This script package features the 10 winning scripts from Farm Radio International’s recent scriptwriting competition on healthy communities. We also include an issue pack which provides background information to help you research and plan programs.
In Voices we present an interview with Alice Bafiala Mutombo, the overall winner of the scriptwriting competition. We offer general feedback on the scripts submitted for the competition, and photos of the ten competition winners!
Along with the latest issue of Voices newsletter, the script and issue pack are all available on the Farm Radio International website: http://farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/
In addition, we invite you to listen to two audio productions based on two of the winning scripts.
Thanks to the Gender, Equity and Rural Employment Division of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for supporting the audio productions.
The two scripts/audio recordings are:
1. “A community fights malnutrition with local leafy vegetables,” was written by Gabriel Adukpo from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Koforidua, Ghana. In this script, a local extension worker helps villagers to reclaim the health and agricultural benefits of indigenous green leafy vegetables, commonly stigmatized as “poor people’s food.”
2. “AIDS support group gives positive people a new lease on life!” was written by Filius Chalo Jere from Breeze FM in Chipata, Zambia. This drama shows how a local Zambian organization helps HIV-positive people improve their nutrition by supporting them to grow the ingredients for their own nutritional supplements.
Congratulations to Alice Bafiala Mutombo, an independent radio journalist from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who won first prize in an Africa-wide scriptwriting competition on healthy communities. Nine other broadcasters and producers also won prizes for their entries.
In July 2010, radio professionals from across sub-Saharan Africa were invited to submit a radio script about a healthy community initiative. To help participants develop their scripts, they were encouraged to participate in a 10-week online training course on scriptwriting. One hundred and twenty-eight entries were received from 23 countries across sub-Saharan Africa.
The first-prize winner impressed an international panel of judges with her script about how community members mobilized to improve hygiene by purifying drinking water, encouraging hand-washing and building latrines. She also receives the Marie Coulibaly Award for the top entry by a woman. The Marie Coulibaly Award is named in honour of a Farm Radio International staff member in Mali who tragically died in 2009.
All 10 winners will receive high quality digital audio recorders. Winners will also work with Farm Radio International’s managing editor, using feedback received from contest judges, to improve and finalize their scripts. The winning scripts will then be published in French and English and distributed by Farm Radio International to several hundred radio organizations across sub-Saharan Africa. They will then be transformed into a wide variety of programs and shared with a rural audience of millions of farmers.
The winners and script titles in alphabetical order by country are:
- Kpénahi Traoré, Burkina Faso – Composting human waste is a healthy way to reduce disease and feed the soil
- Alice Bafiala Mutombo, Democratic Republic of the Congo – A clean village for a healthy life
- Gabriel Adukpo, Ghana – A family fights malnutrition with local leafy vegetables
- Simon Mukali, Kenya – Talking to teens about unsafe sex
- Charles Kemboi, Kenya – Empowerment saves youth from drug abuse
- Lawrence Wakdet, Nigeria – Occupational and nutritional therapy for people living with HIV and AIDS
- Oluwakemi Aduroja, Nigeria – Empowering communities with participatory community enumeration
- Ugonma Cokey, Nigeria – Florence saves girls from human trafficking
- Bonaventure N’Coué Mawuvi, Togo – Collecting plastic waste: Cleaning the city and generating income
- Filius Chalo Jere, Zambia – AIDS support program gives positive people a new lease on life
Farm Radio International carried out the scriptwriting competition in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL). We would also like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their support: the Donner Canadian Foundation, the McCain Foundation, the Government of Canada through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Anne Burnett, The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA).
Thanks to those who submitted entries for the competition. To make sure we received your entry please check that your name is on the following list. If you do not see your name please contact Blythe Mckay at with your entry by Friday November 5 at the latest.
List of people who submitted scripts:
Adhiambo Mercyline Omondi
Atebong George Atemnkeng
Balezi Mulum Oderhwa
Christian Chibuzo Maduka
Filius Chalo Jere
Igogo E. Stephen
Justin Boswell Oryema
Kofi Adu Domfeh
Lawal Ali Garba
Mohammed Lere Yunusa
Mohammed Yusuf Mafara
This is a reminder that the last day to submit your script for the scriptwriting competition on healthy communities is November 1, 2010.
If you have been participating in the online course, you can submit your script online. Here’s how: Log into the online course, go to the end and click on “Submit your script for the competition here.” Upload the file with your script, and you’re done!
If you have not been taking the online course, you can submit your script by e-mail to:
Remember that, as well as receiving valuable feedback on your scriptwriting skills, you may win one of our valuable prizes. Each of the 10 winners will receive an Olympus LS-10 audio recorder!!
If you have any questions please send an email to Blythe McKay:
We look forward to reading your final scripts. Good luck!!!
Radio Scriptwriting Course on Healthy Communities
August 16th is the start date for the online course on healthy communities and it’s coming up fast! If you haven’t signed up for this year’s competition and course yet you need to do so before Friday August 20 if you want to participate.
Please go to www.scriptcompetition.farmradio.org to sign up
The Sansa MP3-player awarded to participants who complete the online course.
All participants who complete the online course for the Radio Scriptwriting Competition on Healthy Communities will receive a certificate and a Sansa MP3-player with built-in microphone and radio. Broadcasters can use this little device in the field to record interviews with farmers and other community members.
To be eligible for the prize and certificate, you must complete all course assignments. This includes submitting your story idea and focus statement, the team tasks, and the quizzes. You must also submit your script at the end of the course.
So don’t wait any longer. Sign up now for the competition and the online course. The online course starts on August 16th 2010.
What is an RSS newsfeed?
RSS means “Really simple syndication”. It is a simple way for you to get a quick list of latest story headlines from websites and blogs as soon as it is published, without having to visit the websites or blogs.
The benefits of the RSS newsfeed on the blog site:
As a way to help you save time online and to provide a quick list of latest health stories in Sub-Saharan Africa, Farm Radio International in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning has created a health newsfeed on our blog site.
It gathers all the headlines of current stories on Health, from different websites, so you don’t have to spend hours online searching for this information.
The Health newsfeed is definitely a time saver!
How to use the RSS newsfeed on the blog site
To access the health newsfeed, you have two options:
1- You can click on the RSS symbol “HEALTH NEWS” located on the right side of the competition page. This will take you directly to the health newsfeed page; or
2- You can check the headlines which will be featured daily in the newsfeed just below the title “HEALTH NEWS”. If the headline looks interesting to you, all you have to do is click on the headline and you can read the whole story.
*Please visit the RSS feed on the blog site, to learn more about Health news in sub-Saharan Africa.
If you haven’t yet signed up for the competition and would like to receive a CD-ROM version of the course in time, please sign up as soon as possible. It will take several weeks for you to receive the CD-ROM version by post and we want to make sure you have it by the time the online course begins on August 16th.
Please indicate when you sign up that you want the CD-ROM version. And remember to include your mailing address.
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Today, Farm Radio International is launching the Radio Scriptwriting Competition on Healthy Communities. On this website you will find all the information you need about the competition.
An online training course, starting August 16, will help participants write their scripts before the competition deadline of November 1, 2010. A number of prizes will be awarded to the authors of winning scripts. The best scripts will be published in English and French and distributed to hundreds’ of radio organizations across sub-Saharan Africa.
We invite you to sign up for the competition!
Press Release (PDF): Launching of the Competition