia and tagged ‘RUSSIA 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP’ which will feature 32 Countries including the Super Eagles of Nigeria who will vie for honour at the Mundia. I urge you all to be attentive as possible as we take a voyage into the world of radio and sport.
EVOLUTION OF RADIO IN THE WORLD
Like telephony, the origins of radio are embedded in a desire to improve the technology of telegraphy, specifically, a desire to free telegraphy from the wire that permitted the transmission of signals. One of the practical uses for this envisioned process would be to enable connections between geographical barriers. This would allow the connection of the English and French telegraph systems as well as allow users the ability to contact shipping. This embeddedness in telegraphy resulted in a paradigm of point-to-point communications, or a telegraphy paradigm.
Towards the end of the 19th century, there were various experiments with using radio waves to achieve wireless telegraphy. Guglielmo Marconi, an Italian electrical engineer, managed to develop a working model. Much of the initial usage of radio occurred within the telegraphy paradigm, and was point-to-point, with the communication taking the form of morse code. Some of the early applications were contacting lighthouses, press reporting, military communications, and contacting shipping. Towards the early part of the 20th century, there were efforts made to transmit voice wirelessly. This movement was influenced by the development that were occurring with telephony. There were also early experiments with radio broadcasting, influenced by a broadcasting paradigm.
BRIEF HISTORY OF RADIO IN NIGERIA
The Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria was established in 1933 by the British colonial government and was named the Radio Diffusion Service (RDS), it allowed the public to hear the British Broadcasting Corporation’s foreign radio service broadcasts in certain public location over loudspeakers.
In April 1950, the RDS became the Nigerian Broadcasting Service and introduced radio stations in Lagos, Kaduna, Enugu, Ibadan and Kano. This service was reorganized into Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) on April 1, 1957, by act of parliament. Its mission was to “provide, as a public service, independent and impartial broadcasting services”. By 1962, the NBC has expanded its broadcast stations into Sokoto, Maiduguri, Ilorin, Zaria, Jos and Katsina in the north; Port Harcourt, Calabar, and Onitsha in East. Each of these stations was considered a subsidiary station of a regional station. The subsidiary stations broadcast local interest programs during part of the day, and then relayed programming from their regional station during the rest of the broadcast day. National programs were broadcast from shortwave transmitters and one medium wave transmitter located in Sogunle, near Lagos.
In late 1960, the Federal Parliament amended the NBC Ordinance to allow the sale of commercial advertisements. The first ads ran on October 31, 1961, and were broadcast from Lagos. By 1962, regional and provincial broadcasters began selling ads to local businesses. The goal of allowing radio advertisements was to help provide additional funding to NBC stations beyond that received from the government.
The Federal Parliament approved the creation of the Voice of Nigeria (VON) external shortwave service in 1961. Broadcasts began January 1, 1961, from Lagos State. Its initial operations were limited to two hours a day to West Africa, but by 1963 VON had expended both its coverage and transmission ties with the addition of five additional transmitters.
In April 1961, with financial assistance from the Ford Foundation and technical assistance from the British Broadcasting Corporation, NBC began the National School Broadcasting Service in April 1961. The NBC School unit broadcast lessons in various school subjects for primary and secondary schools, as well as special programs for teacher training colleges. The schools unit was based in Ibadan.
The NBC and the Broadcasting Corporation of Northern Nigeria (BCNN) were merged in 1978 to become the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN). Medium wave transmitters previously owned by the NBC were transferred to the individual state governments where the transmitters were located. At the same time, the states transferred shortwave transmitters to the FRCN.
In 1996, VON installed three high power transmitters at its Ikorodu transmitter site, allowing worldwide transmissions for the first time.
FRCN’s medium wave service, Radio Nigeria, has 25 stations located throughout the country and together with Voice of Nigeria, considers itself to have the largest radio network in African. In 2007, FRCN began introducing FM transmitters in some locations, and plans to begin upgrading and modernizing its shortwave and medium wave transmitters in the coming years.
MERITS/CHARACTERISTICS OF RADIO
Very cheap/easy to operate
Very handy and easy to carry
Allow for feedback mechanism with immediate effect
Allow for listener/audience participation
Give room for people/listener to decide on various issues
Ladies and gentlemen, physical activities were always a part of human leisure activity. Those that held first place among primitive people were activities of warlike nature and of hunting. In time of peace, dance and recreational pastimes took place. The ancient Greeks admired the beauty of human body, and the Romans loved military and gladiatorial games and professional exhibitions. The Middle Ages were famous for their knight tournaments and religious festivals.
Definition of Sport
Sport is an outdoor or indoor game, competition, or activity needing physical effort and skill and usually carried on according to rules.
Some people say that sport is a physical activity governed by rules and played by individuals seeking to outperform opponents, while others can understand sport as organized spontaneous exercises or games, or as a competitive or non-competitive process through which an individual obtains physical skills, mental relaxation and bodily fitness.
Sport gives people enjoyment, happiness, friendship, satisfaction, health, fitness, popularity, recognition, the feeling of victory and success, but on the other hand, it may be boring, cause sadness, sorrow, disappointment, fatigue, exhaustion, injuries, illness, and in some cases even death.
Sport can be categorized from various standpoints. We can distinguish various categories in sport activities according to:
The purpose, aim or objective of the sport: (1) recreational sport/sport for all, competitive sport, elite sport/top performance sport (2) amateur sport, professional sport.
The sport facility or environment used: e.g. Indoor sports, outdoor sports, water sports, underwater sports, aquatics, air sports, sports on the ice, track and field event in athletics, street sports, school sport.
The equipment or gear used: e.g. racquet sports/games, technical sports, motor sports, cycling sports, skiing sports, para sports, ball games, goal games, equestrian (horse riding), shooting sports.
The abilities and health of participants: Sport for the disabled
The number of participants: Individual sport, team sport
The sex (gender) of participants Men’s/male sport, women’s/female sport
The age of participants: Sport of children, junior sport, senior sport, sport of veterans
The participants’ approach to sport: Active sport, passive sport (spectator)
The required courage, physical exertion and highly specialized gear: Extreme sports, action sports, adrenaline sports
The usual, typical or prevailing season of practicing the sport: Summer sports, winter sports, all-season sports
The regional criteria: Local sport, regional sport, national sport, traditional sport, Olympic sport, worldwide/global sports.
The importance, popularity and publicity in media: Major sports, minor sport
The way of performance: Contact sports, combat sport, martial arts etc
SCHOOL PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SPORT
Physical Education (PE)
It was derived from the Latin words “physica”, physics, and “educatio”, education, meaning the training of the bodily organs and powers with a view to the promotion of health and vigour.
The main goal that the PE program should strive to accomplish concern four areas. The PE curriculum should (1) develop health-related and motor performance-related fitness, (2) develop skill in activities, (3) develop an understanding and appreciation of physical activity and (4) provide a meaningful psycho-social experience.
Factors that influence PE program development
Attitudes of managers, school or faculty, students, and consumers
Facilities and equipment
Physical education and coaching staff
Climate and geographical considerations
It is an organized sport event in which participants – competitors want to become winners, strive to achieve the best possible results, to show and excellent performance, to beat opponents, to set or break records, or want to test their abilities and skills and compare them with those of the other competitors. Those who enter for a competition are obliged to keep (observe) the rules. Breaking (violating the rules is penalized or punished in various ways.
Officials are people who conduct competitions, assess performances of competitors, referee games, decide the result of a competition. They are called different names, such as referees, judges, or umpires. The referee is used in connection with e.g. basketball, boxing, football, hockey, rugby, squash, and wrestling. The umpire acts in badminton, baseball, cricket, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. There is panel of judges in sports like gymnastics and figure skating.
Competitions have various forms with respect to particular sport areas. We speak about races in athletics, cycling or skiing, players and teams play matches, participate in tournaments, leagues, or cups, horse riders or motor-biker have their trophies, motor racers compete in rallies, windsurfers, yachtsmen and row-men take part in regattas, boxers fight in bouts, the name combat or contest is used in some combat sports, etc. Major competitions are called championships.
BENEFITS OF RADIO & SPORT
There is no doubt that radio has been playing a pivotal role in sustaining sports development and promotion in the world considering its proximity and closeness to the people. Radio as one of the medium of communications that has been in the forefront of projecting sport development in the world, if not because of the effectiveness of radio programs, most of the sporting events wouldn’t have been known, learnt or even practiced.
The benefit of radio and sport can be grouped into the followings:
Apart from using sport for sound health and mind, it has contributed immensely to the economic development in the world. Huge revenue are been generated from the hosting of championship, tournament and competition as gain for corporate sport organizations like CAF and FIFA while individual sport men and women are also earning their living from the proceeds of the game. The likes of Alex Iwobi of Arsenal FC, Obi John Mikel of Tianjin Teda of China, Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City FC, Ahmed Musa of CSK Moscow of Russia, Lionel Messi of Argentina/Barcelona, Christiano Ronald of Real Madrid/Portugal, Neyma Jr (Football) Roger Federa, Raphael Nadal, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, (Tennis), and Haruna Quadir (Table Tennis) are earning handsomely in their various club side in Europe. This was as a result of radio hype and other media publicity received across the globe.
After brilliant performance on the field of play, the likes of Segun Odegbami, who represented Nigeria in the 1980 Nations Cup, E. D. Obafemi, University of Ilorin, Stephe Olarinoye and Ahmed Adio are still doing well in the academic world after their sojourn in sport. At this juncture, I urge the management of this school to combine both academic and sport together if the dream of every child count policy must be accomplished.
Sporting event has continue to be unifying factor despite disunity and insecurity in the world, it has sustained friendship and cement cordial relationship among the competitors in and outside the field of play. This should continue to guarantee global peace and order.
As we are still basking in the Euphoria World Radio Day 2018, I implore radio employer to provide platform for their workforce for routine training and re-training to enhance their output and to meet global best practices.
They should also improve on their welfare as prompt payment of salary, allowances and other emolument are the panacea to the ugly trend of ‘brown envelop’ and other sharp practices by the practitioners.
For the school management, I challenge you to provide sporting arena for students to practice one sport or the other like chess, scrabbles, monopoly, table tennis and others that require little capital to set up.
Thanks for your audience!
Radio Kwara 2,
www.wikipedia.org/Sport and Radio (2018).
Writing for Broadcast Media. Dr & MB Salah Saudah Abdulbagi, Head of Department, Mass Communication, University of Ilorin (2001)
MB Salihu Khadijah, Principal Lecturer, Kwara CAILS 2001, Evolution of Radio in Nigeria.
Sport Development in Nigeria, a paper presented by Bayour Issah at the Sport Clinic organized by the Kwara State Sports Council (2016)
2 SPEECH BY KEHINDE AJIBADE, HEAD OF NEWS, ALBARKA F M , GANMO
GOOD MORNING MR CHAIRMAN, THE PRINCIPAL, THE VICE PRINCIPAL, HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS, STUDENTS AT ALL CATEGORIES AND EVERYONE HERE PRESENT TODAY.
It gives me great joy to speak to the young and vibrant generation of boys and girls today who are the leaders of tomorrow on this occasion of United Nation World Radio Day with the focus on Radio and Sports.
The importance of communication in the entire world cannot be over-emphasized as communication is an essential tool in maintaining strong working relationships an all levels of an organization. This implies that communication is what gives flow and continuation to any relationship on earth.
Let us simply put that communication is the free flow of information from a sender to the receiver and back to the sender through a medium. It is like breathing as it gives you the knowledge of a person or a thing.
From time immemorial, there have been various means of communication as every community has a way of passing information from one person to another. Some Communication could be verbal or non verbal. Of old, means of communications include, drum signal, smoke signal, symbols, gestures etc.
In the modern era, means of communications include the telephone, letter writing, radio, television, and currently, the social media is the trending and the most viable means of communication. For this gathering however, the Radio is going to be the focal point. Radio stands out to be the widely acceptable and seems to be the friend of men because it is cheap and affordable.
As at today in Nigeria, there are about four hundred radio stations in Nigeria including internet radio. In Kwara State alone, there are nine registered radio stations. With this statistics, it is important to note that radio to Nigerian is an important means of communication.
Objectives of Radio Broadcasting
The aim and objectives of the media basically is to educate, entertain, inform, and also to make money. Radio is so important to man that it seems like friend to people who make use of it as a means of communication. Some of its other aims apart from the general importance of media include; sensitization, mobilization, counsels, inspiration and provision of companionship.
Radio provides a two way communication contact which is a flow between the government, the governed as well as stake holders. It therefore functions as the eyes and ears of the people, the voice of the voiceless. Moreover, radio reaches the farthest and wildest audience in the world.
Radio and Sport
As it has been earlier stated, entertainment is one of the functions performed by the radio and among chief among the means of entertainment is Sport. Sport could be seen as an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. Kinds of sport include; basket ball, volley ball, handball, table tennis, tennis, rugby, hockey, cricket, boxing, swimming wrestling etc.
This year, the wotld is set to witness another round of football fiesta which is set to take place in Russia.
Radio is a powerful tool in transmitting sporting events and getting people aware of event as they are taking place. It also helps to convey the means of fair play, teamwork and equality in sport.
Our focus today centred on the following:
Diversity in Sports Coverage: The ways we cover sport say a lot about our society. Sports tell anyone who watches intelligently about the times in which we live. About race and terror and what the process of aging does to strong men.
Every society has its own kind of game which distinguishes it from another for instance in Nigeria we have, Ayo Olopon, wrestling (Ijakadi), draft and every other local games which we all enjoy. It seems much attention has not been paid to this games because we have not been able to popularize the games.
Also it has been revealed, that most games are not covered because a lot of people who participate in the games do not see them as anything too serious, rather a moment to while away time. As far as the coverage is concerned, the media do not see the games as so important to be given priority. Also it seems that in this part of the world football seems to take the attention of coverage above every other game.
Today, we advocate for diversity in the coverage of sport in the society, especially the traditional sports, this can be better done in our traditional festivals and also there should be organization of tournaments which focused solely on the traditional sports.
Gender Equality in Sports Coverage: one of the most controversial issues around the world today is the issue of Gender Equality. This means different things to different people, let us simply put it as Wikipedia says it is the state of equal ease of access to resources and opportunities regardless of gender, including economic participation and decision-making; and the state of valuing different behaviors, aspirations and needs equally, regardless of gender.
Issues on whether a woman can do what a man can do is also subjective to what we are referring to.
Bringing this to the sporting scene, there is no doubt that most sporting activities which in time past are meant for men are now being opened to both gender as women now take active position in the place of sport. Some of the female names we hear in the world of sport include Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, also in Nigeria we have Asisat Oshoala, Blessing Okhagbare, Funke Oshonaike, and a host of others.
However, in sport analysis, it is obvious that women are lagging behind, as men take the centre stage.
Findings have also revealed that when it comes to talking sports, most women don’t show much interest because they see it as men’s business. This sometimes has to do with some level of arguments involved when sports are discussed and a typical Nigerian woman will want to rather talk about a movie she had seen or other feminist issue.
This is so because our culture had restricted women to the kitchen or ’’the other room’’ as seeing women taking active part in sport, she could sometimes be refered to as irresponsible fellow.
Most men hold the assumption that their opinion is the most superior in talking sport so they do not take women seriously as someone who is knowledgeable about sport and as a result, they do not take her sport opinion seriously, no matter how rational it may sound. The reason is not because of what she says but because she is simply a woman.
However, as domineering as the men could be, there are still women in sport analysis who have done the job or are still doing the job as good as men if not better. Such names include: Blessing Fowowe, Aisha Falode, Modele Sharafa, Nike Oyewo of BCOS and others. There is no doubt that this individual are outstanding in what they have chosen to do which further attest to the fact that women are no push over when it comes to sport analysis.
Finally we will look at Peace and Development through Sport Coverage
The power of life and death as we all know resides in the tongue, this therefore makes the radio a veritable tool in bringing peace and development to any nation.
All over the world today, one language that unites everyone together irrespective of colour, language or race is sport. Although it is sometimes threatened by racism and other form of violence, the radio has the responsibility of uniting people together through just and fair sport broadcasting.
Since the radio is heard even in the remotest area, it then means it can take the message of togetherness of sport to wherever the signal gets to.
This year’s world radio day is calling on the world to make good use of the radio to promote peace through sport analysis as peace is the ultimate ingredient to build our nation.
I also call on all you students especially the female folks who are interested in sport or sport analysis to pursue your dreams without fear or intimidation.
Wishing Everyone Happy 2018 World Radio Day.
DELIVERED BY KEHINDE AJIBADE
EDITOR AND SPORT PRODUCER
ALBARKA FM GANMO, KWARA STATE
PROGRAMME OF EVENT Theme: Radio and Sports Moderator / Chairperson Mrs Mero E Mustapha Sobi FM Ilorin Guest Speakers Mrs Binta Ibrahim Harmony F M Idofian Mr Kehinde Ajibade Albarika FM Ganmo Mr Bunmi Adedoyin Radio Kwara State Special Guest HRH Oba Yakubu Agboola Babalola Elesie of Esie, Nigeria Other Events Traditional sport display such as ekun meran, okoto, Ige Etc by students leaders Story telling: The people and culture of Esie, Nigeria