VOA Appoints New Head Of Hausa Service

Aliyu Mustapha Sokoto

A veteran broadcaster, Aliyu Mustapha Sokoto, has been appointed head of VOA Hausa Service.

The announcement was contained in a statement issued and signed by the director of VOA in charge of the Africa Division, Negussie Mengesha.

The statement said,’’ It is my great pleasure to announce that Aliyu Mustapha has been selected as Chief of VOA’s Hausa Service.’’

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“Aliyu has worked with the Hausa Service for 30 years – first as a reporter, then as editor and, for the past eight years, as Managing Editor,’’ said the statement.

“He also served as Acting Chief on a number of occasions, either when the Service Chief was on leave or during transition periods in 2008, 2011 and 2018.

“A highly talented, seasoned journalist, Aliyu Mustapha is a household name among VOA’s Hausa Service audiences.

“He has covered too many important stories to recount during his career, including elections, presidential inaugurations, international conferences and more.’’

According to the statement,“Aliyu Sokoto is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. Please join me in congratulating Aliyu on his well-deserved appointment as Chief of VOA’s Hausa Service.”