Straight Talk Africa

Straight Talk Africa Wed, 14 Augi
August 14, 2013 6:30 PM
Shaka Ssali hosts this call-in program that examines topics of special interest to Africans.

Straight Talk Africa Wed, 14 Aug

Published August 14, 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 Wednesday, October 07, 2015 Program:

"Implementation of South Sudan Peace Agreement”

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged both sides of the South Sudan conflict to reaffirm their commitment to a peace agreement signed one month ago, that ended 20 months of fighting.  Mr. Ban held a high level meeting during the UN General Assembly in New York, calling for the implementation of the agreement without delay.  He emphasized the need to immediately halt military operations and to begin forming the transitional government of national unity.  Speaking via a video link from Juba, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, told the meeting attendees that he "will prove the doubting Thomases wrong" as he implements the peace agreement brokered by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.  Meanwhile, opposition leader Riek Machar outlined several challenges blocking peace in South Sudan, but called on President Kiir to have the courage to overcome those difficulties and join him in trying to implement the IGAD deal.

Join us on the next edition of Straight Talk Africa for our live, one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast when host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss the implementation of South Sudan peace agreement.
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Question of the Week:

What can the international community do to ensure the implementation of the South Sudan peace agreement?

VOA Reporter:
John Tanza Mabusu
Host and Managing Editor
VOA's South Sudan In Focus

Washington Studio Guest:
Riek Machar
Chairman of SPLM/SPLA in Opposition and former  South Sudan Vice President  


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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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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.