My Journey into Story Writing & #RadioDramaSoap Production

I am an advocate of using storytelling to inspire social change and development. Allow me to blow my trumpet a little here ๐Ÿ˜Š

My journey into story writing began as a child. I enjoyed reading story books and I read so many while growing up. Often I would rush to carry out house chores assigned to me then lay crouched on the soafer to dig into whatever story book/novel I had to read.

Some of the Books I read… Did you also read any of these :

*All Shakespeare series – “Macbeth” , “As you Like it” etc
* Pacesetters Series
*Mark 4 Series – Bible story book for children Volume 1-10
* A few Mills and Boons
* Crime stories from James Hardly Chase
* Of course the cartoon series on fairy tales : Cinderella, Rapuzel, Snow white and more ๐Ÿ˜„
* Inspirational Christian stories

My father couldn’t keep up with buying me new books because I quickly finished each book he got and begged him to get another ๐Ÿ˜€

As a voracious reader I started to tell my own stories through writing and here I am today still writing.

My journey into Radio Drama Writing & Production:

After I started working in the media (Radio Nigeria) I took interest in the radio drama production. The producer, Abiodun Ogidan who later became my mentor made the recording sessions in the studio very interesting. Often I will join the cast crew in the recording studio not as an actor but just to watch. I call it humor time. ๐Ÿ˜€ We always had a lot to laugh and giggle about as the characters took their lines – a lot of jokes flowed through as we pause to correct mistakes.

On one of my annual leave while at home with so much free time on my hands, I became inspired to try my hands on writing a radio drama script. Not knowing where to start I picked up my first-degree thesis which was a creative work and developed it. The title is, “We Can Begin Again”. I took my 13 episodes scripts to my mentor and she edited and encouraged me to record it. And that was how my journey into writing and producing radio drama soap began.

Today I have written and produced over 400 episodes of radio drama soap aimed at behavioral and social change. Some of my productions include :

Giggles – A 5minutes series on the message of rebranding Nigerians, promoting integrity, hard work, environmental sanitation & more – over a 100 episodes

Abiye – 15-minute drama soap on maternal d child health – Over 200 episodes

Hilly Willy Hospital – 15minutes promoting healthy living – 27 episodes

Greater Tomorrow – Climate change laced with the issue of poverty and girl child education and discouraged child marriage – 26 episodes.

The Long Wait – struggle with infertility and how couples can cope.

Some of my stories have been broadcast on the network service which broadcasts to all parts of the country. These include – “Flower in the Mud” (child trafficking)
“The Last Assault ” (Gender-based Violence)
” Ufiala ” – (community fight against Rape) written by Tokunbo Dada & produced by me

I am excited about the current drama soap, ” Twists and Turns”, been broadcast already on the airwaves(Premier FM 93.5). It was inspired by the need to take a closer look at the long-term effects of female genital mutilation and cutting on women and girls. It is a 28 episode storyline. “Twists and Turns”, is co-written by me and Tokunbo Dada. Produced by yours sincerely, it’s been a lot of fun and hard work working with my cast and crew.

FInd your passion and follow It; you never know where it would take you.

I have been privileged as a result of my flair for storytelling and radio drama writing /production to get a scholarship with the Radio Netherlands(RNTC) on a training in “Soaps & Society” which took me out of the country for three months. And I can’t begin to tell you about all other opportunities that have come my way. These opportunities have given me international exposure and I have met some amazing people.

Doing what you love and know to do opens doors of opportunities.

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer, Principal Producer (FRCN)ย 
Catch me on Twitter @DebisiBusybee
Facebook & email โ€“ bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

Start That Thing Now…Step Out – My Personal Story

Starting A Non-Governmental/Non-Profit Organization:
Itโ€™s been a long time coming. About 6years ago family, friends, and colleagues began to encourage me about starting and registering an NGO. My initial reaction was, โ€œheyโ€ฆNo wayโ€! But they wonโ€™t let me be because as far as they were concerned I was already engaged in a lot of advocacy work at the community level and in the media. And sincerely I wondered too about what kept me going. The cases and issues I led my team to handle still leaves me amazed when I look at the list of projects and lives the Lord enabled us to reach and touched. We spent our money and time and through advocacy efforts got support to –

  • Pay hospital bills of a teenage mum who was a child traffick victim and had just delivered her baby.
  • Got donation from groups like the University of Ibadan cooperative group to provide 50 delivery packs for vulnerable mothers, generator for a primary health centre and also got mattresses from Bode Foam Industry for two primary health centres.
  • Facilitated a seminar for school girls in public schools in Oyo state. Through the support of ARDA 20 of the girls got school support. Other organizations who supported this event were BLUE TAG, Crown Delight Communication etc.
  • We were able to take a homeless teenager and her baby off the street.
  • Two at-risk pregnant mothers were supported and through my teamโ€™s effort, they were delivered of their babies safely as we linked them to resources and followed through. I will not forget the organization Self Reliance Economic and Advancement Program(SEAP) who donated hugely to ensure that one of the women who was an accident victim was taken care of at the hospital. These and many other projects were accomplished by the team led by me.
  • Aside what I have led my team to achieve I continue to advocate for social change on issues through storytelling, writing & production of radio drama soap; awareness campaigns on reproductive health, speaking on leadership e.t.c. And I am right here blogging on Femininematerz.

I am grateful to my bosses in the organization I work for, The Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria Ibadan who supported my passionate team and I and encouraged us to pursue these projects as community engagement extension of the Abiye (maternal & child health) Radio education program.ย 

In spite of these success stories, still, I wasnโ€™t convinced and would not budge about starting an NGO. In my opinion, I did not want to start one simply because I was privileged to have been involved in what looked like activities of an NGO. I was just leading my team to do what we could about affecting lives positively in our community. In fact, these activities inspired me to take a Masterโ€™s degree in Social Work.

Last year the burden in my heart to do more increase and I got a notebook and started to write down the areas I would like to work on in contributing to social change. I began to read up and ask questions from those working in the NGO space. The funny thing was that I found myself working with a number of NGOs like African Radio Drama Association, IMESO, NURHI, DEVCOMS, Onelife Initiative , UNICEF etc on different issues of social change, still it was a path I was terrified of following. Some of these projects were by association and some directly. And so the whole of last year I kept doing projects and also was finding out more about the NGO space.

2018 came with me being clear that I really needed to kick-start this idea and dream in my heart in order to be able to do more. Amazing things happened when I stepped out in faith. People supported me in no small ways and today Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative is registered and we are already recording progress in projects we have set out to do for the year. My team consist of people I call burden bearers and vision carriers. They keep pushing me and are making personal sacrifices to see to the achievement of goals we set out to achieve (Oluwaseun Omoakinola, Tosan Akinwole, Stella Oyebanji, Adeyemi Adetunji & Agnes)ย 

I believe in mentorship and so I am been mentored by Onelife Initiative and I am grateful for Sola Fagorusi who has a large heart and is showing me the ropes of how to work in the NGO space.

Our accomplishment so far since inception of Beehyve Initiative:

โ€ข We have been able to facilitate and give a free training for media personnel in Oyo state on โ€œCreating contents for Social changeโ€.
โ€ข We provide and share opportunities for self-development and training with media personnel.
โ€ข One of our objectives is to link and provide school support for indigent boys and girls. This we kick-started by procuring an application form to enroll a visually impaired boy in Pacelli School for the blind. This is on-going as we have begun to raise funds to enable us to meet the requirement for his enrolment.

Other Projects:

โ€ข Our next task/project is the Mentoring Across Gender project. We will be reaching out and have training for undergraduates, NYSC corp members, and secondary school students. The aim of this is to empower the youth with information and skills required to pursue their dreams, and careers to become great leaders in our society. We also have wrapped in this a project to mentors boys and young men specifically in order to raise men who respect women and speak out against all forms of gender-based violence.
โ€ข My passion lies in promoting women and girl โ€™s wellbeing and
so definitely we have projects designed to promote the health and rights of women.

They say dream big and here I am pursuing a very big dream to my mind. I will take it one day at a time and hopefully down the line, many changed lives will attest to the worthiness of Beehyve Initiative efforts.
I will keep you posted.

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development.
Catch me on Twitter @DebisiBusybee
Facebook & email โ€“ bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

Keeping Up With Life’s Pressure & Work: Do Something about Your Dream

Hello There,

It’s been a while. Life happened and my schedule of work increased, this has made my blogging schedule kind of irregular. I hope to reorganize and be able to share some good posts with you.

When life gets busy, Do what you can and keep keeping on.

Something is cooking in my life and I am trying to pursue a dream I have had for some time now. It is taking shape and requires a lot of sacrifices but I am grateful for the progress made so far. When the time is right I will share my growth and success with you

What have you done lately to get you closer to that goal or dream? Do something!

Interestingly I am amazed that my blog stat seems to be on a high side even when I have barely been able to post as frequently as possible. Thank you all for visiting, commenting and the likes too! YOU ENCOURAGE ME TO KEEP BLOGGING. GRACIAS

Adebisi Adetunji(C)

When Your Child Makes you a Special New Year Greetings ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’

We woke up this morning to a brand new day and year… Everyone could feel the breeze and joy of a new beginning! My daughter after our morning family prayers band everyone from going to her room and she was pretty serious about it๐Ÿ˜Ž

I had to prepare breakfast so going to her room was not in my plans at least not just yet. Sometime after breakfast she shows up with this balloon new year Greetings for me and her dad…!

We were so happy for her show of love. She simply wanted to appreciate us in a nice loving way… I am a happy and loved mum! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’ž. It is moments like this that makes been a parent worth it! 2018 loading in a niceeee way๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€.

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

A Note from Me to You… Missed you… Life Happened๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ

Hi,
How have you been? The year 2017 is speeding away quickly, I imagine you have a lot of end of year activities going on. Take things easy do what you can and let things sort themselves out one after the other.

I want to appreciate you – followers, friends in the blogging community, family, readers and everyone for been a part of my blogging journey and world. From my heart you make me to keep wanting to write. Thank you so much๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ˜

Reading & visiting other Blogs:
Please bear with me if I haven’t been able to visit your page. Most times I am only able to take a quick look at a few blogs. That I hope to change soon.

Why Blogging Slowed Down
I haven’t been able to blog for a over a week now or follow a well planned out blogging routine inspite of all the post ideas running through my head. Other life issues are demanding for my attention.

What Has been Up with me:
My life these past few weeks has been a roller coaster of office work, workshop, deadlines and caring for my family. And in between I had to nurse my daughter who was under the weather and we both got stuck at home for days. I had to work from home and even missed going to church on Sunday. At first I murmured and complained about the stress but then I discovered it was an opportunity to bond even more with my daughter. We read the Bible together and I got to answer a lot of questions bugging her young mind. We also laughed a lot together too as we did some fun things together while I was recording some effects for a radio drama I was packaging.

I learned the value and blessings of family time. Just yesterday my children told me that I was the best mom in the whole wide world *wink *…. I felt really loved and special when my daughter added that she was happy that I took really good care of her when she was I’ll. Suddenly all my stress was worth it.

Work will never be more important than your family. Be there for them and share fond memories.

I will find a way around my blogging schedule soon. I wish you and your family great blessings this season!!

Adebisi Adetunji (C)
BusyBee Media for Social Change & Development.
Email :bisimodupe1975@gmail.com
Twitter : @DebisiBusybee

The Last Lap of the Race…December 2017 is here!! ๐ŸŒ‹ #Encouragement

๐Ÿ‘Ÿ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ If you have ever been part of a long distance or miles race then you know that feeling when you look ahead and see the finishing line. Definitely your muscles will be aching and you are probably breathing through your mouth taking in as much air as you can. What keeps you going is that hope of finishing your race soon.

At the beginning of a race when the whistle goes off, all runners take off at once each still full of energy and the determination to win the race. Soon some will drop off the race for many reasons ranging from not been fit to endure the pain or simply just giving up.

Hope you haven’t given up on yourself and goals yet? Remember this journey of the year 2017 is your own race. There is no need to compare your successes or achievements with that of others.

Time to count your blessings as some other persons unfortunately didn’t make it this far but you made it. Be grateful and list your blessings, achievements and successes. Every little thing counts, celebrate your small and big successes.

I have so much I am grateful for that listing them will take the whole day but here is a few:

  • For the times when I failed and learned a few lessons.
  • For close doors though painful but led to new and beautiful opportunities.ย 
  • ย For strength to go on even when I am weak.ย 
  • My children’s school promotion and ability to learn and apply knowledge.
  • My husband’s new milestone of owing his own school and building his business.ย 
  • ย Gift of friends and family
  • ย Gift of work
  • Gift of life and health
  • The gift of blogging ๐Ÿ˜€
  • And so much more

So here is the thing... You made it this far, have faith; have hope. All will end well in spite of the unpleasant experiences.

Happy New month!!

Adebisi Adetunji (C) BusyBee Media for Social Change & Development. @DebisiBusybee

People, Places and Sights From My Travels

Meeting People, making new friends and catching up with old friends and family is the best part of our successes.

Visit to Spar biggest shopping mall in Portharcourt in company of family in-laws
Participants at media review meeting workshop on ending FGMC
Walking to the conference hall for media review meeting on Pim pim pim drama – ending FGMC with a dear friend – Joyce Unegbu
At Spar shopping mall in Portharcourt. Standing beside a television that costs over 2million Naira!! I had to take this photo๐Ÿ˜€

Places and Sights teach us a lot about the culture and life of others. And most importantly our eyes and minds are more open to the views of others.

A school on mid day break behind my brother in-laws house in Portharcourt. It’s a window zoom in picture ๐Ÿ˜€
Front view of the Tinapa Lakeside hotel in Cross River, Calabar.
People making jogging and morning exercise a habit in Enugu. I hear it’s the new norm in the state… Really nice.
Former Ebony TV live studios at Tinapa, Calabar
Dinning area at Tinapa hotel
About boarding the aircraft on my way again to another destination. This air line will have to pay for this free advertisement ๐Ÿ˜€

These are a few of the photos I took while traveling through the eastern part of Nigeria on an assignment.

Adebisi Adetunjiย (C)ย 
BusyBee Media for Social Change & Development
Phone: +(234)-07083403146, Email-bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

Help me Here – How Can One Show Support, Love & Understanding to Single Parents(Moms)

Pinterest : A free online magazine for Single Moms

This post was inspired by a stirring in my heart. And so I take it seriously and really want to feel the pulse of people. So I need your contributions whether from personal experience or from observing a family member or friend.

Background to this
I was watching a movie last night and the story line centered on four struggling women. It is a story of friendship & support, family and career struggles. These women mirrored the reality of some women. Out of the four women, three of them had relationship issues, in fact one of them became a single mother of two after going through a divorce. The fourth woman in the group seemingly had a happy marriage and a great career. She was the envy of others and also gave hope to many. However all was not well. At the end of the movie she had to walk away from the marriage and build her life afresh.

Where I am going with this story :
I do not intend to waste your time. The issue here was my attitude to these women’s lives. I judged them quickly labeling them with titles I wouldn’t like to list here. This is not right. But to sum up my feeling I thought … “Their bad choices got them to where they were now”. I even felt that these women were bad examples for those of us wanting a well packaged life. I have no right to judge these women who are faced with issues beyond them. And so I am sorry for not extending an arm of love and kindness.

Hmmmn… When things are working for you, remember that you are only enjoying the mercies of God.

And bam! The Lord started to prompt me in my heart. He showed me how even in church we raise our noses at the single parents especially women… Wondering how they got left alone to take care of their children ; wondering whether she was careless and got herself pregnant! Again that judging attitude…

Questions that popped up in my heart were these:

  • How have I showedย sincere love, care and support for the single parents in church and even in my circle? I must say not much or nothing intentional in my opinion.
  • Do we have programs that cater for the needs of our single parents/moms? I mean there is always programs for the married, youth, ministers etc but not for single parents.
  • What can we begin to do about reaching out to them? God loves them and has great plans for them.

This is where you help me:

Please share your thoughts on how we can better support single parents(moms).

This is not a data gathering post or just wanting to publish for publishing sake… I want to begin to do something about supporting single parents in my sphere of influence.

And if you are a single parent… I want you to know that you are not alone. You are strong, brave and doing your best with raising your children… Never forget that. ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’

Come unto me all you that labor and are heavy Laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

Settling in at the Office after a Break

Hello,
Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read, comment, like or just being invisible but perusing my blog page. Really do appreciate you.๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

This week had me settling in and attending to work assignments after my annual vacation.

Vacation?

Ask me how that went? Oh well… A mixed bag of fun with my children and I on a visit to grandpa’s farm; building a tree house etc.

Then I sat down developing an FGMC radio drama serial script. In between, I published some posts on my blog

Then I started to feel bored staying at home and resting… Can you imagine… I should be grateful for the vacation o!

Resumption of Workย 

Guess what? ย Now that I have resumed work, ย I sincerely miss the relaxed schedule and time I had.

Now I am in the middle of working with a team planning for the 2017 world elders day celebration organized by my media organizationย – the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Ibadan Zonal Station … Looking forward to giving our senior citizens a memorable day come 2nd October. You don’t want to know what this assignment entails… Lots of letter writing, brain storming session, sourcing for funds/sponsorship… Etc. The Theme for International Older Persons Day: “Stepping into the future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions, and participation of older persons in the society”.

Then I am back already co-presenting on a live family show. I so missed my “radio husband”… Together we mirror the stresses of couples/family life and get solutions from our dear audience

That’s not all… I seem to be saddled with producing all the health & fitness programs on my station… So here I am on resumption worrying about scheduling studio recordings for the physiotherapy group in Oyo State and this other gym guy who wants to wake listeners up early in the morning to exercise… ๐Ÿ˜ธ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿ˜€

Still trying to work with my story writing partner on the way forward with a new drama series… So you see resuming work after a long vacation is not something to look forward to sometimes๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

But hey work I must and I am grateful for the gift of work. So please bear with me if I am not able to publish as often. But as soon as I am done settling in I will do more Posts. Well, tomorrow might just find me ready to publish a post! Hahaha.

I will also catch up on reading posts from my blogging friends and community. Missed reading your engaging and fun posts.

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

Sunday Inspiration : That time When getting Admitted into School was Difficult for Me – Your Struggles & Pain Will Work out For Good

Just me looking back and grateful
A house my family & I lived in for many years in Kano.

Today when I look back I am amazed at how things turned out for me in terms of getting an education.

By the way I went to a public school and back then you could get quality education unlike nowadays that parents enrolled their children in private schools and pay so much simply because the standard at our public schools have really fallen. Now back to my own story.

In primary five students start to write entrance exams to get into secondary/high school. So by the time you get into your final class you already had a number of schools to choose from judging by the number of admission letters you have in your hand.ย My parents wanted me to go to a particular popular school for girls in Kano. The girls who attended that school were brilliant and stood out. I wrote the exams and was one of the lucky ones selected. I was excited but alas one day at my head teachers office I found out that my place had been given to another girl. I was terribly disappointed. Since I didn’t write another school’s exam I had to wait a while and struggled to get into another secondary school. I ended up at a school somewhere in Borno state still in the North. I spent only one session in that school as I couldn’t cope with the life there. It was tough and rugged and the school was in the middle of nowhere out of town and in the bush.

Finally I was rescued and taken to Jos, Plateau state and my first school was Naraguta grammar school… Not the standard my dad wanted. I was always coming first and my dad felt there wasn’t enough competition for me๐Ÿ˜€
But most importantly it was there that I understood what it meant to know God in a personal way. Jesus found me and I came to know him in a very special way. Funny how the Lord leads our path.

After that school I went to Baptist High school in Jos still and it was a marvelous time been taught by teachers like Mr Stone, Miss Gaines- I really still do miss her Bible lessons because it was full of stories, real life issues. Quickly the years went by and I was preparing to get into the university/college. I thought it would be easy but I was in for a bumpy ride and long journey. First I failed my physics and chemistry subjects. You see I was a science student and had the intention of becoming a doctor… Hmmmn the dream of every parent back then as it was a prestigious profession.

I wrote WAEC like four times and all my private lesson teacher’s coaching still didn’t help me to pass my science subjects. I remember going to a center to check my third WAEC result. As I looked through my list and saw that I failed my physics, chemistry and biology again I made up my mind that enough was enough. It was then that I made a u-turn and decided to register for art subjects. This time around I passed them seamlessly. It became clear that I wasn’t cut out for the medical line and I told my dad so.

It is important to study your child’s strength and guide him/her ย in the right direction.

Somewhere in between all of these I still enrolled for a pre-degree course at the University of Jos with the intention of doing one of the science courses. You can guess what happened : I failed badly wasting another two years. At last I decided to seek admission to study law at the University of Jos. It was another struggle, they just wouldn’t admit me for so many reasons. All the while I was praying hard that God will show up for me. In fact I wondered why it had to be a struggle to move to each stage of my education.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts neither are my ways your ways.

God had a better plan and through all my delay and struggle He was working things out. His good plans for my life were unfolding. Everything I experienced and everywhere I had been were all part of the plan and necessary to make become the person I am today.

We may not understand why we have to go through things sometimes but God always has a better plan for his children.

Finally without struggle I got an admission into Bayero University Kano and I didn’t even want to go there because that was were I grew up and for other reasons. I got to study the course English and specialized in literature. One of the reasons Iit had to be that school was clear to me years later… It was there I met my husband ๐Ÿ˜€

Today I have a masters in Social Work and I look back still amazed at how the Lord brought me around in full circle.

You may seem delayed God is working.
Your good and bad experiences will all work out for your good.

We don’t need to understand all the plans but we can trust him and He does really know what he is doing… Beautifying your life.

I don’t know your struggles and I know it can be hard, I am here to say have faith; fear not, it will all work out for your good.

Adebisi Adetunji (C)