Straight Talk Africa

Straight Talk Africa Wed, May 7, 2014i
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May 07, 2014 6:30 PM
Guest Host Vincent Makori and his panel of experts discuss Nigeria’s rise to become Africa’s top economic power and how security issues may impact the nation's stability. One on One Interview: Elsie Kanza, World Economic Forum Africa Director Guests: Joseph Wambia, AECOM's Global Programs & Africa Managing Director of Finance; Fred Oladeinde, Foundation for Democracy in Africa; Amb. Robin Sanders, fmr. U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria & Congo & Ex-IM Bank Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee Chairman

Straight Talk Africa Wed, May 7, 2014

Published May 07, 2014

Guest Host Vincent Makori and his panel of experts discuss Nigeria’s rise to become Africa’s top economic power and how security issues may impact the nation's stability. One on One Interview: Elsie Kanza, World Economic Forum Africa Director Guests: Joseph Wambia, AECOM's Global Programs & Africa Managing Director of Finance; Fred Oladeinde, Foundation for Democracy in Africa; Amb. Robin Sanders, fmr. U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria & Congo & Ex-IM Bank Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee Chairman

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 July 23, 2014 program:

"Africans in American Politics & Government”   

 

The election of Barack Obama has inspired Africans in the diaspora to mobilize and organize, so as to influence policies in the United States and beyond.  One of them is Hyattsville, Maryland's newest City Councilman, Edouard Haba.  Among other things, he says he hopes to bring new perspectives and a diversity of opinions to the council. His perspective is shaped by a childhood in the West African nation of Guinea, a young adulthood in Rome, and now, as a young father of a family living in Hyattsville, a suburb of Washington D.C.   Across America, states and cities are being more inclusive in matters relating to a diverse workforce and business development for their constituencies.  For example, Maryland Governor’s Commission on African Affairs serves as an advisory board to the Governor and agencies within the Executive Department on matters relating to the immigrant African population. 

 

Join us for this live one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast when host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss the role of Africans in American politics and government.

 

Washington Studio Guests:


Edouard Haba
Council Member Ward 4
City Council of Hyattsville, Maryland

 

Sylvester Okere
Maryland-Nigeria Sister State Executive Committee Chair
Maryland Commission on African Affairs

 

Ngozi Nmezi
Executive Director
District of Columbia's Office on African Affairs 

 

 

Question of the Week:
In what ways, do you think the African diaspora can influence U.S. – Africa relations?

 

Send an email to: africatv@voanews.com  or Post your comment on our Facebook Page.  Key words: Straight Talk Africa

 

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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: 
africatv@voanews.com
attention Roblyn Hymes. Applications are accepted on a open deadline basis.

 

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.