Airing Friday 19th January
|Riz Khan and Angelique Kidjo |
Riz Khan interviews one of Africa's top musical stars, Angelique Kidjo.
Now she uses her music as a way to highlight the plight of Africa's poor - particularly among women and children. Realizing the power of celebrity, this singer from the West African country of Benin, has put her fame to good use as a UNICEF Ambassador.
Angelique Kidjo believes that Malaria prevention, AIDS awareness and education are key issues the continent needs to address—and quickly.
The seventh of eight children, her parents encouraged Angelique to be true to her dreams, even in a culture that frowned upon female performers. But singing led her to Paris and a career that has her in high demand performing with Western stars such as Carlos Santana, Alicia Keys, Peter Gabriel, Annie Lenox and Herbie Hancock.
Still, Angelique's real passion has her looking towards her homeland and giving voice to Africa’s needy.
Sir Richard Branson
Airing Friday 26th January
Sir Richard Branson, is a British entrepreneur, best known for his Virgin brand, a banner that encompasses a variety of business organizations. It is estimated that Branson is worth over £3 billion (equivalent to more than US$5 billion) according to the Sunday Times Rich List 2006. On the 12th of October, 2006, he emphasized his stated plan is to invest $3 billion over 10 years to fight global warming.
The son of an air hostess and a lawyer, Richard Branson faced challenges from an early age… his parents set him tough physical tasks to make him strong and independent. At fifteen, he dropped out of school to start a magazine with friends – and, soon after, launched the record label that would make him a household name.
Virgin has products ranging from air travel and and beverages to mobile phones and even space tourism. Coming soon - environmentally-friendly fuel. Branson's hard work has netted him an estimated 5 billion dollars and growing.
Airing Friday 2nd February
Elie Wiesel is a world-renowned Romanian-Hungarian Jewish novelist, philosopher, humanitarian, political activist, and Holocaust survivor. He is the author of over 40 books, the most famous of which, Night, is a memoir that describes his experiences during the Holocaust.
|Elie Weisel with Riz Khan|
Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. The Norwegian Nobel Committee called him a "messenger to mankind," noting that through his struggle to come to terms with "his own personal experience of total humiliation and of the utter contempt for humanity shown in Hitler's death camps," as well as his "practical work in the cause of peace," Wiesel has delivered a powerful message "of peace, atonement and human dignity" to humanity.
Airing Friday 9th February
Riz Khan interviews UN Under Secretary General for Communications and Public Information Shashi Tharoor. India’s top diplomat and currently a candidate for the top job at the United Nations, Tharoor is also an acclaimed author.
|Riz Khan with Shashi Tharoor|
This urbane diplomat is widely recognized for his devotion to the UN over the years. He's also been named a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.
Born in London, raised in India and living in New York, Shashi Tharoor puts his background to good use on a daily basis by bridging the diverse cultures at the UN.
He started his career with the UN High Commission for Refugees nearly three decades ago before ending up overseeing the monumental task of handling UN communications. An appropriate task, perhaps, considering Tharoor is an accomplished writer, with nine books to his name so far.
He describes his efforts as "leaving smudgy fingerprints on the footnotes of the pages of history".
Airing Friday 16th February
|Riz Khan with Jihan Sadat|
She was fifteen when she met her hero and fell in Love. She became First Lady to a nation and supported women’s rights throughout the Middle East. But as her husband worked for peace in the region, the fairytale ended before her eyes with an assassin's bullet. Riz Khan interviews the widow of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. It’s as an advocate for peace and the rights of women that Jihan Sadat has made her mark over the years.
Born in Cairo to an Egyptian surgeon and a traditional English mother, she followed politics from an early age and admired the charismatic national hero, Anwar Sadat. Soon after being released from prison for his resistance against British rule, Sadat met the young Jihan at her 15th birthday party. Despite their age difference, a romance was born.
As First Lady of Egypt, Jihan Sadat used her influence to advocate for women, the poor and infirmed. She fought for the passage of legislation granting women greater rights, and believed that education was the key to women’s advancement in society.
Then, in one tragic moment, her life changed forever. Jihan Sadat has learned to move on and rebuild her life for the sake of her children. Having gone back to college at the age of 40 to earn her Ph.D she now teaches in America and speaks out for peace and women’s rights around the globe.