Friday, 19 August 2016

African Voices Eulogises Continent’s Outstanding Women

The next episode of the flagship magazine programme of the Cable News Network, CNN African Voices, sponsored by data grandmasters, Globacom, will celebrate outstanding African women.

Specifically, the 30-minute programme will highlight some of Africa’s most enterprising women. Last week, the focus of the programme was the ongoing Olympic, with emphasis on Julius Yego, Kenya’s Javelin thrower; Paralympics swimmer Achmat Hassiem of Cape Town, South Africa, and Zambia’s runner, Ngozi Asinga.

CNN African Voices sponsors, Globacom, in a statement said this weekend the focus of the programme will shift to strong women across Africa who are shattering the glass ceiling in their areas of endeavour.

The female achievers to be featured in the edition include South Africa’s first African female pilot, Asnath Mahapa, one of Uganda’s biggest media personalities, Flavia Tumusiime, and Ghana’s social media curator, Nicole Amarteifio.

“Viewers of the popular magazine programme will see how this icon – Tumusime – continues to build her legacy by empowering women to move into the spotlight,” Globacom said in the statement.

Viewers will be able to follow the pilot, Mahapa, through her amazing journey in a profession dominated by the men folk. The lady who currently flies Airbus 319 and 320 for South African Airways (SAA), shares some of the challenges she has gone through in her career.

“To cut my story short, I went through a nightmare to get to where I am today; I went through periods where I didn’t have a job. In actual fact after I obtained my Commercial license, I stayed without a job for over a year. No matter how many companies I approached, I just could not get anything,” she says.

No less interesting is the story of the third guest, Nicole Amarteifio, who is the creator and executive producer of the web series, An African City. She tells the story of how her personal life inspired her to create the series, and how it is helping change the face of the African woman in the society.

African Voices was aired on CNN International at 11.30 a.m. on Friday. Repeat broadcasts air at 3.30 p.m. on Saturday, 1.30 a.m. and 8.30 p.m. on Sunday, Monday at 12:30 p.m. and on Tuesday at 6.30 a.m.

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