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“Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it” was the invitation from Frantz Fanon. What is our generational mission? What is our role as the fourth generation of African leaders in the emancipation of our continent & its peoples? Why & how can we participate effectively in the politics of our countries to bring about fundamental change? How can we employ the right ideological tools to make heads and tails of Africa's grand political casino? This podcast seeks, through discussions, to answer these questions. Learn more at www.rootvoices.org

The 4th Generation Podcast Brian Olemo

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“Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it” was the invitation from Frantz Fanon. What is our generational mission? What is our role as the fourth generation of African leaders in the emancipation of our continent & its peoples? Why & how can we participate effectively in the politics of our countries to bring about fundamental change? How can we employ the right ideological tools to make heads and tails of Africa's grand political casino? This podcast seeks, through discussions, to answer these questions. Learn more at www.rootvoices.org

    Ep.#006 - The Role of Technology in the African past and present ft Thomas Lesaffre - Part 2

    Ep.#006 - The Role of Technology in the African past and present ft Thomas Lesaffre - Part 2

    In Part 2, we explore the effects of technology, particularly social media on the youth. We address some of the following questions;


    What do we make of the so-called "Twitter generation" and "digital natives"? 
    What role has technology played in political mobilization and organization in the continent?
    What effect does technology have on the efficacy of youth involvement in politics and advocacy?
    What exactly is "The social dilemma"?

    The 4th Generation family extends its deepest gratitude to Omar Belghith who has produced this Episode and the Episode on Sankara's legacy. We convey our best wishes as he continues on his revolutionary journey.






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    Ep.#006 - The Role of Technology in the African past and present ft Thomas Lesaffre - Part 1

    Ep.#006 - The Role of Technology in the African past and present ft Thomas Lesaffre - Part 1

    In this age of "planetary entanglement" and  "technological escalation", where "innovation has become the norm";


    Does technology inherently lead to better outcomes? Are we to be techno-optimists or techno-pessimists?
    Is Technology neutral? What (whose) agenda does innovation follow? To what (whose) needs do new technologies cater?
    What role has technology played in the colonization and exploitation of Africa?
    In light of the digitalization of finance, how do we perceive the role of technology in the financialization of the poor?

    In Part 1 of this episode, I am joined by my politics and governance teacher Mr. Thomas Lesaffre in an attempt to answer the afore-stated questions. Mr. Thomas' Ph.D. thesis is centered on the "digitalization of finance."

    The closing song is 13 We are also praying / Julius Nyerere by Didier Awadi


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    Ep.#005 - Dissecting Uganda's Political Present ft Surumani Manzi - Part 2

    Ep.#005 - Dissecting Uganda's Political Present ft Surumani Manzi - Part 2

    Part 2 features a critique of Uganda's opposition, the National Unity Platform (NUP) party & the person of Bobi Wine (Robert Kyagulanyi) its leader as well as his politics. Manzi makes a case for challenge of our time, a "transition" sustained by an answer to "ethnic question." He postulates that Ugandans, just like Bobi Wine himself, may be expecting too much from the "people's messiah".  We discuss the problems plaguing grassroot politics in Uganda most notably poverty as Manzi recounts his trip around " a representative" sample of districts across the country. 

    Manzi offers a critique of the 11th Parliament including their ability to properly fulfill their principle functions.  We make a case for young people to be politically aware and conscientious. In addition to eliminating pedestrian thinking, we search for the hope in a seemingly bleak political situation that unjustifiably drives many into apathy.



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    Ep.#005 - Dissecting Uganda's Political Present ft Surumani Manzi - Part 1

    Ep.#005 - Dissecting Uganda's Political Present ft Surumani Manzi - Part 1

    From President Museveni's seemingly unending reign in power, the emergence of a new face for opposition politics in Kyagulanyi Robert Sentamu (alias Bobi Wine) with his NUP vehicle to the nature of our 11th Parliament, this episode offers a critique through a historical analysis of the moving parts of Uganda's politics. 

    Our guest, political commentator, Surumani Manzi approaches these intricate topics through a balanced examination of history. By way of critique, we delve into the significance of key historical events (from the 1966 Kabaka Crisis that was a major turning point in Uganda's political history) that have shaped the ethos and modus operandi of the current regime. We tackle the challenges that threaten the stability of Uganda including balkanization of the country as well as the level of "ethnic consciousness." This episode also tries to make sense of the November killings that were featured in this BBC documentary as well as the recent attempt on Gen. Katumba Wamala's life. A case is also made for a shift of focus to preparation for a Uganda post-Museveni - effectively a "transition."

    Surumani Manzi is a "civically and politically conscious Ugandan", a poet with the Lantern Meet and an author whose first book " They were Ugandan" - a short story anthology publishes soon. A very well read young Ugandan, Manzi also works with the African Studies Bookstore and is a critical observant of what happens in Africa's civic space.

    To preorder his book; "They were Ugandan." 

    Ending song

    "Dr Wangaala" by Simon Kaate Nsubuga


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    Ep.#004 - "Thomas Sankara in 21st Century Africa" ft Thomas Lesaffre - Part 2

    Ep.#004 - "Thomas Sankara in 21st Century Africa" ft Thomas Lesaffre - Part 2

    “The present generation of Africans is thirsty, searching for where to draw the moral, intellectual and spiritual courage to effect change. The waters to quench the thirst, as other continents have already established, lie fundamentally in history – in Africa’s forebears, men, women and children who experienced much of what most Africans currently experience, but who chose to toe a different path” and we dare add that Thomas Sankara was such a man (preuxeastafrican).

    In part 2, we continue our discussion on Sankara's legacy and his relevance to politics and leadership in Africa today. The episode is punctuated by Gil Scott-Heron's "The Revolution will not be televised" and Didier Awadi's "16 La Patrie Ou la mort / Thomas Sankara".


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    Ep.#004 - "Thomas Sankara in 21st Century Africa" ft Thomas Lesaffre - Part 1

    Ep.#004 - "Thomas Sankara in 21st Century Africa" ft Thomas Lesaffre - Part 1

    “Few young Africans have ever heard of Thomas Sankara. In reality, it is not the assassination of Thomas Sankara that has dealt a lethal blow to Africa and Africans; it is the assassination of his memory, as manifested in the indifference to his legacy, in the lack of constant reference to his ideals and ideas by Africans, by those who know and those who should know (Preuxeastafrican).”

    In this 2-part series, show host Brian Olemo is joined by Siyabonga Michelle Hadebe for an in-depth analysis and discussion of the legacy of Capt. Thomas Sankara. The discussion is facilitated by University of Chiekh Anta Diop alumna Thomas Lesaffre who teaches Politics and Governance at the African Leadership Academy. We go into the nitty-gritties of Sankara’s politics and policies, his revolutionary struggle and his foreign policy including his unprecedented stance on women and youth in the state. We speak to his moral uprightness, his crackdown on corruption as well as increased government expenditure. We can all agree that in an epoch where role models are scarce in the political realm, Thomas Sankara is a leader worth studying and emulating.

    If you have only heard of Sankara, seen his face at a protest or by any gathering of especially leftist political parties but you have no concrete knowledge of the man - this is the episode for you.

    Resources

    Watch this documentary on Thomas Sankara the Upright Man by Afrikanews on YouTube.

    You can also read: "Thomas Sankara Speaks" & other resources on Sankara here 

    Articles; 

    Justice for Sankara: https://thewalrus.ca/thomas-sankara-tried-to-liberate-his-country-from-the-west-then-he-was-murdered/

    Role Model for the capacity of African transformation: https://www.thomassankara.net/role-models-for-africain-capacity-for-transformation-thomas-sankara/?lang=en




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