African Perspectives

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Celebrating 25 years of broadcasts on WUGA, African Perspectives examines current issues in Africa and celebrates African music and culture. The series also focuses on Africans living in Georgia and the Southeast and provides information about African-related activities on the University of Georgia campus. Host Akinloye Ojo is a native of Nigeria and a Ph.D.  in linguistics.

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  WUGA recognizing one of its own on Tuesday.  Dr. Akinloye Ojo, host of African Perspectives and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and Director of the African Studies Institute was honored today for his 25 years of hosting African Perspectives. It is the second-longest running show at the station and the longest with the same host and producer. 

This final episode in October is a music show focused on African Reggae. It opens with reminders about the still ongoing pandemic, the Black History Month in England, and the monthlong celebration of the 24th Anniversary of the show in November. The episode focuses on the growth in Africa of the music genre created in Jamaica and made popular globally by artistes such as Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. This episode also features selections of African reggae from two collections from Hemisphere and Shanachie music labels.

This penultimate episode in October, the designated Black History Month in England, focuses on news updates from the East African region. Beginning with the sustained celebration of the 2021 Nobel Prize for Literature going to Abdurazak Gurnah of Tanzania, the episode featured news from Kenya about the murder of 25-year-old athlete, world record holder runner, Agnes Tirop. The episode also features an urgent update from Sudan with increasing threat from the military to the civilian-military government of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

This third episode in October focuses on African literature especially in response to the award of the 2021 Nobel Prize for Literature to Tanzanian writer, Abdurazak Gurnah. The episode features our first interview in the final quarter of the year. The episode also features news updates from Tunisia with the appointment of the first female Prime Minister, Najla Bouden Romdhane, 63, Ethiopia with its ongoing civil war and Tanzania following the Noble Prize for literature award.

This second episode in October is an acknowledgement of the wonderful roles that music and musicians have been having in the World, especially during the last twenty months of global health crisis. The episode features a special focus on the career and music of three superstars of African music and even what is commonly known as World Music.