Hello Africa and welcome to the Kuungana Podcast. This is more than just a podcast. It is a project aimed at breaking down the boundaries that divide us as a people. The boundaries that divide our beautiful continent.
Over the coming years we will unpack the meaning of the 4th Industrial Revolution within the African context.
The Final Episode Featuring Myself - My Journey with the 1000 African Voices Project
This episode features our Executive Producer and Host, Avhurengwi as he bids farewell to the listeners of 1000 African Voices. Tune in to hear how the podcast came about and his general views on the Podcast space on the African continent.
You can reach Avhurengwi on firstname.lastname@example.org
#150 - Tsitsi Mutendi - The Queen of Start-ups and Co-Founder of African Family Firms
This episode features Tsitsi Mutendi who has been successful as a Fashion Creative director - Mucha; Media Professional (Created Zimbabwe's first Glossy Women Empowerment Magazine - Jewel Magazine Zimbabwe), and Magazine Publisher/Editor-In-Chief.
She has been dubbed the Queen of Start ups. She has always enjoyed starting new entities and watching them grow and succeed. From her experiences she became the Co-Founder of African Family Firms, the biggest African Family Business Association on the globe; Owner and Administrative Director of Montessori Primary School; Business Services Consultant at Nhaka Legacy Planning, an estate planning firm helping family businesses create lasting legacies.
The most exciting thing about Tsitsi is that she does not intend to stop improving the world any time soon. Her passion for business and her passion for people continuously inspire her to keep creating. She is a leader that will never stop leading.
#149 - Fadimatou Noutchemo Simo talks about aviation on the African Continent - She is the Founder and President of YAAPA; CEO OF HEFA
This episode features Fadimatou Noutchemo Simo, a Cameroonean who is the founder and president of Young African Aviation Professional Association, a non-profit organization that creates a platform of exchange between industries stakeholders and the next generation of aviation professionals in Africa. The aim of YAAPA is to meet up with future demand of skilled workers in the industry. Her mission being to raise awareness of aviation as a potential career, particularly in those communities which may not ordinarily be exposed to aviation. As part of YAAPA’s outreach program Fadimatou introduced the Heleta Aviation Scholarship Programme to encourage underprivileged children in rural areas of Africa to consider aviation as a future career choice.
She is also CEO of HEFA Group, her aviation consultancy firm. Fadimatou is the winner of the IATA High Flyer Award 2019 and the Commonwealth Point of Light Award 2019, she was an international visitor leadership program alumnus in 2016. She has been selected for the Global leadership in international aviation.
#148 - Solomon Serwanjja on the sad state on Ugandan politics. He is the 2019 BBC World News Komla Dumar Award Winning Investigative Journalist
This episode features Solomon Serwanjja, an investigative reporter and anchor of the Live @9 Bulletin on NBS Television. He is also the Uganda correspondent for KTN News in Nairobi. His reporting focuses on politics, human rights and good governance. He is a well-known journalist and his passion for investigative journalism highlighted his desire to make positive change in his native Uganda.
He is a recipient of the African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) Award and the 2017 Bbale Francis Best Male News Anchor of the Year Award. At the United Nations, he plans to cover the global response to the refugee crisis in Uganda, the UN role in South Sudan's recovery and progress toward Sustainable Development Goal 4 (quality education).
He has won the 2019 BBC World News Komla Dumor Award. He is impressive in, not only with his eloquence and passion for telling African stories, but also with his commitment and bravery in uncovering what's in the public interest.
#147 - Shermaine Hombarume from Zimbabwe, an Amateur Cook and Yawa Hansen-Quao, Ghana - Founder of Leading Ladies Network
Yawa Hansen-Quao - Founder of Leading Ladies Network; African Leadership Network Member; Leadership Consultant to UN
This episode features Yawa Hansen-Quao. Born in Ghana, raised biculturaly as she grew up in the United States of America, she returned to her home country with a fire in her heart. Having fought for all things right and honourable in university she continued her fight when she finished her studies and created the Leading Ladies Network (LLN), a resource and relationship base for young women as they take leadership roles in government, civil society, corporate organizations and others.
Through its Female Leadership Advancement, Mentoring and Empowerment Series, LLN trains young women to be instruments of social change, supporting them in all areas and preparing them to be servant leaders in their chosen fields. These women carry out projects to improve their societies and are prepared to take on further leadership roles.
Yawa continues to fight because she understands what women are capable of achieving when they are taught to embrace everything that they are. She knows that the battle will continue for years to come.
Shermaine Hombarume – Finance Officer and Amateur Cook from Zimbabwe now living in the UK
Shermaine Homabarume from Zimbabwe and now living in the UK.
Shermaine is a highly motivated and driven Finance officer with years of experience in business environments. Her confidence, tenacity has helped her build a track record for account handling and client satisfaction A broad knowledge of a wide range of financial practices, including financial assessments. When she is not worried about balancing the books, Shermaine is in the kitchen experimenting with different kinds of ingredients.
In the episode Shermaine focuses on family, childhood memories and the role of music and love in her cooking. She takes us into the kitchen and remembers the bygone era when she was a young teenager in Harare, Zimbabwe.
#146 - Charlot Magayi, Kenya - Taking over Africa with environmentally friendly stoves
This episode features Charlot Magayi, Environmentalist; Influencer; Founder of Mukuru Stoves. She was born and raised in Mukuru - one of the biggest slums in Nairobi Kenya. She grew up in a community where cooking with a lot of fuel was a norm. But when she and her own child started getting sick from the fumes that were emitted by the regular stove, she took it upon herself to improve her life, while at the same time improving the lives of all underprivileged people in Africa.
She put herself through college and used her skills to create a stove that would use less fuel, emit less fumes and reduce the likelihood of getting burnt. Having dropped out of school at 16, it took a lot of commitment and determination to even start on a journey to save the world. Mukuru Stoves have become internationally known and Charlot has won awards for her environmental awareness. Change can come from the humblest of beginnings, but strength comes from some of the harshest. Charlot has made it through both and come out on top.