#91 – Derik Omari, Recipient of the 2018 Queen’s Young Leader’s Award, Ghana

This episode features Derick Omari, a native Ghanaian who has been dubbed one of Africa’s most influential young people. Derick has won the hearts of people in Ghana, Africa and the world. A very inspiring young man who was named recipient of the 2018 Queen’s Young Leader’s Award. He was chosen to win this award from a pool of over 4000 finalists.

Derick is the founder of Tech Era – a community engagement initiative aimed at equipping underprivileged children with IT skills, also helping to teach the visually impaired to use computers. He also started Berekuso Music Project, an afterschool initiative to teach pupils to play music.

Derick uses all he has at his disposal to expose the youth to things that they thought were otherwise unreachable.





#90 – Modou Njie – The Gambia, Founder of Farm Fresh and FinTech player

This episode features Modou NS Njie, a young Gambian entrepreneur, founder of Farm Fresh, online food store and online delivery. He recently won the Seedstars contest for The Gambia, where he presented his project named Money Farm.

Modou NS Njie is an ICT expert with over 20 years experience as Head of IT for UNDP, Deloitte and two major banks in The Gambia. Over the past five years however, Modou transformed himself into a social entrepreneur by starting up Farm Fresh. The project focuses on promoting local produce and thereby securing income for local farmers and food processors.

Modou is using his skills to make finance more accessible to farmers who have land but struggle to make it profitable.

Press play to his views on technology and how he built Farm Fresh to the business it is today.





#89 – Tiago Costa, Comedian, Luanda, Angola

This episode features Tiago Costa, a Comedian from Luanda, Angola.

Tiago Costa was born in Lisbon in 1985. He studied in several cities in Portugal and returned to Luanda after completing a degree in Law and a postgraduate degree in Counseling and Consultancy in Communication and Marketing.
Tiago is a man of many talents and vast knowledge. He managed to unlock some of his natural abilities at an early age. Having discovered his oral and writing skills, he began pushing his articles in a magazine mainly marketed in Angola.  He was a production assistant in a short film that won the FIC 2010 prize.
He is now the producer of a stand up comedy show that takes place monthly, and aims to promote local comedians.
With all he does, he believes in working for the people, and using his skills and wisdom to help them avoid crisis.
Twitter – @ti_ticii (Tiago M. B da Costa)

#88 – Rachel Nyaradzo Adams, founder of Narachi Leadership and TED Speaker, Zimbabwe

This episode features, Rachel Nyaradzo Adams, Founder of Narachi Leadership, Coach and Speaker.

Rachel Nyaradzo Adams is the founder of Narachi Leadership, a leadership consultancy aimed at developing deep benches of leaders for the African continent. In this work she offers her expertise as a leadership practitioner, ontological coach, mentor and speaker. She works with corporates, entrepreneurs, teams and individuals. Her particular passion is working with emerging leaders across Africa (she has worked with emerging leaders from seventeen African countries thus far) whose currently under-mined potential will be the catalyst for the continent’s transformation.

Twitter – @RachelNAdam


#1000africanvoices #tedtalks

#87 – Kennedy Mmari – Communications, PR and Digital Media Practitioner and Learner, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

This episode features, Kennedy Mmari, Communications, PR and Digital Media Practitioner and Learner.

Kennedy Mmari was born in Kilimanjaro and raised in Dar Es Salaam. He is the Founder and Chief Executive of Serengeti Bytes, a full-service Communications, Public Relations and Digital Media agency based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

With over 6 years worth of experience in the areas of Public Relations, Communication and Digital Media in both NGO and private sector, Kennedy is also an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Goalkeeper, the honorary associations as a result of his commitment and contribution to various areas of Sustainable Development Goals in Tanzania.

In this episode, Kennedy expresses his views on life in Tanzania and his role within the African context.

Twitter – @kennedymmari



#86 – Jimmy Nelson – Photographer and TED Speaker, United Kingdom, Netherlands

This episode features Jimmy Nelson, Photographer and TED Speaker

James (Jimmy) Philip Nelson was born in 1967 in Sevenoaks, Kent. He had a fascination with photography from a young age. But discovered his talent when he went on his first journey of documentation, trekking by himself.

Jimmy has gone on to publish books that tell a story about where he has been and what he has seen. His books are now an inspiration to many, and encouraging the world to see people and places through his eyes. To see the beauty and presence in different people and places.

His embrace and love for all people and cultures influenced his decision to start his foundation. You can connect with Jimmy through the following links;

Twitter – @Jimmy_P_Nelson


#1000africanvoices #tedtalks

#85 – Wesley Mark Gainer, Filmmaker, Johannesburg, South Africa

This episode features Wesley Mark Gainer, Artist Manager and film director.

Wesley is an Artist Manager who graduated with a BA (Hons) Film qualification. He has a deep passion for film and TV has seen him directing and writing films. He has also served as a cast-coordinator owing to his passion for talent.

In this episode Wesley talks about his love for romantic comedies, specifically #prettywoman, his views on the #MCU and goes on a deep dive on religion, the universe and the cosmos. Its a pure masterclass.

Twitter – @WesleyGainer


#84 – Veda Sunassee, citizen of Mauritius and Princeton University alumnus.

This episode features Veda Sunassee, a citizen of the beautiful island of Mauritius, an alumnus of Princeton University and Head of College at The African Leadership University.

Veda Sunassee is one of Africa’s leading entrepreneurs and changemakers. He started his career with the African Leadership Academy (ALA).  He has also worked at the African Leadership University (ALU), first as the Director of Student Life at the Mauritius campus and later as Head of College at the Rwanda campus.

In this episode, Veda covers education, African affairs, leadership challenges and lessons learnt from visiting 39 countries.

Twitter – @vedasunassee




#83 – Ryan Botha – Ex Professional Soccer Player, Co Owner of PointBreak Gym and Model

This episode features Ryan Botha, Ex Professional Soccer Player, Magazine Cover guy and Co-owner of Pointbreak Fitness Centre in Cape Town.

Ryan went to #ManchesterUnited before signing for South Africa’s Supersport United FC at the age of 18 and Wits University FC a year later. He has also played for Finland’s FC #Tervarit, #FCMypa and #FCInter before moving to Turkey to join #FCDenizlispor. Other teams he has played for include ENP in Cyprus, Thanda Zulu Royals, Moroka Swallows, Platinum Stars and Vasco Da Gama. He is without a doubt, the quintessential definition of a footballing journeyman.

In this episode we talk about his studies (professional coaching), unable to shake off the label of South Africa’s #davidbeckham, lessons from his travels and his love of Cape Town. What does he love about South African football and what would he change?

Instagram ryan_botha, ryanbotha.com

Twitter – @RyanBotha




#82 – Liza van Deventer, Actress and Professional Dancer, South Africa

This episode features Liza van Deventer, Actress, Dancer and surfing enthusiast.

Liza plays the role of Candice Erasmus on SABC 1’s soapie Skeem Saam. She studied in Los Angeles, USA for 3 years.

In the episode, Liza speaks about what she learnt in her time in the States, why she returned to South Africa and what it means to be a recognizable face on one of South Africa’s most popular soapies. We talk about people that have influenced her career, her hopes and dreams and how she manages to live in two cities and still keep her life organized.

Tune in to find out what she gets up to when she is not on our screens. What a lovely guest.

Twitter – @LizavanDeventer


#skeemsaam #1000africanvoices

#81 – Innocent Sadiki, Skeem Saam’s Sthoko, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Innocent Sadiki is a South African actress, presenter and mom best known for her recurring role as Sthoko, in the SABC1 soapie Skeem Saam.

In 2015 she played the guest role of Thina in the SABC1 soapie Generations: The Legacy and was also a guest on the fourth season of the Mzansi Magic reality competition series Big Brother Mzansi. In the same year she acted with her sister in three TV movies that were part of Mzansi Magic’s “Lokshin Bioskop” strand: Poor Sam, The Secret and House Warming.

You can find Innocent @

Instagram – innosadiki

Twitter – @innosadiki



#80 – Keri Soldo, Johannesburg, South Africa, Business Coach and Entrepreneur

This episode features, Keri Soldo, Business Coach and Entrepreneur

Keri is a Commercial Manager with over 15 years of experience working in both the public and private sectors in a variety of roles. She is a business management consultant with an interest in sustainability and compliance, having worked in office management, legal environments and projects from planning and implementation to execution.

In this episode, Keri talks about her love of food, hosting and travelling across Europe and Africa. Press Play to find out what she likes about Xai-Xai, Mozambique. Could it be the fresh seafood? Why does she love Johannesburg as much as she does?

You can connect with Keri on the following links;



#79 – Carol Ofori, Johannesburg, South Africa, radio and TV presenter, voice over artist and motivational speaker

This episode features, Carol Ofori, seasoned voice over artist, radio presenter, TV host and motivational speaker. Carol hosts The Weekend Favour on Radio 2000, and the parenting SABC 2 show, Raising Babies 101.

Over the years Carol has interviewed some of the most distinguished public figures and renowned personalities globally such as the late President Nelson Mandela, international news anchor Lukwesa Burak, Lil Kim, Hollywood actors Antonio Banderas and Morris Chestnut, Dr 90210, and Black Coffee.

Press Play to find out her views on Africa.

Twitter – @CarolOfori

Instagram – @CarolOfori



1000 African Voices denounces Xenophobia

It’s sad that in 2019, as we try to unite Africa we find ourselves tackling xenophobia in South Africa specifically.

It’s time we understand who we are and embrace our brothers and sisters from across our beautiful continent. Enough is enough. Does an artificial geographic boundary warrant attacks on each other? Come on Africa. We are better than this.




#78 – Hetty Boachie-Yiadom, Johannesburg, South Africa. A 2019 Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South African (#MG200Young) with 7 retail stores

This episode features, Hetty Boachie-Yiadom, award winning entrepreneur, businesswoman, conversationalist and mentor.

Hetty is one of the 2019’s Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans (#MG200Young) with 7 retail stores and growing. In this episode, Hetty talks about her favourite books, mentorship, pan-africanism, and what it takes to start and sustain a family business.

Amazing guest, great conversation. Press play.

Facebook: Hetty The Entrepreneur – www.facebook.com/HettyTheEntrepreneur

Twitter: @HettyEntreprene / @ph_boutique

Instagram: @Hetty_The_Entrepreneur / @ph_boutique

Website: www.phboutique.com

#77 – Vimbaishe Musvaburi, Activist and Future President of Zimbabwe

This episode features, Vimbaishe Musvaburi, Politician, Businesswoman, Media Personality, TV Show Host and Activist.

In this episode, Vimbai as she is commonly known talks about her ambitions to become Zimbabwe’s first female president, problems facing Africa and the impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

You can get in touch with Vimbai on the following links,

Twitter – @vimbaimusvaburi
Instagram – vimbai_musvaburi

#76 – Dr. Ethel Phiri, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

This episode features Dr. Ethel Phiri, PhD, Lecturer, focusing on plant biology, orphaned crops, food security, genome sequencing at the University of Stellenbosch. One of the Mail and Guardian’s 200 young South Africans you must take to lunch. Bronze medalist – South African Association for the Advancement of Science – Best and original Masters thesis in sub-antarctic ecology.

In this episode, Dr. E, as her students like to call her, takes us through the world of academia, travel, wine and why she chose to be a career academic. Thanks to her job/passion and love for travel and food, Dr. E has visited several countries around the world and made interesting observations that she shares in the episode.

For more press play and listen to the wisdom of

You can follow Dr. Ethel Phiri on Twitter @EthelPhiri_PhD or on LinkedIn – https://za.linkedin.com/in/drethelphiri


#plantbiology #orphanedcrops #foodsecurity #underutilisedcrops #underutilizedcrops#genomesequencing



SPECIAL EDITION – Q&A with our 38th Voice and Guest Host Emmanuel Yegon in celebration of 75 episodes

Emmanuel Yegon, our 38th voice returns to assume the role of guest host as he interviews Avhurengwi to find out more about 1000 African Voices.

You can find more of Emmanuel’s work on his website – https://mobilejournalism.co.ke/author/yegon/

We highly recommend that you subscribe to the Mobile Journalism website. Amazing content.

The episode was produced by Emmanuel himself.

#75 – Niniola – Singer behind the hit song, Maradona, Nigeria

This episode features, Niniola, performer, singer and songwriter.

Niniola was born as Niniola Apata in Lagos State, Nigeria. She came third in the MTN Project Fame competition which saw her break into the Nigerian entertainment scene with her hit single “Ibadi” in 2015 which topped many music charts both locally and internationally. Her other hit song, Maradona remains a firm favourite among her fans.

In the episode she talks about what she learned from rejection, her collaboration with South Africa’s Busiswa and how she reacted to @Timbaland comments on her Instagram page.

Twitter – @OfficialNiniola

Instagram – officialniniola


#74 – Zikhona Sodlaka, Award Winning Actor, Singer, Dancer, South Africa

This episode features Zikhona Sodlaka, an award winning actor, singer and dancer from South Africa.

Zikhona Sodlaka is a South African actress best known for her starring roles in such television shows as Shooting Stars, Rhythm City, Soul City, Intsika and Montana. She is a Naledi Theater Awards Winner and the South African Film and Television Award Nominee. She has also acted in Tshatsha, Igazi, Generations and the films, The Two of Us and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom among others.

In the episode we talk about her love for long walks, music and audio books, her hairstyle and we do a deep dive on what makes her the lovable actress we have come to know.

@zikhonasodlaka on Twitter and Instagram