The She Word – A new women’s discussion TV programme for Africa

September 29th

The She Word – a new pan African BBC discussion TV programme – launches today and will explore the life experiences of women in today’s Africa.

The new show will present stories told in an honest and engaging way. The She Word will ask questions like: what is special about being an African woman? Is an African woman understated?  How do we break down gender stereotypes?  Can we celebrate the successes of female entrepreneurs in a way that will inspire others?

 Nisha Kapur, BBC Commissioning Editor, said:

“For the first time an international broadcaster is offering a pan African discussion programme targeted specifically at African women.   Each edition will be hosted by a number of contributors across Africa – key influencers within their community and business.  The common thread that links them is their fascinating stories and observations about life which everyone – women and men – can relate to.”

Audiences will see stories told in person, through films or via live broadcasts with one aim – to spark debate and discussion.  Discussion will continue via social platforms after the show using #TheSheWord hashtag.

For more information and to arrange interviews please contact BBC World Service Group Communications

marina.forsythe@bbc.co.uk   Tel: +44(0) 7720 671 372

Notes to Editors

The Panellists who take part in the programme are (please note only 4 will be seen on a weekly basis)

Adesuwa Onyenokwe
Benie Amandine aka Lady Mandy
Christine Yohannes
Chiki Kuruka
Farhana Oberson
Ingrid Nantege
Scheaffer Okore
Sharon Machira
Valentine Njoroge

The following partners carry the programme. Times are local and are subject to change
Kenya – NTV: Saturday 18:00pm
Liberia– LNTV: Saturday 09:00am
Malawi- Zodiak TV: Saturday 18:30pm Sunday 17:30pm
Namibia – One Africa TV: Monday 21:30pm
Nigeria – ABS Anambra: Friday 16:30pm        TVC  Sunday  15:00pm
Sierra Leone – SLBC : Tuesday 21:30pm  
Uganda – NTV: Sunday 13:30pm
Zambia– ZNBC (TV1) –Wednesday 18:30pm

BBC World Service’s BBC Africa hub brings together the production of multilingual content about the continent on radio, on TV and online on bbcafrica.com.  As it delivers content in Afaan Oromo, Amharic, English, French, Hausa, Igbo, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Pidgin, Somali, Tigrinya, Kiswahili and Yoruba. BBC Africa ensures a pan-African approach to the output, offering its audiences opportunities to join the global conversation.  BBC Africa has teams based in London and across much of sub-Saharan Africa, and has well established production centres in various cities. Follow BBC Africa on TwitterFacebook,Google +InstagramSoundcloud and YouTube.

BBC World Service delivers news content around the world in English and 41 other language services, on radio, TV and digital, reaching a weekly audience of 279m.

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