Personal Perspectives #3 | Johnny Clegg

UbuntuFM | Johnny Clegg | Personal Perspectives #3

#Interviews #People #Africa #SouthAfrica #Zimbabwe Johnny Clegg

A personal perspective on Johnny Clegg, South-African musical icon and anti-apartheid activist.We had a sit down with Paolo Genovesi, global citizen, self-declared pro-Apartheid supporter, turned pan-Africanist.

Welcome to UbuntuFM, Paolo, and thank you for the opportunity to sit down with us. Every story has a beginning. Where did yours start? 

I have been always fascinated by travel and foreign cultures. Africa, in particular, has been so important in my life because of my granny who lived in Zimbabwe, then called Rhodesia. So I grew up with Africa and travel with Africa on my mind. 

By sheer luck

Language = Culture

UbuntuFM | Language is Culture: interview with Maazi Ogbonnaya

#Interviews #Writers #Africa #Nigeria #Biafra Igbo Maazi Ogbonnaya

on the significance of language to a cultureMaazi Ogbonnaya is an academic, writer and translator of the Igbo language. His work aims at preserving and reviving the language & culture of one of Africa's largest ethnic groups. UbuntuFM reached out to Mr. Ogbonnaya for this exclusive interview.

The Igbo nation is one of the most populous of the indigenous African peoples almost equaling their population in the diaspora. The Igbo are an ethnic group native to the present-day south-central and south-eastern Nigeria. UbuntuFM's Ikenna Okeh recently recorded the interview with 'Maazi' Okoro Mark Ogbonnaya as follows:

It’s nice to get in touch with you, Maazi Ogbonnaya

It is my pleasure

Africa’s unique opportunity for post-pandemic rejuvenation

UbuntuFM | Africa’s unique opportunity for post-pandemic rejuvenation by Mamphela Ramphele

#Feedback #Society #Africa #SouthAfrica

By Dr. Mamphela RampheleIt has taken a tiny organism, SARS-CoV-2, to get even the most conservative traditionalists to accept that state institutions are essential to mobilizing national resources to protect and promote the common good. The fragilities of neoliberal economics have been laid bare.

Institutional capacity in public health care systems, law enforcement, and regulatory agencies, as well as the capacity of the state to commandeer production of essential goods and services, have become decisive interventions in this pandemic. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose conservative government had for years underfunded the public sector, confirmed this unequivocally when he

Interview with Richard Ali

UbuntuFM | Interview with Richard Ali

#Interviews #People #Nigeria #ModernHistory #Europe #Africa #NetNeutrality #Secessionism #Xenophobia #BookPublishing #Biafra Richard Ali

Personal Perspectives #1: Richard Ali - book publisher and lawyer from NigeriaPersonal Perspectives is an interview series, a platform on which we invite people to share their perspective on issues that affect us all.  Recently UbuntuFM was privileged to sit down and speak with Richard Ali, book publisher and lawyer from Nigeria. 

Richard Ali was shortlisted for the John la Rose Short Story Competition (2008). He has participated in various writing workshops including the 2012 Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop and the 2013 GRANTA/British Council Workshop.  Richard has served as Judge for the BN Poetry Award [Africa’s only Africa-wide poetry prize] and Rwanda’s Huza Press Short Story Prize and has been a Guest at

‘Biafra’ All Over Again

UbuntuFM | ‘Biafra’ All Over Again

#Feedback #Society #Biafra #Nigeria #Africa

History is about to repeat itself.Between 1966 and 1970, Biafra was all over the news media for those old enough to remember. What was called a war, was in fact a genocide comparable to the Rwandan genocide of the 90’s or worse. Let's fast forward from 1966 to Sept 12, 2017.

The late 60’s were a period of international turmoil. The Vietnam War was on every household TV screen. Student protests met violent repercussions in many places. A time of cold war on the one side and détente on the other. Symbols of flower power, peace and love, competed with scenes of war atrocities in the news headlines.

Then this conflict flared up in a West-African backwater called Biafra

Migration, Deportation and other African Norms

UbuntuFM | EU's migration problems

#Feedback #Society #Africa #Migration #Europe

On the deportation of African nationals from Europe & AmericaDeportation of African nationals from Europe and America has come to be accepted as a norm; just as normal as you would hear folks discuss corruption in Nigeria, piracy in Somalia and fighting in the Congo.

There is a saying amongst my people that the unheeding ear falls off with the severed head. Such adage as this comes in handy when one is to consider the present state and the likely future of the African continent with regards to the indifference of its governments on issues affecting their neighbours. 

At present, the UK has been deporting African nationals quietly and without publicity. On

Sankara's Ghost

Thomas Sankara | Africa's Che Guevara

#Footage #People #Africa #History Burkina Faso Thomas Sankara

Thomas Sankara (1949 -1987) Thomas Sankara, President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987, continues to live on in the memory of his people. What is Sankara's legacy and what can we learn from it today?

If we are under the perception that Africa’s problems are so huge, complex and diverse…
Where to start…? How to establish real change…? How to improve the people's lives and futures…?

This documentary about Thomas Sankara - Burkina Faso’s President from 1983 to 1987 - may well reveal that our perceptions are in fact misconceptions...

Thomas Sankara became president of Burkina Faso after a

On The Executive Order

UbuntuFM | On The Executive Order | image: Christopher Lee for The New York Times

#Feedback #Society #Humanity #Africa

A temporary ban from entering the USA. And for what reason? President Trump’s executive order on immigration indefinitely barred Syrian refugees from entering the United States, suspended all refugee admissions for 120 days and blocked citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, refugees or otherwise, from entering the United States for 90 d

What do Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Syria presently share in common?
A temporary ban on its nationals from entering the United States of America.

And for what reason? Best known to the United States' government and its people. But it is not my place to dictate to the people and government of a sovereign country. Instead, I intend to point out some issues that might be in the

Mavuthela Music Rendezvous

UbuntuFM | Mavuthela Music Rendezvous

#Shows #World #Radio #Africa King Mavuthela

with King Mavuthela Radio Host and co-founder of UbuntuFM Radio Africa, King Vusi Mavuthela brings you music from the African continent and beyond!

King Vusi Mavuthela brings you more than 3 hours of non-stop music from the African continent and beyond, occasionally with special guests and artists tributes.

Marabi, Kwela, Mbaqanga, Traditionals, Kwaito African music as well as music from the world plus a bit of poetry to spice it up! Just be with UbuntuFM Africa and you are going to be with the trend of music both locally and