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…As Jonathan Ross leaves the BBC

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The critics of the BBC’s highest paid presenter Jonathan Ross may be jubilating now as the ‘star’ who have been with the corporation for 13 years finally announced that he is leaving the corporation.

Ross whose annual pay is reported to be £6 million said in a statement today that he have had a wonderful time at the BBC and is not wishing to renegotiate his contract.

Many UK newspapers and broadcast media have been criticising or have offered platforms for critics of the BBC for splashing £6 million out of the license fee on a single star, while license fee payers face tough economic conditions.

Despite the fact that, he still has six months left before the expiration of his contracts, speculations have been on about his possible replacement.

Whoever is ‘lucky’ to get the slot should expect attention from lovers and critics of the BBC and the star about his ‘fat’ salary. 

Will he/she be as ‘good’ as Ross or even better; in that case critics of the corporation will be vindicated for crying wolf about his annual home take.

If he/she turns out to be less productive and ‘entertaining’ as Ross, then the corporation will hold its shoulders high to prove that it is justified in curving out license fee to the tune of £6 million to pay a single star. 

So let’s wait and see how it will all play out.


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January 7, 2010 at 5:07 pm

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Why Danmakaranta?

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Since setting up this blog and naming it Danmakaranta, i have been inundated with so many question about the meaning of the word ‘Danmakaranta’. I have explained it in th about me page, that the name Dan makaranta is a Hausa word meaning ‘A Student”.

I named the blog Danmakaranta because it was inspired by my studies at University of Westminster, London.

I will now take sometimes to bring you more details about the language called Hausa.

According to Wikipedia Hausa is the Chadic language with the largest number of speakers, spoken as a first language by about 24 million people, and as a second language by about 15 million more.

Native speakers of Hausa, the Hausa people are mostly to be found in the African country of Niger and in the north of Nigeria, but the language is widely used as a lingua franca (similar to Swahili in East Africa) in a much larger swathe of West Africa (Accra, Abidjan, Dakar, Lomé, Cotonou, Bamako, Conakry, Ouagadougou, etc.) and Central Africa (Douala, Yaoundé, Maroua, Garoua, N’djaména, Bangui, Libreville, etc.), particularly amongst Muslims. Radio stations like BBC, Radio France Internationale, China Radio International, Voice of Russia, Voice of America, Deutsche Welle, and IRIB broadcast in Hausa. It is taught at universities in Africa and around the world.

I will leave you with the youtube clip below to know more about the Hausa people.

Note: Statistics in this clip may have changes, but it contained basic information about the Hausas.

You are welcome to visit the Hausa land to witness the rich and diverse culture of the community and their hospitality.

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October 17, 2009 at 7:08 pm

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