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10 Best Radio Stations in Africa

Africa as a developing nation has proved its worth in multiple horizons, with broadcasting as one of them. Hence, Africa has infinite radio stations that ensure information is disseminated to a larger audience unhitched.  

We have listed below the ten best radio stations in Africa:

1. Metro FM

Metro FM is a national FM of South African Broadcasting Corporation, SABC, streaming from Auckland Park Johannesburg with a 96.4 MHz. 

It was established in 1986 to guide youthful urban adults who accept a functional and prosperous life in their constantly changing environment.

The FM has gained itself the No 1 spot in South Africa with more than four million listeners. Metro FM focuses on contemporary international music styles, including R&B, Kwaito, Hip hop, Gospel, House.

They offer services like information, entertainment, sponsorship, Advertising, and lifestyle with capable presenters like Dineo, Simizi, Bujy Bukwa, etc.

2. Radio Botswana

Radio Botswana is a state-owned radio station based in the capital city of Gaborone. It’s the first radio station established in 1965 as a government-controlled station that spreads information in towns and rural areas of Botswana.

Radio Botswana doesn’t just disseminate news but has a program around education, agriculture, current affairs, music, especially traditional music, etc. 

Their program is often appealed to the elderly because its demographic ranges from 30-70, and it’s the nonpareil station in Botswana that can broadcast 100% in the Setswana language.

The Dipina le Mboko is a program that describes their culture through music. Matimela is also a program that has helped farmers in terms of agriculture. Lastly, some programs have enlightened the pupils in school.

3. Radio Salankoloto

Radio Salankoloto is a Burkina Faso-based radio station, and it came into existence on November 22, 1996. 

It operates from the Ouagadougou city on 97.3 FM and is mainly known for its program that creates awareness in the community on health-related issues. 

This radio station delivers all announcements and hosts call-in talk shows. The station has achieved its education function by increasing the knowledge of HIV/AID in the spheres of Burkina Faso.

4. Radio Nacional de Angola

Radio Nacional de Angola is a national radio station that broadcasts in English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and its location is the city of Luanda. 

The broadcast station is owned and controlled by the government of Angola. Founded in 1951, Radio Nacional de Angola is the only media with forty-nine stations.

5. Capital Radio Malawi

Capital Radio Malawi is a privately owned station launched by Journalist Osman on March 29, 1999, to inform, entertain, and uplift Malawi’s people through reliable news and worthwhile programs.

The station ensures the widespread of information across the three regions of Malawi, the urban centers of Blantyre, Zomba, Lilongwe, and Mzuzu. 

The station had a straight talk show where the movers and shakers of the society aired their view. After an interview with the Deputy Minister in the Office of President, Osman signed a deal to refrain from news reporting capable of destroying the image and credibility of the country.

The station is known for always being the voice of the voiceless and has one time garnered a combined weekly audience of 7.4 million listeners.

6. Radio Rwanda

Radio Rwanda is a station of the Rwandan Broadcasting Agency financed by the government between 1994 and 2000. It represented the views of the state and those in power.

Recently, it has added six regional stations, including Magic FM, Radio Rusizi, Radio, etc.

7. Joy FM Ghana

Joy FM is the most leading radio station in Ghana. They have steadily put up a sterling performance in their journalism and have numerous journalists and Djs in making ready to perform voluntarily and be recognized.

Joy FM practices traditional journalism and has an online news portal that is the people’s choice. Joy FM is the pacesetter of communication in Ghana as it was the first-ever to dish out credible and authentic information.

It started in 1995 as the first private radio station licensed in Ghana. It has a program that delves into politics, music, sports, talk, and local news with a 99.7 MHz frequency.

8. Cool FM Nigeria

Cool FM is a Nigerian radio station focused on music, sports, games, entertainment, interviews, national news, contemporary issues, etc. 

It is a privately owned media organization. It practices traditional journalism, internet radio and operates a fantastic television station.

Established by Amin Moussalli, a Lebanese businessman, Cool FM has frequency across four from six geo-political zones in Nigeria. It includes Lagos state 1998, rivers state 2008, Abuja 2001, Kano state 2011. Their demographic is usually the adult audience. 

9. Breeze FM Zambia

Breeze FM is a private radio station in Chipata, Zambia. The public service mission determines the station’s area of coverage, and it includes providing useful, relevant, and development-related information capable of fostering growth at the personal and community level.                  

Breeze FM first started with a 24-hour music service in 2002 though it started airing in 2003, and by 2009, it had four segments viz: 06.00 to 11.00 English; 11.00 to 15.00 ciNyanja; 15.00 to 19.00 English and 19.00 to 24.00 ciNyanja.a

Breeze FM is a commercial station that is more in line with community radio, and it has up to one million listeners. 

One unique thing about this station actively involves the community with the broadcast on World AIDS Day. On this day, the radio station invites those living with HIV to the studio. 

The same thing applies to International Women’s day and related health awareness programs.

10. Radio Zimbabwe

Radio Zimbabwe previously known as Radio 2, is a Zimbabwean radio station owned by the country’s national broadcaster.

The station only broadcasts in the two most spoken indigenous Zimbabwean languages [Ndebele and Shona].              

The station has 96.3MHz and plays more of Zimbabwe’s traditional music; it broadcasts talk shows, news, cultural shows, etc.

It was the most accessible for those in remote areas and a station with the most extensive listenership. The Radio Zimbabwe had been a state-sanctioned monopoly until 2000.

Which radio station in Africa is number one?

The number one radio station in Africa as a whole is the IsiZulu language radio station Ukhozi FM. It has been the leader of all radio stations in Africa, with an audience of 7.5 million listeners. 

Ukhozi 91.5 FM is a South African radio station owned by SABC, founded in 1960 with a broadcasting license from ICASA.

What is the best radio station in Nigeria?                  

The best radio station in Nigeria is Wazobia FM. The station has branches in Abuja, Kano, Lagos, Onitsha, and Port-Harcourt. 

Wazobia FM is a Nigerian Pidgin English station that broadcasts a mixture of news, features, interviews, talk shows, hip hop, reggae, etc. Amin Mousalli founded the station in 2007. 


Radio has been the most accessed form of entertainment and communication with the broadest geographical reach in Africa and has added value to the Africans over the year. 

From the list above, one can say that Africa has the most equipped, competent workers that circulate accurate information.

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