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    On the Restaurants page, you can find our Restaurant Reviews collected in one location and many photos of our dining experiences. We also link to a map that shows the restaurants' locations.

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Coffee And The Things We Love To Eat

Posted by imagineburundi on August 7, 2012

August 6, 2012

We have a new episode up in the Archive. Recall that about six months ago, we interviewed the coffee buyer and consultant, Ben Carlson. Ben was about to launch an independent initiative to increase the profile of Burundian coffee around the world. You can hear that interview in Episode 24 in the Archive. At the time, Ben was just arriving and bubbling with enthusiasm for his project and its possible outcomes. Well, flash forward six months now. Ben is a grizzled veteran of many attempts, delays and, yes, battles to get his project going. Listen in to our fourth installment in the Coffee series as Ben describes his first six months of trying to set up a small business in Burundi.

And now is a good time to introduce our revamped Restaurants page. We are making this into a destination for people living in or just curious about Bujumbura. People are always wondering about places to eat out at. Well, for the first time ever, residents can now access the Restaurants page to see photos of places we have visited, listen to our reviews and, best of all, see a detailed map of each restaurant’s location – all in one location! We will be updating this map regularly, so check back in to hear more about Bujumbura’s many dining options. Muryoherwe, tout le monde!

Here’s a sample view of the map. Go to the Restaurants page for the link to the full version.

Map of restaurants in Bujumbura

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Burundi-in-New York: Meeting Jocelyne Sambira!

Posted by imagineburundi on July 26, 2012

July 25, 2012

In Episode 9 in the Archive, we “met” Jocelyne Sambira, a Burundian journalist who was working at U.N. Radio in New York at the time. Why did we put “met” in quotations? Because even though we interviewed Jocelyne and had a very engaging conversation about her life in New York, we never actually met her in person. Jeff conducted their interview over the internet from Burundi while Jocelyne was in New York so they were never in the same place! Well, now that Jeff is living in New York, he was finally able to meet Jocelyne, and they had a wonderful time talking about the Burundi that each of them saw. Here they are, over cups of Rwandan coffee (sorry, they didn’t have Burundian coffee!).

Jeff and Jocelyne Sambira in New York

Jocelyne is still working for the United Nations, and she and her colleagues are putting out a magazine called “Africa Renewal,” which looks at some of the positive socio-economic developments happening in African countries. Have a look!

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“Ciza’s Story”

Posted by imagineburundi on July 16, 2012

July 16, 2012

Surviving, enduring, accepting – these actions take a degree of bravery but we often romanticize our instinct to simply carry on as something more noble. It can take tremendous courage to do the opposite, to accept change and to throw yourself head-first into a whole new situation. As our previous guest, the police officer Steven Sadate, explained, change will only occur when people are ready to embrace that change. This week in the Archive, we bring you an incredible story of accepting even leaping into change. Our good friend Ciza left Imagine Burundi when the opportunity to pursue his dream arrived out of nowhere. Listen in to hear how he handled that news and what he did to prepare for the massive changes in his life.

And another reason to listen to this episode? Seth thinks it’s one of our very best efforts! It’s hard to win praise from that guy – so you know this will be a good one.

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“Police Relations” in the Archive

Posted by imagineburundi on July 10, 2012

July 9, 2012

This week, we touch on a topic that many people have a hard time talking about (without some bitterness) – police officers and their work. We were very lucky to have two police officers (one coming all the way from Tasmania, Australia!) to help us look comparatively at how police work is conducted in Burundi and elsewhere. Have a listen in the Archive!

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The Mean Streets of Bujumbura

Posted by imagineburundi on June 26, 2012

June 26, 2012

We’ve got a new episode in the Archive – a topic that is always on our minds: driving in Burundi. Mostly, we mean Seth and Jeff who complain a lot about how motorists, police officers and pedestrians all collude to create some of the most chaotic situations in Burundi. But beside just feeling frustrated on an individual level (and providing snarky commentary), we recognize how people mistreat each other casually in the streets can illustrate how other kinds of relations can break down and lead to negative consequences. In other words, the environment can shape perceptions.

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Moving Forward

Posted by imagineburundi on June 18, 2012

June 19, 2012

Moving forward. We’re doing this in a lot of ways. First, we’ve marked the end of our grant period for the Wall Award from Grinnell College. We would like to express our thanks again to Grinnell for helping turn Imagine Burundi into something much larger and more thoughtful than what we had envisioned when we started out. In the Archive, we have started uploading shows from the time that the Wall Award funded our activities and, hopefully, you can hear how the show progresses and evolves in terms of our content, our style and our production. This week’s update continues our Coffee Series with an interview from Chicago(!) where we were able to speak to Sarah Kluth, a coffee buyer for Intelligentsia Coffee, one of a growing number of companies sourcing coffee from Burundi. Listen in if you want to hear about coffee farming in Burundi, how coffee buyers operate or simply to learn how coffee reaches your breakfast table in the morning.

And as we do mark the end of the grant from Grinnell, it’s a fair question to ask how the show will keep going. Recently, Jeff traveled to Hong Kong (where he was able to meet up with our old friend Ciza) and he was able to reach out to many individuals about Imagine Burundi and what we are trying to accomplish. The response was overwhelming, both in terms of encouragement and financial support, so we are very happy to announce then that we will be able to continue the show through 2012 and possibly beyond with that support. We’d like to recognize the kind individuals who have given to Imagine Burundi so, in no particular order, we wish to warmly thank Mary Anne Choo, Jonathan Mok, Shirley Tse, Irene Chu, Chris Mikosh, Caroline Yeh and other generous supporters. Thank you for making this show possible for listeners everywhere!

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“Coffee In Burundi” in The Archive

Posted by imagineburundi on April 14, 2012

April 14, 2012

We finally posted new clips in the Archive. It’s Part One of our “Coffee In Burundi” series, which Seth continues to argue (in his head) that it should win awards. The topic is a fascinating gateway to understanding some challenges associated with businesses and economic development in Burundi, as well as being highly informative about coffee in general. Along the way, we also meet quite a few interesting characters. In Part One, that distinction belongs to Ben Carlson, a professional coffee buyer and consultant who is throwing himself into the turbulent world of coffee buying in Burundi. Check it out in the Archive. The Restaurant Review for that show is also very entertaining and, surprisingly, informative.

The next Archive update will be posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Then we’ll resume the weekly Monday updates.

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Change Is Good

Posted by imagineburundi on March 6, 2012

March 5, 2012

We’ve put up our new clips (sorry for the delay – more on that a bit) to our Archive. The topic is ‘Arts and Culture’ and builds on feedback from the two previous episodes about ‘What Is Burundi?’

Quite a few of our respondents for ‘What is Burundi?’ mentioned Burundian culture as a trump card for the country’s tourism push. We’ve also been looking for an occasion to dedicate the first of many shows to this topic. This live episode starts us on another exploration to look at yet another aspect of life in Burundi. Hopefully, we’ll spend many more episodes looking at different media productions and art forms here and throughout the region.

Now about that delay in posting new clips to the Archive, we’re undergoing a transition. We’re sad to announce that Jeff just left Burundi but that also means we’ve just elevated Elvis to Producer. Congratulations, Elvis! Jeff will attend a Masters degree program in the U.S. starting this Fall but in the meantime he will continue hosting segments and producing shows for Imagine Burundi. He’s already got an idea to track down Ciza in southern China during his travels to interview him about his progress so far!

We also want to remind our readers that we are on Facebook and we will be posting more photos and film clips from Imagine Burundi events to our page. Check it out to see “how radio should look.”

And speaking of events, Jeff and Seth were guests recently on Real Talk Burundi, CCIB’s new English radio music and talk show hosted by Leah Hazard and Dedo Baranshamaje. Things got tricky when Jeff and Seth flashed their Imagine Burundi colors and almost conducted a hostile takeover of the show, but everything calmed down once the beer-tasting contest started and the beer started to flow. Photos coming soon!

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Part Two of “What Is Burundi?”

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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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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