African Voices Podcast: Episode 6

African Voices, Episode 6! In this episode:

  • Top news stories from the African continent.
  • Upcoming Events.
  • An exclusive interview  with Kinobe  from Kinobe & the African Sensation, a music group based in Uganda
  • Advice Box: Scholarships and Jobs for young African and African Americans
  • Music from Uganda’s Kinobe & the African Sensation.
If you would like to contribute news, events, issues, interviews or music to our podcast, email us: or call: (312) 949 9980 between 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri.
Click the link below to see the full details of news, events and music featured on the podcast.


This episode we feature music from Kinobe & the African Sensation,  a Ugandan group whose music is inspired by African roots and global fusion.  Kinobe is committed to bringing love and joy to people around the world, using music as a voice to create peace and to champion a better future for children everywhere.


Africa: Feeding the Planet by Leveling the Plowing Field for Women-

  • The United Nations Children’s Agency (Unicef) estimates that women in Cameroon are doing 75 percent of the agricultural work, yet own less than 10 percent of the farmland.
  • A study in Burkina Faso links gender-based restrictions on access to labor and fertilizer with a 30-percent reduction in yields on plots farmed by women versus those maintained by men. In Namibia, it is still common for a woman to lose all of her livestock if her husband dies.
  • A recent report from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) warns that given their long-standing lack of land rights, these land deals-which involve millions of hectares-threaten to further marginalize women farmers and thus undermine efforts to improve food security in Africa

Africa: Aiming for a Predictable Water Supply

    • The average annual rainfall across the continent is around 800mm a year. But conditions vary dramatically from country to country – and within countries
    • But it is not necessarily the amount of rainfall a country receives that is of most importance. While quantity does matter, what is essential for a country’s growth and prosperity is that it has a predictable water supply
    • Mike Muller, a visiting professor at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg is hopeful that in June this year, at the Rio +20 earth summit conference on sustainable development, “we will cement the changed relationships that have emerged over the decade and we will see a fairer set of outcomes
Morocco: Moroccans call for end of rape-marriage laws
    • Activists in Morocco have stepped up pressure to overturn laws that allow rapists to marry their victims, after a 16-year-old girl killed herself.
    • Amina Al Filali, 16, drank rat poison last week in Larache, near the city of Tangiers after being severely beaten during a forced marriage to her rapist.
    • Women’s rights groups have said the law is used to justify a traditional practice of allowing a rapist to marry his victim to preserve the honour of the woman’s family.
    • Morocco updated its so-called family code in 2004 in a move to improve the situation of women, but activists say there is still room for improvement. Proposed constitutional reforms in Morocco include moves to boost women’s rights.
    • A government study last year found that about 25 per cent of Moroccan women have been sexually assaulted at least once in their lives

DRC: DR Congo’s Lubanga found guilty the ICC:

  • The International Criminal Court (ICC) has found Congolese rebel leader Thomas Lubanga guilty of recruiting and using child soldiers during the final years of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s 1998-2003 war
  • The former leader of the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC), an ethnic Hema group, was charged with recruiting and using child soldiers in northeastern DR Congo. He had been held at The Hague since 2006 and went on trial in 2009.
  • Carla Ferstman, director of Redress, a London based human rights organisation, said the ruling was an important one that might help discourage the use of child soldiers.
  • “We hope that this will have a deterrent effect in the DRC, the rest of Africa, Asia, and elsewhere,” she said.
Uganda: Kony Screening Provokes angry in Uganda:

    • Joseph Kony is a household name, thanks to a 30-minute YouTube video raising awareness about his brutal rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA)
    • On Tuesday, a charity organisation showed the film to the people who suffered at the hands of the LRA – Ugandans in the north of the country.
  • Citizenship Workshop
    • Saturday, March 24th
    • 9:00am-1:00pm
    • Truman College
    • 1145 W Wilson Ave, Chicago IL
  • Leadership Workshop
    • Saturday, March 24th
    • 9:00am-1:00pm
    • IIT Tower Building
    • 10 W 35th Street, floor 6
  • African Youth Forum
    • Saturday, March 31st
    • 10:30am-5:00pm
    • IIT Tower Building
    • 10 W 35th Street
  • ANC Centenary Event
    • Saturday, March 24th
    • 4:00pm-7:00pm
    • South African Consulate
    • 200 S. Michigan Ave, #600
ADVICE BOX: Scholarships for Young Africans
    1. Wake Forest University has an opportunity for minority students to attend its MBA program for FREE, and so far, the response has been very poor.  Please pass along this opportunity to your friends, families. This is a great school and a tremendous opportunity to attend a top graduate school.  See the details below, the contact person is: Derrick S. Boone, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Marketing, Rm. 3139Worrell Professional Center, Babcock Graduate School of Management – Wake Forest University_ WINSTON_SALEM  N.C 27109-8738 email: or visit
2.      Black Male Teachers needed. Do you know any Black Males who are seniors in high school who want to go to college out of state for FREE?  The CALL ME      MISTER program offered by 4 historical black colleges in South Carolina, Benedict College, Chaflin University, Morris College and South Carolina State University – detailsonline application or call 1.800.640.2657
3.     Harvard University is offering free tuition to families of HONOR STUDENTS and their income is less than $125,000 per year.  Visit www.fao.fas.harvard.edc
or call 617.495.1581.
4.     Syracuse University School of Architecture is desperately seeking young women and men of color interested in pursuing a 5 yr. professional degree in Architecture. Contact:  Mark Robbins, Dean School of Architecture, 201 Slocum Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244-1250 (315) 443-256
5.     A free pair of eyeglasses from Target for any child ages 12 and under brings a valid prescription for glasses from their doctor.  You can find stores with optical departments at
6.     APPLY NOW – If you have/know young adults between the ages of 18-31 with a High School Diploma.  Can earn up to $100,000 and earn benefits.  The Federal Aviation Association is taking application for Air Traffic ControllerSchool visit the website
AFRICAN RECIPE: Ethiopian Lentil BowlIngredients:
  • 1 lb lentils
  • 2-3 large onions
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 3 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 cups water


  1. Sort the lentils and soak in tap water for 30 minutes.
  2.  Rinse in running water and drain.
  3. Peal and finely chop the onions. Peel and mash the garlic.
  4. Heat the oil in large pan and sauté the onion until golden.
  5. Add tomato paste and paprika and mix. Add half the water and the garlic, ginger pepper and salt. Stir well and then add the rest of the water, stir again, cover and bring to boil.
  6. When the water boils, add the lentils, lower the flame and cook 20-30 minutes, until the lentils soften.
  7.  Serve hot.



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