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Join veteran journalist Shaka Ssali on Straight Talk Africa every Wednesday as he and his guests discuss topics of special interest to Africans, including politics, economic development, press freedom, health, social issues and conflict resolution.

December 2011

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December 2011

Discussion Program on African Issues

Join us every Wednesday for Straight Talk Africa - an international call-in talk show hosted by Shaka Ssali. Shaka and his guests discuss topics of special interest to Africans, including politics, economic development, press freedom, health, social issues and conflict resolution.

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Straight Talk Africa is broadcast live every Wednesday from 1830-1930 UTC/GMT simultaneously on radio, television and the Internet.

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On our Saturday, March 28, 2015 Program:

VOA Presents Special Edition "Nigeria Decides 2015: The Vote”


Campaigning in Nigeria’s historic presidential and parliamentary elections is winding down and Voice of America is committed to bringing you special Election Day coverage on Saturday, March 28.   Join “Straight Talk Africa” hosted by Shaka Ssali for an in-depth discussion and expert analysis on the most important election issues facing Africa’s most populous nation and largest economy.  Incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan of the People’s Democratic Party and former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari of All Progressives Congress are locked in a tight race for Nigeria’s top post.  VOA correspondents will have up-to-the-minute reports from key locations across Nigeria. 


Tune in for a special edition of "Straight Talk Africa" for our live, one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast as part of Voice of America’s “Nigeria Decides 2015” Election Day coverage on Saturday, March 28th beginning at 1800 UTC.


One on One with Newsmaker:

Kayode Idowu

Chief Press Secretary to Chairman Prof. Attahiru Jega

Independent National Electoral Commission

via Phone or Remote:  Abuja, Nigeria



VOA Reporters:

Peter Clottey
Host of VOA's “Nightline Africa”
via Remote:  Abuja, Nigeria

Chris Stein
VOA Nigeria Correspondent
via Phone: Kano, Nigeria



Dr. Okenwa Nwosu, M.D.

National Coordinator of the Goodluck  Ebele Azikiwe Johnathan Global Campaign
Team for 2015

Sylvester Okere

National Chairman of the USA Movement 4 Buhari-Osibanjo and National Democratic Ethnic Coordinating Council’s African Representative of the Democratic National Committee (DNC)


Dr. Iyabo Obasanjo, D.V.M.

Distinguished Fellow, Boston University, African Presidential Center, former Senator
of Ogun State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and Daughter of former Nigerian
President Olusegun Obasanjo

via Phone/SKYPE: Boston, Massachusetts


Question of the Week:
Which Nigerian presidential candidate are you supporting – and why?

Post your comment on our Facbook page!  Or, send an email to  And, maybe your comment will read "live" on-air.


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Twitter:  @VOA Shaka

Hashtag:  #VOANigeriaDecides2015


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Internship Opportunities

In the competitive and changing television industry, nothing is more valuable for job-seekers than "real world" experience. The Straight Talk Africa internship program offers motivated and outstanding students exciting opportunities to experience practical journalism.  In addition to helping to get our weekly studio programs on-the-air, interns also produce a final project for their portfolios. Projects include writing and producing promos, stories, and even full-length documentary or magazine shows.

Watch our interns in action

For more information and/or send your resume to:
Attention Roblyn Hymes. Applications are accepted on a open deadline basis.



A Straight Talk Africa Special

About the Host

Shaka, a Ugandan-born American journalist, holds a doctorate in cross-cultural communication and history from UCLA in California. He is a former Ford Foundation Fellow and has received numerous honors, including a United Nations Peacekeeping Special Achievement Award in International Journalism. Other awards include VOA's Best Journalist Award and Kigezi College Butobere's first ever Highest Achievement Award in International Human Communication. Butobere is located in Kabale, southwestern Uganda, and is Shaka’s alma mater.

During his career, Shaka has interviewed and hosted many presidents and prime ministers.  Among them:  General Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President, Nigeria; Levy Patrick Mwanawasa; Former President, Zambia; Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister, United Kingdom;  Botswana President Seretse Khama Ian Khama; Ghana President John Evans Atta Mills; Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete; Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President, Liberia; Hifikepunye Pohamba, President, Namibia; Uganda President Yoweri Museveni; Joseph Kabila, President, DRC; Rwanda President Paul Kagame; and General Salva Kiir, First Vice President, and president of the government of Southern Sudan.

He has also hosted newsmakers and policy makers who interact with Africa, including:   Norbert Mao, President, Uganda Democratic Party; Johnnie Carson, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Donald Yamamoto, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Donald Kaberuka, President, African Development Bank; South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela; Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai; Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court; Mo Ibrahim, Chairman Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Nobel Literature laureate Wole Soyinka; Professor Muna Ndulo, Cornell Law School; Professor Ali Mazrui, SUNY; Professor George Ayittey, American University; Professor Sulayman Nyang, Howard University; Uganda Supreme Court Justice George Kanyeihamba; Dr. Rebecca Nyandeing de Mabior, a Southern Sudan government official and widow of former SPLA leader Dr. John Garang; Jeff Sharlet, author, The Family; Bob Hunter, Associate, Fellowship Foundation; Mbulelo Rakwena, former South African Ambassador to Brazil; Baffour Ankomah, Editor, New African magazine.