Africa is a Country, Or Is It? – Sean Jacobs

Sean Jacobs is the founder of the blog Africa is a Country, which reflects a fresh take on African nationhood that transcends geographical borders. He reflects on his history as a blogger and the vision that he has for Africa Is A Country, as well as for blogging on the continent.

Sound design: Tim Pringle, Origin Audio

Recorded by: Sotho Mafia

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Her Zimbabwe – Fungai Machirori

Fungai Machirori is a poet, writer, photographer and new media activist who is concerned with the manner in which stories of the continent and Zimbabwe in particular are formed and disseminated. She speaks to Katarina Hedrén about the impact her feminist blog Her Zimbabwe has had on the inclusion of women in national discourse.

Sound design: Tim Pringle, Origin Audio

Recorded by: Sotho Mafia

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Afrocentric Confessions – Chika Oduah

Chika Oduah is a journalist and author of the popular blog Afrocentric Confessions. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, UK Guardian, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, CNN, Al Jazeera, National Geographic, National Public Radio, MSNBC, This Is Africa and more. She talks to Yewande Omotoso about her decision to move back to Nigeria and the risks of being a journalist in Africa today. She speaks to the notion that journalism thrives on bad news and touches on the importance of lending her voice to the human stories that demand it.

Sound design: Tim Pringle, Origin Audio

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Developing Art Criticism on the Continent – Christine Eyene

Yewande Omotoso speaks to art historian, critic, and curator Christine Eyene about the contemporary African art scene on the continent and in the diaspora. Christine reflects on the role art as both a means of understanding, as well as a repository of marginalised histories.
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Who wrote the gender script? – Simi Dosekun

Yewande Omotso speaks to author, Phd candidate and Nigerian feminist Simi Dosekunabout her research titled “New Styles of Femininity in Nigeria”.

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Reflections from Ghana’s best-known woman novelist – Ama Ata Aidoo

In this podcast, Yewande Omotoso introduces us to one of her own inspirations in her journey as a writer – Ama Ata Aidoo.  A woman with incredible creative range as a writer, poet, playwright, and academic, Aidoo invites listeners to join her and a group of youth at a recent writers’ workshop in Ghana as she shares her experiences of maturing as a writer.

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International Encounters Documentary Festival – Lesedi Oluko Moche

Lesedi Oluko Moche, Festival Director of the annual International Encounters Documentary Festival, speaks to Yewande Omotoso about the value and power of documentary films in helping us share our personal and cultural narratives with the world.

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Futures Thinking – Geci Karuri-Sebina

Yewande Omotoso speaks to Geci Karuri-Sebina, founding member, chair and director of the South African Node at The Millennium Project and executive manager of programmes at SA Cities Network. Geci is a foresight enthusiast and visionary who likes to be part of Africa’s bigger developmental picture.

Sound design: Tim Pringle (Origin Audio) Content developer: Natalia Molebatsi

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Food & Community – Karen Dudley

Yewande Omotoso reflects on an interview Uma Ramiah had with Karen Dudley, dynamic foodie and cook behind the deli – The Kitchen, and the newly opened Dining Room in Woodstock, Cape Town. Listen in as Karen speaks about her delicious creations, her great success and from where she draws her inspiration.

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