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The Many faces of Ujima Radio

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Ujima Radio is now back on the airwaves after a dispute with their landlords led to the electricity in the building they rent being cut off. Now Ujima has returned, we took a trip to their Wilder Street studios to meet some of the volunteers who keep the station movin’ and asked what Ujima means to them.

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 Ade Olaitan, Easton. Administrator and campaign coordinator.
“Ujima means opportunity, opportunities for youngsters, opportunities for everyone.  The  people that come here are just ordinary people. People are mixing and interacting. We are  open up to all different cultures and their own styles.”

 

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DJ Style, St Paul’s. Broadcasting manager.“Ujima enables people locally to fulfil dreams and interests in radio and broadcasting, which normally they wouldn’t get the chance to do. We can give them knowledge and education to get them presenting quality shows and represent different communities in Bristol.”

 

 

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 Michael Noyce, Knowle. Technical support.“It’s for me the opportunity to get great  experience in the work I’m looking to get into. Ujima is a strong voice in the community.  This is here to give people a voice who might not have a voice in other places. Ujima is also  particularly good at promoting new talent.”

 

 

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Paul Hassan, Easton. Director.“When I meet those in power in Bristol, I always say to them that the people who listen to us don’t listen to you. For me that means that we have a level of trust and engagement with communities that are drawn to Ujima by its independence.”

 

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 Richard Levinge, Cheltenham. Broadcaster.“Blues and soul, which I play on my  show with John Banks, are the roots of the station. To  me, Ujima is a radio station for  everybody. There are no thrills, no pomposity. And for  John and me, Ujima is an  opportunity to play the music that we love to the people who  actually appreciate it.”

 

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Roger Griffith, Filton. Chairman, broadcaster and former trainee.
“This is a place of community activism. Where people can get involved, express themselves, build contacts. Through the medium of radio they can reach Bristol and the world and feel part of something big. We are trying to make Ujima as much as a part of Bristol as the ss Great Britain.”

 

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Safia Yallaoui, Colerne. Broadcast assistant. “It’s all about getting people from all  walks of life to come together. Just promoting a closer  community and providing space for  discussions like Bristol’s Big Conversation. There are a lot of white middle class people  working in media. Ujima is certainly not like that.”

 

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Sharlette Johnson, Easton. Broadcast assistant. “I came to Bristol and wanted a fresh start for me and my daughter. I wanted to do things that people told me I couldn’t do. There are a lot of people who need this radio station. I represent one of those people. Ujima has definitely bettered me as a person and given me more confidence.”

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