Jean-Claude Bigirimana a.k.a. “BJC”, Co-Host and Producer – BJC is a student at Burundi University where he studies English and Kirundi. He joined Imagine Burundi in December 2012 and has really impressed the team with his enthusiasm. He says he is “convinced that the beauty of life does not depend on how happy he could be but on how happy others are because of his actions.” Seth thinks BJC is the nerdiest member of the team, which is sort of a big compliment.
Seth Chase, Co-Host and Producer – Seth has worked as an independent media producer for the last decade. He has spent the last four years in Burundi making independent short videos for various governments, NGOs, film festivals, and general advocacy and awareness of issues facing Burundi and the East Africa region. He received his B.A. in film and media production from Montana State University in 2000. Seth is still trying to discover if he has any super powers at all. It’s not looking good, he says, but at least he has Imagine Burundi.
Jefferson Mok, Host and Producer – Jefferson formerly worked for the Heartland Alliance of Chicago as Regional Director of its operations in Burundi, eastern DR-Congo and Rwanda. Based in Burundi since 2008, he has helped implement and manage projects on humanitarian assistance and rights protection. He received his B.A. from Grinnell College in Iowa in the U.S., where he studied Philosophy and French. Jefferson spends most of his time debunking Seth’s “super powers.”
Chris Nsabiyumva, Co-Host and Job Advice Correspondent – Chris is currently the Customs Reforms and Trade Facilitation Officer at the Burundi Revenue Authority. He is also a freelance graphic designer and web developer and the creator of Buja-Connections, an enterprise whose aim is to promote tourism and investment in Burundi through the Internet. He holds a B.Sc. in Business Economics from the University of Buckingham in the United Kingdom. Chris yearns for his artistic liberation.
Amina Nshimirimana, Field Correspondent – Amina is studying African Literature at the University of Burundi. She hopes to meet different people from different corners of the world, talk to them and learn more languages, which she believes will help her fulfill her dream as the first Burundian star in Bollywood. She knows toiling as a Correspondent for Imagine Burundi is the quickest way to pay her dues and achieve her goals without ending up in jail.
Elvis Christian Sinzinkayo, Co-Host and Field Correspondent – Elvis is a student at the Université Sagesse d’Afrique. He is also a news journalist at Imagine Burundi’s parent station CCIB. Elvis describes himself as curious person who’s easy to get along with but who doesn’t take lightly any of his duties. Working as a journalist is a way for him to play his part in building a foundation for Burundi’s future. He also likes to sing.
Imagine Burundi also includes all the people who have supported us with their kind words and their contributions, without which we would just be
four three four five guys and a lady bickering about the proper consistency of milkshakes with a recorder that probably isn’t even switched on.
A lot of people have lent their time, advice, resources or just plain barnstorming enthusiasm to make Imagine Burundi happen so this is our humble attempt to recognize them:
Much gratitude to Lulu Callier, Kerry Hagy, Shannon Heffernan, Mordecai Scheckter, Lisa Koop, Leanne Bayer, Elizabeth Powley, Jonathan MacEwan, Trina Chase, Benjamin Radley, Arnaud Mugisha, Jonathan O’Connor, Katherine Overcamp, Sylvain Duhau, Ciza Idriss and our growing base of listeners, contributors and other innocent bystanders.
Special thanks to B&H Photo, Doug Cutchins and the Wall Alumni Service Award Committee at Grinnell College; Steve Bynum, Jerome McDonnell and their colleagues at WBEZ Chicago; Debt of Love, Inc., the Real Talk pair of Dedo Baranshamaje and Leah Hazard, and our partners at the Burundi Federal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CFCIB).
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.
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