Journalist & Writer. Content Producer. Podcaster.

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Rufaro Samanga is a South African-Zimbabwean multi-media journalist and writer covering both culture and gender politics in Africa. Her specialties include: critiquing the state of gender-based violence and femicide in South Africa, producing artist biographies, profiles and music reviews, highlighting African Literature as well as offering critical opinion pieces on topical current affairs.

Her work has been featured by OkayAfrica, True Africa, Afriquette, Standard Bank and Warner Records UK and has also been cited by Aljazeera, Middle East Eye, KOLUMN Magazine, Black Economics, Cosmopolitan SA, The Herald Zimbabwe and several others. She has also done on-air commentary for the BBC World Service and Power FM. Additionally, she is a creative copywriter, having done promotional work for Showmax and Disney Africa.

Rufaro has a Master's degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her podcast, The Blackademic Show, is an exploration of the challenges Black academics experience in academia.
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Snapshot Portfolio


In Conversation with Davido

2020/05/06

Afrobeats superstar Davido speaks on Nigerian and South African Unity, the Grammys and His 'Secret' Film Project (Hint: It's a Sequel). An incredibly candid interview.

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Daniel Kaluuya and Melina Matsoukas Talk "Queen Slim"

2020/03/04

In conversation with two-time Grammy award-winning director Melina Matsoukas and A-list actor Daniel Kaluuya about their evocative film 'Queen Slim'.

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In conversation with the Inimitable Bonang Matheba

2020/02/06

Media personality and entrepreneur Bonang Matheba speaks about her new sparkling wine, The House of BNG, the entertainment industry and sending 300 Black girls to university by 2030.

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In Conversation with Veteran Author Zakes Mda

2020/08/26

The legendary South African writer speaks about a decade's worth of storytelling, losing Bra Hugh Masekela and his hopes for a better South Africa that embodies 'Thuma Mina'.

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Sponsored Content for Disney Africa

2020/08/26

A reflection on 'The Lion King' live-action remake and its broader contribution to lion populations in Africa.

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Promotional Content for Showmax

2020/08/26

This listicle is part of a nine-part series of promotional editorial content for the streaming platform Showmax in collaboration with OkayAfrica.

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Visual Art

2020/08/26

Spotlighting impressionist artist Akintayo Akintobi.

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Music

2020/08/26

The Kenyan Afropop sensation speaks about their latest album 'Midnight Train'.

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Film & Television

2020/08/26

Award-winning filmmaker Rehad Desai speaks about his documentary 'Everything Must Fall'.

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Literature

2020/08/26

A list of 10 of the best recent books written by Black South African women authors.

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Gender-Based Violence & Femicide

2020/08/26

Women in key positions paint a picture of the state of gender-based violence and femicide in South Africa especially during the continued national lockdown.

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Opinion

2020/08/26

My personal take on a number of contentious issues.

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Podcast


The Blackademic Show

2020/02/06

Coming Soon.

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  • Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

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