Radio and sound broadcasting have played a major nation-building role across Africa. Radio is by far the most important and dominant mass medium in Africa. Its low cost, oral character and flexibility meet Africa’s state of play very well.
Yet radio is less developed in Africa than in any other area around the world. There are relatively few radio stations in each of Africa’s 53 nations and fewer radio sets per head than anywhere else, globally.
However, radio still remains the top medium in terms of the number of people that it reaches. Since the beginning of radio broadcasting in Africa, its stations have been important patrons of news, education, music and, in some countries, poetry and oral literature which has assisted in preserving African heritage.
Radio needs to be recognised for its power and influence. Unlike other broadcasting mediums, radio reach goes where newer technologies can’t, it holds its fort beyond electricity, mobile signal and literacy.