Straight Talk Africa

Straight Talk Africa Wed, 07 Augi
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August 07, 2013 6:30 PM
Shaka Ssali hosts this call-in program that examines topics of special interest to Africans.

Straight Talk Africa Wed, 07 Aug

Published August 07, 2013

Shaka Ssali hosts this call-in program that examines topics of special interest to Africans.

Straight Talk Africa

Shaka Ssali hosts this call-in program that examines topics of special interest to Africans.

Join us every Wednesday as 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 April 23, 2014 program:

“South Africa Freedom and Democracy: 20th Anniversary of the End of Apartheid” 
 
On April 27,  2014,  South Africa celebrates 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy.   The southern African nation will mark end of the of the apathied political system of racial segregation  from 1948 to the first democratic elections held in April 1994.  Twenty years later, while the formal consolidation of the democratic institutions has been almost accomplished, serious economic and social challenges still remain.  The nation has experienced an uneven pattern of economic growth with a rise of in poverty.  Other issues, such as the HIV/AIDS pandemic and land reform are fuelling political and social cleavages at national and local levels.
 
Join us on the next edition of Straight Talk Africa for our live, one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast, when guest host Vincent Makori and his guests examine  the apartheid political system in South Africa from 1948 to 1994; and the progress the nation has made in twenty years.
 
Host:
Vincent Makori

Anchor, "Africa 54"

Guests:
Buti Kale

Deputy Regional Representative
Office of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)


 Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo
Associate Pastor of Shiloh AME Church and Founder of Life Restoration Ministry and Author, "Restore Me:40 Healing Sermons”

Dr. Somadoda Fikeni, Ph.D.
Walter Sisulu University Foundation
Via Phone: Pretoria, South Africa
 


Question of the Week:
Since of the end of the apartheid political system in South Africa in 1994, has  the nation made progress socially, politically, and economically for all of its citizens?
 
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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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For more information and/or send your resume to: 
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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.