Esther Stanford's 'Africa Speaks' radio show enlightened London's African communities during 'holiday' season
Soferet Baht Yehuda
Reflective members of Voice of Africa Radio's listening audience have a lot to think about as the Christian 2009 New Year season kicked in, as the taboo-busting broadcaster Esther Roniyah Stanford-Xosei of the Pan African Reparation Coalition in Europe (PARCOE) launched the 'holiday' season with the talk show topic 'Who was Jesus?', posing questions such as 'What is the Origin and Meaning of Christmas?'
She then closed the holiday seasons series with the 'Ghana Presidential Election results' and 'What has the conflict in the middle East got to do with Africans?'
The latter topic, fresh on the minds of the recent Israel-Palestine war drew wide-ranging perspectives from Pro-Palestinian and Anti-Israel to pro-Truth by Dr. Ahtur Khazriel Ben Yehuda, Directorship of the Holy Jerusalem Writers' Conference, recently convened in Dimona, Israel.
'Voice of Africa Radio' is the UK's first and only licensed African radio station broadcasting on 94.3FM and http://www.voiceofafricaradio.com/.
States Sister 'Ekua' (her radio programme name):
'Africa Speaks' is always broadcast live and is designed to promote reasoned dialogue (rather than debate) on some of the most pressing issues of our time. I also pride myself on the fact that the 'Africa Speaks' show which I present serves as being a conversational call to action which promotes community dialogue, enlightened scholar activism, astute analysis and problem solving from a Pan-African as well as internationalist perspective."
Sister Ekua, so also conceives the ideas for the programme does most of her own extensive research, produces and presents the show; said that she could not let this season pass without challenging our people to think about the roots of the festivity that they have embraced as their custom.
To stimulate the discussion for the 'Who was Jesus?' show, she had as discussants The African-Caribbean Elder Rev. Hewie Andrews of the Methodist Church and founder of the Queen Mother Moore Saturday School and Sister Yishibah Baht Gavriel-Curator of the African Edenic Heritage Mobile Museum (London) and Founder of the 'Yeshua 2000 Campaign-Jesus is Black' launched in Bristol in 1999 to counter the impact of the then millennium celebrations.
The Campaign was made into a documentary by a local television station. The two guests dialogued on the subject as Sister Yishibah asserted the historical and Hebraic account of Yeshua and his message, while the Reverend Hewie wrestled with the contradictions and inaccuracies of the theological confabulations.
Audience phone-in contributions brought a challenging dynamic dialogue with learned callers from as far as Accra, Ghana, outlining the role of the Catholic Emperor Constantine and his pagan origins grafted on to the 25th December Sun God worship.
Sister Ekua stressed that this medium of radio has a critical role in redemptive and regenerative Truth-centered dialogue and raising the geo-spiritual consciousness of African people worldwide. The only such radio discussion show in the British Isles, Sister Ekua is leading the way with her pioneering radio show.