PMC produced Tafigawalo (“Working Towards Change”) in Nigeria. This 78-episode radio show aired in southern Nigeria in Pidgin, the most widely spoken language in that area.

Tafigawalo originally aired (2013-2014) in three southern Nigeria states: Lagos (Bond FM), Akwa Ibom (Planet FM), and Enugu (Enugu Broadcasting Corporation, Coal City FM). With additional funding, PMC was able to expand broadcast (2014-2015) to seven more Nigerian states: Benue (Joy FM, Markurdi), Imo (Orient FM, Owerri), Abia (Magic FM), Cross Rivers (CRBS FM radio), FCT (WAZOBIA FM, Abuja) and Ebonyi (Ebonyi State Broadcasting Service, FM station) and (2015-2016) to two more Nigerian states: Delta (DSBC FM) and Rivers (Treasure FM). Tafigawalo was one of two PMC radio shows on the air during this timeframe. Hannunka Mai Sanda aired in northern Nigeria in Hausa, the most widely spoken language in that area.

As with all PMC radio shows, Tafigawalo was created using PMC’s radio show methodology.


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Making a Difference

 Tafigawalo reached almost 300,000 listeners during broadcast, and cost an average of $1.98 USD per loyal listener. It has received attention from various African news outlets like AllAfrica.com.

Clinic research completed following Tafigawalo’s rebroadcast determined that more than three out of five (63%) of clients in Rivers State said that the radio show motivated them to seek family planning or reproductive health services.

Project Information

Title: Tafigawalo (“Working Towards Change”)
Format: Radio Show
Location: Nigeria
Language: Pidgin
Duration: November 2013 – July 2014

Download Tafigawalo Fact Sheet
Download Tafigawalo Original Broadcast Map
Download Tafigawalo Rebroadcast Map

PMC Country Administrative Team:
Country Representative: Ephraim Victor Okon
Technical Assistant: Joan Jeremiah
Programme Officer II: Mboho Enoh
Finance Assistant: Lambert Essien
Office Assistant: Edidiong John

PMC Country Creative Team:
Producer: George Ndukwucian, Bello Ibrahim
Writers George Gabriel, Frances, Simon Akpan, Agbim Chidinma Gladys, Frances Temitope Ajewole

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