22 episodes

She Speaks Africa presents The Africa Whisperer podcast, a journey across Africa to explore the sons and daughters of the land making strides in the worlds of business, culture and international influence. Hosted by the multi-talented Lee Kasumba, each episode is an insightful study of how her illustrious guests have navigated life in Africa and applied their local perspectives to set global standards.

Season 1 of the podcast is inspired by the game of chess and considers the major moves it takes to excel on the continent and beyond. From understanding the African terrain to taking risks that challenge the status quo, Lee Kasumba uncovers the strategies and sacrifices of her guests’ paths to success. As the Africa Whisperer personified, Lee engages each of these grandmasters in honest conversations on vision, courage and the will to persevere in pursuit of a worthy dream.

The Africa Whisperer podcast launches on 25th May, 2022 and can be streamed from all major podcast platforms.

The Africa Whisperer…telling authentic African stories in a global way

Footnote
Leslie ‘Lee’ Kasumba is the Africa Whisperer personified. As a versatile conversationalist and creative industry strategist, she has built an impressive career majoring in media, music and popular culture across Africa. She is a passionate advocate of showcasing the continent’s homegrown talent. Leslie is the founder of She Speaks Africa, a unique hub of bespoke projects designed to demonstrate the vast potential of Africa’s creative and cultural industry. Through She Speaks Africa, she leverages her rich experience and strong commitment to telling the beautifully nuanced African story in a way that celebrates its people, cultures and rightful place in the world.

The Africa Whisperer podcast is an original production of She Speaks Africa. It is Leslie’s first self-produced podcast and follows her success as host of “Africa State of Mind with Lee Kasumba” (2017 – 2020).

The Africa Whisperer Podcast She Speaks Africa

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She Speaks Africa presents The Africa Whisperer podcast, a journey across Africa to explore the sons and daughters of the land making strides in the worlds of business, culture and international influence. Hosted by the multi-talented Lee Kasumba, each episode is an insightful study of how her illustrious guests have navigated life in Africa and applied their local perspectives to set global standards.

Season 1 of the podcast is inspired by the game of chess and considers the major moves it takes to excel on the continent and beyond. From understanding the African terrain to taking risks that challenge the status quo, Lee Kasumba uncovers the strategies and sacrifices of her guests’ paths to success. As the Africa Whisperer personified, Lee engages each of these grandmasters in honest conversations on vision, courage and the will to persevere in pursuit of a worthy dream.

The Africa Whisperer podcast launches on 25th May, 2022 and can be streamed from all major podcast platforms.

The Africa Whisperer…telling authentic African stories in a global way

Footnote
Leslie ‘Lee’ Kasumba is the Africa Whisperer personified. As a versatile conversationalist and creative industry strategist, she has built an impressive career majoring in media, music and popular culture across Africa. She is a passionate advocate of showcasing the continent’s homegrown talent. Leslie is the founder of She Speaks Africa, a unique hub of bespoke projects designed to demonstrate the vast potential of Africa’s creative and cultural industry. Through She Speaks Africa, she leverages her rich experience and strong commitment to telling the beautifully nuanced African story in a way that celebrates its people, cultures and rightful place in the world.

The Africa Whisperer podcast is an original production of She Speaks Africa. It is Leslie’s first self-produced podcast and follows her success as host of “Africa State of Mind with Lee Kasumba” (2017 – 2020).

    Vanessa Mdee - Finding Purpose Beyond The Noise

    Vanessa Mdee - Finding Purpose Beyond The Noise

    Meet Vanessa Mdee, the Tanzanian Powerhouse who wears many hats: singer, rapper, TV personality, radio host, and social activist. Vanessa is also the driving force behind the “Bongo Flava To The World” movement. She rose to fame as the first-ever Tanzanian MTV VJ, captivating audiences with her infectious energy. However, Vanessa's journey extends far beyond the screen.

    Daughter of diplomats and raised in Arusha, Vanessa considers herself a global and politically aware citizen. In this compelling episode, she candidly shares her battles within the music industry while offering profound insights into Tanzania's musical landscape and its quest for global recognition. Vanessa is one of the few artists who stayed true to herself despite the distractions from social media and pressure from society.

    Vanessa also opens up about the dynamics of her relationship with internationally recognized Nigerian Singer Rotimi and the role that God plays in it. Their relationship which is strongly rooted in shared spiritual beliefs, has led to the creation of a wellness app called "For The Better."

    Through this subscription-based platform, they empower Christians on their wellness journey, whether they are in a relationship or single. They also host monthly bible studies, fostering spiritual growth among subscribers.

    Beyond the realm of music, Vanessa Mdee is deeply committed to humanitarian causes, notably through her Udada Foundation. From providing clean energy to Arusha Girls High School to spearheading initiatives for clean water access in impoverished villages, Vanessa's philanthropic endeavours reflect her unwavering dedication to making a meaningful impact.

    This episode is a powerful call to embrace your authentic self and walk hand-in-hand with faith in every decision.

    Learn more about "For The Better" here: https://forthebetter.me/

    Discover Vanessa Mdee's world here: https://www.vanessamdee.com/

    Enjoy and don't forget to like, comment and share it with friends and family!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Building an Empire: How Nomndeni Mdakhi Turned Ideas into Impact

    Building an Empire: How Nomndeni Mdakhi Turned Ideas into Impact

    Nomndeni Mdakhi is a South African impact entrepreneur who has built a successful career empowering others.

    Nomndeni's journey began in 2009 with the launch of FUSE ACADEMY, a DJ school for girls. This was followed by Edits Communications in 2011, an agency connecting brands with celebrities and influencers. In 2017, her passion for empowering women led her to create Agenda Women, a platform providing women with resources and connections to navigate their personal and professional lives.

    In this episode, Nomndeni candidly shares her entrepreneurial journey, influenced by her family's entrepreneurial background. Choosing her own path over the corporate ladder, Nomndeni stresses on the importance of resilience, branding, taking risks and building a healthy relationship with money for business growth.

    Regardless of your current life stage, Nomndeni's story will resonate deeply, compelling you to act on dormant ideas.

    Enjoy this conversation, share it with others, and leave a review or a comment!

    To find out more about Nomndeni Mdakhi and Agenda Women, click here: https://www.agendawomen.com/

    • 1 hr 25 min
    S2.E4 - Anita Erskine: Mastering Criticism, Navigating Change And Unleashing Your Voice

    S2.E4 - Anita Erskine: Mastering Criticism, Navigating Change And Unleashing Your Voice

    Anita Erskine is ranked one of the top 100 most Inspirational Women in Ghana. With over two decades of experience in Strategic Communications Management and Television Content Development and Management, she is widely celebrated for dedicating her voice to shaping Africa's narrative and emphasizing the imperatives of sustainable development. She is also a Broadcast Journalist and TV Producer.

    In this episode, Anita takes us back to her childhood, reflecting on her upbringing and its influence on her personality. She shares personal lessons derived from her father's candidacy for the presidency of Ghana and his defeat. She also discusses how she built the confidence to speak alongside global leaders and CEOs and shares tips for handling criticism.

    Anita's love for Africa burns bright, and she encourages others to celebrate their African education. While acknowledging the continent's potential, she emphasizes the importance of owning the narrative and controlling the stories told about Africa. Anita also explores how we can leverage current resources to empower the next generation and amplify their voices.

    You will love this episode which is simply a masterclass. Please do not forget to like, comment, share and subscribe!

    To find out more about Anita Erskine, click here: https://theanitaerskine.com/about

    • 1 hr 24 min
    S2.E3 - Wendy Okolo: Inside The Mind of Nasa's Research Engineer, Inventor And Author

    S2.E3 - Wendy Okolo: Inside The Mind of Nasa's Research Engineer, Inventor And Author

    Meet Dr Wendy Okolo,a Nigerian-American aerospace engineering researcher in the Intelligent Systems Division at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, conducting research and leading cross-functional teams in aerospace vehicle flight safety and controls optimization.

    At 26 years old, she became the first black woman to obtain a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.

    She is also the first female recipient of the NASA Ames Early Career Researcher Award and an advocate for and expert in diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM.

    In this fun conversation, she tells us about her childhood, her curious mind that led her to mind-blowing opportunities, the importance of a solid community and not holding back your knowledge but sharing and mentoring as many as you can.

    Despite all this success in the US, Dr Okolo is still a proud "Naija Babe" raising the Nigerian flag higher and higher.

    In this conversation, you will be inspired by her "go - getter" mindset and you too will never take no for a final answer.

    Enjoy, like, comment and share!

    Order Dr Wendy Okolo's Book "LEARN TO FLY" here: https://www.wendyokolo.com/book

    • 1 hr 5 min
    S2. E2 - David Tlale - A Faith-Fueled Journey of Globalizing African Style

    S2. E2 - David Tlale - A Faith-Fueled Journey of Globalizing African Style

    Dr. David Tlale is one of Africa's top fashion designers. With a portfolio showcased at esteemed events like New York and Paris Fashion Weeks, he's the visionary founder behind The House of David Tlale.

    In this episode, David reveals a deeply personal journey shaped by his upbringing in the Vosloorus township. We delve into how his roots inspired his artistry and how his mother's faith instilled resilience through life's challenges. David reflects on the true meaning of success, the trials of entrepreneurship, and stresses the importance of African unity and cultural remembrance.

    David Tlale's journey is more than just fashion; it is a narrative of faith, resilience and disruption of the fashion landscape by merging humanness, cultural diversity, and African heritage

    For David, the assertion is clear: Africans possessed 'swag' long before the world recognized it.

    As The House of David Tlale marks two decades in the fashion industry this year, David shares a profound perspective: "“If you keep the faith and dream alive, it doesn’t matter what you go through in life, you can make it. This moment is purely a testament of what God can do, because my abilities and our abilities as the House of David Tlale are nothing without God’s presence.”

    Enjoy this powerful conversation and do not forget to like, share and comment!

    Shop David Tlate's latest collection here: https://davidtlale.com/

    • 1 hr 6 min
    S2.E1 - Vania Leles: A Resilient Journey of Honoring Africa with Diamonds

    S2.E1 - Vania Leles: A Resilient Journey of Honoring Africa with Diamonds

    Meet Vania Leles - The Diamond Queen. In this episode, she shares with us how her humble upbringing didn't stop her from achieving her dream and building one of the biggest diamond brands in the world: VANLELES

    Born in Guinea-Bissau and brought up in Portugal, Vania is a former model. She left her New York catwalk career to train to be a gemologist and diamond-grader. Vania then gained 10 years’ experience at some of the most prestigious jewellery houses on Bond Street before opening her own first-floor salon.

    Vania is one of the few black African women to own a luxury jewellery business of this calibre.

    In this conversation, she tells us how she got introduced to the diamond industry and discovered her purpose in life: Honoring Africa's Beauty through Luxury and Fine Jewellery.

    Vania is not just reshaping the diamond industry; she's changing the African narrative by infusing all her diamond designs with a touch of Africa. Her story is one of resilience, breaking barriers, challenging stereotypes in the jewelry business, and earning a seat at the big table through unwavering dedication.

    Shop VANLELES jewels here: https://www.vanleles.com/

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    • 1 hr 14 min

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