About Us

Ufahamu Africa is a podcast about life and politics on the African continent, co-hosted by Kim Yi Dionne, professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside, and Rachel Beatty Riedl, professor of government at Cornell University. 

ufahamu AFRICA

“Ufahamu” is a Kiswahili word that translates to “understanding” or “consciousness” in English. We seek to expand our collective understanding of Africa through in-depth interviews with diverse thinkers and innovators who are deeply ingrained in the life, culture, and politics of the continent. Our weekly episodes also feature news highlights and overviews of what we are reading and learning.

How to Listen

The podcast is available wherever you listen to podcasts, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and SoundCloud.

Our Team

Kim Yi Dionne (@dadakim), Founder and Co-host

Rachel Beatty Riedl (@beattyriedl), Co-host

Megan DeMint (@megandemint), Production and Research Fellow

Felicity Turkmen (@fulyafelicity), Production Assistant


The podcast is supported by the political science department at UC, Riverside and the Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University, with additional financial support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

We were previously supported by Northwestern University’s Program on African Studies and a grant from Smith College’s Committee on Faculty Compensation & Development. Our first two seasons benefited from technical assistance provided by the Center for Media Production at Smith College (now known as the Smith Media Studios).

All Ufahamu Africa episodes are Creative Commons licensed and music is provided courtesy of Kevin MacLeod.