Monday, 13 February 2012

An Ode to Whitney Houston.

By Mabi Azefor Fominyen

In the early days of my life as  a broadcaster, working at CRTV's Mount Cameroon FM (South-West Cameroon), I produced and presented some musical programmes in addition to everyday journalistic work.
Whitney Houston was one of my favourite artists. Her voice , the lyrics, the melody in fact everything that came from her repertoire was good stuff for radio. In addition to that women her kind were rare at the time.  She rose to fame quite young , her music cut across the world and touched on everyday reality. Name it: love,  deceit, heartbreaks...

Then came her tumultuous years, when she experienced a bad marriage, drug problems and related issues but her music remained great!

Whitney began drifting away from the spotlight. I longed to watch her on stage again. I was wishing I could hear her tell her fans what she was up to.

Finally there was this exclusive on the Oprah Winfrey Show (click and watch part 2).

 I was so happy to see Whitney on TV again. I listened to her talk about her life's journey and the many challenges she had been through. Far from judging her actions and choices, I could only wish her the best.

Whitney had promised she would be there for her daughter all the way, like her mother had been for her, especially through her most difficult moments.

Too sad she had to die at a tender age of 48.

Whitney, your story, your voice and music will forever resonate in our ears and our hearts even as you go to the world beyond. Adieu Whitney! We will always love you too!

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Fifty-Fifty Profiles West African Female Activists

Hello and welcome to Fifty-Fifty; a gender magazine produced and broadcast on West Africa Democracy Radio (WADR) in Dakar. In edition 16 we profile some female activists in West Africa. Please scroll down the drop-list and click on edition 16 to listen to the programme.

Newslink 2012-02-09 First Edition