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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 15, 2014 Program:


“Significance of Kenyan President’s International Criminal Court Trial"


Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, last week became the first sitting head of state to appear before the International Criminal Court at The Hague.  The ICC accuses Kenyatta of playing a role in Kenya’s 2007-2008 post-election violence that left about 1,300 people dead and hundreds of thousands displaced from their homes.   Meanwhile, Kenyan public opinion is divided about whether or not he should be there, and how justice should be served.  Kenyatta's trial on charges of crimes against humanity has been postponed twice in the over the past year.  Many analysts say the ICC case against the Kenyan president is falling apart, due to the unique challenges of prosecuting a sitting head of state – primarily, problems with witness protection and the state’s refusal to provide evidence against its own leader. 


Join us for this live one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast when host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss the implications surrounding the Uhuru Kenyatta’s ICC trial.



Dr. Mwangi Wachira

former World Bank Senior Economist and

former Speech Writer for founding President of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta


Stephen Lamony

Senior Advisor Africa Union, United Nations and Africa Situations

Coalition For The International Criminal Court

via remote: United Nations


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Do you believe the International Criminal Court is a biased judiciary against African heads of state as some critics alleged? 

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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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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.