By Iminza Keboge
Published June 7, 2017
A radio programme aimed at giving Hausa-speaking women a voice to challenge long-held assumptions about their place in modern society has been launched.
The programme, known as Adikon Zamani (Contemporary Veil), is the initiative of BBC Hausa Service that says shall “highlight the day-to-day challenges facing women in the Hausa-speaking parts of the world.”
Fatima Zahra Umar, a lawyer and blogger who shall present The programme, says, “I am very excited to be the face and voice of this programme which is an opportunity for me to champion the cause of women for whom the opportunities in northern Nigeria are very limited. Women are also up against several career limiting odds like early marriage and a patriarchal culture that limits their choices.”
Jimeh Saleh, Acting Editor of the Hausa Service that has just celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2017, says, “We want to give our audiences a fresh perspective and an opportunity to freely debate important but taboo topics pertaining to women’s rights, responsibilities and sexuality.”
The 15-minute programme shall be broadcast every Sunday on radio at 7:30 AM Nigerian time with links on BBC Hausa’s Facebook page and other digital platforms for the audience to access when is most convenient to them.
BBC Hausa, that is said to reach 24 million people every week, broadcasts to Hausa-speaking audiences on radio, online and TV in West Africa and its Diaspora. It is also available on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Youtube.