30, Njemanze waterfront,
Prince played club football, made music and cut hair for a living. He was born in Fisherman Estate and when that was demolished in 1985 moved with his family to Njemanze waterfront. On 28 August, 2009, the wooden shack he built there was bulldozed with all his possessions inside. Since then Prince has been working full time with Chicoco Cinema and Chicoco Radio as a community organiser and as a photographer. Prince is documenting the programme and once the station is afloat and on air, Prince will be one of the station technicians.
18, Bundu waterfront
Ngozi is the daughter of Bundu’s Market Traders Women’s Association leader. Many of them were shot at and beaten when they took part in a demonstration against the planned demolition of their community. Ngozi joined the Chicoco Radio programme at the urging of her mother. At first shy and quiet, Ngozi has bloomed during this course. She has discovered she has a real technical aptitude. And she has discovered her voice.
Chineyre works as a presenter for Garden City Radio, one of Port Harcourt’s commercial channels. She heard about Chicoco Radio from a family friend who lives in the city’s waterfronts. She had never visited a waterfront in her life and - given what she had heard about them - was nervous about stepping foot in one. But she also heard that Chicoco Radio was offering the best production training in the state and she has a passion for radio so she signed up for an interview. She is now committed to speaking up for the rights of her friends and fellow trainees. She will volunteer as a journalist at Chicoco Radio after her training.
25, Amatari Polo waterfront
DJ Murphy was born and brought up in the waterfronts. His dad is a chief of a nearby community and his mother is a fish trader. After secondary school DJ Murphy left his city for the music scene in Warri. He worked in clubs, learnt to DJ and got some production experience. He returned to Port Harcourt’s waterfronts and since then has been dedicated to playing and producing music. He wants to be a sound engineer and DJ at Nigeria’s first community radio station, but he also has plans to study civil engineering at university in a few years.
17, Darick Polo waterfront
Favour has lived in the waterfronts all her life. She is a prolific writer. Her novels include, Sweet Revenge, Battle of Oaths, and Visit from the Underworld. She also writes raps for her friends. Favour wants to be a journalist and presenter. She has volunteered as the training programme receptionist and is madly excited about all the new people and the new ideas she has encountered by being part of Chicoco Radio.
24, Okrika waterside
Vinta sang and made music in church as a child. He started performing his own music ten years ago. About the same time his waterfront home in Marine Base was demolished and he and his family moved to Okrika waterfront. For Vinta the struggle to make it as a musician and the struggle to live in dignity have been bound up together. He comes to Chicoco Radio to improve his sound engineering skills and to support a platform that speaks up for the right of people like him to live in dignity in their own homes.
28, Yikabo Polo waterfront
Gloria is studying linguistics and mass communications at University. She combines her studies with the training programme at Chicoco Radio. Gloria finds the quality of teaching and the facilities at Chicoco Radio much higher than at her university. Gloria and her family have lived in the waterfronts all their lives. Though the ever present threat of demolition means that anxiety and insecurity are a part of their lives, they are also proud to live in the waterfronts. Gloria hopes to work full time at Chicoco Radio after her studies and create opportunities there for many of the talented young people that are her friends and neighbours.
41, Ibidoki Polo waterfront
Clement has always lived in the city’s waterfronts. He teaches social studies and mathematics at a secondary school in the waterfronts. He will not let the school or his home be demolished illegally. That is why he joined a group of young activists that are campaigning to end forced evictions in Port Harcourt. He and members of his group were shot at by state security agents during a peaceful demonstration that they organised at Bundu waterfront. Clement has always had a passion for language. He likes to talk and he likes to write. He wrote football commentaries as a child and after the training programme will volunteer as a presenter for Chicoco Radio.