Nigerian private TV station, Channels TV and German international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle (DW) have partnered to launch an environmental magazine programme, Eco@Africa.
The new programme, which was launched in Abuja, Nigeria recently offers an in-depth look at environmental innovations and best-practice guidelines in Africa and Europe and presents ideas on ecological protection from all over the world.
Eco@Africa focuses on the preservation of biological diversity, the utilization of national resources, energy sources of tomorrow and the mobility of the future, the TV companies said.
In addition to its reporting, the programme also features a segment called #doingyourbit, where users provide examples of the things that they are doing to make a difference, such as how a simple stove is helping save lives by reducing pollution from cooking on open fires.
The show is broadcast every Saturday (06:30, 14:30 and 20:30 UTC) and Monday (10:30 UTC) on DW and every Sunday (20:00 UTC) on Channels TV.
Co-production of the programme is a brainchild of an agreement between Peter Limbourg DW and John Momoh of Channels TV signed last December to deepen the cooperation between DW and Channels TV at the global climate conference in Paris in the presence of Germany’s Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks and her Nigerian counterpart, Amina Mohammed.
At the official launch event in Abuja, Peter Limbourg, DW’s Director General says Eco@Africa offers the German TV a great opportunity to work with a relevant partner on a programme that highlights the issues that affect all.
“We are convinced that this approach to presenting environmental issues will strike a chord with viewers – not only in Nigeria, but around the world.” Limbourg stressed that the German-African cooperation marked a “special moment in the history of Deutsche Welle.”
In his own comments, John Momoh, Chairman of Channels TV says: “Channels TV is very pleased to be associated with Deutsche Welle in the production of Eco@Africa.”
According to Momh, “as we strive to help strengthen Africa’s commitment on sound environmental management, it is our hope that the program will assist in providing direction on the continent’s intended actions to address environmental issues affecting its people and the economy.” He adds.
Nigeria’s Environment Minister Amina Mohammed praised the co-production between the two groups: “This program could not have come at a better time. Nigeria is one of the countries most affected by climate change.” Said the minister.
DW and Channels TV also used the event, which was broadcast in Nigerian at prime time, to pay tribute to “Eco Heroes” who help bring environmental issues to the forefront in Nigeria.
They include activists like Desmond Majekodunmi and Priscilla Achakpa, as well as Engr. Yahaya Ahmed, founder of the Development Association for Renewable Energies, and Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, founder of WeCyclers.