Nigeria’s Inspiration FM touches on inspiring issues

The current address of Inspiration FM (92.3) is appropriate: Amazing Grace Plaza, Plot 2E-4E, Ligali Ayorinde Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The Station held true to its name high in a video on the Station’s website on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, by allowing dancing (rocking) of its male guest (a musician) in his seat in studio during an interview with a female host.

The Station, with the slogan Family Radio, has ten programs: Breakfast Jam, Tea Break, Lunch Time, Drive Time, Nite Time, Saturday Breakfast Jam, Saturday Afternoon Show, Sunday Praise Jam, Sunny Side of Sunday, and Sunday Night Jam. It also regularly features the top ten Nigerian songs on its website.

Another ‘inspirational’ feature of Inspiration FM is four of its staff, producers of programs, being attired in different native wears, appearing on the Station’s Facebook page, which are traditional to the four major tribal groups of Nigeria. (See below)

One of the station’s news stories, published on its webpage on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, is not so inspirational, sadly reflecting the ongoing sectarian conflicts that persist in the country.

Titled “Violence Erupts in Ilorin Over Hijab Wearing Controversy As Christians, Muslim Clash”, the story is about religious violence between Christian and Muslim grade-level students in the capital of Kwara State, Ilorin.

The Inspiration FM’s story states that the religious violence has erupted due to a rule from Christian officials of Baptist School, a Christian institution based in Lagos State, preventing the wearing of the Hijab (Islamic head covering) by any of its Muslim students.

The Christian School officials’ action resulted in “an eventual angry clash between Christian and Muslim faithful throwing various objects including stones and plastic chairs at themselves,” part of the story revealed.

Inspiration FM also reported that the violence came weeks after the Ilorin State Government reopened ten schools that had been shut in previous month over the use of Hijab by Muslim students.

Violence, based on varying religious beliefs, is common in all parts of Nigeria, rated as Africa’s ‘Superpower Nation,’ which is attempting the cessation of ‘religious conflicts.’

This motivational radio station is trying to inspire peace, while still reporting the difficulties the country faces. It is a good journalistic blend of content.


Reporter: Samuel G. Dweh

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