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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.

August 2014

August 27, 2014

Straight Talk Africa [simulcast]

Host Shaka Ssali and his guests will showcase Voice of America’s award-winning and rich history of broadening the world’s musical horizons from all over the continent on our airwaves for over 50 years. Washington Studio Guests: Heather Maxwell, Host and Producer of VOA’s “Music Time in Africa” and David Vandy, Host of Voice of America’s “African Beat”

August 20, 2014

Straight Talk Africa [simulcast]

Host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa. Guests: Sia Nyama Koroma. First Lady of Sierra Leone; Dr. Antony S. Fauci, M.D., Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. National Institute of Health; Andrew Clements, Deputy Director of the Global Health Security and Development Unit, U.S. Agency for International Development and Tolbert Nyenswah, Esq., LLB, MPH, Assistant Minister of Health for Liberia

August 13, 2014

Straight Talk Africa [simulcast]

Host Shaka Ssali and his guests review the historic U.S.-African Leaders Summit. One on One Guest: Ambassador Linda Thomas- Greenfield, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Guests: Hermine G. Zossoungbo, Founder of African Immigrants and Amini Kajunju, President & CEO, Africa-America Institute via remote: New York, NY

August 06, 2014

Straight Talk Africa [simulcast]

Host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss the impact and significance of the first ever U.S.- Africa Leaders Summit.   Washington Studio Guests: Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera, Secretary General of the East African Community, Tony O. Elumelu, Chairman of  Heirs Holdings and Philanthropist & Founder of Tony Elumelu Foundation, and Stephen Lande, President of Manchester Trade LTD

August 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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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.



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.