Posted by imagineburundi on February 15, 2012
February 15, 2012
The second part of the mini-series “What Is Burundi?” is up in the Archive. Listen in to hear what Burundians think of their country.
And don’t miss the second week of Real Talk Burundi with Leah and Dedo on Saturday at 2 p.m. on CCIB! After a wildly successful debut, they return this week to talk about drinking cultures – different types of beverages, how people behave while drinking, the spaces in which people sit around and drink. Plus, they will have their first guest on for the show. You can follow Leah and Dedo on their blog here.
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Posted by imagineburundi on February 9, 2012
February 9, 2012
There is so much going on at Imagine Burundi right now.
We held our first ever contest open to listeners on February 4, 2012. Building off our Job Advice segments, we held the 60-Second Pitch Contest in the CEBULAC building, which also houses the “American Corner,” a new English-resource library sponsored by the American Embassy in Bujumbura. (A big hearty thanks goes out to Anita Doll and Eloi Ndabahagamye from the U.S. Embassy for participating in the event!)
The contest featured 10 participants who each gave one-minute presentations on a business or project idea that they think could help Burundi’s development. Our business-savvy listeners might know the ’60-second pitch’ as the ’60-second elevator pitch’ but given how few elevators there are in Burundi, we had to modify the name but the concept remains the same.
The idea of this scenario is that you encounter someone of influence, like a wealthy investor, and you have only 60 seconds to introduce yourself and present your idea so that the investor might be interested in learning more. Imagine Burundi previously broadcasted several segments dissecting the 60-second pitch scenario, and Chris even tried his hand at preparing one. We’re not sure how Chris would have fared at the contest against such a strong field full of innovative ideas…
Visit the link on the right to check out our expanding Facebook page, and watch us move into the 21st century! On that page, you can see more photos from the 60-Second Pitch Contest.
In the Archive, we’ve started the “What Is Burundi?” mini-series. The question is a fair place to start, given how little is known internationally about this tiny East African country. In Part One, we put the question to some Kenyans in Nairobi. In the second part of the series, coming on Monday, we will hear Burundians’ responses to the same question – with much different results. Hopefully, everyone will learn a little bit more about Burundi.
And finally, Imagine Burundi is very happy to introduce a brand new English-language radio show on CCIB, starting this Saturday, February 11. It’s been a long-term goal for us to expand English radio programming in Burundi, and we are now achieving it. Real Talk Burundi looks at social issues from a pop culture perspective, mixing music, gossip, lively debates with snappy personalities, which means…Dedo! The show is hosted by Leah Hazard and Dedo Baranshamaje, whom you might know as a reporter for Imagine Burundi. Look for Real Talk Burundi to start popping up on Twitter and other social media sites, and a podcast should be available soon. For listeners in Burundi, you can tune in to Real Talk at 2 p.m. every Saturday on 99.4 FM CCIB, right before Imagine Burundi.
Check out the Real Talk Burundi blog here!
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Posted by imagineburundi on February 1, 2012
February 1, 2012
Hey, everyone, we just learned about an innovative international news website and we are incredibly excited about it. Latitude News is a news service that brings readers international happenings from all over the world to reveal those events’ importance to readers’ lives in the U.S. We’ve known about their project for about a week and we’re already big fans. In particular, we share their same mission to make international events seem “less foreign,” and whether we are doing that from the U.S. or from Burundi, we think it’s time media sources reduce, not reinforce, cultural and geographical divisions through their coverage. Check out Latitude News by clicking here.
Or visit this link for their story about a nifty little project called…Imagine Burundi!
The good folks at Latitude got word of Imagine Burundi and wrote up this generous article about our work. Imagine that – Burundi in the news! This piece, coupled with the waves of listener feedback we have been receiving, is the best indication that Imagine Burundi is working, that people are catching on and seeing how it can help countries with similar challenges to Burundi. A very warm “Thank You” to all of your, our listeners and supporters.
On the activities front, we’re having some problems with our internet connection so our weekly Archive update is late. But stay tuned because the next two additions to the Archive form a two-part mini-series on “What Is Burundi?” We know it’s no surprise that the world knows little about Burundi, but what about Burundi’s neighbors? What do they know about Burundi as a country and Burundians as a people? We will explore those questions in Part One of the series. The following week, we will post the second part to find out how Burundians themselves answer the question, “What is Burundi?”
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