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Popular and waving-making broadcaster, Yemi Sonde hit the media waves as he launched his radio station, YES FM in Ibadan on Sunday 20th March 2022.

The launching of YES FM was held at the Felicia Hall within the high brow Jogor Centre in Ibadan. It was a grand ceremony that saw a long and inexhaustible list of the crème de la crème of the broadcast industry in the South West.

YES FM is a newborn from the stable of Yemi Sonde Media Group. It is a licensed bilingual commercial radio station that covers news, socio-political commentary, sports and entertainment with the desire to create new experiences for audiences.

The grand launching ceremony was anchored by the trio of talented MCs: MC LafUp, MC Sheryna and Grace Lancaster.


While welcoming guests to the ceremony, Yemi Sonde gave glory to God for making his 14 years dream come to reality. 

 “Many would have thought the YES FM in the station’s name stands as an acronym for Yemi Sonde…, but let me declare again today that the YES in actual sense is the YES of God.

 Although its manifestation has been delayed for 14 good years (2008-2022), this is God’s own time, which is always the best.

 All Glory to Him in the highest”


He also emphasized that YES FM has come not as a competitor to existing stations but more of a collaborator whose presence would form synergy with others to serve the audience better.


“I wish to say with all sincerity that YES FM has not come as a competitor; rather, we have come to seek collaboration with other existing broadcast establishments…."


He however assured the public that the station would put to use its high-tech, state-of-the-art facilities with its highly creative and dedicated personnel and would offer the best.


Giving the Keynote Address at the launching was the DG, National Broadcasting Commission, Mallam Balarabe Shehu Ilelah who was ably represented by Mr Raphael Akpan, director of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), South-West Zone, Ibadan.

The keynote speech was quite enriching as the topic discussed was “Quality Broadcast, the responsibility of a broadcaster”.

This was followed by the unveiling of the YES FM brand which was done by Dr. Emmanuel Aderemi Awode, Chairman Chemstar Group.

The eventful ceremony saw a series of entertaining moments such as cutting of cake marking the occasion, scholarship and grant presentation to deserving persons as well as raffle draw which saw many of the guests smiling home with different gifts to complement the fun they had at the launching.


Top dignitaries at the ceremony cut across different walks of life. Worthy of note are Arewa Folashade Adeyemi, representing her father, the Alaafin of Oyo; the Onipetu of Iperu Kingdom, Oba Sunday Oladapo Oyediran, with his charming Olori Subuola Oladapo Oyediran; popular politician, Bayo Adelabu (Penkelemesi); Director of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), South-West Zone, Mr Raphael Akpan; Chairman Chemstar Group, Dr. Remi Awode, VETERAN Journalist and ace broadcaster, Dr Yemi Farounbi; Veteran Gospel singers, Mama Bola Are and Mrs. DA Fasoyin why the likes of Mrs. Adetunji Doherty; Mrs. Modupe Adeleke-Sanni; ace Islamic singer, Alhaji Wasiu As-Sideeq; another fuji music icon, Alhaji Iyanda Sawaba; veteran actor, Dele Odule and many others also graced the occasion.

The ceremony was fun-filled and it would remain a reference point to guests as they were thrilled by top-notch performances from artistes.


---Reported by Jamiu Abubakar,in Ibadan.

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