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Media Watch: Sunday 6th January – Friday 11th January 2019

SUNDAY

 

BBC World Service

12.06pm: From the Ground Up

The Central African Republic is one of the least developed countries on earth. Years of conflict have left hundreds of thousands of people displaced. Sexual violence is rife and extreme poverty is endemic. Yet despite this dire humanitarian situation, reporting from CAR is rare.

Anna Foster explores the challenges facing this nation from the inside, and hears from those trying to improve its fortunes. She also assesses whether the deep religious divisions will prove a lasting barrier to real peace. In the capital Bangui, the PK5 Muslim enclave is a scene of regular violence. Anna visits a maternity unit that transforms into a casualty centre at times of crisis, and hears what it is like to live in one of the most tense places in the country.

She discovers how people are struggling to live in the divided city of Kaga Bandoro. Beyond the capital there is almost no infrastructure, and the lack of electricity, running water, police officers and teachers makes improving the country for the next generation a tough task.

Russia and China are keeping a keen eye on CAR. They see potential in the chaos, not least because of the untapped mineral riches it holds. But how do the people of this struggling country view that interest?

From the rape survivors and former child soldiers to the very heart of government, Anna hears forgotten voices and sheds a new light on this most brutal of conflicts.

BBC Radio 4

1.30pm: Class Act

Lenny Henry looks at how to level the playing field for young aspiring actors from low income and BAME backgrounds.

 

BBC World Service

2.50pm: Elana Meyer: Running For The New South Africa 

At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, the South African middle-distance runner Elana Meyer was her country’s best hope for its first gold medal since returning to international sport following the end of Apartheid. In a dramatic race, Meyer ended up finishing second but, in a moment that became a symbol of African unity, the white South African immediately embarked on a victory lap hand-in-hand with the Ethiopian winner, Derartu Tulu. Elana Meyer talks to Claire Bowes.

BBC Radio 4

5pm: Brexit Bewitched Bothered or Bewildered 

As we enter the New Year Adrian Chiles returns to voters he first met for the BBC more than two years ago and who come from both sides of the Brexit divide. Being alongside them he focuses on the issues they now feel lie at the heart of this complex debate as it enters its end game

 

BBC Radio 4

5.40pm: Profile: Stormzy

Grime music’s biggest star, Stormzy, says he’s from a place “where success doesn’t happen”. But he’s had a remarkable rise to fame. Six years ago Stormzy, real name Michael Omari, was working at an oil refinery in Southampton. Now, he’s a millionaire. His success began with his debut album Gang Signs & Prayer, the first grime record to reach number one. It’s not just his music that has made him a household name in the UK. During the 2017 General Election, he lent his support to Jeremy Corbyn and at the Brit Awards last year he used his fame to speak out against the Government’s response to Grenfell. This summer Stormzy will be the first grime act to headline at Glastonbury, his performance to beamed to million across the world.

 

MONDAY

 

 

BBC Radio 4

10.45am: Maya Angelou’s Autobiographies Ep.1  All Gods Children Need Travelling Shoes

After her son’s road accident, Maya’s helped by the kindness of Ghana’s famous poet and playwright Efua Sutherland. She’s also helped by ex-pat’s living close by, whom she names as the ‘revolutionary returnees’. As a group of Black Americans they are all hoping to assimilate into Ghanaian life, but it’s not quite as they expected.

Narrator – Maya – Adjoa Andoh
Maya – Pippa Bennett Warner
Guy – Tristan Slowly
Julian Mayfield – Cyril Nri
Efua Sutherland – Gbemisola Ikumelo
Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
Produced and directed by Pauline Harris

BBC Radio 4

8.30pm: Crossing Continents: The Brazilian Footballer Who Never Was

At 12, Douglas Braga arrived in Rio de Janeiro, a wide-eyed boy, ready to live out the Brazilian dream and become a professional footballer. At 18, he was signed by one of the country’s top teams – but was also starting to realise he couldn’t be true to himself and be a footballer. By 21, he’d quit the game. He knew he was gay and felt there was no place for him in a macho culture where homophobia is commonplace and out gay men are nowhere to be seen.

Now, at 36, Douglas lives in a country that just elected a self-styled “proud homophobe” as president, which some football fans have taken as a licence to step up their homophobic abuse and threats. But Douglas is back on the pitch and – with a growing number of other gay footballers – fighting back.

 

 

TUESDAY

 

BBC Radio 4

10.45am: Maya Angelou’s Autobiographies Ep.1  All Gods Children Need Travelling Shoes Ep.1

After a run in with European professors at the university where Maya works, she’s humbled by an older local servant who offers wise advice. Maya also befriends a local hairdresser, who believes she’s been cursed.

Narrator – Maya – Adjoa Andoh
Maya – Pippa Bennett Warner
Guy – Tristan Slowly
Julian Mayfield – Cyril Nri
Efua Sutherland – Gbemisola Ikumelo
Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
Produced and directed by Pauline Harris

 

BBC 1

11.25pm:  “Fake Homeless”: Who’s Begging on the Streets?

Ellie Flynn investigates reports of people being duped by beggars claiming to be homeless. She visits Cambridgeshire, where police have adopted a zero-tolerance approach to begging, and speaks to so-called `homeless vigilante’ Ashley Sims in Devon. He photographs, investigates and shames people he believes are pretending to be homeless

WEDNESDAY

BBC Radio 4

10.45am: Maya Angelou’s Autobiographies Ep.1  All Gods Children Need Travelling Shoes Ep.3

Maya continues her quest to assimilate into Ghanaian life. She hires a boy whose true identity takes her by surprise, and when she dates a rich Mali trader, Sheikhali, there’s a clash of cultures.

Narrator – Maya – Adjoa Andoh
Maya – Pippa Bennett Warner
Guy – Tristan Slowly
Julian Mayfield – Cyril Nri
Efua Sutherland – Gbemisola Ikumelo
Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
Produced and directed by Pauline Harris

 

Aljazeera

10.30pm: People & Power: Niger- Europe Migration

People & Power investigates a controversial programme that has helped turn one of the world’s poorest nations into Europe’s southern border.

 

THURSDAY

BBC Radio 4

10.45am: Maya Angelou’s Autobiographies Ep.1  All Gods Children Need Travelling Shoes Ep.4

Maya and supporters march in Ghana to echo Martin Luther King’s 1963 monumental march in Washington DC. Their yearning for full citizenship in the US is laid bare once more. She and her group of ex-pats are inspired by a visit from Malcolm X.

Narrator – Maya – Adjoa Andoh
Maya – Pippa Bennett Warner
Guy – Tristan Slowly
Julian Mayfield – Cyril Nri
Efua Sutherland – Gbemisola Ikumelo
Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
Produced and directed by Pauline Harris

BBC 1

8pm: Britain’s Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall

Britain is already the fattest country in Western Europe and if trends continue, more than 50 per cent will be obese by 2050. Last year, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall presented a three-part documentary in which he set out to tackle the national obesity crisis. Now he returns with a final instalment, examining some of the misleading marketing claims on `healthier’ products, unveiling the truth about why Brits love to snack and challenging a family to rethink their portion sizes. He also heads to Westminster with Jamie Oliver to talk to MPs about the obesity crisis and gets an opportunity to put his questions directly to the Health Minister

FRIDAY

BBC Radio 4

10.45am: Maya Angelou’s Autobiographies Ep.1  All Gods Children Need Travelling Shoes Ep.5

On Maya’s return from Berlin Malcolm X writes asking for her to work for him back in the US . She goes on one last journey in Ghana and makes a startling discovery about her family’s descent.

Narrator – Maya – Adjoa Andoh
Maya – Pippa Bennett Warner
Guy – Tristan Slowly
Julian Mayfield – Cyril Nri
Efua Sutherland – Gbemisola Ikumelo
Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
Produced and directed by Pauline Harris

 

 

 

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The 4th Annual Igbo Conference Preview Series: Nnedi Okorafor

By Chigbo JP  Ibe

When:  Day 2, Saturday 18th April 7pm (Keynote Address)

Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian-American writer of fantasy, science fiction, and speculative fiction. Some of her publicised books consist of Zaharah The Windseeker, The Shadow Speaker, Long Juju Man, Iridessa and The Secret of the Never Mine, Akata Witch 1& 2, Who Fears Daeth Moom (Short Story), Kabu-Kabu, Lagoon. Next month she will be releasing her next novel The Book of The Phoenix (prequel to Who Fears Death)

 

 

What part of Igboland are you from?

I am from Imo State. My father is from Arondizuogu, and my mother is from Isiekenesi .

 

Occupation?

Author and Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo, NY.

 

What made you decide to get involved with this year’s Igbo Conference?

Key words: Igbo, Womanhood, Conference. Heck yeah.

 

Favourite Igbo female figure, and why?

My favourite Igbo female figure is my mother, Dr. Helen Okorafor.

Why? because despite growing up within a deeply patriarchal Igbo society where the epitome of a woman’s success was measured in how many children she birthed, my mother was Valedictorian of her high school and university classes, one of Nigeria’s top athletes in college (she made the Olympic team in the javelin), and went on to become a Midwife, registered nurse and earn her PhD in health administration.

She raised  three infants (my two sisters and I are each a year apart) while finishing her PhD. My mother showed me by example how to be magnificent.

 

Do you feel the role of Igbo women has changed over the last 50 years if so how?

Yes. I think Igbo women have a greater variety of role models to choose from,  to emulate, or just learn from. Examples are good because they show us possibility outside of our dreams; possibility in action.

Though there is resistance by those who don’t want to see change and think that culture is stagnant (as opposed to alive and adjusting to the times), it’s clear that the role of the Igbo woman in Igbo community has become more diverse (just as the role of the Igbo man has), which is a good thing in my opinion.

 

 

What are the biggest challenges facing the Igbo women today?

The confidence to pursue her dreams, hopes and aspirations, even when they go against what is expected of her.

 

 

Its 2020 and you have been elected the first Nigerian female President, what are the first 3 changes you will make?

All I’ll say is that if I were President of Nigeria, I’d fire a lot of government officials, from the top to the lower level.  I would spend a lot of time with my administration vetting those who are hired to replace them.

 

How can people contact you?

I’m @Nnedi on Twitter and my website is www.nnedi.com 

 

 

The Igbo Conference Team in conjunction with The Centre for African Studies, SOAS Univeristy of London presents “The 4th Annual Igbo Conference: Igbo Womanhood, Womanbeing and Personhood”  Friday 17th – Saturday 18th April 2015
This conference seeks to engage with various conceptions of Igbo womanhood, in relation to the changing position of Igbo women and the changing practices in Igbo culture. It will explore Igbo traditions in relation to the role and status of women and examine the numerous social and political contributions made by Igbo women.
This year we have a wide range of   plenary panels, roundtable discussions, workshops and film screenings.
Prices range between £25 – £50
Find out more here www.igboconference.com
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Media Watch: 15th December – 20th December

MONDAY

BBC World Service

1.32pm: The Case Against Meat

The first of two programmes about meat eating. The Food Chain examines the arguments against eating animal protein. Manuela Saragosa weighs up the biological, economic and environmental costs of eating a meat-rich diet.

Why is it that the richer a country gets, the more meat people consume? Shoppers in China explain why serving meat is their way of showing love.

We hear how the answer to how much meat is healthy for us to eat might lie in our gut. And, leading American food writer Michael Pollan examines the omnivore’s dilemma – how does meat eating fit in with the urge to live a healthy and ethical life?

 

BBC World Service

8.32pm: The Conversation –  Advertising Execs: Nunu Ntshingila and Vasudha Narayanan

As the Chair of one of South Africa’s largest agencies, Ogilvy & Mather, Nunu Ntshingila is among the highest ranking women in world advertising. Born in Soweto in the 1960s, she learned her trade under Apartheid when both the working environment and the marketplace were racially divided. Later she had the job of marketing the ‘new South Africa’ as a tourist destination and has since overseen campaigns for some of the world’s biggest brands. Nunu says she moved “from the struggle between black and white to the gender struggle” and talks about her limited ability to change the way black women are portrayed in advertising.

Vasudha Narayanan is the executive creative director at the Lowe Lintas agency in India. Based in Mumbai she says advertising is not an easy job – especially for women – as the unconventional working hours and frequent parties can raise eyebrows in conservative society. Vasudha says she is conscious about the influence her adverts have on society. She says: “It’s men who need to change their attitudes – we try and encourage men to behave better”

 

THURSDAY

 

BBC Radio 4

8pm: The Report- Rape: Prosecuting Accusers

The suicide of a woman being prosecuted for falsely crying rape has raised questions about the best way of dealing with these cases.

In this week’s edition we hear the story of Paul Fensome, who was investigated and jailed after a false rape claim. His accuser was convicted of perverting the course of justice. Some say her prison sentence was too harsh and she should have been dealt with far more sympathetically. Do cases like this deter women from reporting rape, or is it the best way to get justice for men who go through the ordeal of clearing their name?

 

BBC 1

9pm: Apple’s Broken Promises

Apple is arguably the most valuable brand on the planet, making products that a vast number of consumers want – but how are the workers putting its highly desirable gadgetry together really treated? Panorama goes undercover in China to show what life is like for the workers making the iPhone 6, and reporter Richard Bilton travels to Indonesia to find children working in some of the most dangerous mines in the world, finding out what happens to the tin they dig out by hand