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OUR AIRWAVE AND FOREIGN ACCENT SYNDROME

Have you listened to radio lately and felt like slapping the so-called On-Air-Personality (OAP)? Or have you tried in vain to make out words and phonetics from a TV Show host but only left you more confused rather than informed? Sure. If you live in Nigeria, you all have at one point or the other.

From my social diagnosis, I have noticed that some Nigerians—and the number is increasing at somewhat the speed of light—are never comfortable being Nigerians. So, they acquire a new accent that is foreign to any Nigerian accents. This forcefully acquired accent is what my friend refers to as locally acquired foreign accent (LAFA). I like this concept because it clearly describes the illness and the status of its victims—Nigerians living and have lived in Nigeria their entire life but have foreign accent.

Listening to some Nigerian radio stations can either leave one permanently befuddled or just plain angry all the time. The latter is what happens to me mostly, so I stopped listening to most radio stations for some time. The television stations are not any better. The cause of one’s linear anguish is not hard to find. Confusing accents of the presenters! Yes, one cannot really tell if the presenters on radio and television are from Miami, Manchester or Mushin or if they are just a bunch of clueless upstarts mouthing words which seem to make them happy but leaves the listener with a terrible ‘earache’.

Tracing the history of radio and television presentation in Nigeria, who can never forget the glorious days and diction of Soni Irabor, Bimbo Oloyede, Donald Everedjo, Sienne All-Well Brown, Ruth Benemesia Opia, Lola Alakija, John Momoh, Silver Oforgu and so many other articulate and fantastic presenters who shaped the entertainment industry with their style and panache of presentation? What happened to these fine traditions of broadcasting? Globalisation!

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Books

  • Mass Media, People, and Politics in Nigeria

    Concept Publishing Company. 1989. ISBN: 817022232X,9788170222323. 255 pages.

    This Study Brings To The Fore The Precarious Predicament Of The Mass Media Of A Country Whose Political Culture Is Characterised By Divergent And Powerful Interest Groups With Insatiable Political And Economic Demands On The Larger Political Entity. It Demonstrates How Nigeria`S Development As A Nation State Has Similarily Influenced The Way And Manner Of The Organisation, Administration And Contents Of Her Mass Media Systems.

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    Discusses Nigerian traditions, culture, religion, media, literature, and arts.


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