Africa on Focus is a weekly dialogue, hosted by Ms.aba on Hi-radio who shares success stories of young Africans from the continent and the Diaspora.
Byron Kwaning – Racism, a sin issue #Blackpeople
Let’s talk to Byron Kwaning, a husband, father and soon to be ordained pastor who used his gift of powerful public speaking at the #BlackLivesMatter protests in the Netherlands. Tune in to hear his take on racism being a ‘sin issue’, changing mindsets and pushing conversations that deny wilful ignorance on race issues in the Netherlands and beyond.
Let’s Chat Africa – Everyone against racism #blacksociety
Let’s talk to Lis Camelia, Donny Addison and Nene McRich in our bi-monthly segment called Let’s Chat Africa. In this episode, we discussed how the fight against racism isn’t ‘black people versus white people’, but actually everyone against racism, collectively. We’re looking to address ignorance in the time of information, as well as the emotional fatigue that has come with the global conversation around the anti-racist movement. Tune in to hear two passionate, learned people express their views and experiences surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement; an intelligent and deeply insightful conversation on how racism affects our society on a personal and institutional level.
Palgrave Boakye-Danquah – The Leadership that Africa needs Pt. 2 #Youthleadership
Here is part 2 of our talk with Palgrave Boakye Danquah, a well-travelled, highly educated visionary who works towards bettering youth leadership in communities around him.
Tune in to learn even more about how Palgrave’s intends to equip youth in Ghana and how Kandifo Institute, an independent think tank to influence Ghana’s policymakers through critical thinking and strategic planning.
Kojo (Otmar Watson) – Performance art & story telling #Theafricanway
Let’s talk to Otmar Watson, the Managing Director of Untold, a brilliant organisation based in Amsterdam. Untold is an organisation that celebrates African culture and history, through developing talents and skills of young people in performance art while telling the story of their collective African identity.Otmar has been interested in African culture since a young age, and he grew his knowledge and interaction with the culture through conscious rap, during the hiphop movement in the 1980’s.
Intent on learning more, Otmar feels closer to his ancestral history through educational travel to Ghana, South Africa and other countries in Africa. Otmar is also keen to push the focus on history before slavery, to celebrate the traditions, culture and stories from the Africa that is often forgotten.Tune in to hear about Otmar’s insightful encounters from his travels, and how he hopes to use his knowledge and passion to provide a professional platform for African culture and arts.
Palgrave Boakye-Danquah – The Leadership that Africa needs #Youthleadership
Let’s talk to Palgrave Boakye Danquah, a well travelled, highly educated visionary who works towards bettering youth leadership in communities around him. Hailing from Ghana, Palgrave has travelled and worked in no less than 78 countries so far, and he’s not slowing down anytime soon.
With many bachelor and masters degrees in his pocket, Palgrave is a living example of how education never ends. Through his work at the Kandifo Institute in Accra, Palgrave operates a non-partisan organisation that focuses on mentoring young people in leadership, encouraging policy dialogue, conducting research and objective analysis on national issues.
Tune in to learn more about Palgrave’s insightful experiences through his travels and education, and his passion for Ghana’s democratic future through ambitious, well-equipped youth.
Eddie Kadi – Bridging the gap through comedy #Africanpeople
Let’s talk to Eddie Kadi, a self-made comedy icon that believes in using his craft to entertain with a purpose. Born in the Democratic republic of Congo and moving to the United Kingdom as a child, Eddie went on to graduate from Kingston University in the early 2000’s.
During his time at university, Eddie became involved in hosting large-scale showcases, and learn to use his unique comedic and linguistic skills, paired with his lived experiences to bridge the gap between the diaspora and those living in Africa. Calling himself an “entertainment merchant”, Eddie grew his audience to a global scale, now flying around the world to perform as a comedian and a host.
Tune in to hear about Eddie’s relatable experiences of growing up in the diaspora, as well as his insightful take on how not to see barrier between African from different regions, and to further embrace the empowered continent that Africa truly is.