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Nigeria Gets VOA Hausa Show

‘Tattauna’ aims to combat violent groups in northern Nigeria

Nigerians have a chance to hear a Voice of America Hausa-language service radio show.

The 30-minute program, called “Tattauna” in the Hausa language (‘Dialogue’ in English), includes the latest news from reporters in the region, analysis and roundtable discussions of issues behind the headlines, commentaries from civic, religious, and community leaders and the voices of ordinary people.

Airing on shortwave, the program is also streamed on the VOA Hausa website and is available on mobile devices in Nigeria.

Northern Nigeria has recently been the target of a series of deadly terror attacks blamed on the insurgent group Boko Haram that has called for Sharia in northern Nigeria. VOA Hausa service Chief Leo Keyen says the new radio program will “provide a place for the kind of serious dialogue that is essential to solve problems and build democratic institutions.”

Reporters from around West Africa will contribute to the program, which is produced and broadcast from the VOA studios in Washington. VOA programs are broadcast to Nigeria on radio, television, the Internet, and mobile in both English and Hausa. Nigeria is VOA’s largest audience in Africa.