Ace broadcaster urges women to own media outlets

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Ace television broadcaster Eugenia Abu has called on Nigerian women to own media outlets so that they can utilise its power to fight for their cause.

She made this appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja.

Abu said that when women own media outlets they would be able to push and give space to other women to air their voices in a completely ‘obliterated masculine media’.

“We find ourselves in a society where majority of media organisations are owned by men who make it difficult for women to speak up and better position themselves in the society.

“Women journalists should strive to own media outlets because I believe they will be more compassionate to give space to their fellow women including the vulnerable people in the society who don’t have a voice.

“In Plateau State, for instance, farming is majorly done by women but a whole lot of media organisations portray men as farmers thereby giving credit to the wrong people.

“However, when women own and understand the power of the media, they will be able to utilise it effectively to their own advantage,” she said.

Abu said that as the 2019 general election approaches, media organisations should accord women adequate airtime space to air their campaigns and manifestos.

She also urged media houses to support women politicians during their campaigns in the forthcoming election.

“Media personnel should also endeavour to educate the populace, especially women on the electioneering process,’’ Abu said. (NAN)


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