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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.

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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Voice of America’s African Music

In 1965, “Music Time in Africa” debuted on the Voice of America with Leo “Music Man for Africa” Sarkisian, beginning a long musical legacy on airwaves. The famous radio program’s legacy continues on with Mr. Sarkisian’s  vast music library that includes more than 50 years of original recordings and popular pan-African timeless music treasures, from throughout the African diaspora.   Another popular VOA radio show  is “African Beat,” which features the latest and greatest of contemporary African music from Benga to Juju, Hip Life to Bongo Flava, Bubu to Soukous and conversation. 

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 will showcase Voice of America’s award-winning and rich history of broadening the world’s musical horizons.

Washington Studio Guests:

Heather Maxwell
Host and Producer of  VOA’s “Music Time in Africa"

David Vandy
Host of  Voice of America’s “African Beat”
 

Question of the Week:

What kind of music do you hear on the airwaves on the continent?  And, what you like to hear more of?

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.

Watch our interns in action

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.