“After 29 years at the Voice of America and 20 years at the helm of Straight Talk Africa, Shaka Ssali is retiring” Voice of America’s statement reads.
In March 2021, Voice Of America confirmed Shaka’s retirement on its official Facebook post that said, “Shaka is retiring at the end of May after 20 years of hosting STA.
The statement added: “We want to celebrate his career with you. What do you think is Shaka’s legacy? Send us a video here in the comments section or through Facebook Messenger”.
Ndugu Shaka Ssali is a Ugandan-born US journalist who has worked for the Voice of America for over 23 years. He is the managing editor of Voice of America’s English to Africa service and the host of “Straight Talk Africa.”
Shaka holds a doctorate in cross cultural communication and history from UCLA in California. Ssali is a former Ford Foundation Fellow.
Awards won by Shaka
- United Nations Peacekeeping Special Achievement Award in International Journalism.
- VOA’s Best Journalist Award.
- Kigezi College Butobere’s first ever Highest Achievement Award in International Human Communication.
Butobere is located in Kabale, southwestern Uganda, and is Shaka’s alma mater.
Presidents and Prime Ministers interviewed and hosted by Shaka:
General Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President, Nigeria; Levy Patrick Mwanawasa; Former President, Zambia; Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister, United Kingdom.
Botswana President Seretse Khama Ian Khama; Ghana President John Evans Atta Mills; Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete; Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President, Liberia; Hifikepunye Pohamba, President, Namibia.
Uganda President Yoweri Museveni; Joseph Kabila, President, DRC; Rwanda President Paul Kagame; and General Salva Kiir, First Vice President, and president of the government of Southern Sudan.
VOA’s English-to-Africa Service is one of the most successful international broadcast operations in Africa, delivering dynamic multimedia programming, and timely news and information.
Fans from all over Africa and other parts of the world have come out to talk about Shaka Ssali as an icon and one of the best journalists ever.
They have appreciated his work on various social media platforms and they go ahead to refer to him as one person that has inspired young people to become journalists.
Cheers to Shaka Ssali