African podcasts to listen to
Podcasts aren’t exactly popular in African countries, but the medium is growing in popularity. We have discovered six podcasts from Africans for people interested in what is happening in Africa right now. These podcasts cover issues from history to sex, and you can read more about them here.
The Unverified podcast
This podcast brings “the world to Kenya and Kenya to the world.” The Unverified podcast is hosted by HBR radio host Calvin Wanguku and Brenda Obath. Both hosts give raw opinions on controversial and topical stories happening in Kenya and the world. They are also both funny. On their recent episode, they talked with a private investigating firm in Nairobi.
Africa Past & Present
Africa Past and Present is an African studies podcast. Hosted by historians from Michigan State University Peter Alegi and Peter Limb, Africa Past and Present hosts different academics discussing African and African Diasporic history, culture and politics. The podcast tends to be quite academic, but it’s a good source for African topics that don’t get into the mainstream, like this episode about a woman in colonial Nigeria who became a King and married other women.
Kiss and Tell
This one is not safe for kids or work. Hosted by Lady Skollie, South African visual artist, Kiss and Tell discusses sex, relationships, and everything in-between. Lady Skollie, also known as Laura Windvogel, brings her unique perspective on gender roles, desire, and lust. She brings on different people to Kiss and Tell to discuss these topics in the mainstream, for example, one week they discussed Amber Rose and the idea of slut shaming.
The China in Africa podcast
The China in Africa podcast is part of a multimedia project that explores the growing aspects of Sino-African relations. The podcast is hosted by Eric Olander, a journalist based in Vietnam, and Cobus van Staden, South African journalist and academic at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Both hosts reveal and address issues that have emerged with China’s engagement with African countries. The most recent episode examines the racist Chinese ad for laundry detergent Qiaobi.
Accra We Dey
Accra We Dey celebrates Accra and takes listeners to the heart of the Ghanaian capital. The podcast covers topics ranging from music to art and film. This episode from season two talks about food, and of course the classic jollof debate, and features food blogger Mame.
Tao of Otaku
Tao of Otaku is a geeky podcast from four Nigerians: Ziki, Obito, Demi, and Tolu. The hosts dissect comics, video games, and anime from a Nigerian perspective. Ziki works with comics and is an entrepreneur, while Tolu is a game developer. They recently released an episode on Nigerians in Space, with Deji Olukotun, author of a book with the same name, which reveals attempts by the Nigerian government to launch a space program.
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