Produced by Jackson Mvunganyi
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.
March 09, 2023
BAL Season Three Set for Tip Off
African basketball fans are geared for the third season of the Basketball Africa League that will witness the best players tipping off, starting March 11 in Dakar, Senegal, vying to be crowned "Best on the Continent." Season three will witness several stars taking to the court, among them is Zaire Wade, the son of former National Basketball Association star Dwayne Wade, who will be representing South Africa’s Cape Town Tigers. For more, tune into Voice of America as we will be bringing you up to date news, analysis and play by play podcasts starting March 10.
March 05, 2023
Failure in Leadership Hinders Africa’s Development, Progress: Author
In his book, “Rescue Thyself: Change In Sub-Saharan Africa Must Come from Within,” Dr. Sylvanus Ayeni argues one reason hindering Africa’s development and progress is a failure in leadership. The Nigerian-born retired neurosurgeon says addressing this hinderance requires a collective effort from citizens in holding leaders accountable and demanding development policies that benefit all. VOA’s Jackson Mvunganyi spoke to Dr. Ayeni on the issues addressed in his book.
February 27, 2023
Ethiopian American Filmmaker Documents Successful Black Startups [Extended Interview]
Ethiopian American filmmaker and entrepreneur Nate Araya’s documentary “The Black Startup Series,” highlights the stories of Black startups and their founders in U.S. Araya says the series chronicles the often unseen achievements of successful Black entrepreneurs, who often have challenges when starting and growing their businesses. Araya spoke to VOA’s Jackson Mvunganyi on the series, the importance of financial literacy and shares tips on growing a sustainable business.
February 03, 2023
African Artists Nominated for Upcoming Grammy Awards
The annual U.S. Grammy Awards ceremony is taking place Sunday in Los Angeles, California, and several African musicians have been nominated. VOA hosts Heather Maxwell of Music Time in Africa and Red Carpet's Jackson Mvunganyi highlight some of the nominees including Nigeria's Burna Boy and Tems, Ghana's Rocky Dawuni, South Africa's Nomcebo Zikode, Uganda's Eddy Kenzo and others.
February 02, 2023
What’s Driving the Rise of South Africa's Amapiano?
With origins in South Africa’s townships, amapiano, a sub-genre of house music, has been rising in popularity globally. The genre, which fuses elements of jazz and soul with traditional piano music, gained global attention during the COVID-19 pandemic as South African DJs played sets online for millions of fans stuck at home. Thabiso Kati, a Johannesburg-based music executive, spoke to VOA’s Jackson Mvunganyi on the genre he says resonates for its rawness and authenticity.
January 24, 2023
Hollywood Star Opens Free School in Ghana – Extended Interview
Hollywood actor and award-winning comedian Michael Blackson, whose roots trace back to West Africa, recently opened a free school in his home village of Agona Nsaba in central Ghana. In an exclusive interview with the host of VOA’s Red Carpet Jackson Mvunganyi, Blackson discusses the importance of education while documenting what it was like growing up in west Africa and how his connection to the continent has contributed to his career that spans over 30 years with features on several hit movies, comedy specials and television shows.
January 11, 2023
Ghanaian Creatives Encourage Taboo Conversations
Ghana has recently experienced an influx of visits by members of the African diaspora who are looking to connect with the West African nation’s rich culture. Among them are American artists Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa, who recently hosted the inaugural Black Star Line Festival in the capital Accra. For more on how the diaspora visits are benefitting Ghana, Host of VOA’s Red-Carpet Jackson Mvunganyi spoke to Joseph Nti, the host of Sincerely Accra - a popular podcast focusing on youth culture.
January 07, 2023
Kenyan Author Ngugi wa Thiong'o Chats With VOA's Jackson Mvunganyi
Kenyan author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, known as one of Africa's most important contemporary writers and intellectuals, has made significant contributions to the fields of literature, theater, and cultural studies. Most of his books including "Weep Not, Child," "The River Between" and "Petals of Blood" are considered African classic literature. Ngugi, who recently turned 85, often addresses themes of colonialism, independence, cultural identity in his work while using literature as a tool for social change.
December 30, 2022
VOA Reporters Discuss Highlights of 2022
Managing editor Vincent Makori of VOA's Africa 54 program, sat down with colleagues Salem Solomon, News Center Multimedia Editor and Jackson Mvunganyi, host of Red Carpet and Upfront to discuss developments that dominated the continent in 2022. Among the most significant were the peace agreement signed by Ethiopia's government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front, the Climate Change Conference in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt, World Cup and the 2nd U.S. Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC.
December 20, 2022
Ghana-based Shopa Awarded Third in Innovation Competition
Frank Nana Addae, co-founder and COO of Ghana-based Shopa, was named third in the 2022 Africa Digital Innovation Competition. The inaugural competition by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Africa Business Center awarded Addae and two other winners representing innovate startups from Africa. VOA’s Jackson Mvunganyi spoke to Addae on Shopa and its work with informal retailers in Ghana.
December 15, 2022
Africa Digital Competition Winners Announced
Early this week, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken hosted a reception in Washington as part of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit where the three winners of the 2022 Africa Digital Innovation Competition were announced. On Africa 54, VOA’s Jackson Mvunganyi spoke to two winners: Tunde Oyebamiji of Healthbotics and Ore Alemede of GrowAgric. Frank Nana Addae of Shopa was also in the top three.
December 10, 2022
On Goal with Sonny & Muqbil – Brazil Crash Out of World Cup
On the fourth episode of On Goal with Sonny & Muqbil, this week VOA’s Sonny Young and Muqbil Yabarow discuss Brazil’s shocking quarter finals loss to Croatia. Sonny & Muqbil also focus on Morocco’s chances of advancing to the semifinals of the global tournament and spotlight some of the standout players for the North African team. Guests include: Jackson Mvunganyi - in studio Sunday Shomari and Kahli Abdu who are based in Qatar for the World Cup.