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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.

September 2013

September 25, 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.


September 18, 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.


September 11, 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.


September 04, 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.

September 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 April 16, 2014 program:
 
“Ebola Outbreak in West Africa” 
 
The World Health Organization says the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa is expected to take up to four months to contain and is "one of the most challenging" outbreaks of the disease it has ever faced.  The deadly virus has resulted in more than 110 deaths.  Guinea remains the center of the outbreak, with nearly 160 suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola. However, the WHO said it is not recommending any travel restrictions for the nation.  Another 21 cases are suspected or confirmed in Liberia.  WHO Assistant Director-General Keiji Fukuda says the current outbreak is especially challenging because it spread to over a wide area in Guinea’s southeastern region and possibly to other nations in West 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 examine the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and discuss how nations in the region can combat the deadly disease.

VOA Reporter:
Linord Moudou

Radio Host of "Health Chat" and Television Health Correspondent, "Africa 54"
 
Guests:
Dr. Dennis Carroll, M.D.

Director of the Pandemic Influenza and other Emerging Threats Unit
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)


Robert Banick
GIS Coordinator
American Red Cross

 
Dr. Bernice Dahn, M.D.
Deputy Minister for Health Services and Chief Medical Officer for the Ministry of Health
Republic of Liberia

Via Phone:  Monrovia, Liberia

Dr. Tim Jagatic, M.D.
Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders
Via Phone: Donka Hospital, Conakry, Guinea
 
Question of the Week:
What should West African governments do to ease the panic surrounding the deadly Ebola outbreak – especially since there is no vaccine to eradicate the disease?

Send an email to: africatv@voanews.com  or Post your comment on our Facebook Page.  Key words: Straight Talk 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 Roblyn Hymes. Applications are accepted on a open deadline basis.

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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.