Straight Talk Africa

Straight Talk Africa Wed, 05 Mari
March 05, 2014 6:30 PM
Shaka Ssali hosts this call-in program that examines topics of special interest to Africans.

Straight Talk Africa Wed, 05 Mar

Published March 05, 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 January 21, 2015 Program:

"Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy of Peaceful Protest & Quest for Racial Justice”


Civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Martin Luther King Jr., believed that nonviolent protest is the most effective weapon against a racist and unjust society.   However, current protests over civil rights have put a new spotlight on race relations in America. This time, the issue is the deaths of unarmed black people at the hands of white police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, New York City, Cleveland and elsewhere across America.  The protests have drawn comparisons to what happened in the first Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march in 1965.  It is those comparisons that have sparked a new debate within the black community between older and younger generations about how to achieve racial progress.


Join us for this live one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast, when host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss Martin Luther King Jr’s. commitment to nonviolent action and explore whether his reasoning is still the best option to challenge racial injustice.


One on One Guest:


Kadiatou Diallo

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

via Phone: Gaithersburg, Maryland


Washington Studio Guests:

Rev. Aniedi Okure, OP, Ph.D.

President, Africa Faith and Justice Network and

Catholic University of America’s Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies Fellow


Marcia L. Dyson


CEO and Founder

Women's Global Initiative


Question of the Week:

Is Martin Luther King’s legacy of nonviolent protest still the most viable way to confront racial injustice and conflict?

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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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For more information and/or send your resume to:
attention Roblyn Hymes. Applications are accepted on a open deadline basis.

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.