Veteran broadcaster campaigns for radio drama

Qasim Akinreti, Lagos

Radio drama as the art of performing stories should be given its pride of place in Broadcasting in Nigeria.

A retired broadcaster and playwright, Gbenga Ariba told Voice of Nigeria that this would awaken the sense of creativity among the people.

Speaking at the presentation of his book titled ‘Radio Plays’ at the Broadcasting House in Lagos, Ariba regretted that the culture of radio drama as an important aspect of programmes was on the decline.

He explained that the neglect of radio drama was noticeable among the private broadcasting stations, which he said was a breach of Nigeria broadcasting code.

The veteran radio playwright therefore urged the National Broadcasting Commission to sanction radio and television stations breaching the broadcasting code, specifically the absence of radio drama.

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