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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.

July 2013

July 31, 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.


July 24, 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.


July 17, 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.


July 10, 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.


July 03, 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.

July 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, June 6, 2015 Program:
 

“The Inauguration Muhammadu Buhari: A New Era of Leadership”


Retired General Muhammadu Buhari is the new President of Nigeria.  Mr. Buhari was inaugurated on Friday, May 29 with over 50 presidents and heads of government from across the globe looking on in the capital, Abuja.  Defeated in the last three elections, the former military leader achieved a historic victory in the March presidential election, becoming the first opposition candidate to defeat an incumbent.  Following Friday’s peaceful transfer of power, the new head of state is expected to turn his attention to unifying Africa, providing strategies to combat corruption, boosting the nation’s faltering economy and infrastructure, and most importantly, addressing the country’s security concerns, primarily the rising insurgency of the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

 

Join us for our live, one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast of "Straight Talk Africa" when host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss the inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari and how the change in leadership will impact Nigeria’s future.

 

One on One Newsmaker:

Alhaji Lai Mohammed

All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief Spokesperson

Via Phone:  Abuja, Nigeria

 

VOA Reporter:

Aliyu Mustapha

Managing Editor of Voice of America’s Hausa Service

Via Phone:  Abuja, Nigeria

 

 

Washington Studio Guests:

Sylvester Okere

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

 

Dr. Iyabode Obasanjo-Bello, D.V.M.

Distinguished Fellow, Boston University, African Presidential Center

and Daughter of former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo

 


 

Question of the Week:

How will the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari differ from that of his predecessor Goodluck Jonathan?
 

Send an email to africatv@voanews.com or post our comment on our Facebook or Twitter pages.  And, maybe Social Media Reporter, Mariama Diallo 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: africatv@voanews.com
Attention to Roblyn Hymes.

 

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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.