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05 November 2009 

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Up Front


On this fresh, fast-paced show, co-hosts located in the U.S. and in Africa talk to teens and young adults about trends, lifestyles, health, entertainment, and other issues touching listeners’ lives.


Jackson Mvunganyi at the VOA studios Washington D.C.


Jackson Mvunganyi is co-host of Up Front.  "This show is fun and interactive -- we give our listeners a chance to say what they think about a range of topics," he says.  "I'm thrilled to be part of such a dynamic, cutting-edge show."

A native of Rwanda, Jackson has a bachelors degree in Multimedia development from the American University in Washington D.C., he recently completed his masters degree in Information Management at the University of Maryland. Jackson has had a multi-faceted broadcasting career so far, working in both radio and television, in Africa and the United States.  Jackson also volunteers his time with African communities in the Diaspora on issues affecting the continent.


Nadia Samie
Nadia Samie in Cape Town South Africa

Nadia Samie, already an on-air personality in and around Cape Town, also serves as co-host of Up Front. Nadia currently works at Bush Radio in Cape Town, a VOA affiliate station, in addition to her duties on Up Front.

She reports on a range of issues within the local community, including those of interest to the youth. “Young adults want to have a say, and we are giving them the chance to do that on Up Front," she notes. "I just love this medium… there’s something magical about radio.”



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