Community Media for Development and Participation: Experiences, Thoughts and Forethoughts


Community Media for Development and ParticipationTitle: Community Media for Development and Participation: Experiences, Thoughts and Forethoughts

— Twenty-three chapters from five countries — Cyprus, Ghana, Kenya, Malaysia, Nigeria

— The first compendium of its sort on community communication (especially in Africa)

— 422+ pages

— Edited by: Ayobami Ojebode, PhD, Acting Head, Department of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

— Published by John Archers Publishers, Nigeria

— Cover price: N2,000 or USD20 (excluding postage)

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About the Book

A collection of debate and report articles on community media and community communication, this book presents experiences, thoughts and forethoughts from Cyprus, Ghana, Kenya, Malaysia and Nigeria. In the first section of the book are found studies of the practice and impact of community media, especially community radio, in Ghanaian and Kenyan communities. The second section presents thoughts on how community media might better serve communities, democracy and development. The third section of the book, that is the forethoughts, focuses on the foreseen or preferred structure, role, funding and management of community radio in Nigeria – a country that is yet to have community radio. In that rather oracular section, contributors look into the future quite counterfactually, imagining and painting the envisioned character of community radio when the Nigerian government finally permits its establishment. The studies and discussions in this book potentially advance the conversations on the role of community media in promoting democracy and development as they affirm, modify or confute some of the known assumptions on the subject.

About the Editor

Ayobami Ojebode holds a PhD in Development Communication from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, where he is currently Senior Lecturer and Acting Head, Department of Communication and Language Arts. His research interest is communication, democracy and development. He has published academic articles in reputable journals, and popular/social commentaries in local and international outlets such as the Radio Netherlands Worldwide where he pioneered the African Going Dutch series. He was at different times a visiting researcher/fellow at the University of Oxford, UK; Pennsylvania State University, USA; University of Leiden, The Netherlands, and at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences.


Chapter one Ayobami Ojebode Community media, democracy and development in Africa: thirty years after Homa Bay
Chapter two Alex Quarmyne & Wilna Quarmyne Mapping the Terrains of Community Radio Practice in Africa
Chapter three Holger Briel The Ethics of Oral History: A Cyprus Story
Chapter four Murtada Busair Ahmad Community Media and Nigerians in Malaysia: The Paradoxical Tendency of Fragmentation in Globalization
Chapter five Ayobami Ojebode & Kamoru A. Salaudeen “The Media are of the Devil” –The Karikasa Community and their Disdain for the Media
Chapter six

Olusola Oyero, Segun Joshua, and Remi  Aduradola

Radio And Community Partnership For Mediation And Peace-Building In Africa
Chapter seven

Kitche Magak, Susan M. Kilonzo and Jack Ogembo

Indigenous Language FM Stations as Community Development Media: the Case of Radio Lake Victoria, Kenya
Chapter eight Chima Onwukweand Uzoma Okugo Towards effective development of indigenous languages in Nigeria: community media as the way forward.
Chapter nine Henry C. Duru; Chibuike J. Nwosu & Timothy Onyejelem Heterogeneity of communal interests…practice of community media
Chapter ten John Galadima & Patience O. Onekutu The challenge of sustainable funding of rural community media in Nigeria
Chapter eleven Julius-Adeoye ‘Rantimi Jays Community Radio: Instrument for Good Governance
Chapter twelve Jude Terna Kur & Bernard Bem Melladu Community radio in a multicultural volatile Nigerian society: fears and promises
Chapter thirteen Babatunde R. Ojebuyi Media Bias, Ethics, and Normative Limitations: Implications for Survival of Community Radio in Nigeria
Chapter fourteen Omowale Adelabu Integrating New Media With Community Media For Development: Challenges And Opportunities
Chapter fifteen Patience Onekutu Community media and development: measuring results
Chapter Sixteen Tunde Adegbola & Obasanjo Oyedele Demystifying radio for community use
Chapter seventeen A.R.A Aderinoye and J. O. Ojuade Community Media and Talking Drum as an Indigenous System of Communication in the 21st Century Africa
Chapter eighteen Ezekiel S. Asemah The Potentials of Community Radio as a Tool for Conflict Management: a focus on Plateau State, Nigeria
Chapter nineteen Kenneth Asor Tsebee Independent national electoral commission and problems of voter education: the imperative of community radio
Chapter twenty Louisa B. Andah Optimising Volunteerism in the Upcoming Community Radio Sub-sector
Chapter twenty-one Michael A. Kombol and John O. Ogi Proposed strategies for funding community radio in Nigeria
Chapter twenty-two Ngozi  D. Morahand Oladokun Omojola Digital large screens as a community medium:Interactivity and community relevance
Chapter twenty-three E. O. Soola and Roseline Anekwe Sensitising, conscientising and empowering communities of consumers and producers of multimedia products, through media literacy education