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Many Firsts

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…

60-second pitch contest

Jeff speaking at contest

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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