The Department of Technical Communication’s French Programme, Bon Appétit on the University’s radio station, Dynamite FM has been adjudged the best French radio programme in Ghana.
The programme which has been airing since August 2021 was introduced with a focus to help listeners develop communicative competencies to impact their businesses, education, entertainment social life among others.
Following the commencement of the show, in April 2022 the French Embassy in Ghana and the Institut Français Ghana partnered with the University in addition to four other institutions namely various tertiary institutions including; Ho Technical University, Ashesi University, Mount Mary College of Education and the University for Development Studies. These institutions were assisted with logistics by the French Embassy in Ghana through Institut Français Ghana to create the necessary content as well as strengthen the already existing show with the objective of helping develop French with content on radio to make the language accessible to as many Ghanaians and other nationals as possible. It also sought to enhance the visibility and general production of the shows.
The five selected French radio stations were requested to submit recordings of each of their full shows to be assessed by a jury of experts from Radio France Internationale (RFI) France, the French Embassy and Institut Français Ghana.
In a ceremony to launch a documentary on each of the selected radio stations from the universities and colleges, the RadioF team assessed the various shows in terms of their structure, pedagogy and the potential impact of the programmes on listeners. The jury adjudged Dynamite FM's Bon Appétit show as the overall best French radio programme in Ghana followed by Français Facile of the Volta Premier of Ho Technical University and Mount Mary College of Education.
For coming up tops, the station received a radio console, on-air light and other souvenirs. The host of the Bon Appétit programme on Dynamite FM, Mr James K. Dumenyah, a lecturer at the Department of Technical Communication expressed his gratitude to the French Embassy in Ghana, Institut Français Ghana, Organisation International de la Francophonie (OIF) and RFI for the recognition of hard work and their support in training the hosts of the various programmes and making the programme impactful.
He also acknowledged the former Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma, the current Vice Chancellor Prof R. K. Amankwah, management of the University, the former Dean of International Programmes, Assoc Prof Mrs P. B. Mireku-Gyimah and the current Dean Assoc Prof C. Boye, Assoc Prof J. R. Dankwah as well as the past and present heads of the Department of Technical Communication for the various roles they played in ensuring that the Bon appétit is what it is today.