Regular educational broadcasting in Nigeria may be traced back to 1933, when the British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) West African Overseas Service began airing formal educational radio programs.
This marked the beginning of formal educational broadcasting in Nigeria (Ijeh & Ojebode, 2015). This early use of broadcasting for formal education in Nigeria was reinforced in 1959 by the Western Region administration under Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
Chief Obafemi Awolowo stated unequivocally that the then newly established first television station in Nigeria (and indeed Africa), the Western Nigeria Television (WNTV), Ibadan, would be used for formal education purposes. This early use of broadcasting for formal education in Nigeria was supported by the Western Region administration (Ijeh, 2014).
In Nigeria during the 1960s and 1970s, formal education was provided through broadcasting by the then Nigerian Broadcasting Service (now Radio Nigeria), which produced and transmitted programs teaching conventional school subject matter in the Arts and Sciences. This was done by the Ibadan station of the Nigerian Broadcasting Service (Ojebode & Sonibare, 2004).