Straight Talk Africa

Straight Talk Africa Wed, 23 Octi
October 23, 2013 6:30 PM
Shaka Ssali hosts this call-in program that examines topics of special interest to Africans.

Straight Talk Africa Wed, 23 Oct

Published October 23, 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 14, 2015 Program:

“20th Anniversary of the Million Man March”

Tens of thousands people gathered this week on the National Mall in Washington, DC to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Million Man March, under the theme of “Justice… or Else.”  Unlike the historic march of 1995, where nearly one million black men of different faiths came together under the theme of “Atonement, Reconciliation and Responsibility,” this year, men and women of different races came to the U.S. capital to make demands of their federal lawmakers for equal justice under the law and to address the violence that is gripping many black communities.  This year’s march comes following the deaths of several unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers from Ferguson, Missouri, to New York City.  

Join us for this live one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast, when host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss the significance of the twentieth anniversary of the “Million Man March.”

Question of the Week:

Twenty years after the Million Man March, what is the most viable way to confront racial inequality and social injustice?

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Washington Studio Guests:

Kadiatou Diallo
Mother of Amadou Diallo¸ unarmed West African immigrant (Guinea) killed by four New York police officers
Founder and President of The Amadou Diallo Foundation

Douglass Sloan  
Co-founder of the National Capitol Strategy Group
Executive Committee member of the DC NAACP

Marcia L Dyson
Women's Global Initiative, CEO and Founder


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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.