Media Entrepreneur, Ismail Sani bags ‘Excellence Award’ for Promoting Hausa Culture
A celebrated media entrepreneur, Alhaji Ismail Sani, has been honoured by Kumbo Multi-Links for projecting the Hausa traditional culture through running a Hausa cultural entertainment drama on his popular Platinum, 91.1 FM, in Keffi, Nasarawa State.
The drama series titled ‘Birnin Dala’ is a radio entertainment programme which enlightens ardent listeners about the ancient Hausa traditional rulership under the Emirate system.
Among other objectives, the drama is produced with the primary aim of projecting the Hausa-Fulani culture, while also helping to address issues around education backwardness in the North, religious conflicts and other social crisis bedeviling the society.
Sani, who is the founder of Wonderland TV (WTV) and Director of Image Merchants Promotion Limited, publishers of PRNigeria and Economic Confidential received the “Business Excellence Award”, during an award presentation and launching of the ‘Season one video series of Birnin Dala’ on Sunday.
The event, held at Avenue Events Centre, in Kano, attracted eminent guests, media practitioners and members of the general public.
The auspicious event was organized to honour those who supported the radio programme, and also to launch the TV series, which is also expected to be transmitted on WTV, a media station owned by the acclaimed media mogul.
The wife of Kano State’s Governor, the Managing Director (MDs) of Freedom FM, Arewa 24, and Flour Mills of Nigeria, together with Muddasir and Brothers Limited, were the other award-recipients at the launching.
In a short remark after receiving his award, Mr. Sani expressed heartfelt appreciation over the honour by Kumbo Multi-Links, while pledging to do more in promoting the Hausa language using his media outfits.
The TV and radio proprietor, after making a cash donation of N150, 000 to organizers of the event, said the WTV is poised to broadcast the drama series in a manner that will thrill, captivate and entertain teeming viewers.
“With a great sense of modesty, I announce to this August gathering that our Platinum FM, in collaboration with spirited organisations, has been airing the ‘Birnin Dala’ series for over two and a half years now.
“From Nasarawa to Abuja, and even some parts of Kaduna, many people devotedly follow and regularly listen to the entertaining drama on our FM. On this occasion, I can only reiterate both Platinum FM and WTV managements’ total commitment to supporting and partnering the producers of Birnin Dala drama series,” he said.
Alh. Sani is the Zone ‘D’ Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)/Chairman of Wonderland Group, owners and operators of WTV and Platinum FM.
He is also the owner of Wonderland Production Studio, a leading production and media consulting firm that has produced several educative audio and visual contents on the dangers of social vices, while showcasing the benefits of good moral values.
The successful entrepreneur, whose company is currently establishing more radio and TV stations across the country, has already trained and provided jobs for teeming unemployed youths.
Azman Airline pledged to support the TV drama series with the sum of N3 million, just as other distinguished personalities and organisations also made cash donations of various amounts at the event.