VOA Hausa Launches TV Program

Adding Taskar to VOA Hausa’s popular line-up “will enable us to win the youth audience with a wider reach and tremendous impact,” says Africa Division Director Negussie Mengesha. “We are building on VOA’s bigger online and mobile audiences in Nigeria as well as on our English-language partnership with Channels TV.”
With original television reporting from across the United States and from Hausa Service correspondents in Nigeria, Niger, and Cameroon, Taskar covers Hausa-language affairs in West Africa and in the diaspora.
“Nothing better heralds the arrival of Taskar VOA than the Hausa saying ‘Gani ya kori ji’, which means ‘Seeing is believing,’ ” says Hausa Service Chief Leo Keyen. “Our TV team is ecstatic about this exciting new program focusing on younger audiences and democracy in our target areas.”
VOA Hausa produces a total of 16 hours of weekly radio programming on shortwave and AM. Hausa also has a 24/7 audio mobile stream that targets young demographics particularly in Nigeria through cell phones.

At VOA-Sponsored Town Hall, Nigerian Youth Leaders Warn Tensions Could Mar Upcoming Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. —With Boko Haram militants waging increasingly audacious attacks and political tensions skyrocketing ahead of the March 28 elections, Nigeria could see a repeat of the devastating 2011 election riots, unless politicians avoid appeals to religious differences among voters, political activists warned at a special Voice of America sponsored town hall Friday.