Ngang Perez Mafaw, radio host for the Pan African Airwaves and PAID-WA Buea lecturer.
Can you tell me about yourself, your current position in PAID-WA and how long you’ve been in PAID-WA BUEA?
I came to PAID-WA two years ago and it has really been a very good place for me. I have really enjoyed its environment, especially the degree of friendliness and guidance with senior lecturers. I started from the 15th of September 2015. I came into PAID-WA as a volunteer from there I progressed to the head of a department, and presently I’m the coordinator of the ABE (Association of Business Executives) programme. I really love to be in a place where the working environment is challenging. PAID-WA is an Institute which boost your working drive and you are able to see your input. I really thank the management for the great work they are doing, it’s a pleasure working in PAID-WA.
How did your interest with Radio presentation emerge?
PAID-WA is an environment where there is room for diversity, to learn more skills, ability to get hands on training, even in areas that are not your specialty. Here in PAID-WA, you can never say this is my area of specialization and you remain there because PAID-WA provides you the opportunity to have varied training in different fields. When we had this partnership between the revival gospel radio and PAID-WA, our goal was to provide debates, radio programmes, talk shows and educational activities on the programme to educate and make the audience know about PAID-WA and its activities. As a result of this partnership, I found myself in a situation where I had to communicate this vision to a larger audience not only to the classroom which I have the opportunity to teach.
Can you give me a brief overview of what “the Pan African airwaves” programme is all about?
The Pan African airwaves is a radio programme which runs on air every Mondays from 6-6:30 pm at the revival gospel radio FM 105.5. The Pan African airwaves is aimed at providing the audience with sufficient information concerning the Pan African Institute for Development-West Africa Buea (PAID-WA), its activities and services. Normally the vision was to sell PAID-WA to the community, but if we constantly repeated PAID-WA’s missions and vision, it was going to be monotonous, thus we decided to add a little twist to the programme by bringing up topics which will be beneficial to our contemporary society, and we have an elaborate discussion on that topic with my interviewee who is an expert in that topic from PAID-WA or out of PAID-WA. This programme also comprises of new programs and scholarships coming up in PAID-WA.
Where you inspired by any professional in the media world?
Journalism has never been my passion but since I love challenges, I saw this as an opportunity to improve my skills so I took up the challenge and that is how I became a radio presenter. I realized I could talk on air and I started getting positive feedbacks after my programmes. I honestly did not grow up aspiring to be a journalist. But looking at it on the other side, I often watch news presentation both nationally and internationally and I really feel excited receiving information from this persons. You have journalist like Christaine Amanpour, that I just admire their style of presentation but not as a role model. Well I must say what brought me in as a radio host for this programme was just the necessity for somebody to play the role and I took up the challenge to be the radio host for “the Pan African Airwaves”.
What are your best and worst moments as a radio presenter for “the Pan African Airwaves” so far?
My best moment as a host for “the Pan African Airwaves” is meeting people’s needs at a particular point in time. The Pan African Airwaves provides veritable solutions on talk shows which solves the problems of people. This programme gives me the opportunity to know the needs of my audience and satisfying their needs by sending across information and getting a positive feedback is gratifying. My worst moment I can say is the difficulty I face when prioritized guest speakers don’t show up on time for the program.
If you were to choose between being a journalist or an educationist in your next life, which of them will you prefer?
I will choose both professions because my passion is educating people and both professions offer me the opportunity to reach out to people through education. While being a lecturer I am able to reach a selected audience in the classroom and being a radio presenter gives me the opportunity to reach a wider audience which at the end of the day is still educating people. I do not necessarily need to look at only my next life because presently I am already having the aspirations of merging both professions. PAID-WA is thinking of expanding its partnership with other renowned radio stations for the same purpose.
What advice would you give somebody who would want to merge both professions that is ; being an educationist and a radio host?
In order to merge both professions, you must, first of all, have a message to send across to your audience. That is what you want to communicate. Secondly, it’s not just what you want to communicate but what you are communicating to your listeners. That is your message should be of value to the audience and be able to impact the general public. You must know that you are a messenger and respect your scope, that is strictly focused on your message and not take your platform to send across wrong messages. Lastly, you must be committed, disciplined and determined.