36 episodes

A podcast series of Africa-focused conversations.

The ARC Insider thearcinsider

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A podcast series of Africa-focused conversations.

    The Sky Is The Limit

    The Sky Is The Limit

    In the 36th episode of the ARC Insider, hosts Karen Allen and Tara O’Connor hare their thoughts on recent events in Africa including the final report of the Zondo Commission and President Ramaphosa's 'farmgate' controversy in South Africa, and the upcoming Russia-Africa Summit in Ethiopia.

    This episode's special guest is Forsyth Black, formerly CEO of global airlines services company John Menzies Plc which owns Menzies Aviation. Mr Black discusses how the African airline industry survived covid (or not), and shares his thoughts on the 'aeropolitical' priorities of governments and state airlines.

    • 33 min
    Talking Arts

    Talking Arts

    In the 35th episode of the ARC Insider, hosts Karen Allen and Tara O'Connor review the latest developments in the Nigerian presidential primaries, food exports from Russia and Ukraine, Somalia's new president, and important recent cases in the world of anti-corruption.

    This episode's special guest is Bolanle Austen-Peters, one of the continent's most influential women who traded law for the life of lights, camera, action and is making it big internationally on screen and stage.

    • 30 min
    Defying Disinformation

    Defying Disinformation

    In the 34th episode of the ARC Insider, hosts Karen Allen and Tara O'Connor discuss the key upcoming political events in Africa including consequential elections in Nigeria and Kenya, and opposition success in Zimbabwe as the country faces an economic crisis.

    This episode's special guest is Simon Allison, editor-in-chief of The Continent, an award-winning pan-African weekly newspaper delivered via WhatsApp. In an insightful conversation, Allison discusses the online future of African journalism, the 'infodemic' challenge, and why he took his newspaper on to WhatsApp.

    • 32 min
    The ARC Insider, Episode 33: Cape Town’s bold digital ambitions

    The ARC Insider, Episode 33: Cape Town’s bold digital ambitions

    Hosts Karen Allen and Tara O'Connor discuss the reaction in Africa to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with impacts on the role of Russia in African conflicts, higher food import prices, and the changing stance of China.

    Recorded in Cape Town, this episode's guest is Keet Van Zyl, partner and co-founder at Knife Capital, a venture capital company. Van Zyl discusses Africa's exploding tech scene, and why Cape Town is pushing to become one of the continent's main tech hubs.

    • 33 min
    The ARC Insider, Episode 32: On the road with Tara and Karen - the Business of Basketball in Africa

    The ARC Insider, Episode 32: On the road with Tara and Karen - the Business of Basketball in Africa

    Hosts Karen Allen and Tara O'Connor discuss breaking news from across Africa, including the death of South Africa's last apartheid-era president F.W. de Klerk, Nigeria's launch of its digital currency, and the states of emergency in Ethiopia and Sudan.


    This episode, Karen and Tara are joined by Victor Williams, CEO of NBA Africa, who discusses how his career in investment banking led him to basketball and the opportunity to grow the sport on the continent. Williams also provides his insights into the successes of the inaugural season of the Basketball Africa League, the NBA's first professional basketball league outside North America, and how sport can fuel Africa's economic development.

    • 28 min
    The ARC Insider, Episode 31: Afraid of straddling - the electric vehicle revolution in Africa

    The ARC Insider, Episode 31: Afraid of straddling - the electric vehicle revolution in Africa

    Hosts Karen Allen and Tara O’Connor discuss breaking news stories from across the continent.


    This week, they are joined by Shantha Bloemen, the aid worker turned tech entrepreneur. As Managing director of Mobility for Africa, Shantha discusses her roadmap for a new mobility ecosystem.

    • 37 min

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