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‘Hourglass figure’ for SNTV, an apology and Minister’s offbeat intervention

A job vacancy announcement Saturday by Somalia’s state broadcaster STNV went awry after a draft advertisement supposedly issued without official approval sought a not more than 25-year-old attractive girl with an ‘hourglass figure’ sparking sharp reactions from Somalis online.

A job vacancy announcement Saturday by Somalia’s state broadcaster STNV went awry after a draft advertisement supposedly issued without official approval sought a not more than 25-year-old attractive girl with an ‘hourglass figure’ sparking sharp reactions from Somalis online.

The first ad which was picked Saturday afternoon from SNTV Facebook page and made rounds online eliciting all manner of reactions was later pulled down and replaced with another one omitting the body shape descriptions.

According to the first ad, the desired candidates for the two female positions on SNTV had to be university graduates and not more than 25 years. But the third and forth requirement had tongues wagging as some netizens decried discrimination.

“The candidate must be of fine height and weight and attractiveness for TV. She must also have a beautiful voice and ‘fine body,” read a rough translation of the ad.

Hours later, a new ad went up on SNTV Facebook page in which the station’s director Faarah Salad Dharaar apologized noting ‘the letter was published by one of our secretaries without a stamp and approval of the director.”

The second ad maintained the age limit of between 20 and 30, media skill or experience and good command of written and spoken Somalia.

Despite the apology, Information Minister Abdi Mareeye seemed to throw the spanner into the works by lacing another apology with what many saw as a violation of human resources practices.

“We have rectified the previous advertisement about the jobs at SNTV. If you meet these requirements, you can contact me directly through my number,” the minister said as he dropped his personal phone number for prospective candidates to reach him.

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