Listen as Mwangi Becomes a Radio Star

Well sorta!

Last Sunday morning, I did my first regular show on SARFM radio in New York.

This show will be regular and every third Saturday of every month, me and “Pammy” will get on the show to discuss diasporian issues.

For those who want to know when to tune in, the time will be:

Third Sunday of every month at 5 a.m. (Melbourne time which GMT +10h). For those who need help converting time zones please use Time and Date’s Time Zone Converter

Before I Get into What We Covered on the Show


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My Show with Pamela Stitch from SARFM Radio

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To check out my African Loft page where I will be uploading this interview, please visit: Masmilele African Loft Page.

I will also upload this interview to the Displaced African media and press releases page.

Highlights from the Show

1) I spoke about why I wrote the article, the Empty Symbol that is Barrack Obama and go into more depth about that article.

2) We talked about why we as African people don’t record and share our successes as much as we could.

3) What is the tall poppy syndrome?

4) Are we as African people humble with our success?

5) Should we as African folks share success with each other or be humble with our successes while we are abroad?

6) I give a small example of the power of sharing successes with each other.

7) “I’ll do me and you just do you” vs “I am because we are”
8) Tips for recording and sharing your successes with others.

9) Tips for someone who has just arrived in the diaspora on how they can immediately get a job.

10) How to get a job when you finish college and you want a nice, solid career job instead of a minimum age job.

11) Would I recommend that people go into the welfare system?

Overall, I think it was a good show. I SPOKE SLOWER! And I also feel I gave a lot more useful information than in my previous interviews.

I still have a lot of growing to do in this area but let me send a lot of thanks and love to Pammy of SARFM, the folks at African Loft and everyone who has featured me in their media and will do so in future. As it would be said in Kiswahili:

Asanteni sana,


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  • By Pink M, August 21, 2008 @ 9:11 pm

    Congrats!!! I’m really happy on both accounts, first the 200 posts and a regular radio appearance. I haven’t been able to listen on the radio bit (thanks to super slow connection), but I’m really excited for you!!!

    The accountant in me is now seeing some money at the end of the tunnel :)

    Out of curiosity, one of your tags reads Tony Njanja. Do you mean Tony Nyanja?

  • By Mwangi, August 21, 2008 @ 9:35 pm

    @Pink M: Lol! Continue along the journey with me and we shall see how green this chute shall become.

    Nope, my full name is Tony Chomba Mwangi Njanja. I would love to know how exactly the name “Njanja” became a Kikuyu name because it always sounded like more of a Kiswahili name…..but I digress.

    Hmmmm, transcription appears like it is very much a must, very very much a must so that people can read all my videos and podcasts in places where connection is slow.

  • By Mo, August 21, 2008 @ 10:13 pm

    Pamela had me in stitches.

    The *gasp* at 9:23 just killed me… as did 9:30… 12:40…. She really had little idea how to respond to your answers and whooped her way through the interview.

    You were, as always, articulate and effective at putting forth your point. Even though I didn’t agree with something, I could see where you were coming from.

  • By Mwangi, August 21, 2008 @ 10:20 pm

    @Mo: You know, until you pointed it out, I never even heard the gasp at 9:23 and 12:40. Goes to show you how folks can hear different things huh?

    Though are you the type of person who whenever you listen to folks talk in interviews remember the gasps, singgers, guffaws, hisses and chuckles sometimes even more than the content and the ideas the speaker is trying to put across?

    Thanks for the kind words.

    What didn’t you agree with I would be curious to know?

  • By Mo, August 21, 2008 @ 10:57 pm

    I mean, you put forth a loaded point and she goes “WOO! hmmm wow ok, oh, wow” before launching into what she thinks or going on to the next question. When aforesaid gasps, loud whoops and ‘wows’ occur in an interview discussing serious issues, I sure as hell do notice them and conclude that it reflects on the professionalism/experience of the interviewer.

  • By Mwangi, August 21, 2008 @ 11:00 pm

    @Mo: Wow, my brother, I could have listened to that interview ten times till Sunday and never even heard the gasps let alone inferred anything about Pammy from them.

    Don’t the differences in our perceptual frameworks as people just fascinate you? Heck, that may just be me.

  • By Pink M, August 21, 2008 @ 11:05 pm

    Yes, transcription might be the saviour of we of slow connectivity. You’re Tony!!!!!!!!!!! Ok, I learn a new thing each day.

  • By Mwangi, August 21, 2008 @ 11:10 pm

    @Pink M: Didn’t you know that? I have put my name on this site quite a few times in the past, yup am Tony. Not a very big fan of the name, but its what I got :D Indeed you has your Confucius moment for the day :P

  • By Pink M, August 21, 2008 @ 11:45 pm

    Confucius…Today you’re thoroughly educating me! I don’t know how I missed your full name.

  • By Mwangi, August 22, 2008 @ 12:00 am

    @Pink M: But shhhh, keep it a secret, around these parts they only call me “Mwangi” :P

  • By Mo, August 22, 2008 @ 12:51 am

    That’s what makes the tapestry of life so rich; different types of people with different ways of taking in information.

    I realise I may have come across as harsh in my previous comment and that was not my intention but I do apologise if the interviewer sees this and feels offended (but not for the gist of my comment).

    Now what’s this I hear about Njanja and Tony? :P

  • By Mwangi, August 22, 2008 @ 2:29 am

    @Mo: Yup, bloody British passed that name down through my grandfather and it was the moniker bestowed upon me. Njanja is my grandfather. Chomba is my pops. And I’m Mwangi :)

  • By pammy, August 23, 2008 @ 3:46 am

    It was great Mwangi!

  • By Mwangi - the Displaced African, August 23, 2008 @ 3:48 am

    @Pammy: Ditto :D

  • By pammy, September 3, 2008 @ 11:39 am

    oops…just came back to read the comment….


    1) Mwangi was presenting ideas that were a bit controversial, apart from listening like a stoic (which I guess you expected me to do), I responded to the controversiality of the topic. Basically, I was on point on my response.

    2) I never whooped.

    3) Experience: I have worked with SARFM for more than 3 years, beyond working with SARFM as a presenter,. interviewing people is what I do on an every day basis….so, I really think we need to reevaluate where you are coming from when you over analyze.

    That said,

    I hope you will listen in on the 3 rd Saturday of every month between 3 -4 pm as Mwangi, brings us those deep issues..


  • By Mwangi, September 3, 2008 @ 5:54 pm

    @Pammy: Lol, I love it how that ended with a great plug for our show….very nice! :)

  • By pammy, September 3, 2008 @ 8:39 pm

    Anytime…. Mwangi… :D

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