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Announcing Africa Podcast Day 2022!
Discover community and show your work at Africa Podcast Day 2022
Greetings to you from rainy Nairobi! What a month October has been, not least because we now realise it’s almost the end of 2021 (which has felt like 5 years rolled into one). We at Africa Podfest are counting down to November 27, which is our second birthday! We’re planning an epic celebration with you, our community, details of which we will share soon enough. This was also the month when Adelle Onyango, a pace-setter in African podcasting and host of the most popular Kenyan podcast Legally Clueless, did us proud with her speech at New Africa-France Summit in which she spoke truth to power, interrogating the imbalanced relationship between France and African countries. To me, this moment demonstrates the power of podcasting to elevate Africans to truly stand tall in the world. This is only the beginning, and we are committed to continuing our chosen work of inspiring and elevating African podcasters to build a thriving audio industry.
We are proud to have joined the Africa No Filter network as narrative champions. Africa No Filter is committed to shifting stereotypical and harmful narratives about Africa and is supporting our Discovery Tour and Africa Podcast Day 2022.
Today we are excited to announce Africa Podcast Day 2022, which will take place on Saturday February 12, 2022. Read on to learn how you can get involved!
Melissa Mbugua, Co-Director, Africa Podfest
Announcing Africa Podcast Day 2022
Africa Podcast Day is an annual event which aims to celebrate and appreciate the best of the continent’s podcasting industry. The 2022 edition of #AfricaPodcastDay will be held on Saturday, 12 February 2022, with the occasion’s theme being “Podcasting is Freedom”. Taking place virtually, we are offering you an opportunity to be featured on the official #AfricaPodcastDay 2022 Schedule by curating your own session around this year's theme, exploring what freedom within the African podcasting space means for you, as well as the podcasting community around you.
We are excited to open this application to you and more African podcasters in recognition of the fact that your voice is an integral part of the rising (and thriving) podcast community we’re creating across Africa, and your work in telling and sharing your stories has the invigorating halo effect that make us too radiantly proud to be African.
Thinking of having yourself/your pod incorporated into the Africa Podcast Day schedule? Well, there are a number of options available to you, not limited to these, but certainly at your discretion from which to choose. You may:
Stream a live recording of your podcast;
Host a panel or workshop;
Launch your new podcast;
Host a live acoustic music session;
Share a video podcast recording;
Be seen and heard through a video stream of you at your best in podcasting.
Find out the selection details and submit your application today!
Discovery Tour: The Road to Africa Podcast Day 2022
As we move towards Africa Podcast Day 2022, the Discovery Tour is taking us to African podcasting hubs and allowing us to shatter the single story of Africa through epic encounters with African podcast storytellers across the continent. With four stops culminating on Africa Podcast Day 2022, we are continuing our tradition of putting African podcasters first through celebration and connection.
Stop #1 - Zambia: A Different International Connection
We kicked off on International Podcast Day in Zambia, where we had a different kind of international connection. Frequently, we hear about African podcasters divided into 2 categories. The categories are (a) podcasts from Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) and (b)Podcasts from Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Africa Podfest bridged this geographic division of podcasters by having podcasters from across the regions come together. Podcasters from Kerning Cultures in MENA discussed how to find a good story and the Zambia podcaster community had an open interactive session on how to make podcasts that stand tall in the global podcast space.
Stop #2 - Kenya: DADA Podcast Incubator by SemaBOX
The month of October brought together much advocacy, awareness and movement building around women and girls’ issues. There is only one women’s podcast incubator in Africa, DADA Podcast Incubator by SemaBOX. Many new podcasts in Africa struggle with the question of building better podcasts from underrepresented African voices. In Kenya this year, SemaBOX launched the DADA Podcast Incubator for women to discuss a variety of topics that aren’t usually discussed in mainstream media. Our guests spoke about their podcasts and experiences with podcast production.
The Discovery Tour continues with 2 more stops on November 27 2021 and January 12, with locations to be announced soon!
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