Amidst the terror of bus bombs and mass kidnappings in Nigeria, the Voice of America is keeping its audiences informed, providing extensive news coverage across multiple platforms. VOA’s Hausa and English-to-Africa Services provided up-to-the-minute reporting on two major recent attacks on April 14: a rush-hour bus bomb that killed more than 71 civilians in Abuja and the abduction of more than 100 Nigerian school girls from their boarding school in Borno State.
VOA’s Hausa Service is providing uncompromising coverage and updates. Interviews have included Kashim Shettima, governor of Borno State, and Ruquayat Rufai, the Nigerian Minister of Education as well as security officials, teachers, parents and eyewitnesses. In an exclusive interview with one of the survivors of the kidnapping, VOA revealed reported that militants invaded the school under the guise of Nigerian security forces.
With attacks by the Boko Haram on the rise, VOA’s accurate and timely information reaches audiences via its website, radio broadcasts and very popular mobile site. In February the Hausa Service launched DandalinVOA, a 24/7 mobile phone platform that provides users with the latest analyses, breaking news and information. This new service allows VOA Hausa to go live on the 24/7 mobile stream at any time to cover breaking news. Most notably, through this platform, VOA was one of the first to uncover that many of the young women are still missing, despite reports from the Nigerian government that most of them had been rescued.
In addition to breaking news, VOA is also providing important context and analysis on the situation in northern Nigeria. Its weekend program MU Tattauna (Dialogue) focuses specifically on news in Northern Nigeria, offering analysis and round table discussion as well as commentaries from religious, civic and community leaders. Daily program Shirin Dare (Night Show) analyzes violent extremism and terrorism in West Africa, and also allows listeners to voice their opinions on topics and current events in a live call-in segment.