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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.

October 2014

October 15, 2014

Straight Talk Africa [simulcast] Wed., October 15, 2014

Host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss the implications surrounding the President Uhuru Kenyatta’s at the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity for 2007 post-election violence. Guests: Dr. Mwangi Wachira, Kenyan International Affairs Advisor & former Speech Writer for founding Kenyan President, Jomo Kenyatta and Stephen Lamony. Senior Advisor Africa Union, United Nations and Africa Situations, Coalition for the International Criminal Court via remote United Nations

October 08, 2014

Straight Talk Africa [simulcast] Wed., October 8, 2014

Host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss what African governments can do combat the devastating impact of droughts, floods and other natural disasters in Africa. Washington Studio Guest: Magda Lovei, Practice Manager for the Environment & Natural Resources Management, Africa Region, World Bank Group SKYPE/Phone Guest: Florence Muringi Wambugu, Ph.D.,Chief Executive Officer, Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International (AHBFI)

October 01, 2014

Straight Talk Africa [simulcast] Wed., October 1, 2014

Host Shaka Ssali and his studio guest, Eric James Shigongo. Author, Motivator, and Founder & CEO of Global Publishers & General Enterprises Ltd. examine contemporary literary trends and new perspectives of publishing in Africa.

October 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 22, 2014 Program:


““West Africa Ebola Epidemic" 

The World Health Organization says that more than 4,500 people have died in West Africa due to the deadly Ebola virus.  The WHO says that nearly 9,000 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola have been reported in seven countries, with the vast majority of these in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.   On Monday, the WHO officially announced that Nigeria is free from Ebola after 42 days with no new cases reported.  International medical officials have told healthcare workers to be extremely vigilant and wear the proper protective gear as they come in contact Ebola patients.  On Monday, the WHO announced that Nigeria is free from Ebola after 42 days with no new cases reported.

Join us for this live one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast when guest host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and how the most affected nations in the region are fighting to contain the deadly disease.


Washington Studio Guests:

Jeremiah C. Sulunteh

Liberian Ambassador to the U.S.

Dr. Malonga Miatudila MD, MPH

former World Bank Senior Public Health Specialist


Question of the Week:

If you are a resident of West Africa, especially Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, how do you think your government is handling the Ebola crisis?

Send an email to:  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.

Watch our interns in action

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.