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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 Saturday, March 28, 2015 Program:

”Nigeria Decides 2015: Post-Election Analysis”


Nigerians are anxiously waiting for election officials to count and certify the final vote tabulations from two days of mostly incident free voting to determine the country’s president.  An announcement on the final tally is expected late Monday or Tuesday.  A very heavy turnout and some technical problems with a new computerized biometric voting system caused some polls to be kept open and extra day on Sunday.  However, the United States and Britain issued a joint statement through the U.S. State Department stating they have seen no evidence of systemic manipulation of the election process, but they are concerned that the collation process, where the votes are being counted may be subject to deliberate political interference.  Pre-election polling showed incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan and former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari locked in a tight battle for the nation’s top post.


Join us Wednesday, April 1st at 1830 UTC for our live, one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast of "Straight Talk Africa" as part of Voice of America’s “Nigeria Decides 2015” election coverage -- when host Shaka Ssali and his guests bring you post-election analysis of Nigeria’s presidential election.


VOA Reporters:

Chris Stein
VOA Nigeria Correspondent
via Phone: Abuja, Nigeria


Washington Studio Guests:

Ejike R. Nwankwo

Goodluck  Ebele Azikiwe Johnathan Global Campaign Team for 2015


Eki Oyegun-Ighile

Chief Liaison Officer of the USA Movement 4 Buhari-Osibanjo


Ambassador John Campbell

Council on Foreign Relations' Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies

and former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria (2004 to 2007)



Question of the Week:

Do you think Nigeria’s presidential election was free, fair and credible?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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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.