Mtegani FM (Makunduchi Community Radio) started as pirate radio in Unguja Island in early 2011. The radio initially operated from the children’s bedroom of a small family house in the village of Makunduchi in Southern Zanzibar. What alerted the authorities about the radio was the frequency interferences regularly reported in the South of Zanzibar, which is also known as Unguja Island (to distinguish the island from the other smaller island of Pemba). Since then, the Ministry of Information Culture Tourism and Sports has supported the local radio to get proper registration and frequencies. The Ministry is also presently seeking the support of development partners, including the UN system, to build the capacities of Mtegani FM. It reaches approximately 100,000 listeners and successfully participated in the Election Support Project delivered through the UN system in Tanzania by UNDP, UNESCO and UN Women. Ever since the training, this radio has actively engaged itself in various social and economic-related matters concerning the society – such as promoting women entrepreneurship, fisheries, microfinance, early girls’ pregnancies, and raising awareness on matters related to environmental conservation and the conservation of culture amidst the growing tourism in Makunduchi. The involvement of this radio in this project will contribute to professionalize it.
The project Empowering Local Radios with ICTs conducted a research together with local radio stations to identify main issues of local public concern in the Mtegani FM’s coverage area:
- Lack of health facilities
- Lack of agricultural inputs
- Lack of markets
- Lack of education and knowledge
- Lack of learning facilities
- Lack of teachers
- Un-conductive learning environment
Ramadhan Bilal Jihad, young manager from Mtegani Radio, presents his station in a short video interview below. Listen to his story and learn how radio Mtegani manages to serve the community despite all the big challenges they faced.
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Related capacity building workshops
Mtegani Radio, Makunduchi, Zanzibar