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Video VOA Director David Ensor Speaks at George Washington University

VOA Director David Ensor Speaks at George Washington Universityi
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February 05, 2015
VOA Director David Ensor speaks to students at GWU about the role of international media.
VOA Director David Ensor Speaks at George Washington University
VOA Director David Ensor speaks to students at GWU about the role of international media.

Nigeria Decides: 2015 Elections and Security Challenges

 

 

 

Introduction:

Leo Keyen, Hausa Service Chief, Voice of America

 

Opening Remarks:

David Ensor, Director, Voice of America

 

Moderator:
 
Aliyu Mustapha, Managing Editor, Voice of America, Hausa Service
 

Panelists:

Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye, Ambassador of Nigeria to the US

Stephen M. Schwartz, Director of Nigerian Policy and Operations Group, US Department of State

John Momoh, Chairman, Channels TV, Lagos, Nigeria


Aminu Gamawa, Legal and Conflict Resolution Consultant

Closing Remarks

Negussie Mengesha, Africa Division Director, Voice of America

  
Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.  

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VOA Swahili Service Celebrates 50th Anniversary

David Ensor, VOA Director (R), shakes hands with Aleck Che Mponda, retired pioneer VOA Swahili broadcaster (L), joined by Gwen Dillard, Director of the Africa Division (Center).

VOA’s Swahili service is marking its 50th Anniversary this May, with tributes to the reputation the service has built throughout its broadcasting history.

“It gives me enormous pride to congratulate them on 50 years of broadcasting. We are the first African language service… [and] we have developed over the years an audience that is very large, that is very loyal, that trusts Voice of America,” said Gwen Dillard, Director of the Africa Division. Dillard spoke Friday at a festive and music filled gathering of Swahili Service journalists and special guests.

Swahili Service chief Mwamoyo Hamza opened the event by sharing the rich history of the service, followed by congratulatory remarks from VOA Director David Ensor.  Special guests included Deputy Chief of Mission and Head of Chancery of the Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania, Lily Munanka, and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of the Republic of Kenya, Lucy Kiruthu.  Also on hand, one of the first Swahili broadcasters, Alek Che Mponda, who is now retired but remains a fan.

In addition to being the first African Language at VOA, the Swahili Service is also the first in the Africa division to develop television programs for mobile devices.

“As human beings find more ways to communicate with each other, we are keeping up with that, and we are keeping up with that in Swahili as well,” added VOA Director David Ensor.
  • Swahili’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Program & Pin
  • Esther Githui-Ewart, a Swahili Service broadcaster, delivers welcoming speech.
  • Mwamoyo Hamza, Swahili Service Chief, greets the audience at the service’s 50th Anniversary celebration.
  • Gwen Dillard, Director of the Africa Division, delivers congratulatory remarks.
  • David Ensor, VOA Director, honors VOA Swahili service’s distinguished history.
  • David Ensor, VOA Director (R), shakes hands with Aleck Che Mponda, retired pioneer VOA Swahili broadcaster (L), joined by Gwen Dillard, Director of the Africa Division (Center).
  • Alan Heil (L) former Deputy Director of the Voice of America with Mwamoyo Hamza (R), Chief of Swahili Service.
  • Aleck Che Mponda, retired pioneer Swahili broadcaster (L) with Gwen Dillard, Director of the Africa Division (R)
  • Swahili Service employees serve food during Swahili Service 50th Anniversary Celebration.
  • Swahili Service 50th Anniversary Celebration Cake

Today, the service reaches out to its audience through shortwave, FM affiliate stations, the Internet and mobile platforms. It broadcasts to East and Central Africa, covering regional, international and U.S. news.  More than 7 million listeners tune in to its programs each week.

Ensor and Dillard foresee prospects for growth because a sizeable audience speaks the language.

“Swahili is the single largest language group in Africa and that is an impressive target audience,” said Dillard.

Ensor calls Africa “the land of opportunities” and hopes to develop more television programs in the Swahili service and expand on other African language services as well.​

Nigeria's Vice President Visits VOA

Nigerian Vice President, Namadi Sambo (right)

Nigerian VP Namadi Sambo (right) smiles as he looks over a poster that was used during an earlier VOA event with Nigerian President Goodluck Johnathan.

Pictured from left to right are VOA’s Aliyu Mustapha and Halima Djimrao-Kane.

The Nigerian vice president, who was in Washington for talks with the Obama administration, also met with VOA Director David Ensor and officials of the Broadcasting Board of Governors during his stop at VOA.

Millions of people in Nigeria listen to VOA’s Hausa Service.