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Unpacking Africa Podcast with Emmanuel Agbeko Gamor

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Award-winning multimedia journalist & digital aficionado Emmanuel Agbeko Gamor hosts conversations from Tech to Arts and Culture.

The Unpacking Africa podcast explores industry ecosystems that are fraying in the light of the pandemic and beyond with suggested ways-to-improve. In each episode he speaks with global citizens from many countries. The Unpacking Africa podcast is featured on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and many other global podcast platforms.

@eagamor shares resources while exploring ecosystems in our communities and figuring out issues pertaining to the African continent.  Website: www.4irAfrica.co (not com) & @4irAfrica_ on social media.

Episodes include guests features in digital remote work, entrepreneurship, health and education.

Health Episode deep dive:

Healthcare ecosystem challenges have been spotlighted more during the pandemic and by peeling the layers we recognize the oft-overdue needed investment in infrastructure, sustainable technology for personalized and tech-enabled diagnostics and medicine delivery and on the practitioner side the work hours, stress and inadequacy of many a healthcare institute in serving citizens across Global North and Global South, our African, countries.

Garakia “Gazah” Govati‘s Maiko Healthcare Group makes investment in healthcare solutions and speaks about Epione.net and shares the symptom tracker for pre-screening, self-monitoring and health practitioner identification features of the app on Google Android Play store and Apple’s App Store. He goes further in making a collaboration call for you, our dear listeners to be distribution partners, shareholders and to give much needed feedback once you download.

Dr. Palesa Phalafala is a plastic and reconstructive surgery registrar at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital (the largest in Africa and 3rd largest in the world!). She shares anecdotal insights on her day-to-day, the amazing work, resolve and sacrifice each health professional goes through in taking care of us in their communities but also having to social distance from their family during this insidious pandemic. She highlights sheroes, of which is one and the work they do with www.CoronAssist.Online and reiterates the importance for all of us to stay home and individually own the fight by practicing better hygiene and social distancing.

The Unpacking Africa podcast is featured on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and many other global podcast platforms.

Education Episode deep dive:

Learning Journeys – this episode engages 3 African professionals, 2 of whom are PhD candidates: Zinhle Mkhabela, a Measurement and Evaluation practitioner in South Africa, Kwabena Boateng, a collaborator on Pan-African education ecosystems in the United States and Fauzia Issaka, an international development consultant & doctoral student in the United Kingdom.

We get to hear their perspectives on the challenges the pandemic has presented in their own academic lives – as well their students; pain-points in digital access on educational systems; and the opportunities in future-casting post-Covid educational journeys that highlight solutions among likely allies. With cross-collaborative programs with universities on the African continent and Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States of America as a primary example. While you listen to this edition, you might as well grab a cup, lean back and lean-in to their intriguing insights.

The Unpacking Africa podcast is featured on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and many other global podcast platforms.

Fauzia Issaka is a development professional pursing a doctoral degree in the United Kingdom. As a teaching assistant currently in Ghana, she shares professional transition tips and makes a case for students in ongoing on-campus programs that have turned into distance-learning offerings during these times. Her submissions interrogate how parents and teachers may vet the learning competence of the wards this academic year due to the challenges of homeschooling during the pandemic.

Kwabena Boateng is the founder and president of the African Diaspora Nation and hosts the HBCU Homecoming initiative from Atlanta, Georgia USA to Accra Ghana. He plays in the Leadership Development space with a priority on Human Capacity Building for Africa’s Diaspora. Kwabena is looking to create a United Nations: Sustainable Development Goals Innovation & Education City in Accra, Ghana.

Zinhle Mkhabela is a Phd student in Development Studies at the Wits University; and a THINK (Transforming Humanities Through Inter-Disciplinary Knowledge) Fellow in Johannesburg, South Africa. She works as an M&E associate for an education non-profit and shares her active role in leveraging research, data analytics and technology in delivering positive interventions in education for clients such as the Department of Basic Education.

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