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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.

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Wednesday September 09, 2015

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.

June 2013

June 26, 2013

Straight Talk Africa(simulcast)

Join veteran journalist Shaka Ssali as he and his guests discuss topics of special interest to Africans, including politics, economic development, press freedom, health, social issues and conflict resolution. and the Internet at www.VOAafrica.com.


June 19, 2013

Straight Talk Africa(simulcast)

Join veteran journalist Shaka Ssali as he and his guests discuss topics of special interest to Africans, including politics, economic development, press freedom, health, social issues and conflict resolution. and the Internet at www.VOAafrica.com.


June 19, 2013

Straight Talk Africa(simulcast)

Join veteran journalist Shaka Ssali as he and his guests discuss topics of special interest to Africans, including politics, economic development, press freedom, health, social issues and conflict resolution. and the Internet at www.VOAafrica.com.


June 12, 2013

Straight Talk Africa(simulcast)

Join veteran journalist Shaka Ssali as he and his guests discuss topics of special interest to Africans, including politics, economic development, press freedom, health, social issues and conflict resolution. and the Internet at www.VOAafrica.com.


June 05, 2013

Straight Talk Africa(simulcast)

Join veteran journalist Shaka Ssali as he and his guests discuss topics of special interest to Africans, including politics, economic development, press freedom, health, social issues and conflict resolution. and the Internet at www.VOAafrica.com.

June 2013

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.

Broadcast Schedule

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, September 02, 2015 Program:
 

"AGOA at 15:  Charting a Course for a Sustainable U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment Partnership"
 

The U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum, commonly known as the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) was held last week in Gabon. AGOA is the centerpiece of the United States government's trade policy with Sub-Saharan Africa.  It was recently renewed for 10 years by the U.S. Congress. The act, which was originally signed in 2000, provides 39 sub-Saharan African nations with liberal access to the U.S. market. The 2015 forum marks the 14th year that government officials, business leaders, and civil society from African countries and the United States have convened to promote trade, business, and investment opportunities that sustain economic development in Africa.  
 

Join us on the next edition of Straight Talk Africa for our live, one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast, when host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss the latest developments from the AGOA meetings held in Libreville, Gabon.
 

Question of the Week:
AGOA has been extended for ten years, what more can be done so the program can help African businesses reach their full trade potential?  
 

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Twitter:  @VOAShaka
Hashtag: #VOAAGOA2015  #AGOA2015
 

Newsmaker One on One:

Ambassador Michael Froman
U.S. Trade Representative

 

Washington Studio Guests:

Fred Oladeinde
Chairman, U.S. based AGOA Civil Society Organization Network
c/o The Foundation for Democracy in Africa

 

 

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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: africatv@voanews.com
Attention to Roblyn Hymes.

 

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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.