I read this post yesterday and it got me thinking. Especially because I had just come across an article on OkayAfrica about 6 hot African Podcasts.
Of course, they were not the same type of podcasts you mention here. And you and I have had this conversation many times. My favourite Podcaster/Blogger/Writer is James Altucher.
Podcasts are part of my routine. Not necessarily for the same reasons you have, but I get more entertained by listening to podcasts than even watching movies.
I listened to Benny and he definitely changed my perspective about the “problems” in my life. Especially with his awesome jingle.
Thank you for this. And for everything. I know you are in a good place and I wish you all the best.
Let me copy and paste what I just wrote about podcasts on Facebook.
Do you know any Cameroonian podcasters?
The last link I shared gave a collection of 6 hot African Podcasts we should be listening to.
It was interesting to find that (obviously) a majority were Nigerian. I clicked on “Not Your African Cliché” and was thrilled to get the four very unique and interesting Nigerian ladies.
Their discussion ranged from education to entrepreneurship and startups to designer clothes.
It felt like the kind of harmless banter you may be lucky to eavesdrop when your beautiful and full of adventure cousins are all seated in the parlor watching a boring TV show and chatting through the commercial slot.
It was nice.
The list was nice.
What wasn’t nice (for me) was the fact that I tried to Google Cameroonian podcasts to listen and I couldn’t find any.
I pray I didn’t do proper search.
But these words struck me:
“The simple reason why I believe it’s important to produce podcasts featuring African voices is because we simply can’t trust non-Africans to accurately represent our interests on the world stage, or expect them to adequately articulate our values and convictions. “ — Andile Masuku, Host of African Tech Round-up.
I don’t think there are adequate Cameroonian voices on the internet that wrestle to help our narrative evade “the danger of a single story” .
And I hope I am wrong.
But, I don’t forgive them. Because their opinions and voices could change a lot of minds about a lot of things.
I also listened to Femmes Lumieres by the industrious Andrea Bomo. But it is more of a radio programme uploaded to the internet than a podcast.
Like bloggers and journalists seem not to identify their key differences, I think there is a disconnect between what a podcast is, and what it really is.
And what is isn’t is a radio show.
Podcasts are intimate, raw and rich. They allow a versatility that cannot be achieved with radio and the almighty RSS allows listeners to retrieve new episodes whenever they want as well as listen whenever they want..
For a long time, radio has existed. Many of us and our parents still listen to Laucheon date and Cameroon Calling.
Traditional media isn’t dead. It may never die.. But New Media allows a reach, audience and so much more.
If you have come across any Cameroonian podcasts, please leave the links in the comments.
Do have a differing view about online audio content?
Would you like to produce podcasts?