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May 2022 brings Africa month and more
Welcome to May 2022!
We are excited to bring you this newsletter, which also marks our mid year newsletter hiatus. Since Africa Podfest began in 2019, we have taken May, June and July off from this Newsletter to recharge. This year, we are happy to continue this tradition. Please enjoy this month’s Newsletter - we will post periodic short updates and look forward to coming back to our regular schedule in August 2022. Thank you for your support!
New African Podcast Episodes
We are thrilled to share that the best part about African podcasting is still the sheer audio enjoyment of new African podcast episodes which came out this past month.
In case you missed it, the Guardian featured From the Ranting Atheist to I Like Girls: the best African podcasts. The article covers topics from queer Africans to a blogger’s disappearance, female hosts and producers from across the African continent pick their top shows.
Every second Tuesday of the month, we bring you A Sema Nasi Podcast and this month, we will bring you an interview with Gathoni Ngumba, who is Community Manager at Afripods.
“The thing community is doing is allowing us to learn, it accelerates the learning curve because… with my knowledge, then it helps you, who then the next person who comes after you it just makes it easier for them” - Gathoni.
An Invitation: Discovery Tour - Data Edition Report Launch
Exciting news 🥳🤩
We spent weeks working on and gathering data from you, our wonderful community of podcasters and podcast lovers on the growth of podcasting in the top 3 podcasting hubs in Africa. We're so excited to finally launch this informative report at a virtual town-hall event on Thursday May 12, 2022 from 3-5pm EAT
Through this event, we will directly engage with pioneer African podcasters, enablers and decision-makers in the African and global podcast and media ecosystem to share the research findings, garner feedback from the stakeholders and build support for the research initiative.
Join us and Baraza Media Lab to explore and unpack our finidings from this research through presentations of our findings and an open discussion on the same. Register here to save your seat bit.ly/africapodfestxbml-discoverytour
Twitter Space: Discovery Tour - Data Edition : The Data edition brought together Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa on Thursday 12th May at 5pm on Twitter. If this is your first time on a Twitter Space - join us as we continue the conversation on 2022 growth and trends in African podcasting Twitter Space 5pm. To be sure that you do not miss the Space - click on this button to schedule it in from your Twitter account. If you are not familiar with this audio social media tool, check out How to Use Spaces ahead of the event.
The Africa Renewal Podcast
A new podcast is expanding knowledge about Africa and the Africa we hope to see in the future. On May 6, you can catch the Launch of the Africa Renewal podcast, from the UN Department of Global Communications and featuring Africa Podfest’s Melissa Mbugua and Josephine Karianjahi as co-hosts. The launch will feature the first episode on the African Continental Free Trade Area and an interview with Sandra Macharia, who is the Chief of Africa Section for the Department of Global Communications. Catch the last two episodes on the Historic Malaria Vaccine Breakthrough and African Youth and the Climate Crisis here.
In our ongoing How To Podcast learning series, we focus on How To Source Podcast Guests Intentionally. In this video, Khayriyyah Muhammad Smith of the Bring Your Own Chair podcast examines how podcasters working on interview podcasts can grow their interview skills. (Link to Video)
Africa Day 2022
Annually, Africa celebrates the formation of the Organization of African Unity. This annual commemoration of African unity inspires Africa Podfest, and we hope that you will join us in this celebration wherever you are. We will be bringing you some special moments in music and poetry from our last year. We are also privileged to bring you a video launching the KaBrazen podcast - which brings stories of brave African women to little ones. Follow Africa Podfest on YouTube to catch the action.