WAYS Teens Takeover empowers, amplifies youth voices
Executive Producer of WAYS Show Africa, Osayuwamen Saleh, has introduced an impactful initiative called the WAYS Teens Takeover. This initiative provides a platform for the younger generation to engage in discussions on national and societal matters that shape their lives and mould them into future leaders.
The WAYS Teens Takeover, which took place from August 14 to 17, 2023, is an extension of the dynamic panel show ‘What Are You Saying’ (WAYS), where intelligent and vibrant young women discuss issues pertinent to African youth. Covering a wide spectrum of topics from education to technology, governance, health, and more.
Saleh, expressed her commitment to empowering youth: “The WAYS teens takeover was not just another show… the teenagers had a lot to say and they were well knowledgeable.”
The Teens Special, was meticulously led by 17-year-old Yasmin Basharu, a student at the African Leadership Academy. Assisted by a talented team of teenage co-anchors including Alfa Saleh, Salma Basharu, Iteoluwa Onimole, Morolake Oridota, Adaora Fashanu, and Ezinne Odigbo, the initiative delved into crucial topics affecting adolescents.
The project addressed significant subjects such as Molding Moral Leaders: Is Corruption Born or Bred?, Parasocial Relationships and Celebrity’s Influence on Gen Z Culture, The Art of Being Selfish: Productive or Problematic? and Exploring Brain Drain: A Deep Dive.
Production Assistant, Joy Matthew, shared her experience: “Working closely with these teenagers taught me the power of networking and bonding because their wealth of wisdom was immeasurable.”
The innovative format of the WAYS Teens Takeover set it apart, incorporating live phone calls to foster direct interaction with the audience. This approach led to a remarkable 30 per cent increase in livestream viewership, highlighting the appeal of the youthful hosts and their relevant topics.
Internal control officer/vox pop coordinator, Oluwadamilola Ibitoye, noted the power of youth ingenuity: “Their takeover was not just a moment, but a testament to the power of youthful ingenuity shaping the future of media.”
The audience feedback highlighted the brilliance of the teenage anchors, their effective communication, and the enhanced engagement through live phone calls.
The WAYS Teens Takeover serves as a significant stepping stone in nurturing the next generation of leaders, leaving an indelible mark on the media landscape by empowering young minds and fostering insightful discussions.
It serves as a vibrant stepping stone in cultivating the next generation of leaders. Through insightful discussions and empowering young minds, this initiative has undeniably made a significant impact on the media landscape.
Airing live on Plus TV Africa, DSTV Channel 408, and streaming on YouTube/Plustvafrica every Monday through Friday at 8pm WAT, the show has garnered popularity across over 32 African countries. A replay is available on GOTV Channel 112 at 8pm on weekdays.
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