Author: Chengetai R. Chikadaya

I am a development communications specialist with over 10 years experience conceptualizing & managing media content development. I have held executive level positions in the Eastern Cape NGO sector, working in the realm of advocacy for access to information & the realization of socio-economic rights. My work has taken me across the province, covering the most remote areas of Qumbu and Mbizana to the more urban spaces of Helenvale in Port Elizabeth and Mdantsane in East London. Every area has a unique set of socioeconomic circumstances which are partially addressed through targeted and project driven communication activities. I am currently working on the development communications of two projects; Cookhouse Windfarm Community Trust Community Social Dialogues in the areas of Cookhouse, Adelaide, Somerset East and Bedford and EU funded, Toward a More Accountable South Africa (TAMASA) whose goal is to build an informed, unified and coordinated network of grassroots organisations and youth focused on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRHR). I am also the founder and content developer for a writing and editing business called Tweaks. I am passionate about development communication and content development.
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Intellectualism at the roadside – a quirky response to “Confessions & Professions of an Accidental Academic”, the Inaugural Lecture of Prof. Anthea Garman.

Professor Anthea Garmans articulation of the inextricable relationship between the public and the personal, the intellecttual and the emotional, the creative and the academic blew me away. I realised then that Intellectualim does not have to come at the expense of emotions but emotions, unsteady as they are, can rather be seen to enhance the process, to make it valuable and beautiful.

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It’s not a podcast, it’s an African Podumentary

The African Agenda News is what you might call a “Podumentary”- It has elements of a punchy podcast, combined with the evergreen content of a documentary. Unlike the BBC Africa podcasts that are about 5 minutes in length, ANA episodes can be up to 30-50 minutes long. Topics covered range from African wildlife, an episode on the passing of the late Ahmed Kathrada, stories about African Literature and even an interview with local language experts like Russel Kaschula.