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Africa Renewal Podcast launches on Africa Podcast Day, 12 February

New podcast focuses on stories of people working on solutions and advancing hope in Africa.
Africa Renewal
From Africa Renewal: 
12 February 2022
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The Africa Renewal Podcast produced by the United Nations Department of Global Communications (DGC) and Africa Podfest was released on this year’s Africa Podcast Day, Saturday 12 February. 

The first of a three-episode launch series features Dr. Joy Kategekwa, a trade law and policy expert and one of the architects of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement that set the stage for the creation of one single African market for goods and services.

Leading African podcasting experts Melissa Mbugua and Josephine Karianjahi of Africa Podfest and organizers of the Africa Podcast Day say they are delighted to collaborate with DGC to produce the podcasts. 

“We are excited that the Africa Renewal Podcast will be one of the top products that will be showcased on the Africa Podcast Day, which is a day we use to celebrate talents in the industry.”

The podcast will be available on Apple PodcastsPodbeanAmazoniHeart Radio, Google Podcasts, and Spotify, as well as on the Africa Renewal website and social media platforms: Facebook and Twitter

“The Africa Renewal Podcast focuses on Africa’s development from the perspective of people living and working on and for the continent,” says Nanette Braun, acting Director of Strategic Communications at the DGC.

“It highlights the work of individuals and institutions through solutions-focused stories of Africa’s social, economic and political journey.”

“Podcasts have the power to stimulate our imagination,” says Sandra Macharia, Chief of Africa Section in DGC. “We see this as a relevant medium to connect with our listeners directly, wherever they are, with stories that are real, inspiring and hopeful about Africa.”  

The new podcast is the next step in diversifying and expanding the Africa Renewal digital platforms to offer existing and new audiences factual and balanced content about the continent and complements Africa Renewal’s existing audio versions of published content.  

The second podcast episode to be released on 3 March is a conversation with Dr. Bernhards Ogutu, a Kenyan scientist who leads global clinical trial research and worked on the groundbreaking malaria vaccine for children recently recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). He explains how the malaria vaccine could be a game-changer in tackling the killer disease in Africa.

The third episode will be out on 7 April and features Adenike Oladosu, a young Nigerian climate change activist. As the world prepares for the 2022 global climate talks (COP27) scheduled for November in Egypt, she calls for urgent measures to tackle the climate crisis.

The dates for the release of future episodes will be announced later in the year.


Listen to this episode on: Apple Podcasts | Google PodcastsPodbean | Amazon | iHeart Radio  | Spotify | PlayerFMWebsite

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Dr. Bernhard Ogutu

S1-Episode 2: Historic Malaria Vaccine Breakthrough

In October 2021, the WHO recommended the widespread use of the malaria vaccine among children. In this episode, Dr. Bernhard Ogutu, a scientist who leads global clinical trial research and worked on the game-changing vaccine, talks about the historic vaccine, the years of research and the technological advances that made the vaccine a reality.

Dr. Bernhard Ogutu is the Chief Research Officer with the Kenya Medical Research Institute and the founding President of the East African Chapter of the Association of the Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP).

Dr. Joy Kategekwa (Uganda)

S1-Episode 1: African Continental Free Trade Area

In this episode, Joy Kategekwa, a trade law expert who is one of the architects of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), talks about the historic agreement that set the stage for the creation of one single African market for goods and services.

Dr. Joy Kategekwa (Uganda) is the regional strategic advisor to the Assistant Administrator and Director for the Regional Bureau Africa at the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP. 

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