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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.

May 2014

May 28, 2014

Straight Talk Africa [simulcast]

 Host Shaka Ssali and his guests examine the tobacco industry on the African continent as it comes under scrutiny for child labor issues, more aggressive tobacco taxes, and general health concerns. Guests: Joshua Kyallo, Africa Program Director, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids; Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwam, Founder of Pan African Tobacco Group; Francois van der Merwe, Chairman of International Tobacco Growers Association (ITGA) Africa Region: and Evan Blecher, Ph.D. Director, International Tobacco Control Research, American Cancer Society, Inc.  


May 21, 2014

Straight Talk Africa [simulcast]

Host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss the recent ceasefire agreement in South Sudan.   VOA Reporter: John Tanza Mabusa, Host and Managing Editor VOA’s South Sudan In Focus   Guests: Moun Deng Ajuet, Charge D ‘Affairs, Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan to the U.S.; Hussein Maar Nyuot, Spokesperson of the SPLM/SPLA Opposition; and Adama Dieng, Special Adviser to the U.N. Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide    


May 14, 2014

Straight Talk Africa [simulcast]

Host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss the abduction of the Nigerian schoolgirls by radical terror group, Boko Haram. Washington Studio Guests: OluwaTosin Adegbola,  Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Morgan State University and "We Stand in Solidarity" Rally Organizer, Hibaaq Osman, Islamic Women's Activist and Founder and CEO, Karama; and Emmanuel Ogebe. International Human Rights Lawyer & Bilateral U.S.-Nigerian Relations Expert


May 07, 2014

Straight Talk Africa [simulcast]

Guest Host Vincent Makori and his panel of experts discuss Nigeria’s rise to become Africa’s top economic power and how security issues may impact the nation's stability. One on One Interview: Elsie Kanza, World Economic Forum Africa Director  Guests: Joseph Wambia, Managing Director of Finance, AECOM's Global Programs & Africa; Fred Oladeinde, Foundation for Democracy in Africa; and Amb. Robin Sanders, fmr. U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria & Congo and Ex-IM Bank's 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee Chairman

May 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 November 26, 2014 Program:
 

                   

“Mama Sarah Obama Foundation’s Legacy Plan"


The Mama Sarah Obama Foundation (MSOF) is the realization of a long-term dream of the paternal grandmother of U.S President Barack Obama,  Sarah Obama. The foundation was established in 2009 after years of hard work helping orphans and poverty-stricken families feed and educate their children.  With the AIDS epidemic ravaging sub-Sahara Africa in the last three decades and leaving many children without parents, Mama Sarah turned her attention to addressing the educational and welfare needs of orphans in Kogelo village. Mama Sarah used her own resources and relentlessly worked with community leaders to meet the dire needs of these orphans.   This week, Sarah Obama, who was married to the president’s late grandfather is in the United States to promote her dream of a modern education and health complex in the western Kenyan village where the president’s father was raised and is buried.  She wants to build a legacy that would continue her work of helping children long after she is gone.


Join us for this live one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast when guest host Shaka Ssali sits down with Mama Sarah Obama’s and discuss her hopes for her foundation and the legacy she wants to leave behind for the Obama family in Kenya and globally.


Pre- Taped Interview:

Sarah Obama

Grandmother of U.S. President Barack Obama and
Founder of Mama Sarah Obama Foundation

 

Washington Studio Guests:

Said Obama

Uncle of U.S. President Barack Obama
and CEO of Mama Sarah Obama Foundation

 

Debra Akello

U.S. Executive Director of the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation

 

Social Media for Mama Sarah Obama Foundation:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MamaSarahObamaFoundation

Twitter: http://mobile.twitter.com/MamaSarahMSOF       

 

 

Question of the Week:

How important in your view, is the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation, whose vision is a world where children are nurtured and supported to thrive and succeed in life?

 

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.

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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.