What is a Panseke?


Valid question. And we are happy to oblige you with an answer. 

Do you have time? We intend to get technical.

So one day, Olufisayomi Awowade owner of Panseke Radio went to Abeokuta in Nigeria to visit her aged parents (some background is always good) and as part of the visit she decided to visit one of the main tourist attractions in the city; there are a few of them by the way, but that's not the story, we'll stick with the one Olufisayomi decided to visit; the Olumo Rock.

This rock is a must climb, and if you have yet to climb it, add it to your to-do list for the next time you're in Abeokuta (gosh, staying with the story is hard!) It is so tempting to veer into the side alleys of the bigger story, but we'll try to stick with the Panseke story. 

So, she climbed the rock and the guide reeled out the litany of facts, history and anecdotes about the rock, i.e Egba warriors hid in the many crevices and nooks of the popular rock to find sanctuary from their enemies during a war long ago, no one has ever fallen to their death from climbing the rock, the women used to grind pepper and grains on the surface of the rock and look, there's the hollowed portion of the rock to prove it... And a sundry other such fascinating stories.

Then on the way back down the hill, they came upon a cluster of trees. The trees were abloom and although they were not the most breathtaking trees on earth, the fact that they seemed to be aflame because the flowers covered the tree in such bold, bright, unapologetic colors made her gasp and hurry towards the grove. 

She told the guide that she remembered the tree from childhood, and that growing up in Kaduna she used to play under its shade because they were commonly found and almost every other house or large field had them. 

The guide told her smugly that the tree was called Panseke because it's pods carried seeds that would rattle when dry! He said the market in the Onikolobo area of Abeokuta was called Panseke because years ago, that area was populated with the trees and traders would converge there on market days to display and sell their wares under the shades of the trees. 
Sadly he said, as the years went by and the market became more popular, traders decided to chop down the trees and erect lockable stalls to keep their wares safe.

 Olufisayo looked at the trees and remembered how she used to play with the pods as a little girl. She took one of them and tried to rattle a rhythm from childhood and was delighted to find she could still recall and and rattle out the correct sequence. 

She recalled faintly that she had read somewhere that the tree's botanical name was Delonix regia, known also as the Flame tree or, more aptly, the Flamboyant tree. 

She didn't know it then, but years later when she was trying to come up with a fitting name for her Online radio, the local name for the Dleonix regia would come back to her, as a fitting symbol of everything the radio stood for; her roots,(She's from Abeokuta), Unabashed self expression and being unapologetically authentic and true to oneself.

Our Logo is our own little tribute to this majestic -in its own way- tree. Do you see our interpretation of the leaf of the tree in the logo? Yes, we know a drawing is never the same as the real thing. Still...

Panseke Radio does not try to mimic anything or anyone. We find pleasure in expressing ourselves the way we are, without frills, choosing not to hide behind a veneer of sophistication. We love ourselves and are not afraid to let the world see us as we are. Everyone has that right, and we have chosen to own ours!

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  1. Now I have to visit Olumo Rock. It's a shame to say in public that having stayed in Abeokuta for many years as an adult I haven't visited the tourist site. I only remember a few things from my childhood . Thank you for telling this story


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