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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 May 04, 2016

    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 2014

    April 30, 2014

    Straight Talk Africa [simulcast]

    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 [simulcast]

    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 [simulcast]

    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

    Straight Talk Africa [simulcast]

    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

    Straight Talk Africa [simulcast]

    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

    April 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.

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    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, May 04, 2016 Program:

     

    “Burundi: Violence and Security”
     

    There is a fragile peace in Burundi following the killing of a senior military official, his wife and daughter, last Monday.  President Pierre Nkurunziza has condemned the killing and given his security forces a seven-day deadline to find Brigadier General Athanase Kararuza’s killers.  Kararuza was a military adviser in the Office of the Vice-President.  He previously worked as a deputy commander of an international peace force in the Central African Republic.  Attacks and counter-attacks between Nkurunziza’s security forces and his opponents have escalated since April 2015, when he announced a disputed bid for a third term as president.  Members of the Burundian diaspora and exiled civil society leaders demonstrated recently in front of the United Nations, urging the international community to send a robust UN police force to help protect civilians as their country enters a second year of post-election violence.
     

    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 violence and security situation in Burundi.
     

    Question of the Week:
     

    What do you think about the United Nations possibly providing armed forces to stop the violence and provide security in Burundi?  Email us your reply at africatv@voanews.com or write us on Facebook.

     
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    Ayen Bior, VOA Social Media Reporter
    Twitter:  @VOA Shaka
    Hashtag:  #VOABurundiViolence

     
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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-thPope e-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.