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.
April 30, 2014
Straight Talk Africa Guest Host Vincent Makori and his guests discuss
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Africa.
Pre-Recorded Exclusive One on One Interview: John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State
Washington Studio Guests: Marie Harf, U.S. State Department Deputy Spokesperson; Sarah Margon, Acting Washington DC Director, Human Rights Watch and Emira Woods, Co-Director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies.
April 23, 2014
Straight Talk Africa guest host Vincent Makori and his guests examine the apartheid political system in South Africa from 1948 to 1994; and the progress the nation has made in twenty years.
Guests: Buti Kale, UNHCR Deputy Regional Representative; Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo, Founder of Life Restoration Ministry, and Prof. Somadoda Fikeni, Ph.D. Chariman of the Council of the Walter Sisulu University Foundation
April 16, 2014
Straight Talk Africa 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, and Dr. Bernice Dahn, M.D., Liberian Deputy Minister for Health Services and Chief Medical Officer for the Ministry of Health
April 09, 2014
Host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss the Power Africa initiative and examine if it will spur development on the continent. Guests: Tony Elumelu, Chairman of Heirs Holdings and Founder, Tony Elumelu Foundation (PreRecorded); Kamran Khan, Vice President of the Department of Compact Operations Millennium Challenge Corporation; Chinesom Ejiasa,Director of Private Equity, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and Todd Moss, Chief Operating Officer & Fellow, Center for Global Development.
April 02, 2014
Host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss the 1994 Rwandan genocide and the impact that it has had on the world 20 years later. Guests Olivier Nduhungireh, Rwandan Deputy Permanent Representative to the U.N. Robin Philpot, Author, “Rwanda and the New Scramble for Africa" Amb. Herman J. Cohen,fmr. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
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On our Wednesday, October 07, 2015 Program:
"Implementation of South Sudan Peace Agreement”
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged both sides of the South Sudan conflict to reaffirm their commitment to a peace agreement signed one month ago, that ended 20 months of fighting. Mr. Ban held a high level meeting during the UN General Assembly in New York, calling for the implementation of the agreement without delay. He emphasized the need to immediately halt military operations and to begin forming the transitional government of national unity. Speaking via a video link from Juba, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, told the meeting attendees that he "will prove the doubting Thomases wrong" as he implements the peace agreement brokered by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development. Meanwhile, opposition leader Riek Machar outlined several challenges blocking peace in South Sudan, but called on President Kiir to have the courage to overcome those difficulties and join him in trying to implement the IGAD deal.
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 implementation of South Sudan peace agreement.
Twitter: @VOA Shaka
Question of the Week:
What can the international community do to ensure the implementation of the South Sudan peace agreement?
John Tanza Mabusu
Host and Managing Editor
VOA's South Sudan In Focus
Washington Studio Guest:
Chairman of SPLM/SPLA in Opposition and former South Sudan Vice President
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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.