By Abiola PETERS and Adeyemi ADESANYA.
The premises of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, on 1A, Adekunle Fajuyi Way, GRA, Ikeja – Lagos, was agog on Saturday 19th day of November, 2022, for the Grand finale of the 35th Anniversary of Bond 92.9 FM, with the slogan – People’s Station.
It was a convergence of dignitaries such as traditional rulers of Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa extractions led by the Paramount Ruler of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, Captains of Industry, Commanders of Armed Forces in Lagos State, Media Agencies, Fans Clubs, well -wishers, the Committee of Management of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, as well as management and staff of Bond FM.
Dorning the colourfully blended Ankara, the official wear of the ceremony, the guests and hosts defied the midday downpour to witness the event.
Declaring the event open, the Director Lagos Operations of FRCN, Mrs Bolanle Owoyemi, reiterated the commitment of the management to ensure more informative, unbiased and human interest programmes and contents to sustain and attract new listenership, towards a better and harmonious society for all.
Mrs Owoyemi explained that Bond 92.9 FM over the last 35 years has been able to endear many audience that cuts across all strata.
She promised that Bond FM alongside the other sister – stations, Metro 97.7 FM and Radio One 103.5 FM, would not relent in the broadcasting of high quality programmes and contents.
Mrs Owoyemi also thanked the dignitaries and well -wishers who graced the occasion.
The FRCN Director charged the staffers of Bond 92.9 FM not to rest on their oars but to continue to meet the media needs of all classes of audience they have, as well as attracting more people to the dial.
Contributing, the General Manager of Bond 92.9 FM, Princess Adenike Adegoke said the station has kept the dreams of the founding fathers of the station, despite all challenges the station had encountered in the last 35 years.
Princess Adegoke said the station would continue to initiate more youth based programmes to attract more listenership.
A major feature of the event was the launch of the book titled, BOND FM: VESSEL OF NATIONAL INTEGRATION, written by General Manager of Bond FM, Princess Adenike Adegoke.
Another highpoint of the event was presentation of Awards of Outstanding Royal Father of the Year to the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, the Awuse of Onigbongbo, Oba Olusegun Adeyemi – Ajasa, the Eze Ndigbo Ezendigbo Ifo Local Government, Okunamiri States, Professor Innocent Okunamiri, the Arewa Callers Association in Lagos. High Chief Kehinde Kalejaiye, the Baale of Otumara Community in Lagos Mainland Local Government, also led the recognition of some Baales at the event.
Awards of Leadership Excellence were given to notable personalities such as Brigade Commanders of the Armed Forces in Lagos State,
Engineer Peter Tóyìn Ọmọ́tọ́ṣọ̀
General Coordinator, Lagos State Landed Property.
Outstanding Partners were given to
Alhaji Ọ̀túnba Adéwálé Sáúbánà, the Balógun ÀWÀLÀ and
Managing Director, MOBIL OIL Station, Itire, Lagos, Alhaji Akeem Ọláńrewájú Àmínyẹmí,
AMINYEMI TRADING STORES,
Engineer Yẹmí Òkè,
Managing Director PRECIOUS PAINTS Nigeria Limited, as well as some media and advertising agencies.
There were sterling performances of the flagship Newspaper Review in Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa languages, the languages of broadcast on the station, a parade of On – air personalities of Bond FM and Live Band Performance.
The 35 years anniversary of Bond FM will certainly not be forgotten in a hurry.
The Anniversary Party of Bond at 35 was preceded by a Public Lecture entitled, ‘Political Marketing and National Unity:2023 in Focus’ on Thursday, delivered by the former Lagos Zonal Director of the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission, NBC, Mr Matthew Okoduwa.
Bond Fm was established on the 20th September, 1987 as the third FRCN station in Lagos, with the original name as Radio Nigeria 3,popularly known as R.N 3 for broadcasting in four different languages: Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo and Pidgin with a slogan R.N 3 the people’s station.
In order to wear a new look and attract radio commercial market, RN 3 was changed to Bond Fm on the 1st of January 2005,
which means the radio station that unites Nigeria with different Languages.
Bond Fm has won several awards which include THE BEST RADIO STATION in the year 2017, 2018 and recently on October 20, 2022 from the NMNA.