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Radio in Accra: A confluence of National and Traditional Representations.
Unformatted Document Text:  Radio in Accra 13 national significance in the nation’s capital, which is traditionally Ga speaking, carries a lot of meaning. It denotes an illustration of a negotiated identity of a diverse people in a subtle non- cohesive hybridized manner. “Maame Dorkounou’s” investigative reporting on Choice FM is an example of radio investigative reporting, which was aimed at exposing moral decadence in the Ghanaian system. Her handling of issues indicated the probing nature of Ghanaians. Although, there is no symbolism in this form of program, the use of Akan to broadcast the program in a Ga speaking area, bears testimony to the nature of the language as comprehensible to no ethnic Akans. LOCAL LANGUAGE USE AND AUDIENCE PATRONAGE The patronage enjoyed by the stations, which used Akan and other local language forms, was astonishing at its inception. This caused English formatted programming stations to explore using local languages. For instance, the management of Joy FM, a leading English speaking private radio station, established Adom FM a local language station that used predominantly Akan in Accra, a Ga speaking area. This development paralleled in many other stations saw radio stations that initially used English change and use local languages, mostly Akan side by side with English. Peace FM was the first private radio station in Accra to use only local languages and music in programming. Some of the early Highlife and local language programs developed by other radio stations in response to Peace FM were, Choice FM’s “Highlife Paradise,” “Odo Ne Asum Dwei,” VIBE FM: “Nkomode,” Radio Gold: “Opanin Kyere,” “Sika Futuro,” “Yereserew fa adwen” “Afrakoma” “Odo ye wo,” 7 these are all programs done in Akan with Akan titles (Blankson, 2000). 7 The meaning of the Akan program titles in English: “Odo Ne Asum Dwei”-Love and peace, “Nkomode”- Sweet Talk, “Opanin Kyere”- The elderly teach, “Sika Futuro”- Gold dust “Yereserew fa adwen”- Make fun and learn, “Afrakoma”- an Akan female name, “Odo ye wo” - Sweet-heart.

Authors: Boateng, Kwasi.
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Radio in Accra 13
national significance in the nation’s capital, which is traditionally Ga speaking, carries a lot of
meaning. It denotes an illustration of a negotiated identity of a diverse people in a subtle non-
cohesive hybridized manner.
“Maame Dorkounou’s” investigative reporting on Choice FM is an example of radio
investigative reporting, which was aimed at exposing moral decadence in the Ghanaian system.
Her handling of issues indicated the probing nature of Ghanaians. Although, there is no
symbolism in this form of program, the use of Akan to broadcast the program in a Ga speaking
area, bears testimony to the nature of the language as comprehensible to no ethnic Akans.
LOCAL LANGUAGE USE AND AUDIENCE PATRONAGE
The patronage enjoyed by the stations, which used Akan and other local language forms,
was astonishing at its inception. This caused English formatted programming stations to explore
using local languages. For instance, the management of Joy FM, a leading English speaking
private radio station, established Adom FM a local language station that used predominantly
Akan in Accra, a Ga speaking area. This development paralleled in many other stations saw
radio stations that initially used English change and use local languages, mostly Akan side by
side with English. Peace FM was the first private radio station in Accra to use only local
languages and music in programming. Some of the early Highlife and local language programs
developed by other radio stations in response to Peace FM were, Choice FM’s “Highlife
Paradise,”Odo Ne Asum Dwei,” VIBE FM: “Nkomode,” Radio Gold: “Opanin Kyere,” “Sika
Futuro,” “Yereserew fa adwen” “Afrakoma” “Odo ye wo,”
7
these are all programs done in
Akan with Akan titles (Blankson, 2000).
7
The meaning of the Akan program titles in English: “Odo Ne Asum Dwei”-Love and peace, “Nkomode”- Sweet
Talk, “Opanin Kyere”- The elderly teach, “Sika Futuro”- Gold dust “Yereserew fa adwen”- Make fun and learn,
“Afrakoma”- an Akan female name, “Odo ye wo” - Sweet-heart.


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