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Rebroadcasting Vibe FM 91.9FM
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Radio station Ghetto Radio 89.5FM
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Host Linda Ochanda
Money Power Sex Debate Series: Has Democracy Brought Blind Hope?
All over the world, democracy is pitched as the ultimate salvation of the state. It is the panacea for political problems; the benchmark for social progress; the pathway to economic success. In African countries, the notion of democracy rode the high-spirited coattails of independence. With national government structures freed from the heavy presence of colonial masters, democracy promised an era of state-sanctioned freedom: one in which citizens could claim their power to get what they need, from governments that they want – governments that were answerable to people, not the other way around.
But today, this hopefulness has been replaced by frustration with leadership that is anything but answerable. Seun Kuti, Nigerian musician and son of the late Fela Kuti, references this disenchantment when explaining the inspiration behind his latest album, ‘From Africa with Fury’ – a title he chose to convey the building frustration of young African people with a system that has failed them at all levels. Kuti says, “In Africa we do not have leaders, we have rulers. These rulers first serve the interest of multinational corporations and western powers before they consider the welfare of their people. People had forgotten this. Democracy brought some blind hope…”
The #moneypowersex radio debates will explore the questions: has democracy brought blind hope? How do the triumphs and failures of democracy manifest around the axes of money, power and sex? Do deeper problems with global economic dynamics get overshadowed by the hyped-up pursuit of national ‘democracies’?
The questions are not just public, but also profoundly personal. How does the idea of ‘democracy’ interact with more deeply-rooted prejudices, such as patriarchy or homophobia? What is the role of the individual in sustaining political systems, for better or worse?
Most importantly, if democracy has brought real hope, how can this be strengthened to redress inequalities? But if it has brought blind hope, where is the real hope to be found? These questions and more will be examined in light of current affairs in each of the countries where debates will be taking place, all of which are identified as leading democracies in the continent: Ghana, Kenya and South Africa.
The debates are being organised by ThisIsAfrica (www.thisisafrica.me) in collaboration with OSISA. Podcasts of the debates will also be available on the OpenForum and TIA websiteS within a week, as well as at the forum itself.
CAPE TOWN DEBATE
Monday 14 May
Bush Radio 89.5fm
Hemel Besem – Hip-hop artist and activist
Ncebalaza Manzi – September National Imbizo coordinator
Rebecca Davis – Daily Maverick journalist
Marion Wanza – Occupy Cape Town organiser
Tuesday 15 May
Vibe FM 91.9
Rebroadcast Wednesday 16 May
Bridget Babiee Dappah – News Anchor and social commentator
Nana Oye Lithur – Director, Human Rights Advocacy Centre
Tic Tac – Hip-Life Musician and producer
Agyeman Badu Akosa – leading member, Convention People’s Party
Food for thought for the OpenForum Youth Summit. ‘Is this land your land or my land?’
Check out the pieces below by Youth Summit participant, Arrianna Marie
“Everything is argued over in this world. Apart from only one thing that is not argued over. Nobody argues about democracy. Democracy is there as if it was some sort of saint in the altar from whom miracles are no longer expected. But it’s there as a reference. A reference. Democracy. And no-one attends to the matter that the democracy in which we live is a democracy taken captive, conditioned, amputated. Because the power..the power of the citizen, the power of each one of us, is limited, in the political sphere, I repeat, in the political sphere, to remove a government that we do not like and replace it with another one that perhaps we might like in the future. Nothing else. But the big decisions are taken in a different sphere, and we all know which one that is. The big international financial organisations, the IMFs, the World Trade Organisations, the World Banks, the OECDs. All..not one of these entities is democratic. And so, how can we keep talking about democracy, if those who effectively govern the world are not chosen democratically by the people? Who chooses the representatives of each country in those organisations? Your respective peoples? No. Where then is the democracy?”
- Jose Saramago
We will be posting images, songs and text daily that challenge some of the conventional paradigms on political systems.
These are linked to the radio debates that will be taking place around the question: Has Democracy Brought Blind Hope?
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