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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.

June 2014

June 25, 2014

Straight Talk Africa [simulcast]

Host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss how the African Media Initiative is working to strengthen private and independent media in Africa.     Guests: Eric Chinje,Cheif Executive Officer, African Media Initiative (AMI); George Bright Abu, Founding Editor, Afrikan Post Newspaper; and Julius Mucunguzi, Author, “The Story of Keeping Hope Alive” and Assistant Spokesperson for Africa at the Commonwealth Secretariat via remote: London, United Kingdom

June 18, 2014

Straight Talk Africa [simulcast]

Host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss the significance of the U.N. General Assembly as a controversial Ugandan Foreign Minister becomes the President-Elect of 69th session of the world body. VOA Reporter: Margaret Besheer, VOA United Nations Correspondent Guests:  Kenneth Mwenda, American University Washington College of Law; Milton Allimadi,  Black Star News and James O.C. Jonah, former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs 

June 11, 2014

Straight Talk Africa [simulcast]

Host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss the role of the Congressional Black Caucus in foreign policy and initiatives in Africa.   Washington Studio Guests:  Gregory W. Meeks, U.S. House of Representative (D-NY) & Co-Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Africa Task Force and Sulayman Nyang, Ph.D., Professor of African Studies and Comparative Politics Howard University  

June 04, 2014

Straight Talk Africa [simulcast]

Host Shaka Ssali and his guests examine constitutional crisis over the disputed polls in Malawi as Peter Mutharika is sworn in as president. One on One Interview: Willie Kalonga, Malawi Electoral Commission Chief Elections Officer   Guest:  Mwiza Munthali, Public Outreach Director, TransAfrica Forum and Rafiq Hajat, Director,Institute for Policy Interaction (IPI) via SKYPE:  Blantyre, Malawi

June 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 October 29, 2014 Program:

Negotiating with Nigeria's Islamic Militant Group Boko Haram”    

The world is anxiously waiting to see if the Nigerian government can negotiate the release of over 200 school girls abducted by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram on April 14.  On that fateful day, six months ago, dozens of Boko Haram fighters stormed an undefended secondary school in the remote northeastern village of Chibok, kidnapping some 270 girls, more than 200 of whom remain in captivity.  Recent news of serious discussions between Nigeria and Boko Haram has raised hopes that the girls will soon be released.  The militant group has terrorized Nigeria for the last five years as it tries to turn the Muslim-majority north into a conservative Islamic state.  A spate of recent bombings, gun attacks and raids on towns and villages that have left thousands of people dead, increasing the pressure on President Goodluck Jonathan to stop the militants.  Boko Haram’s insurgency is a major issue as Nigeria prepares to hold general elections in February. 


Join us for this live one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast when host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss the recent negotiations by Nigeria and Boko Haram on a possible ceasefire deal and the possible release of the Chibok school girls.


Emmanuel Ogebe

International Human Rights Lawyer and Special Counsel
Justice for Jos Project of the Jubilee Campaign


Ini Thompson

Correspondent   Channels TV – Nigeria


Dr. Mike Omeri

Director General of Nigeria National Orientation Agency 

Via Phone/SKYPE: Abuja, Nigeria


Question of the Week:

What avenues should Nigeria discuss with Boko Haram to secure a lasting ceasefire deal and win the release of the Chibok school girls?

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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:
Attention Roblyn Hymes. Applications are accepted on a open deadline basis.


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.