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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.

November 2012

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November 2012

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 Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Program:

"West African Leaders Meet Obama on Ebola Progress”

U.S. President Barack Obama has pledged more assistance to nations in West Africa, as they recover from the devastating Ebola epidemic.  Mr. Obama hosted the leaders of the three nations most affected by last year's outbreak, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President Alpha Condé of Guinea, and President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, to assess the progress and talk about recovery efforts.   In addition to killing thousands of people, Ebola severely damaged the economies of those countries and their leaders were in Washington last week to seek more help to rebuild. The heads of state also want help to strengthen their health systems to deal with future threats. The West African leaders, during their visit to Washington, also met with officials from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.   U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the African Union representative signed an agreement last week for the creation of an African Centers for Disease Control.  The U.S. will provide technical advisers and fellowships for the institute, which is expected to launch later this year.

Join us for our live, one-hour television and radio simulcast of a special edition of "Straight Talk Africa" when host Shaka Ssali brings you in-depth interviews with Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and Darius Mans, President of Africare.


Taped One on One Interview:

Ernest Bai Koroma

President of Sierra Leone


Taped Interview Guest:

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

President of Liberia


Taped Interview Guest:

Darius Mans, Ph.D.

President of Africare




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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.

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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.