- Student Worksheet - Bibliography/Resources
EPISODE 20: Voice of
Directed by Jacques Holender
Ugandan refugee, Opiyo Oloya,
comes to Canada and becomes a public school teacher, writer and host of
an African music radio show. Oloya's efforts reveal a vibrant African
culture in Toronto, Ontario.
- Journey of the modern-day
- African cultures
- African music in North America
- Social Activist
- African-Canadian Identity
- To appreciate the experience
of present day immigrants
- To learn about multi-ethnic
- To understand the enduring
connection of immigrants to their native homeland
- Imagine you are the only
person of your racial origin in a completely different country. You
have a different language, religion and value system to everyone else.
Perhaps you are in China, Africa, Ireland, Iran. Write a three day diary
describing your feelings and experiences as you live your ordinary life
as someone completely "other".
- Research and write an essay
- African immigrants to Canada
come most often as a result of social oppression or natural disaster.
Research the recent history of events in the African country of Uganda
which led up to Opiyo Oloya's immigration, as well as those that followed.
Compare these reasons for immigration to those of other immigrant groups
- Devote a class to African
music: listen to (or record) Opiyo Oloya's radio show Karibuni
on CIUT 80.5 FM in Toronto; or visit your local music store and ask
for a guided tour of the African and world music sections.
- In Toronto, the African
culture is celebrated each year at AfroFest. Do some research in your
hometown and discover what sort of ethnic festivals are put on each
year. Invite one of the organizers in to talk to the class about cultural
events and why they are so important to celebrate.