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Unmasking The Truth uncovers corruption affecting women, girls

By Tobi Awodipe
14 April 2022   |   2:41 am
In today’s Nigeria, petty corruption, death of unborn babies, sexual extortion, and bribes in exchange for public services like job opportunities and healthcare

In today’s Nigeria, petty corruption, the death of unborn babies, sexual extortion, and bribes in exchange for public services like job opportunities and healthcare are some of the heavy burdens women experience daily. Graft in Nigeria has worsened despite government and private efforts to fight fraud and bribery. 

Unmasking the Truth, an initiative of St. Ives Communications, in partnership with Voice of Women and supported by the MacArthur Foundation, is a radio programme on how corruption affects marginalised women and girls. It discusses everyday assault women face and practical ways to fight the menace.

In 2021, Nigeria was the 26th most corrupt out of 180 nations. Millions of naira allocated for rural development are stolen and misused by stained officials under the guise of executing public services. These actions make women poorer as they find it difficult to survive in a system characterised by bribery and political largesse.

Unmasking The Truth commenced on six radio stations across Nigeria’s six geopolitical zones: Sobi 109.1FM Ilorin for North Central; Dan Dal Kura 98.9FM Borno for North East; Garkuwa 95.5FM Sokoto for North West; Darling 107.3FM Imo for South-East; Premier 89.9FM Akwa Ibom for South-South, and Women Radio 91.7 FM Lagos/Ogun for South West.

The programme is broadcast in Hausa, Yoruba, Pidgin and English. It commenced on March 21, 2022, and would run on the stations on the first Mondays of every month.