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    As our big announcement stated, Imagine Burundi ended its new broadcasts in July 2013. But keep checking back in our Archive - we will be posting new clips of our past episodes there.

    And don't forget to check out our colleague's new project, The Burundian Way, a weekly radio program at the same hour on the same channel - 3 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday on 99.4 FM CCIB.

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Posts Tagged ‘Real Talk Burundi’

“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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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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