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VOA Hausa Language Programs Go Mobile

News, features, health information offered on-the-go

Washington, D.C., July 7, 2010 - Voice of America's Hausa Language Service is now offering its exciting multi-media lineup of news, interviews and feature programs to on-the-go mobile phone users, one of the fastest growing segments of digital communication.

To find VOA Hausa programs on your mobile device go to

VOA's New Media Director Rebecca McMenamin says, "The explosion of mobile phone use around the world makes the technology a perfect match for the delivery of news and multi-media content, and VOA is working to bring all of its 44 languages onto the mobile platform."

McMenamin says, "The Hausa Service mobile site will offer not only news, but also health information. We think this can be very useful to our audience."

The Hausa language is spoken by about 60 million people, most of them in the West African nations of Nigeria, Ghana and Niger.

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The VOA Hausa Language Service reaches an estimated weekly audience of about 21 million with its line-up of newscasts, discussion shows, diverse stringer reports, interviews, feature programs, and special reports covering a wide variety of issues.

To get VOA in English on your mobile device, type into the browser on your phone. For other available languages, navigate to and select from the list.

The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts approximately 1,500 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 125 million people. Programs are produced in 44 languages and are intended exclusively for audiences outside of the United States.

For more information, please call VOA Public Relations at (202) 203-4959, or e-mail