On this edition of Africa 54, the International Monetary Fund says Sub-Saharan Africa will suffer the world's slowest growth in 2021, urging wealthy nations to step in to improve access to vaccines; Nigerian authorities step up efforts to vaccinate more people against COVID-19 after a slow rollout blamed on misinformation; Zimbabwe's government reports nearly 5,000 teenage pregnancies in January and February - a major jump from previous years.
A54 Entertainment: Host of Music Time in Africa, Heather Maxwell, brings us fresh news from Kenya with Methengez – Nairobi’s red-hot musical, power couple
If you want to know what’s trending in news, health, sports and lifestyle, then tune in to Africa 54. Airing Monday through Friday, this 30-minute program takes a closer look at the stories Africans are talking about, with reports from VOA correspondents, and interviews with top experts and analysts. Africa 54 also serves viewers with timely information about health, education, business and technology. And for the young and young at heart, Africa 54 provides a daily dose of pop culture, including music, fashion and entertainment.
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Meet the Team:
Esther Githui-Ewart, Anchor of Africa 54
Esther Githui-Ewart is the Lead Anchor of VOA ‘s Africa 54 daily television news program for sub-Saharan Africa. Esther started her career in Kenya with the National Broadcaster KBC as Television Presenter, before coming to the U.S. to work for the Voice of America’s Swahili Service. She is one of the first VOA reporters to interview U.S. President Barack Obama in 2004. Esther reports daily on political developments in Africa and also follows closely the initiatives of the African diaspora. A veteran journalist of VOA English TV to Africa, Esther also served as the host of VOA’s “Africa Journal,” a weekly television call-in program and Anchored “Special Report Africa,” a weekly lifestyle television magazine program sharing human interest stories of the African the continent and the diaspora.
On Mondays: Sports with Sunday Shomari
Sunday Shomari hails from Tanzania. Since 2008, Sunday has served as an International Broadcaster with VOA’s Swahili Service working on entertainment, youth and news programs. He joined the VOA English show to Africa service as the host of "Let’s Talk." Sunday’s hobbies include reading books, watching movies and playing soccer.
On Tuesdays: Health with Linord Moudou
Linord Moudou is the producer & host of the Africa Health Network on Africa 54. She also produces and hosts Health Chat on the Voice of America radio, a live call-in program that addresses health issues of interest to Africa. Linord Moudou was born and raised in Côte d’Ivoire. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and media productions from George Mason University, and a certificate in television and radio productions from the Columbia School of Broadcasting. The veteran broadcaster is fluent in French, English and conversational in Spanish and Creole.
On Wednesdays: Technology with Paul Ndiho
Paul Ndiho is an award-winning Multimedia Ugandan – American video journalist, host of Shaka Extra Time and Africa Technology on Africa 54. Paul has traveled extensively to more than 30 Africa countries, reporting on African politics, different economies, the diverse cultures, and the people with a particular interest in entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology. He is passionate about mentorship and developing the next generation of African entrepreneurs. Email:email@example.com, Facebook: Paul Ndiho and Twitter: @pndiho
On Fridays: Music with Heather Maxwell
Heather Maxwell is an American ethnomusicologist and singer/songwriter and composer. She has worked in Africa for over 30 years, published academic and musical works, and speaks French and Bambara, in addition to her native English. Maxwell Hosts and produces the legacy, music radio program Music Time in Africa (MTIA) which was founded by the late Leo Sarkisian in 1965. MTIA is dedicated to pan-African music, music news, and interviews with artists from across the continent and the diaspora. Maxwell also hosts Music Makers, a weekly TV feature of African music for VOA’s Africa 54. Since taking the helm of MTIA in 2012, she has built a dynamic, social media and YouTube community around the radio program, adding millions of new fans.
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Vincent Makori, Managing Editor of Africa 54
Vincent Makori is the Managing Editor of Africa 54, Voice of America’s daily TV program for Africa. He also serves as a producer and writer and Anchor for Africa 54. Vincent is a versatile journalist with 20 years of experience, working in Africa, Europe and the U.S. He has been at VOA for more than 11 years.
Vincent has covered a wide range of stories including the Africa Union Summit in Lusaka, Zambia, The U.N. General Assembly in New York, International Trade and Technology Fairs in Berlin and Hanover Germany. The International AIDS Conference, in Mexico City, Mexico, and the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
He has interviewed people of all walks of life, including high ranking officials and presidents, among them, former U.S. President George W. Bush, President Bingu wa Mutharika of Malawi, former President of Ghana John Kufuor, President Ifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia ; Noble Laureate Wangari Maathai and academic luminaries like Professor Ali Mazrui.
He holds a post-graduate degree in mass communication from the School of Journalism of the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in English Literature from Moi University, Kenya. He has attended numerous training programs in journalism, in Kenya, Germany and the U.S.