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Unknown in Nigeria, celebrated in China

By Fred Iwenjora

About SAMINU ALHASSAN, FAIZA MOHAMMED MUSDAPHA, two Nigerians making waves in China airwaves.

Unknown to many listeners of China Radio International with studios in Beijing, China, two Nigerians are part of the Hausa service team that creates excitement on the radio station.

Saminu Alhassan and Faiza Mohammad Mustapha may not be celebrated in Nigeria but they are stars in China and on the airwaves in Nigeria and indeed other countries in sub- saharan Africa where Hausa is spoken. Hausa is one of the 65 other languages catered for at CRI.

Saminu and Faiza both had stints at Freedom Radio Kano before being employed by CRI where they are making waves communicating to the world.

In a chat recently, Saminu told Saturday Vanguard   that he graduated from the Kano state University of Science and Technology, Wudil Kano, majoring in Computer science.

According to him, his love for broadcasting caused him to settle for Freedom Radio, Kano where he grabbed the rudiments of presentation, production and ethics of broadcasting.

Currently at CRI, he is co anchor for the Hausa language discussion programme; Gani ya kori ji and also solely   anchors the sports programme; Wasan motsa jiki which is listened to across West Africa.

How does he cope with new lifestyle, new system and all? Saminu who lives in Beijing with his wife and two children explains that   “all is well with me even though there is no place like home. I have adapted well and I must say that China is a very peaceful country. I am also enjoying a great relationship with my Chinese colleagues who all make it easier for full adaptation.”

For Faiza Muhammad Mustapher, she is an indigene of Askira /Uba LGA in Borno state and had her early life in Maiduguri.

She later studied English at the University of Maiduguri and served in the National Youth Service Corps scheme with Freedom Radio, Kano.

She says “ I have always been fascinated with the radio and did whatever could help me get involved. I had done my National service in Kaduna state and later was transferred to the Kano popular radio station. I did reporting, news casting and translation from August 2013 to December 2016 when the CRI job came.

“I am from Askira/Uba LGA of Borno state.. I had my primary school education in Maiduguri and graduated from the department of English from the University of Maiduguri in 2012, It was during my NYSC in Kaduna that I stumbled on the radio at Freedom Radio Group.

At China Radio International, I work as a news caster, reporter and translator and still present programmes such as Amsoshin wasikunku, In ba ku,   and Zabi sonka .

Being a married woman, there are challenges but I believe challenges make us stronger. I am thankful to my numerous fans who send letters and send messages to applaud my presentation”


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