Adaobi Olivia Okeke (PhD), Chibuike Julius Nwosu (PhD), Elozona Chinwe Okpala


Studies have proven that radio is one of the most popular tools of communication and transmission. Radio dramas which are dramatized purely acoustic performance of societal issues are means through which awareness of happenings are transmitted. Most radio dramas are staged according to what is experienced in the society. It has been observed that the use of radio dramas to address certain societal ills have waned considerably with the advent of social media which seems to have taken the attention of the public off listening to radio dramas. Radio which is an accessible medium of communication has been known to effect social changes beneficial to a community or country which indicates that it is a tool for national development. Anchored on the Development Media Theory, this paper relied on secondary data to discuss how radio dramas can be used to address some issues that would bring about development and correct perceived ills in the society. The paper therefore recommends that for development to take place in a community, media practitioners should lay more emphasis on the use of radio drama to create awareness on societal happenings and equally focus on issues that foster national unity and understanding to bring about positive change in the society. 


Development, Radio Drama, Representation, Social reality

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