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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 2012

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December 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, July 1, 2015 Program:

“Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):  Surviving Conflict & War"

Over the past 20 years, 18 African nations have been ravaged by major conflict.  It is estimated that up to 100 million Africans have been victims of war, violence, sexual abuse, witnessed horrific acts of terror, suffered through natural disasters and are now coping with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.  According to the South African Society of Psychiatrists, up to 25 percent of the nation’s population suffers from PTSD; despite South Africa not experiencing conflict since apartheid ended a generation ago.   Meanwhile, in war-torn nations such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and South Sudan, estimates of the people struggling with the disorder is even higher, with up to 50 percent of the population suffering from PTSD.  In many ways, PTSD keeps affected nations and communities under the shadow of trauma, even after the overt disturbance has passed.
Join us for this live one hour television and radio call-in simulcast when host Shaka Ssali and his guest discuss efforts to relieve trauma and stress among survivors of conflict and war in Africa.
David Shapiro
Dr. David F. O’Connell, Ph.D., M.S., CFC, DABPS
via Remote:  New York, NY
Solomon Mwangi
Via Phone/SKYPE:  Nairobi, Kenya

Question of the Week:

What should African governments do to address the serious issues that are affecting people who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Send an email to or post our comment on our Facebook or Twitter pages. And, maybe we will read your response on Wednesday's program!


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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 to Roblyn Hymes.



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.