Absolute Radio: The Inspiring Story of the First Private Radio in Ghana’s Western Region
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*Available from 6 September 2022
From the heart of Africa, a spellbinding true story of entrepreneurship, media, culture and tradition, all tastefully rolled into one! Absolute Radio is an authentic story of girls and boys who became women and men – and heroes – on the wings of a radio station. Running the course of 25 years, the story comes from the culturally stylish twin city of Sekondi-Takoradi in Ghana, with global footprints.
It is the most tantalising and ground-breaking body of work about Ghana’s private broadcasting industry. The author, former journalist Phillip Nyakpo, is himself an eye-witness and a participant in these true events.
From his base in Perth, Australia, Phillip interviewed women and men across four continents who made it happen over a quarter of a century.
The result is that he opened up to the world, a character and spirit of Africa that is all too often missing.
In telling the story, he writes a compelling narrative that is delicate, witty, eye-opening and wonderfully inspiring.
Phillip Nyakpo fell in love with broadcast journalism in 1996, in the newsroom of Channel 7 in Sydney, Australia.
After writing for the Ghanaian Chronicle, and later the Radio and TV Magazine in Accra, Phillip became one of the first employees of Skyy Power FM, the first private and commercial radio in Sekondi-Takoradi, the capital of Ghana’s Western Region.
He also worked as the Western Regional correspondence for Joy FM, Ghana’s first private radio station.
For nearly ten years in Sekondi-Takoradi, Phillip was editor, reporter, news anchor and the top host for news and current affairs, until 2005, when he left for a stint with the BBC in London, England.
Phillip Nyakpo now lives in Perth, Western Australia with his family, a place he has called home for more than 15 years.