I am not an early riser but I love listening to the radio as early as 5am. My first port of call is always the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, radio. Here you can be sure of hearing the latest happenings from all over the world, even all the events that occurred under your bed while you were asleep! This has been my habit since I was capable of owning a transistor radio. Nowadays I do not rely on foreign radio stations alone. For press reports I switch to OGBC, Abeokuta, where I also listen to sports review. From there I quickly dash to FRCN for some “government news” or news as they affect the government of the day. By the time I feel like puking as a result of an overdose of Aso Rock news, it would be time to physically wake up from bed.
Now it’s time to rock with the DJs on the entertainment radio stations and have a dose of humour depending on who the presenter is. WAZOBIA station is a favourite for its use of pidgin English, and its news presentation is the most down to earth. At times you don’t know what to do between listening and laughing your heart out. Cool FM is the next port of call with its galaxy of stars, including the erstwhile presenters like Dan Foster and Kemi and the present pair of Mannie and Valerie or, to be more precise, “Mannie and the Angels.” When they are not inviting the single to come on air and mingle they are busy telling stories in the early morning “Good Morning Show” programme. Stories of joy and pain. Stories that come from the heart. Their major highlight used to be the occasional crank calls and the most successful they have had till today was the one with the Japanese Embassy which almost caused a diplomatic row during the time of Foster before he opted out to seek further inspiration on another radio station.
It is the desire to hit such a human angle though hilarious jackpot that makes the writer always hook up with the dial at 96.9 MHZ on the modulated frequency. He scored a bull’s-eye last Monday, March 12. But it was not a laughing matter per se. A lady, Emmanuela (probably not her real name), was on air telling the story of how she was raped by a young man who posed as a client wanting to do business with her. From her detailed account it was obvious that a crime had been committed. Who dunnit? This is the most interesting part of the macabre story. Ade-Ade, not his real name, is a guy of no visible means of livelihood but who claims to be a holder of a BSc degree in Transport and Tourism from the Redeemer University in Ogun State. His Facebook photograph makes him look like a bully, an aspect some listeners picked to rain abuses and curses on his persona. Apparently he was listening too and he went straight to yank off his Facebook account while the programme was still on. But it was too late. The lady already had a telephone encounter with him on record.
The police, as usual, are investigating the matter but not in a position to tell the world whether the alleged rapist is still living at the crime scene in Surulere, Lagos, or at another hideout of his in Lekki. You may want to pity the Surulere police “investigating” the case because, as usual with the Nigeria Police, they are “cash strapped” and the victim is not rich enough to supplement the efforts of the “investigating” officers who require means of transport and communication with the parties involved. Thanks to an NGO that has come to the rescue of the hapless lady who is determined to pursue the case to a logical conclusion. A courageous lady indeed. Emmanuela believes that evil will continue to thrive in the society if people like her, victims of rape, choose to remain silent in the face of tyranny and unbridled criminal libido of maladjusted bullies like Ade-Ade. She has chosen not to be silent. The pig can only run, there’s no hiding place for him in the pigsty. Thanks to Mannie and the Angels, nay Cool FM, that have given her a voice.
By FIDEL BAM