BBC Hausa – Connecting Nigerians to the World

Last update on May 2, 2016.

BBC Hausa – Connecting Nigerians to the World

BBC Hausa radio station like the name says broadcasts in Hausa. Hausa is the Chadic language (a branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family) with the largest number of speakers. It’s spoken as first language by about 35 million people, and as a second language by millions more in Nigeria, and millions more in other countries, for a total of at least 41 million speakers. With myTuner Radio you can listen to BBC Hausa in any part of the world. With its headquarters in Lagos in Nigeria, BBC Hausa is a world talk, world news radio station that broadcasts for more than 50 years, being a useful mean of communication in the Hausa language.

To search for this station on myTuner Radio’s website, just use the general search tab and write BBC Hausa and it will appear, the same applies if you’re trying to listen through myTuner Radio’s app (available for iOS, Apple TV, Android and Windows). You can find BBC Hausa and many other BBC radio stations such as, BBC World Service, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 2, 3, 4 and a huge amount of others are waiting to be discovered. Additionally, on myTuner Radio’s website and apps you can also find a huge variety of BBC podcasts.

The BBC Hausa and the English service was so successful in Nigeria that last month it was made public that the BBC intends to make the local network services of BBC in three Nigerian languages: Yoruba, Igbo and Pidgin. “Our aim which is also in tandem with the BBC at the global office, is about connecting the world. We bring the world to Nigerians while we also take Nigerians to the world.” says Francesca Unsworth the chair of World Service Group and deputy director of BBC, to theNigerian newspaper Daily Trust. Still, according to Francesca Unsworth, the average audience of BBC Hausa anywhere in the world is 32 and they wish to target not only younger, but also older generations.

BBC Worldwide sells programs and services internationally and also distributes the BBC's international 24-hour English language news services, BBC World News and BBC.com which explains why around a quarter of BBC revenues come from its commercial arm BBC Worldwide Ltd.

BBC Hausa and other BBC radio stations tell international, regional and local stories from many people around the globe. Like Francesca Unsworth says “We shall be using the expertise of our people in other parts of the world to tell the stories for local people, and also using people in Nigeria to tell their stories to the outside world.” and this is what makes BBC Hausa and other BBC stations so special.

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