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Giving Africa a voice

AMBITIOUS: Space Clottey

VOICE OF Africa Radio (VOAR) station has steadily become an important part of the African community in London since its inception in 2000. The first and only licensed African station in the UK, VOAR now boasts over half a million listeners per month, not only in Britain, but around the world.

Founded on the principles of inclusion and information, the station was set up as a response to the lack of representation of the African community within the mainstream media. Space Clottey, founder and CEO of the radio station, tells us more.

“We [VOAR] play a very significant role within the African community,” says the Ghanaian businessman. “We inform, advise and encourage the African community to uplift their spirit to the total realisation of the positivity of African people. We show that no race is bigger or better than us and that whatever anyone achieves, we can also achieve.

“We are here to educate our people; to inspire them and energise them. These are the things that we encourage in our discussions. We discuss the politics of the continent.”

At the helm of the only licensed African radio station in the UK, Clottey believes that it is his duty to represent the true side of Africa to the rest of Europe and beyond.

“The continent is so blessed and so endowed. God took his time to develop that continent and the African people.

“Whatever happened to us as people is part of our history. Now it is time to redevelop our continent, and we must not sit down and allow anyone to come and tell us our own news. We must be able to question people about the issues that affect us.”

The presenter, who will host his own Ghanaian independence celebration, spoke with excited anticipation about the day of freedom that came 55 years ago.

“It’s very important to remember Ghana’s 55th independence. We have to continue what our parents taught us and what they achieved for us. There were people who scarified everything.

“The younger generation must value the sacrifices. There was so much that people had to go through to free our country. It’s also very important that we continue to remember the achievements that we have gained.”

Looking forward to the next 55 years of sovereignty, Clottey expects a bright future for the West African country, which to him, is unique.

“I wish nothing but the best for my country. Dr Kwame Nkrumah, the liberator, wanted Ghana to be a place that all should want to go to and see the amazing work God has done. Ghanaians are wonderful people. We are unique in terms of friendliness, hospitality, culture and food.

“It is a wonderful heritage and I believe anyone, no matter where you are from, must go to Ghana at least once. Just take a trip to Ghana and sample the lifestyle, and I’m sure you will want to relocate there.”

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