Hannunka Mai Sanda


PMC produced Hannunka Mai Sanda (“Power in Your Hands”) in Nigeria. This 78-episode radio show aired November 2013 through July 2014 in northern Nigeria in Hausa, the most widely spoken language in that area. Hannunka Mai Sanda was rebroadcast from 2015-2016 in Zamfara, Niger, and Bauchi.

Hannunka Mai Sanda originally aired (2013-2014) in northern Nigeria in six states: Kebbi (Kebbi Broadcasting Corporation, Abuja (Aso FM), Kaduna (Karama FM), Sokoto (Rima Radio), Kano (Freedom Radio), and Katsina (Companion FM). With additional funding, PMC was able to broadcast (2015-2016) to three additional locations: Zamfara (PRIDE FM, 103.5 GASAU) Bauchi (Globe FM), and Niger (RADIO NIGER, Crystal FM) states in Nigeria. Hannunka Mai Sanda was one of two PMC radio shows on the air during this timeframe. Tafigawalo aired in southern parts of Nigeria in Pidgin, the most widely spoken language in that area.

As with all PMC radio shows, Hannunka Mai Sanda was created using PMC’s radio show methodology.


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Making a Difference

Hannunka Mai Sanda, along with PMC’s other radio show airing in Nigeria at the same time, Tafigawalo, have received attention from various African news outlets like AllAfrica.com.

Although PMC wasn’t able to do a comprehensive quantitative analysis of Hannunka Mai Sanda‘s impact, PMC did conduct a qualitative phone survey, which reveled that Hannunka Mai Sanda provided a highly likable and meaningful listening experience among respondents in the broadcast states in northern Nigeria. Importantly, the results also suggest that for some listeners and communities, the drama made a difference in their lives through behavioral or attitudinal change, especially regarding decisions about girls’ education and early marriage, these are a few example quotes:

“It made me to go back to school and I hope everyone will try and educate their children… I will not let my child to be rush into marriage…” Zainab, female, 24, Sokoto State

“What I gained from the program is that not all parents understand the implications of early marriage even until now but your program will gradually add to the awareness of the negativity of such practices. Especially parents who have been a little enlightened will also want their children to be educated and matured before marriage.” Bello, Male, 37, Kaduna State

“…in the Northern part of Nigeria our parent don’t care to send their children to school, and we also see that the parent will give an early marriage to the girls who are under age, it is a very big problem but due to this program Hannunka Mai Sanda things are gradually changing.” Musa, male, 38, Kano State

“…the encouragement of parents to send their girl child to school….because in the past some don’t send their wards to school due to perceived financial constraints. But now, the program of Hannunka Mai Sanda is changing that perception and I thank God.” Bello, male, 33, Kebbi State


Project Information

Title: Hannunika Mai Sanda (“Power in Your Hands”)
Format: Radio Show
Location: Northern Nigeria
Language: Hausa
Duration: November 2013 – August or September 2014

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Administrative Team:
Country Representative: Ephraim Victor Okon
Technical Assistant: Joan Jeremiah
Finance Assistant: Lambert Essien
Programme Assistant: Mboho Eno
Administrative Assistant: Edidion John
Driver: Anthony Sunday

Creative Team:
Producer: Olabode Moses
Studio Technician: Bello Ibrahim
Writers: Balarabe Rabat, Mallah Isah Abdullahi Tsamiya, Jerry Ajeyet, Shehu Yakassai

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Dela’s Story

Dela is a 43-year-old mother with four daughters. She decides to pull her 12-year-old daughter, Aisha, out of school to be married to a much older man for a considerable dowry. Aisha soon becomes pregnant and gives birth, but develops fistula during the prolonged and agonizing labor because her young body was not ready for the delivery. Aisha returns to her mother’s home, but the smell of feces and urine drives clients away from Dela’s market stall. Dela tries numerous traditional treatments to cure her daughter’s condition, following the advice of her friend who believes that fistula is the result of an evil curse. Finally, Dela’s sister, who is educated, convinces Dela that the fistula can be medically treated and Aisha’s fistula is repaired.

Adama’s Story

Adama and Amadu are recently married and enjoying their new life together. They agree to wait to have their first child until they are more financially stable, but Adama’s mother is eager to have grandchildren. Adama’s mother pushes her to stop using contraceptives without Amadu’s knowledge. Adama gets pregnant, but the pregnancy is a difficult one and the medical bills mount, ripping apart Adama and Amadu’s happy life. Adama requires a caesarian section, so Amadu borrows money to pay for the surgery. After the birth, Adama’s mother pushes her to get pregnant again as soon as possible, but Adama, with the full support of Amadu, stands up to her mother and says that she and her husband have decided to plan their family.

Hamisu’s Story

Hamisu is a father of three boys and a girl. His daughter, Larai, is an excellent student and has just been accepted into secondary school. However, Hamisu decides that money is too tight to send her. Hamisu’s close friend, Alaramma, encourages Hamisu to allow Larai to continue her education, but another friend, Mati, says that it is a waste of time and money to send a girl to school. When Mati’s teenage daughter falls pregnant, Hamisu realizes that keeping his daughter in school will help her to avoid such behavior and will also encourage her to reach for her dreams.

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Hauwa’s Story

Hauwa is a serious 17-year-old student with a bright future, but she is easily influenced by her friends. One such friend, Datti, would love to seduce her to share his bed. Jamila, her closest friend, encourages Hauwa to stay away from Datti, but it is tough to resist his charm. Datti tempts her with money and gifts and Hauwa finally succumbs. Datti contracts HIV from one of his many sexual partners, but does not share this information with Hauwa. Hauwa starts to show signs of a sexually transmitted disease and goes for treatment. She learns about Datti’s HIV status, but she is relieved to learn that she has not contracted HIV. She leans on Jamila to help her avoid Datti and finishes her studies.

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