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African and American Lives Come Together on VOA’s Vous et Nous

From left to right: Congolese musician Fally Ipupa with co-hosts Roger Muntu and Anasthasie Tudieshe
From left to right: Congolese musician Fally Ipupa with co-hosts Roger Muntu and Anasthasie Tudieshe

VOA’s new weekly television show Vous et Nous launched with Congolese musician Fally Ipupa and President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative, bringing together African and American experiences from Albino activism to urban beekeeping.

“This is a show about issues that connect us and things that excite us,” says French to Africa Chief Jeremy Groce. “We are focusing on the positive and creative aspects of life in Africa and the United States.”

From pop-culture to education and health to technology, music and fashion, Vous et Nous is a fast-paced, 30-minute program featuring young leaders who are working to make a difference.

Each week, co-hosts Roger Muntu and Anasthasie Tudieshe spotlight entrepreneurs and trendsetters for broadcast affiliates in Ivory Coast, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon and Senegal. This interactive partnership is designed to present the best of African television by sharing content across networks.

Upcoming shows include Angelic Kidjo at home in Brooklyn and local barbers helping raise awareness of colon cancer. Vous et Nous visits a Senegalese chef in New York City and a Djiboutian biographer of Gil Scott Heron along with musicians leading a revival of Zouglou in Ivory Coast.

VOA’s French to Africa produces a broad mix of news and educational programming for radio, television, and the Internet. On shortwave radio, VOA serves 22 Francophone countries in sub-Saharan Africa with FM transmitters in key capitals across the region. On TV, Washington Forum airs live every Thursday at 1900 UTC. With its radio simulcast, Washington Forum is Francophone Africa’s best in-depth debate and discussion program, providing an alternative to state-owned or supported media that dominate the airwaves in many countries.