Straight Talk Africa

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    February 19, 2014 6:30 PM
    Shaka Ssali hosts this call-in program that examines topics of special interest to Africans.

    Straight Talk Africa Wed, 19 Feb

    Published February 19, 2014

    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, June 22, 2016 Program:

     

    “African Entrepreneurs”
     

    U.S. President Barack Obama is holding the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in the heart of American entrepreneurship: Silicon Valley.  Stanford University will be a partner and will serve as the venue for the June 22-24 gathering where over 1000 global delegates are expected to attend.  The U.S. State Department revealed that each of the world’s six regions will be represented by 100 entrepreneurs and will be joined by 100 more from the United States.  GES 2016 aims to showcase inspiring entrepreneurs and investors from around the world creating new opportunities for investment, partnership, and collaboration.  The summit will include a wide range of workshops, panels, ignite talks, pitch competitions, mentoring, and networking sessions aimed to give participants tailored opportunities to gain skill and relationships that will help their ventures grow.  Last summer, more than 600 entrepreneurs from 120 countries attended the GES in Nairobi, Kenya.
     

    Join us for our live, one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast of "Straight Talk Africa" when host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss African entrepreneurship.
     

    Question of the Week:
     

    Entrepreneurship is driving innovation across Africa – How much of an impact do you think African entrepreneurs are having on the continent?  Email us your reply at africatv@voanews.com or write us on Facebook.

     
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    Paul Ndiho
    VOA Multi-Media Journalist

     
    Kunle Bello
    African Entrepreneur

     

     

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    Internship Opportunities

    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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    africatv@voanews.com
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    A Straight Talk Africa Special

    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.