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Meet Mike Eghan, Ghanaian Broadcaster Who Hosted Shows For The BBC And GBC

 

Mike Eghan, also known as “The Magnificent Emperor” is a Ghanaian broadcaster. In a career as a disc jockey and radio presenter spanning six decades, Eghan hosted programmes for the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) and for the BBC World Service in London. He was the master of ceremonies for the historic concert in Ghana Soul to Soul, which took place at Black Star Square in 1971 and showcased many prominent African-American artists alongside Ghanaian musicians.

 

Mike Eghan at the BBC Studios, London 1967, printed 2010 James Barnor born 1929 Gift Eric and Louise Franck London Collection 2016 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P14382

 

Mr. Mike Eghan was born on 14th March 1936, in Sekondi-Takoradi, Gold Coast (present-day Ghana), the fifth of nine siblings, Eghan was inspired by his civil servant father Ben Eghan’s passion for radio to join the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) in 1961, after giving up a job with Barclays Bank that had been secured for him.

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Now 85 years old, Mike Eghan, worked with (GBC), His television talk show, “Mike Eghan Show”, was a GTV programme which was broadcast as part of URTNA (Union for Radio and Television Networks for Africa) was a never-to-be-missed feature in many African countries.

 

 

In 1965 he went to Britain, where he worked with the BBC World Service, hosting the programme “Music with African Beat” for four years. Leaving the BBC, Eghan returned home to work with GBC, wanting to contribute to the development of Ghana. Veteran Ghanaian broadcaster, Mike Eghan, has disclosed that the six decades of his life that he spent as a radio broadcaster brought him a lot of fame but not much money. Mike said this while he was talking to host, Rev. Erskine on the Y Leaderboard Series segment of the Myd-Morning Show on YFM about how and when he finally decided that it was time to put his broadcasting career to bed.

Mike Eghan at Picadilly Circus, London 1967, printed 2010 James Barnor born 1929 Gift Eric and Louise Franck London Collection 2013 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P13420

 

He has won several awards, including the Grand Medal Civil Division, for his meritorious service in the media.

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