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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.

March 2014

March 26, 2014

Straight Talk Africa [simulcast]

Host Shaka Ssali and his guests examine land reform to reduce poverty on the African continent. Guests: Daudi Migereko, Uganda Minister of Land, Housing and Urban Development Joan Cuka Kagwanja, Ph.D., Chief, Land Policy Initiative, UN Economic Commission for Africa

March 12, 2014

Straight Talk Africa(simulcast)

“International Women's History Month: “Equality for Women is Progress for All“ Join us for this live one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast when host Shaka Ssali and guests discuss women’s empowerment, gender equality, and the complex challenges women are facing in Africa and around the world. Guests: Liberata Mulamula Tanzanian Ambassador to the U.S. Emira Woods Co-Director of Foreign Policy In Focus

March 05, 2014

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

March 2014

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, April 29, 2015 Program:

"The Plight of African Immigrants Seeking New Opportunities Abroad“

Thousands of Africans are risking their lives each day to embark on the perilous land trip across African borders and the treacherous waves of the Mediterranean Sea in search of a better life in Europe.  More than 800 migrants drowned when a ship capsized last week in the Mediterranean.  In fact, many migrants die along the way and those who eventually reach European soil soon realize that life on another continent may not be any easier.  But their desire to leave conflict zones, the lack of jobs and dim prospects at home, millions young Africans still choose to migrate, often clandestinely.   More than 10,000 people reached European shores in the past two weeks, with Italy and Greece being their primary destinations.  European Union leaders held emergency meetings late last week in Brussels to discuss solutions to the migrant crisis.


Meanwhile, for the third time in seven years, xenophobic violence against immigrants has erupted in parts of South Africa.   Since the end of apartheid in 1994, approximately five million immigrants have settled in South Africa; most are Africans from further north pursuing economic opportunity or refugees seeking the political stability of the continent’s most highly developed nation. 


Join us for our live, one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast of "Straight Talk Africa" when host Shaka Ssali and his guests examine the plight of African immigrants and the challenges they face as they seek better opportunities.


Question of the Week: 

What are the primary reasons why so many Africans are risking their lives to migrate to Europe, South Africa and other places?

Send your thoughts and  comments via email to Or, post your comments on our Facebook or Twitter pages.  And, maybe Social Media Reporter, Mariama Diallo will read them  "live" on our Wednesday broadcast.


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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 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.