Imagine Burundi on 99.4 FM CCIB in Bujumbura, Burundi.

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Episodes 1-20

This page contains the first 20 Imagine Burundi episodes. For the most recent episodes, go to the Archive; click here for Episodes 21-40. Most recent episodes appear on top and proceed in descending order.



Episode 20 Live – “Coffee in Burundi”

This episode introduces our listeners to Ben Carlson, a professional coffee taster and buyer. Seth and Ben have a discussion about the coffee industry and its potential to drive economic development in Burundi. This introduction to Ben kicks off our series on coffee in Burundi. Seth hosts. (10 minutes and 13 minutes)

Originally aired on April 16, 2011

Downloads:

1. Episode 20 (Live recording) “Coffee in Burundi” Clip 1

2. Episode 20 (Live recording) “Coffee in Burundi” Clip 2

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Episode 19 “Coming Home”

This is one of our favorite early episodes, and along with the previous episode, it marks a sort of turning point for Imagine Burundi. By this time, we are feeling more comfortable with radio production and the contents of our stories. This episode, about people returning to a place they called “home,” delivers a cross-section of people with very diverse experiences. Seth tells his tragicomic story of trying to return home on Kenya Airways; Tony Tate tells about his experience of living in Burundi in the early 2000s and returning 10 years later; and Arnaud Mugisha talks about being a member of Burundi’s diaspora. You might even have heard Seth’s story before – we consider it kind of a classic for Imagine Burundi, and we still shake our heads where we hear it. It’s an illuminating glimpse into life in the region and was featured last July during Jeff’s interview on WBEZ Chicago’s Worldview, a radio program about global affairs. You can find that interview by clicking here. (30 minutes)

Job Advice – In the first segment, we spoke with Arnaud Mugisha, who started his own association to provide scholarships for Burundians hoping to study abroad. Arnaud attended university in the U.S. and he wanted to share that experience with other Burundians. One of the things Arnaud noticed about his peers in the U.S. was that they were very diligent so on this segment of Job Advice, he shares his thoughts on building a good ‘Work Ethic’. (8 minutes)

Restaurant Review – Restaurants are often a place where one can feel at home. Seth and Jeff visit Enzogu, a place that tries especially hard to make Kenyans feel like they are back in Kenya, with varying degrees of success. (19 minutes)

Originally aired on April 9, 2011.

Downloads:

1. Episode 19 “Coming Home”

2. Job Advice: Work Ethic

3. Restaurant Review: Enzogu

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Episode 18 “Buja-Connections”

We love this story: one day, Chris Nsabiyumva randomly tunes in to 99.4 FM CCIB and hears some guys talking in English about restaurants. It turns out he was listening to Imagine Burundi. And then he thinks, I have to find these guys! So he writes us a message that prompts us to immediately get in touch with him. We discover that Chris has a pretty cool start-up project of his own: Buja-Connections (www.buja-connections.com), a web-based initiative to promote Burundi’s tourism potential. We sit down with Chris, who is quite possibly our first real fan, to learn more about him and his project. (31 minutes)

Job Advice – Jeff responds to some listener messages and gives some examples of how to create meaningful change. (4 minutes)

Restaurant Review – For all his efforts, we gladly invite Chris along for lunch and we speak to him at Geny’s Café, a Burundian-owned bistro and coffee bar with a distinct personality. (18 minutes)

Originally aired on April 2, 2011.

Downloads:

1. Episode 18 “Buja-Connections”

2. Job Advice: Listener Questions – How to Create Effective Change

3. Restaurant Review: Geny’s Cafe

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Episode 17 Live – “Travel Observations”

After returning from their respective travels, Jeff and Seth feel compelled to talk about the service industries they encounter abroad and how they might be an example for Burundian business leaders. (7 minutes)

Then Jeff tells Seth about a film he saw in Nairobi called “The Rugged Priest” and critiques its handling of the themes of justice, corruption and truth-seeking in Africa. (11 minutes)

Originally aired on March 26, 2011.

Downloads:

1. Episode 17 (Live recording) “Travel Observations” Clip 1

2. Episode 17 (Live recording) “Travel Observations” Clip 2

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Episode 16 “English Clubs Pt. 2”

In our first episode on English Clubs, we heard from some club members about how young Burundians were coming together to teach each other English. They also mentioned that they frequently invited guests to help teach classes. At the Light University English club, members enlisted Sebastien Marlier, a Belgian working as an Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Fellow, to guest teach regularly. Sebastien is an economist by training but he was happy to help out. We speak to Sebastien about his experiences. (19 minutes)

Job Advice – Jeff focuses on some more important workplace details and how they can make an individual stand out from his or her peers. (7 minutes)

Restaurant Review – Trianon is a hugely popular local bakery and breakfast café. Guest Diner Ben Radley and Jeff head out there one sleepy Sunday morning for brunch, Burundian-style. (23 minutes)

Originally aired on March 12, 2011, and re-aired on March 19, 2011.

Downloads:

1. Episode 16 “English Club” Pt. 2

2. Job Advice: Achievement Through Merit

3. Restaurant Review: Trianon

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Episode 15 Live – “Small Actions, Big Changes”

In Burundi, people often look for big solutions – “eradicate poverty,” “eliminate corruption,” or “end sexual violence,” for example. While noble goals, such approaches are not very realistic about their outcomes and they instill a mentality that every action, every project has to solve the country’s problems. Here at Imagine Burundi, we’ve noticed how this mentality can often be counter-productive because it implies an all-or-nothing approach; too often, it’s nothing, and the lack of progress ends up discouraging action. So on this show, we decided to talk about how individuals can make a difference on their own. Jeff discusses an excerpt from Malcolm Gladwell’s book “The Tipping Point,” and he invites Ciza Idriss on to a live show to share a couple stories of how people’s small actions in their everyday experience can lead to very positive changes. (4 minutes)

Job Advice – Jeff and Ciza continue their discussion of small gestures and how they can be useful for workers to become more ‘detail-oriented’. (6 minutes)

Originally aired on March 5, 2011.

Downloads:

1. Episode 15 (Live recording) “Small Actions, Big Changes”

2. Job Advice (Live recording): Being ‘Detailed-Oriented’

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Episode 14 “Driving in Burundi” Pt. 1

Imagine Burundi believes that how people behave on the roads is a strong indicator can reveal how they treat fellow citizens, and in this sense, Burundi has a lot of work to do. Traffic pattern and driving behavior is simply chaotic and dangerous in Burundi. In fact, while aid donors will target the most “vulnerable populations”, we wonder what is being done to help ordinary working folk, including the people who need public transport to get to work and, of course, the people driving them. This week’s show analyzes driving situations for clues on how to improve relations between people living in Burundi. Seth and Jeff also share a couple personal stories of car accidents. (15 minutes)

Job Driving Advice – In keeping with today’s theme, we target another problem area in many people’s skillsets: how to co-exist with others on the road. This week, we put aside the Job Advice to dispense some Driving Advice. Perhaps not surprisingly, many of the lessons are the same for both. Guest Katherine Overcamp gives driving advice based on her experiences of driving in Burundi. (9 minutes)

Restaurant Review – For Katherine’s hard work, Jeff invited her to dinner at Habesha, Burundi’s only Ethiopian restaurant. With Guest Diner Katherine Overcamp. (20 minutes)

Originally aired on February 26, 2011.

Downloads:

1. Episode 14 “Driving” Pt. 1

2. Job Advice: Driving Tips

3. Restaurant Review: Habesha

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Episode 13 “Made In Burundi” Part One

The beginning to our long-awaited series that investigates what products, if any, are produced in Burundi. As the East African Common Market increases trade throughout region, Burundi will strive to create its own economic identity. What are the products that will keep her competitive? What sectors show potential for growth? Guest Ben Radley and Jeff visit Bujumbura’s Central Market to do some digging to see what Burundian products might boost foreign trade in the region and generate revenue for Burundians. (22 minutes)

Job Advice – Jeff answers the previous week’s trick question and then follows up with an explanation of how to conduct a cost-benefit analysis to improve decision-making. (8 minutes)

Restaurant Review –  We swap out the boys and invite new Guest Diners on the show for lunch at the Plaza Restaurant, where we find a table on the terrace overlooking Bujumbura’s Central Market. With Guest Diners Camille Borie and Adeline Defer. (19 minutes)

Originally aired on February 19, 2011.

Downloads:

1. Episode 13 “Made In Burundi” Pt. 1

2. Job Advice: Decision-making – the Cost-Benefit Analysis

3. Restaurant Review: Plaza Restaurant

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Episode 12 “Noisy Neighbors”

Ever since we started recording radio segments in Burundi, we’ve noticed how hard it is to find a quiet space without ambient sounds – everything from birds to cars to, of course, neighbors. And it got us thinking about neighborly relations – what is the impact on social harmony when people encroach on each other’s private spaces in so many different ways? We speak to a local business owner who tells us of his challenges trying to run a hotel and restaurant in the heart of Bujumbura. (20 minutes)

Job Advice – Jeff follows up on the previous week’s question and then offers some tips to improve communication etiquette. (5 minutes)

Restaurant Review – Jeff and Guest Diner, Ben Radley, step out of the din for a relaxing meal at the hotel and restaurant, Botanika. (21 minutes)

Originally aired on February 12, 2011.

Downloads:

1. Episode 12 “Noisy Neighbors”

2. Job Advice: Communication Skills

3. Restaurant Review: Botanika

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Episode 11 Live – “Creative Thinking”

The previous week, we asked our English Club guests some trick questions as prep for job interviews. The experience was quite illuminating for everyone. This week, we reveal the answer to one of those questions and then Jeff puts his guest Ben Radley to the test to see how well Ben thinks on his feet – with interesting results. (9 minutes and 4 minutes)

Originally aired on February 5, 2011.

Downloads:

1. Episode 11 (Live recording) “Creative Thinking” Clip 1

2. Episode 11 (Live recording) “Creative Thinking” Clip 2

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Episode 10 “English Clubs”

As young Burundians ponder their collective future, they envision increased integration with Burundi’s regional neighbors. There’s just one small problem: all of Burundi’s neighbors are Anglophone while Burundi is still ostensibly Francophone. To respond to this challenge, many students and youth have created very impressive local associations where members assemble to teach each other English. In this episode, we speak to members from two different English Clubs located in Bujumbura’s neighborhoods: the Association for Reconciliation and Development through English (ARDE) of Cibitoke and the Joshua Generation English Club of Ngarara. (24 minutes)

Job Advice: Making an impression – Jeff returns to the theme of presenting oneself well as a job candidate. He looks closely at the CV and identifies tactics to improve its clarity and impact. (3 minutes)

Restaurant Review: Aroma. Seth and Jeff review the coffee bar and café where they first met a couple years ago. (21 minutes)

Originally aired on January 29, 2011.

Downloads:

1. Episode 10 “English Clubs”

2. Job Advice: Trick Questions at a Job Interview

3. Restaurant Review: Hotel Mombassa

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Episode 9 “First Encounters”

Jocelyne Sambira is a Producer at United Nations Radio in New York. Jocelyne was born and studied in Burundi and has lived abroad for many years. But this is her first time living in New York. One of our co-hosts, Seth Chase, met Jocelyne while he was visiting New York and he introduced her to Imagine Burundi. Jeff ended up interviewing Jocelyne about her experiences as a “Burundian-in-New York.” We had a great conversation and learned a lot through Jocelyne’s responses to our questions. But here’s the thing: Jeff has never met Jocelyne. In fact, they’ve only communicated via email. Jocelyne was able to record her responses to Jeff’s questions and send them back to Burundi by email for this week’s show on the theme of “First Encounters.” (28 minutes)

Job Advice: Making an impression – Jeff returns to the theme of presenting oneself well as a job candidate. He looks closely at the CV and identifies tactics to improve its clarity and impact. (3 minutes)

Restaurant Review: Aroma. Seth and Jeff review the coffee bar and café where they first met a couple years ago. (21 minutes)

Originally aired on January 22, 2011.

Downloads:

1. Episode 9 “First Encounters” featuring Jocelyne Sambira

2. Job Advice: Formatting the CV

3. Restaurant Review: Aroma

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Episode 8 Live – “Holiday Travel”

Guest Host Benjamin Radley and Jeff talk about their respective holiday experiences, including, controversially (for Burundi), the cathartic qualities of snow. Ben also talks about the “Made in Burundi” gifts he brought to his family members in England. (16 minutes)

In the second clip, we offer more Job Advice. We are joined in the studio by Deogratias “Deo” Nahimana, our colleague at CCIB, who participated in a mock job interview that was aired on previous episodes. We listen to a clip of that interview followed by a critique from Eloi Ndabahagamye, a Human Resources officer at the U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura. (20 minutes)

In the third clip, Ben and Jeff preview some of the upcoming shows and topics that we are excited about on new episodes of Imagine Burundi. (6 minutes)

Originally aired on January 15, 2011.

Downloads:

1. Episode 8 (Live recording) “Holiday Travel” Clip 1

2. Episode 8 (Live recording) “Holiday Travel” Clip 2

3. Episode 8 (Live recording) “Holiday Travel” Clip 3

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Episode 7 “Unexplored Spaces”

Near the center of town on a major road, there’s a mansion that has been condemned for years. The backstory is relatively clear: the owner built the house over delicate water pipes against the wishes of the national later company so the house was abandoned. However, the structure remains, and if anything, its off-white facade now possesses an elegance that only decay and memory can confer. We asked our listeners to imagine what the real story about this mansion is – not the actual history; that’s relatively straightforward and all too common in Burundi. Instead, our contributors tell us their stories of what this house is and how it arrived at its current state. (24 minutes)

Job Advice: Jeff concludes his simulated job interview with Deogratias Nahimana, a journalist at CCIB. (7 minutes)

Restaurant Review: Grande Muraille, a hidden gem of a Chinese restaurant with a local flavor. Also the only place in town where you can buy fresh tofu. Guest Eater Benjamin Radley joins and reveals what he believes is the “pinnacle of development.” (23 minutes)

Originally aired on January 8, 2011.

Downloads:

1. Episode 7 “Unexplored Spaces”

2. Job Advice: The Mock Job Interview Pt. 2

3. Restaurant Review: Grand Muraille

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Episode 6 Live – “Life in Kenya”

Seth hosts and rings in the new year with guests Wanjiru Gicheche aka “Shegz” and Keziah Ndaba. Shegz and Keziah are Kenyans living in Burundi so Seth spends the hour chatting with them and comparing life in Kenya to life in Burundi. (Three clips: 8, 5 and 15 minutes)

Originally aired on January 1, 2011.

Downloads:

1. Episode 6 (Live recording) “Life in Kenya” Clip 1

2. Episode 6 (Live recording) “Life in Kenya” Clip 2

3. Episode 6 (Live recording) “Life in Kenya” Clip 3

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Episode 5 “2010 Holiday Special: Gift-Giving”

For our first ever Holiday Special, we explore the question, “What are the different ways we can give or receive gifts?” We hear from a selection of contributors, locals and expats, speaking from very different perspectives about the various dimensions of a gift exchange. (Two parts: 19 and 25 minutes)

Instead of Job Advice this episode, we asked the Burundian singer Albert Kulu to write us a song for the occasion. Albert composed and performed a song called “Happy Holidays”. (5 minutes) You can also see a video of Albert performing his song at this location.

Restaurant Review – Jeff, Ben and Seth go around Bujumbura to sample and present their favorite reasonably-priced chocolate desserts you might not have heard of – our gift to our listeners. (11 minutes)

(Note: As of summer 2011, Botanika appears to have stopped serving their hot chocolate. Let’s bring it back by popular demand! Also, the soft serve ice cream recommended by Seth is now located in town at Ice World on Rue de Rumonge, just north of the Belgian Embassy. And, finally, the moelleux or lava cake at Havana is now slightly more expensive at 6500 Burundian francs but still a 10-Banana value. Enjoy!)

Originally aired on December 25, 2010.

Downloads:

1. Episode 5 “Gift-giving Stories 1-3”

2. Episode 5 “Gift-giving Stories 4-6”

3. Song: “Happy Holidays” by Albert Kulu

4. Restaurant Review: Chocolate Desserts

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Episode 4 “Rugby Pt. 2 – Tournament in Kigali”

Imagine Burundi travels to Kigali to cover the Burundian National Rugby Team play against arch-rivals Rwanda. Along the way, we speak to players and coaches on both sides about what this tournament means to them. (27 minutes)

Job Advice – Jeff conducts the first half of a mock job interview with his colleague at CCIB, Deogratias Nahimana. Then Jeff critiques Deo’s interview with Felicia Price, Country Director for the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Burundi. (12 minutes)

Restaurant Review – Bon Accueil, a popular brochette (grilled meat on stick, usually goat, beef or fish) bar in the neighborhood of Bwiza. Guest Diner: Ben Radley. (12 minutes)

Originally aired on December 18, 2010.

Downloads:

1. Episode 4 “Rugby Pt. 2 – Tournament in Kigali”

2. Job Advice: The (Mock) Job Interview Pt. 2

3. Restaurant Review: Bon Accueil

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Episode 3 Live! – Introductions

Our first live show. With special guest Benjamin Radley, who featured in our segments on rugby. Seth, Jeff and Ben introduce themselves and talk about Imagine Burundi’s beginnings. (7 minutes) Then the excitement explodes when we get our first listener call in the second clip. (8 minutes)

Originally aired on December 11, 2010.

Downloads:

1. Episode 3 (Live recording) “Introductions” Pt. 1

2. Episode 3 (Live recording) “Introductions” Pt. 2

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Episode 2 “Rugby Pt. 1: New Collaborations”

Our good friend and frequent contributor, Ben Radley, is also an avid rugby player. In fact, he is so enthusiastic about rugby that he joined a team: the Burundian National Rugby Team. Hear Ben speak to Jeff about how he came to represent Burundi on the National Rugby Team and listen also to the President of the Burundi Rugby Federation, Oscar Nduwimana, share his throughts about Ben’s role and the state of rugby in Burundi. (24 minutes)

Job Advice – The Job Interview – Jeff discusses common mistakes in Job Interviews and strategies to avoid those mistakes. (5 minutes)

Restaurant Review – La Cervoise, a sports bar and grill serving gourmet burgers and steaks. Guest Eater: Ben Radley (19 minutes)

(Note: La Cervoise closed its doors at the beginning of September 2011, a real loss to the Bujumbura restaurant community.)

Originally aired on November 27, 2010.

Downloads:

1. Episode 2 “Strange Collaborations: Rugby in Burundi”

2. Job Advice: The Job Interview Pt. 1

3. Restaurant Review: La Cervoise

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Episode 1 “English As a Foreign Language”

Our first show. It’s probably obvious, given the production quality. Don’t give up on us; it does get better!

The encounter that brought together Jeff and the Burundian taxi driver, Ilunga Odifax, helped frame Imagine Burundi’s design as a show that tries to highlight the everyday experiences of interesting individuals in Burundi. The chance meeting enabled us to see that we can derive many ideas and lessons from such exchanges. In this episode, Ilungatalks to Jeff about his quest to learn English (20 years ago!) and how that decision ultimately led to his appearance on Imagine Burundi! (22 minutes)

Job Advice – Presenting foreign language ability in an accurate and informative manner on a CV. (7 minutes)

Restaurant Review – Hibiscus, “the McDonald’s of Burundi”. Guest Eater: Ben Radley. Background laughter provided by Dave from Canada. (16 minutes)

Originally aired on November 24, 2010.

Downloads:

1. Episode 1 “English As a Foreign Language”

2. Job Advice: Describing Foreign Language Ability

3. Restaurant Review: Hibiscus

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For more recent episodes, go to the Archive.



 
Imagine Burundi is an English radio program that airs each week on 99.4 FM CCIB in Bujumbura and many parts of Burundi. New episodes are played on Saturdays and replayed on Wednesdays, both at 3 p.m.
 
Email us at imagineburundi@gmail.com or send us a SMS at (+257) 79.330.456

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