Update from Facebook Post: This post doesn’t refute the existence of diverse, rich African podcasts. My bone of contention is with the lack of ( or maybe my poor research skills are to blame because I didn’t find) Cameroonian podcasters. It also takes into account all types of podcasts. Even the motivational podcasts my good friend Befoune talks about here. And, the focus is on audio. Not video.
This link gave a collection of 6 hot African Podcasts we should be listening to.
It was interesting to find that (obviously) a majority were Nigerian. I clicked on “Not Your African Cliché” and was thrilled to get the four unique , interesting Nigerian ladies.
Their discussion ranged from education to entrepreneurship and startups to designer clothes.
It felt like the kind of harmless banter you may be lucky to eavesdrop when your beautiful and full of adventure cousins are all seated in the parlor watching a boring TV show and chatting through the commercial slot.
It was nice.
The list was nice.
What wasn’t nice (for me) was the fact that I tried to Google Cameroonian podcasts to listen and I couldn’t find any.
I pray I didn’t do proper search.
But these words struck me:
“The simple reason why I believe it’s important to produce podcasts featuring African voices is because we simply can’t trust non-Africans to accurately represent our interests on the world stage, or expect them to adequately articulate our values and convictions. “ – Andile Masuku, Host of African Tech Round-up.
I don’t think there are adequate Cameroonian voices on the internet that wrestle to help our narrative evade “the danger of a single story”
And I hope I am wrong.
I know two people who put out audio content- Baba Aboki and William Takor. But I don;t think they do it on a consistent basis. And given the nature of their lives and work, I totally understand.
But, I don’t forgive them. Because their opinions and voices could change a lot of minds about a lot of things.
Like bloggers and journalists seem not to identify their key differences, I think there is a disconnect between what a podcast is, and what it really is.
Podcasts are intimate, raw and rich. They allow a versatility that cannot be achieved with radio and the almighty RSS allows listeners to retrieve new episodes whenever they want as well as listen whenever ( and wherever) they want…
Many of us (especially our parents) fervently listen to Laucheon date and Cameroon Calling.
Traditional media isn’t dead. It may never die. But New Media allows a reach, audience and so much more.
If you have come across any Cameroonian podcasts, please leave the links in the comments.
Do you have a different view on podcasts?
Would you like to produce podcasts?