Straight Talk Africa

Straight Talk Africa Wed, 09 Octi
October 09, 2013 6:30 PM
Shaka Ssali hosts this call-in program that examines topics of special interest to Africans.

Straight Talk Africa Wed, 09 Oct

Published October 09, 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, November 25, 2015 Program:

“Pope Francis Visits Africa"

Pope Francis is set to visit Africa for the first time since becoming Pontiff in 2013. His tour of Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic follows an extremely successful visit to the United States earlier this year. The Pope’s visit to America drew huge crowds and praise for his tough stance on topics like the need for greater environmental stewardship. During his three-nation African tour, the Pontiff is expected to address Islamic extremism, inter-communal conflict and climate change. Pope Francis appears to be more progressive than his predecessors, but still following a papal tradition, he is not shying away from making bold pronouncements, visiting countries with troubled histories, and even criticizing his hosts.

Join us for this live one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast, when host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss the Pontiff’s visit to Africa.



VOA Correspondent:

Jill Craig
Voice of America’s East Africa Correspondent

Via Phone/Skype:  Nairobi, Kenya




Mama Miria Obote
Former Ugandan First Lady and widow of Ugandan President Apollo Milton Obote

Via Phone/Skype:  Kampala, Uganda




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What are you most interested in hearing Pope Francis talk about during his visit to Africa?

Post your comments on Straight Talk Africa's Facebook or Twitter, or send an email to and maybe our Social Media Reporter, Mariama Diallo will read them "live" on Wednesday's program.



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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.