LOBIKO Community Radio of Mbandaka in the Equateur province, was established in June 2009 and covers 500,000 in habitants in the city of Mbandaka and its immediate surroundings with a signal reaching 50-60 km radius.
Radio Lobiko’s initial objective was preaching and teaching the gospel but it then expended its activities and took as a mission to educate and develop the community, hence its motto “Education et Développement”. The station covers themes such as health, education, agriculture, civic education and morality.
The station’s headquarter is situated on Bomongo avenue, in Wangata locality, near Mbandaka University and is able to broadcast 50km around Mbandaka. The main issue for the station is to function without electricity, lack of power being a recurrent issue in Mbandaka. The radio broadcasts on frequency 92.7, from 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Mbandaka city is actually cut out of electricity network for almost 20 years now. This peculiar situation explains the massive use of radio as a media in the region
The radio is in partnership with UNICEF, RFI Radio Planète, CGAT (awareness about mutual health insurances), ASF (Malaria program / Impregnated mosquito nets) and a contact was established with CGFS / Lokole Centre as part of the Civic Education and the democracy. Radio LOBIKO is a member of AMACEQ (Community Radio Network of Ecuador).
The project Empowering Local Radio with ICTs conducted a research together with local radio stations to identify main issues of local public concern in the Radio Canal Revelation’s coverage area:
Electricity supply issues
- Electricity shortage