Straight Talk Africa

Straight Talk Africa Wed., July 23, 2014i
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July 23, 2014 6:30 PM
Host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss the African Diaspora's contributions to the continent. Washington Studio Guests, Edouard Haba, City Councilman of Hyattsville, Maryland; Sylvester Okere, Maryland-Nigeria Sister State Executive Committee Chair and Ngozi Nmezi, Director of the Washington DC Mayor's Office on African Affairs

Straight Talk Africa Wed., July 23, 2014

Published July 23, 2014

Host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss the African Diaspora's contributions to the continent. Washington Studio Guests, Edouard Haba, City Councilman of Hyattsville, Maryland; Sylvester Okere, Maryland-Nigeria Sister State Executive Committee Chair and Ngozi Nmezi, Director of the Washington DC Mayor's Office on African Affairs

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.

Broadcast Schedule

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 November 19, 2014 Program:
 

"VOA Presents "Knowledge is Life" Ebola Town Hall

 

VOA Director David Ensor along with Straight Talk Africa's Shaka Ssali host a
90-minute TV/Radio/Web Simulcast, featuring top experts on Ebola and participation from a live studio audience. 

 

Washington Panelists:

  Nancy Lindborg
  USAID Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and
  Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA)


  Bockari K. Stevens
 
Sierra Leone Ambassador   
 

  Dr. Malonga Miatudila MD, MPH
  Ebola Expert and former World Bank Senior Public Health Specialist  


  Dr. Rick Sacra, MD
  Physician & Ebola Survivor
 

  Ashoka Mukpo
  Ebola Survivor & Journalist


Pre- Taped Comments

  U.S. Representative Karen Bass (D-CA)
 
Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa 

 

 

Question of the Week:

What do you want to know about Ebola? Ask the Experts!  Remember "Knowledge is Life!"

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.

Watch our interns in action

For more information and/or send your resume to: 
africatv@voanews.com
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.