Name: Seember Nyager
Organisation: African radio Drama Association
Role: Program Officer
Whilst studying for a degree in Management Technology, I assisted in the design and production of radio dramas on development issues in a way that stimulates for social change. Over the years, i have engaged in script writing, script editing and assisted in the production and dissemination of these readio dramas. More recently, i have worked with a community in Gwagwad, first as a research assistant and then as a project implementor for a project which sought to train small holder rural women farmers to use ICTS; radio and mobile phones in particular to access useful farming information that could possibly imrove their livelihoods. At the end of this project, the women started a literacy school and i continuously assist them in raising funds to buy books and also offer a little support to the teachers who happen to be community members. On occasion, we organize theatre for development as a participatory approach to reach outto memebers of the community. We encourage community members to use indigenous songs and theatre to portray their everyday lives that show prevailing practices. We also inject new or alternative ways of doing things into these live theatre performances. So far, our radio dramas and live theatre, have dealt with issues prevalent in northern Nigerian communities such as early marriage, low girl child information, use of ICTs, climate change radio drama series, the gift of being informed health issues etc. I also work as a program officer for a United Nations Democracy Funded project that is deploying an ICT tool (web portal) for independent observers of public procurementin Nigeria to enable them submit reports on line in a way that the data submitted can be collated and analysed and provide feedback as a transparency initiative. I have a passion for using the radio as an effective tool to reach dispersed communities and also a passion for sharing my experiences through blogs and web videos with a wider international community on line.I see myseldf as an independent journalist and i will continue to work in spheres that promote the values of democracy. I am willing to learn from the experiences of much more experienced journalists working in the areas of human rights and i am an acknowledger of diversity and as such an independent activist for freedom of expression. I realise that there is strength in unity and combined forces, however, i also fear that being too involved might eventually close up a person to a million possibilities so as much as i collaborate, i love to take time to reflect on arious issues in order to find my original voice. This is what i hope to pass on to the women i work with in the community. But i am also careful so that they find their own voice and not my voice. I belong to the Nigerian Community Radio coalition and i look forward to more engagement with communities in Nigeria and in the world in a manner that allows them to express themsleves without fear. See: http://womenmeetingplacewordpress.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBeFOX7xZqY, http://www.apc.org/en/news/end-genardis-small-grants-rural-women-round-iii.