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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.

Upcoming program

Wednesday December 02, 2015

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.

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, December 2, 2015 Program:

Ebola Free: Moving Beyond the Epidemic”   

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was first reported in March 2014 and rapidly became the deadliest epidemic since its discovery in 1976. There were more than 28 thousand reported cases and more than 11 thousand people died from the disease. Now after nearly 19 months of fighting the epidemic, Sierra Leone announced last month that the nation was Ebola free. Guinea also says it will soon be free of the virus. However, neighboring Liberia announced the deaths of three Ebola patients last week. These new deaths come on the heels of a panel of experts calling for major reforms of the global health system to avoid a repeat of the Ebola epidemic that swept across West Africa in 2014 and early 2015. The Harvard Global Health Institute and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine say the slow response cost thousands of lives. The report also says the biggest single failure was the World Health Organization's delay in sounding the alarm on the outbreak.


Join us for this live one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast, when host Shaka Ssali and his esteem panel discuss the battle to completely end to Ebola in West Africa.



Washington Studio Guest: 
Dr. Malonga Miatudila MD, MPH
Ebola Expert and former World Bank Senior Public Health Specialist

Linda Mobula, MD, MPH
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Assistant Professor of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Samaritan Purse Volunteer International Disaster Relief Medical Doctor



Question of the Week:

What kind of reforms do you think the global health system needs to help African governments recover from the Ebola epidemic?

Post your comments on Straight Talk Africa's Facebook or Twitter, or send an email to and maybe our Social Media Reporter, Mariama Diallo will read them "live" 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-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:
Attention to Roblyn Hymes.



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.