Radio Ndeke Luka, the most listened to radio station in the Central African Republic (CAR), celebrates its 15th anniversary this Friday, 27 March 2015. Created by Fondation Hirondelle (FH) and supported by the international community, Radio Ndeke Luka has over the years gained the confidence of Central Africans by sharing their realities and developing in an often disastrous humanitarian, security and economic environment. 15 years after its creation, Radio Ndeke Luka is the only independent radio station operating 24 hours a day covering the entire Central African territory.
Sylvie Panika, Director of Radio Ndeke Luka dedicates this anniversary to the listeners, those "from here and elsewhere, who are our primary concern". She underlines the role of this radio, which has become "indispensable in CAR": "it is at the centre of living together, reconciliation, peace and development".
The antenna will celebrate this anniversary starting at 05:30 this Friday morning. The team and the listeners will remember the last fifteen years through excerpts of programs, testimonies of those who have made and are making Radio Ndeke Luka with the participation of the Linga Village, a theater troupe that listeners follow every day.
From 13:45 to 15:00, Radio Ndeke Luka will broadcast a conference-debate on the challenges and prospects for independent media in CAR, recorded live on 25 March. Organised with the support of the French Embassy in Bangui, this conference will address themes that directly affect the Radio Ndeke Luka team and the future of the radio: the security of its staff - as direct threats to the radio and its team continue - and the sustainability of this major media in CAR. Another subject discussed was the funding of Radio Ndeke Luka for its operation and consolidation, which is not yet secured. The Radio Ndeke Luka team has appealed to the donors present in CAR to support this essential project in the context of the elections scheduled for this year.
This radio station, whose foundations are rooted in the virtues of a public service with a national vocation, has achieved the initial objective of having Central African management take over key posts and all staff trained in the most demanding rules," said Bernard Liot, FH representative. The establishment of a national management was accompanied by the creation of the Ndeke Luka Foundation which will gradually manage the radio. A Ndeke Luka radio station responsible for generating income for the radio by proposing advertising and communication campaigns is being developed in Bangui. Radio Ndeke Luka is also extending its broadcasting network through community radio stations that the FH is rehabilitating with the support of the European Union.
Information, entertainment, music: "Radio in the heart of the CAR", according to its new slogan, has surprises in store for its listeners in the CAR this Friday, on the different broadcasting platforms. (1).
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(1) 100.9 FM in 4 cities in the CAR, on shortwave on 6030 Khz, on Canal Satellite Afrique (No. 248), simultaneously on radiondekeluka.org, on Audionow in the United States, France, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.