Africa Renewal Podcast launched on Africa Podcast Day

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The Africa Renewal Podcast

The new podcast focuses on the stories of people working on solutions and advancing hope in Africa.

By: Africa Renewal

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 in a three-part series features Dr Joy Kategekwa, an expert in trade law and policy and one of the architects of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement that paved the way for the creation of a single African market for goods and services.

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

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

The podcast will be available on Apple Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon, iHeart Radio, Google Podcasts and Spotify, as well as 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 DGC.

“It shines a light on the work of individuals and institutions through solution-driven stories of Africa’s social, economic and political journey.”

“Podcasts have the power to spark our imaginations,” says Sandra Macharia, head of the Africa section at DGC. “We see this as a relevant way to connect directly with our listeners, wherever they are, with real, inspiring and hopeful stories about Africa.”

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

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

The third episode will be released on April 7 and will feature Adenike Oladosu, a young Nigerian climate change activist. As the world prepares for the 2022 World Climate Talks (COP27) scheduled for November in Egypt, she calls for urgent action to tackle the climate crisis.

Release dates for future episodes will be announced later this year.

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