Produced by Jackson Mvunganyi
September 30, 2023
World Cultural Festival Begins on Washington’s National Mall
The World Cultural Festival has begun on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., with the goal of showcasing the world’s indigenous and local cultures, traditions, and food to the Washington area. For a live look into the preparations around the three-day event, VOA’s Esther Githui-Ewart spoke to VOA’s Jackson Mvunganyi on the National Mall.
August 04, 2023
VOA's E2A 60th Anniversary: Reflections from VOA Africa Division Internet Managing Editor Steven Ferri
The advent of the internet has brought about a significant shift in media consumption. A large number of English to Africa’s audience now access TV and radio programs online and on social media. The head of the VOA Africa Division’s digital team, Steven Ferri, tells Upfront host Jackson Mvunganyi that in an era of widespread disinformation and misinformation, E2A provides the online audience a source for legitimate, unbiased news and information.
August 04, 2023
VOA's E2A 60th Anniversary: Reflections from Nightline Africa Host Peter Clottey
As VOA's English to Africa Service marks its 60th anniversary, the host of one of the longest-running radio programs Nightline Africa, a 60-minute news magazine program highlighting the latest issues and developments on the African continent, reflects on its legacy. The program was previously hosted by the late professor Ted Roberts. Robert’s successor, Peter Clottey spoke to VOA’S Jackson Mvunganyi about how the show has changed over the years.
August 04, 2023
VOA's E2A 60th Anniversary: Reflections from Music Time in Africa Host Heather Maxwell
This week, VOA's English to Africa marks its 60th anniversary, during which time it successfully transitioned from analog to digital radio, one of the most important multimedia platforms. Music Time in Africa — a show dedicated to promoting African artists, music genres, and cultural expressions to audiences around the world — is E2A's longest-running show launched in 1965 by legendary broadcaster Leo Sarkisian, a musicologist and producer. Sarkisian hosted the show until the late 2000s. Up Front host, Jackson Mvunganyi, spoke to the show's host, Heather Maxwell. Maxwell, took over as host of the program in 2012, is a ethnomusicologist and musician with a deep passion for African music. She reflects on the changing musical landscape in Africa, the show's rich catalogue and musical archives and her plans to bring the show to a bigger audience.
August 04, 2023
VOA'S E2A 60th Anniversary: Reflections from Daybreak Africa Host James Butty
Hosted by veteran journalist James Butty, Daybreak Africa is a thirty-minute breakfast show that looks at the latest developments in Africa, with in-depth interviews and reports from VOA correspondents across the continent. Butty reflects on the 60th anniversary with Upfront host, Jackson Mvunganyi.
July 15, 2023
Cameroon's Gomez Oba Talks Music, Aspirations to Help Spread Peace
Gomez Oba is one of the rising stars of Cameroon's music industry, whose music has been embraced by fans across West Africa and in the diaspora. On his recent United States tour, the musician joined Red Carpet's Jackson Mvunganyi in studio to talk about his young musical career and aspirations to help spread peace and unity in his country.
July 09, 2023
National Geographic Explorer Examines Value of Mangroves
Tropical marine forests known as mangroves, are crucial for the survival of the local inhabitants and aid in the fight against climate change. However, they are in danger of being lost due to coastal communities cutting down the trees for building materials, fuel, and even medication. For more, VOA's Jackson Mvunganyi spoke to Margaret Awuor Owuor, an environmental scientist and National Geographic explorer, who studies mangroves and the communities that surround them. Margaret's work in the Amazon is part of the National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Amazon Expedition.
July 06, 2023
Space Scientist: Africa’s Space Sector is Growing
In early 2023 the African Union inaugurated its space agency in Cairo, Egypt with intentions to oversee space-related activities on the continent. Due to concerns that Africa is lagging behind in the space race and should do more, the agency has a goal of fostering growth within the African space market and industry. In a sit-down interview with VOA’s Jackson Mvunganyi, Ethiopian American space scientist Brook Lakew, an associate director within the Solar System Exploration Division in NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, said that although space exploration requires many resources, it is necessary for Africa to take control of its own environmental and national security and become less reliant on foreign technology.
June 23, 2023
Global Interest in African Creative Industry Leveraged for Independent Artists, Income Generation
Development experts say that Africa's creative economy — which include film, music, art, fashion and other cultural good and services has the potential to generate millions of dollars in income for African artists and their communities. Nigerian music executive Oluwaseyi Ladele, founder of Bombshelter digital a company that is helping independent artist monetize their content. He tells VOA’s Jackson Mvunganyi that African artists need to leverage the current global interest in African cultural products to generate more revenue for their creativity.
June 22, 2023
Reporting From Mekelle: A Journalist's Experience
During the two-year conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, Mehret Okbay was one of the few journalists reporting from Mekelle, the region's capital. Okbay spoke to VOA's Jackson Mvunganyi about the some of the challenges of reporting from a war zone.
June 07, 2023
Nina Oduro is on a mission to amplify African immigrant food culture and experiences in America
The US capital, Washington DC is home to one of the most vibrant African immigrant communities, many contributing to the socio-cultural landscape through their food culture, practices and lifestyle. Through her organization Dine Diaspora, Ghanaian American entrepreneur Nina Oduro is on a mission to connect and amplify African immigrant food culture and experiences, while working to assist and increase the visibility of Black women working in the food and beverage industry in the US.
May 26, 2023
Nuthin' But Net: Previewing the BAL Championship Game
On this episode of Nuttin’ But Net podcast, Jackson Mvunganyi and Muqbil Yabarow deliver an extensive discussion on the recently concluded BAL semi-finals, and preview the upcoming third-place game featuring Petro de Luanda and Stade Malien and the highly anticipated championship clash between Al Ahly and AS Douanes.
May 19, 2023
Nuthin' But Net: South Africa’s Cape Town Tigers Captain Talks BAL Playoffs & More
On this episode of Nuttin’ But Net podcast, Jackson Mvunganyi, and Muqbil Yabarow are joined by Cape Town Tigers captain Pieter Prinsloo to talk about the BAL playoffs that tip off May 20 at the BK Arena in Rwanda’s capital Kigali. In a single-elimination competition, the top eight teams from the Sahara and Nile Conference group stages of the league, which were held in Dakar, Senegal, and Cairo, Egypt, will face off in Kigali.
May 06, 2023
Journalist: Sierra Leone Cyber Security Law Could Infringe on Press Freedom
World Press Freedom Day was marked on May 3 highlighting the importance of a free press. The United Nations says though strides have been made, press freedom continues to be under threat. Ahmed Sahid Nasralla, president of the Sierra Leone Journalist Association (SLJA), tells VOA major improvements have been made in Sierra Leone, but a 2021 cyber security law could infringe on press freedom. He spoke to VOA’s Jackson Mvunganyi.
May 05, 2023
Nuthin' But Net: Uganda's City Oilers Team Manager Talks BAL's Nile Conference & More
In this special VOA podcast, Muqbil Yabarow, Sonny Young and Jackson Mvunganyi are joined by Grace Kwizera, team manager for Uganda's City Oilers basketball club. They discussed the team's inaugural Basketball Africa League (BAL) campaign in Cairo, Egypt, the integration of American players on the City Oilers, what changes Kwizera would like to see in future BAL seasons and other topics.
April 27, 2023
BAL Al Ahly (Egypt) vs Ferroviario da Beira (Mozambique) Game Highlights | April 26, 2023
The Nile Conference of season three of the Basketball Africa League opened on Wednesday with host Egypt’s Al Ahly dominating Mozambique’s Ferroviario da Beira 92 to 74 at the Hassan Mostafa Indoor Sports Complex in Cairo.
April 15, 2023
Sierra Leonean Native Uses Story of Adversity to Inspire
Kadijatu Grace, a Sierra Leonean psychologist, author and designer, uses her personal story of overcoming adversity to inspire the next generation of young leaders in her home country. VOA's Jackson Mvunganyi caught up with Grace to hear more of her story.
March 30, 2023
Ethiopian Business Mogul Reflects on Humble Beginnings
A $50 loan was the seed money for the empire that Ethiopian-American businessman, Henok Tesfaye, built as an immigrant in the U.S. Exposed to various odd jobs in his early days in Washington, DC., Tesfaye found opportunities beyond his wildest dreams working as a parking lot attendant, which gave him the foundation to build a parking lot empire that now serves millions of customers in the U.S. and Ethiopia. VOA's Jackson Mvungayi spoke with Tesfay about his journey.
March 25, 2023
Brothers Publish Free Newspaper Connecting the African Diaspora
Kadmiel and Kemwell Van Der Puije, first generation Ghanaian Americans and brothers, are publishers of “Voice of Africa,” a freely distributed news magazine targeting the African diaspora. The brothers say the magazine is an avenue for themselves and others to maintain a connection to their African heritage. VOA’s Jackson Mvunganyi spoke to Kadmiel and Kemwell on their joint venture.