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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.

March 2015

March 28, 2015

Straight Talk Africa [simulcast] Nigeria Decides 2015 Special Sat., March 28, 2015

Shaka Ssali and his guests take part of Special edition of "Straight Talk Africa" as part of VOA's “Nigeria Decides 2015” Election Day coverage. VOA Reporters: Peter Clottey, Host of VOA's “Nightline Africa” and Chris Stein, VOA Nigeria Correspondent Guests: Kayode Idowu, Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman. Dr. Okenwa Nwosu, Goodluck Johnathan Global Campaign Team for 2015, Sylvester Okere, USA Movement 4 Buhari-Osibanjo and Dr. Iyabo Obasanjo, African Presidential Center Fellow


March 25, 2015

Straight Talk Africa [simulcast] Wed., March 25, 2015

Host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss the upcoming historic Nigeria presidential poll as part of Voice of America’s “Nigeria Decides 2015’ special election coverage. VOA Reporter: Peter Clottey, Host of VOA’s “Nightline Africa” via phone: Lagos, Nigeria Washington Studio Guests: Emmanuel Nwude, Goodluck Johnathan Global Campaign Team for 2015; Ogbeni Lanre Banjo, fmr. National Conscience Party Gubernatorial Candidate of Ogun State of Nigeria, and Nii Akuetteh, African Immigrant Caucus


March 18, 2015

Straight Talk Africa [simulcast] Wed., March 18, 2015

Host Shaka Ssali and his guests examine the inequities in land reform policies on the African continent. Guests: Bernadette Atuahene, Professor of Law at Illinois Institute of Technology's Chicago-Kent College of Law and Author/Documentary Filmmaker, "We Want What Ours" and Annabel Hughes, former Executive Director, Zimbabwe Democracy Trust via Phone: Livingston, Zambia


March 11, 2015

Straight Talk Africa [simulcast] Wed., March 11, 2015

Host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss how to settle the impasse between President Salva Kiir and his former Vice-President Riek Machar as peace talks stall in Ethiopia. High Level One on One Q&A: Dr. Riek Machar, fmr. Vice President of South Sudan & Chairman of Sudan People's Liberation Movement-in-Opposition - via phone: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Washington Studio Guests: South Sudanese Ambassador Garang Diing Akuong and John Tanza Mabusu,Host and Managing Editor, VOA's South Sudan In Focus


March 04, 2015

Straight Talk Africa [simulcast] Wed., March 4, 2015

Host Shaka Ssali and his guest discuss the issues and priorities that are facing the continent and whether the African Union is equipped to meet challenge. Washington Studio Guest: Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson for the African Union

March 2015

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 Saturday, March 28, 2015 Program:
 


”Nigeria Decides 2015: Post-Election Analysis”

 

Nigerians are anxiously waiting for election officials to count and certify the final vote tabulations from two days of mostly incident free voting to determine the country’s president.  An announcement on the final tally is expected late Monday or Tuesday.  A very heavy turnout and some technical problems with a new computerized biometric voting system caused some polls to be kept open and extra day on Sunday.  However, the United States and Britain issued a joint statement through the U.S. State Department stating they have seen no evidence of systemic manipulation of the election process, but they are concerned that the collation process, where the votes are being counted may be subject to deliberate political interference.  Pre-election polling showed incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan and former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari locked in a tight battle for the nation’s top post.

 

Join us Wednesday, April 1st at 1830 UTC for our live, one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast of "Straight Talk Africa" as part of Voice of America’s “Nigeria Decides 2015” election coverage -- when host Shaka Ssali and his guests bring you post-election analysis of Nigeria’s presidential election.

 

VOA Reporters:

Chris Stein
VOA Nigeria Correspondent
via Phone: Abuja, Nigeria
 

 

Washington Studio Guests:

Ejike R. Nwankwo

Goodluck  Ebele Azikiwe Johnathan Global Campaign Team for 2015


 

Eki Oyegun-Ighile

Chief Liaison Officer of the USA Movement 4 Buhari-Osibanjo

 

Ambassador John Campbell

Council on Foreign Relations' Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies

and former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria (2004 to 2007)

 

 

Question of the Week:
 

Do you think Nigeria’s presidential election was free, fair and credible?Post your comment on our Facbook page!  Or, send an email to africatv@voanews.com.  And, maybe your comment will read "live" on-air.

 

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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.