African Perspectives

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Celebrating nearly 23 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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African Perspectives for June 21,2020

Jun 19, 2020

As we celebrate all the fathers and father figures in our listening area, we take some time to address the painful reality of black men and women dying from encounters with the police. The episode features excerpts from a letter signed in 2014 by 1,800 American sociologists for justice and change after the police killing of Trevon Martin in Ferguson, Missouri. The episode rounds up with a commemorative segment in memory of Nigerian reggae legend, Majek Fashek.

African Pespectives for June 14, 2020

Jun 14, 2020

This episode is part two of the specials on the genres and impact of music in Africa. In this second show, focus turns to Dr. Adeoluwa’s Okunade’s discussion of instrumentation in African music. The episode also serves to introduce our ever-popular five-week summer musical safari through the African continent. As always, the episode featured selected enjoyable music from Africa and/or by Africans including wonderful instrumentals that featured a wide range of indigenous instruments such as Djembe, kalimba, shekere, kara and so much more.

African Perspectives for June 7, 2020

Jun 8, 2020

With the impact of the ongoing pandemic on all of our lives, we decided to begin our summer offerings on our first show in June. This episode is part one of a two-part special on the genres and impact of music in Africa. The two shows focuses on the work ‘Introduction to Music in Africa’ from an African ethnomusicologist, Dr. Adeoluwa Okunade as part of our Summer School sessions on African Perspectives. In addition, the two specialized shows serve as introduction to our ever-popular five-week summer musical safari through the African continent.

African Perspectives for May 31, 2020

Jun 2, 2020

This episode is our second listeners’ appreciation show for the year. Once every quarter, we set aside a show to appreciate the support of our listeners. These quarterly episodes have been part of our tradition on African Perspectives.

African Perspectives for May 24,2020

Jun 2, 2020

This Memorial Day special episode commemorates the Memorial Day holiday in the United States. To the list of those who have fought and died on behalf of the United States, we add the names of all the health workers and others who have died during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the show, we share five wise sayings from across the African continent from the website, face2face Africa, as part of our consideration of the meaning of life over the long weekend. As always, the episode features selected enjoyable music from Africa and/or by Africans.