If you poke around for some information about Burundi, a tiny country is East Africa, you’ll find headlines about HIV/AIDS, civil war and political instability. Imagine Burundi, an English-language radio show from the capital Bujumbura, is trying to portray a more surprising and nuanced picture.
Since 2010, Imagine Burundi has been working to end the stereotype that Africa is nothing but suffering and poverty. As the show’s website explains: “Certainly those problems exist, certainly they seem overwhelming and intractable, but an unbalanced image of life on this continent will not guide us toward effective solutions.”
So while the show tackles big issues like Burundi exports and life after their recent civil war, it also takes on topics like noisy neighbors, job advice and restaurant reviews.
The show also accommodates all levels of English speakers by presenting different segments at different English levels.
The founders of Imagine Burundi write that they are inspired by American public radio shows like Fresh Air and This American Life. The team consists of a combination of American and Burundian hosts, producers and correspondents.
Whether you are a Burundi expatriate, radio lover or generally curious human being, you’ll want to check out this uniquely cross-cultural take on storytelling.