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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 February 17, 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.

    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.

    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, February 10, 2016 Program:
     

    Zika Virus Global Concerns
     

    The World Health Organization has declared a global emergency over the explosive spread of the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects in the Americas.  The WHO is calling it an "extraordinary event" that poses a public health threat to other parts of the world. The Zika virus outbreak in Latin America could be a bigger threat to global health than the Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people in Africa.
     

    Join us for our live, one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast of "Straight Talk Africa" when guest host Esther Githui-Ewart and her panel discuss the issues confronting the Zika virus.
     

    Question of the Week:

    What questions would you most like to ask doctors about the Zika virus?
     
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    Hashtag:  #VOAZikaVirus
     

    Washington Studio Guests:
     

    Carol Pearson
    Voice of America Health Reporter
     

    Josh Michaud
    Kaiser Family Foundation
     

    Dr. Ronald Waldman
    Professor, George Washington University

     

     


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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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    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.