Bui Community Radio

Bui Community Radio
Kumbo, North West Province, Cameroon

On Air
July 2009

Frequency
98.5Mhz

Power
300 Watts

Introduction

Bui Community Radio is a budding community radio station based in Kumbo, the capital of Bui Division, in the North West province of Cameroon, set up by ANCO, a Cameroonian NGO that works to promote beefarming through women’s cooperatives, biodiversity conservation and sustainable land management.

About the project

Bui Community Radio is a budding community radio station based in Kumbo, the capital of Bui Division, in the North West province of Cameroon, set up by ANCO, a Cameroonian NGO that works to promote beefarming through women’s cooperatives, biodiversity conservation and sustainable land management. 

Bui Division is an area where few radio stations are received, and those living outside the city of Kumbo have spent many years suffering from a dearth of information.  Until BCR was installed, there was only one local radio station in the region, which did not reach most people in the Bui Division.  With the installation of BCR in Kumbo, a new means of getting information out quickly to the population in the area has arrived.  Kumbo is said to have a very high rate of AIDS. The station will contribute in sensitizing the public on health issues focusing on AIDS prevention. Moreover, this is an area with bio rich patches of natural forests. The radio will contribute to enlightening the public on this rich bio capital they possess which they should protect, for the various services and resources it provides. The radio will contribute immensely to the general improvement in the social, cultural, economic political and environmental aspects of the life of the people in Bui Division.

ANCO and several other rural developers are contributing in the socio-economic cultural and environmental improvement of life in some enclaved villages of the Division, but this is patchy and uncoordinated. The radio will help to unite these isolated efforts. 

 

Our Role

After helping to design the studio and transmission system, RadioActive Director Max Graef went out to Cameroon in July 2009 to install the station, working with volunteer UN Radio and BBC Journalist Kate Adair, who spent 10 days giving workshops on radio journalism and radio production to the new station staff.