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The Unfiltered Real Talk Podcast

The Unfiltered Real Talk Podcast

By Ije
No fluff, just candid conversations on all facets of Afro-centric experience, with a focus on women. Challenging norms and provoking deeper thinking with the goal of empowering each other, shifting mindsets, and re-inventing ourselves. New episode released every other Sunday.
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S2EP22 Men's Mental Health & Overcoming Trauma Through Music with Arys Déjan
From not knowing his biological father to being in foster care and facing abuse. In today's episode, I sit down with Arys Déjan for an in-depth and deep conversation about how he overcame trauma through writing and producing music. Arys is a recording artist, writer, poet, dancer, model, podcast producer and host. He is the founder of the Who and How Club as well as the Who and How Podcast. He is also the founder of The Quiet Council, a management agency, and the creator of RAM-PAGE, an event series that promotes safe space, dialogue, open communication and positivity among people looking to overcome barriers.  Visit https://www.arysdejan.com/ to stay tuned to Arys' new single and for all his work. Follow him on Instagram @only1arys and @whohowclub
40:15
November 28, 2021
S2EP21 Diversity is Good Business: How to Leverage Diversity for Growth and Success with Frankline Agbor
Did you have to westernize or change your name to get a job in the diaspora? Did you know the Minister of Justice of Alberta, Kaycee Madu had to do the same when he was articling as a law student? There are simple things individuals, organizations, businesses and institutions can do to successfully leverage diversity. In this episode, Frankline Agbor, the founder and Executive Producer of Diversity Magazine, the largest multicultural publication in Canada, shares his success tips and tools on how he grew his private business through diversity. LINK TO MAGAZINE: Diversity Magazine – The Multicultural Magazine I Telling The Untold Stories LINK TO ALBERTA JUSTICE MINISTER'S INTERVIEW: Kaycee Madu reflects on his journey to justice minister: ‘Racism is real’ | Globalnews.ca
29:33
November 14, 2021
S2EP20 Uncovering the Truth about our Canadian History: Residential Schools, Truth and Reconciliation with Professor Jessica Vandenberghe
In today's conversation, I sit down with an Indigenous Engineer, Professor Jessica Vandenberghe, to uncover the truth about Canada's history with institutionalizing residential schools, the impact that remains today and how we can be allies with supporting truth and reconciliation. Professor Vandenberge is an Industrial Engineer and the Assistant Dean of Engineering, Community and Culture at the University of Alberta. She is a consultant, public speaker, and STEM mentor. She serves on a number of boards and councils and also co-hosts a podcast called, Unsettled: Truth and Conciliation. Today's episode may be triggering for some people so please take care while listening and feel free to reach out to mental health support in your community. For those in Alberta and Canada, mental health support can be accessed through: Mental Health Support in Alberta: Mental Health | Alberta Health Service or Mental health support: get help - Canada.ca If you found this episode meaninful, please consider leaving a rating on Apple podcast or wherever you listen and connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Clubhouse: @unrealtalkpod. I'm always happy to hear from you! List of Resources and Information discussed on the show: 2008 Apology by Prime Minister Stephen Harper: 2008 Federal Apology to Residential School Survivors - YouTube 2017 Apology by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: Tearful Justin Trudeau apologizes to residential school survivors in Newfoundland - YouTube Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action: Truth and Reconciliation Commission's calls to action, six years later - YouTube The Calls to Action Report: calls_to_action_english2.pdf (gov.bc.ca) Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada, Calls to Action: Final Report | MMIWG (mmiwg-ffada.ca) We Will Stand Up Documentary: nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up by Tasha Hubbard - NFB Home Fire Documentary: Home Fire - Ending the Cycle of Family Violence - YouTube Secret Path: Gord Downie's The Secret Path - YouTube Journey Home Documentary: Journey Home - YouTube Jordan's Principle: Jordan’s Principle | Assembly of First Nations (afn.ca) Jordan River Anderson: Honouring Jordan River Anderson (sac-isc.gc.ca) Tina Fontaine: Jury finds Raymond Cormier not guilty in death of Tina Fontaine | CBC News The Blanket Exercise: Blanket Exercise Workshop - KAIROS Canada
47:50
October 31, 2021
S2EP19: Inclusion Starts with I: The Inspiring Story of an Athlete with Cerebral Palsy with Lovepreet Deo
This is the final episode in the Hear Me Out mini series. In today's episode, I sit down with Lovepreet Deo an athlete with Cerebral Palsy, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age 1 and was told she will never walk. She defied all odds, completing many challenges including half marathon bicycle races. She takes as many as 10,000 steps per day and has received a number of awards including the Personal Inspiration Award by Alberta Lodges Society for completing the 20-km Cerebral Palsy Association's Life Without Limits challenge and has been featured in Airdrie Magazine.  To know more about Lovepreet, follow her on Instagram @lovepreetdeo.  Join the podcast community on Instagram and Clubhouse @unrealtalkpod. If you would like me to share your story or want to be a guest on the podcast, send me a private email to unfilteredrealtalk@gmail.com.  Consider supporting the podcast by subscribing, sharing and rating the podcast as it helps these important conversations gain more awareness.  Leave me a voice note on podpage: The Unfiltered Real Talk Podcast (podpage.com)  You can also watch the video of our conversation on YouTube: Real Afro Talk with Ije - YouTube and don't forget to subscribe to my channel.
16:51
October 17, 2021
S2EP18 Hear Me Out Series: Supporting Children with Autism with Kiko
In this episode, I sit down to chat with Kiko, an experienced social worker who supports autistic children and their families. We debunk myths, unlearn misconceptions, and relearn truths and how to better support autistic individuals. We also discuss stimming, masking, and more. If you enjoyed the conversation, consider subscribing to the podcast and leave a rating in Apple podcasts or where you listen. Don't forget to check out the video on YouTube and subscribe on there too and share. Your support ensures these conversation gains awareness and reaches more people to keep the conversation ongoing.  Learn more about my guest and join our community on Instagram and Twitter @unrealtalkpod. If you would like to feature as a guest on the podcast or you want me to share your story, contact me directly by email, unfilteredrealtalk@gmail.com.
34:33
October 3, 2021
S2EP17 Hear Me Out Series: Fostering Inclusion and Accessibility with Nwamaka Agbakoba
In this episode, I sit down with Nwamaka Agbakoba, the Founder and President of Green Onyx Foundation, a nonprofit organization advocating for children and families with disabilities in Africa. Nwamaka shares strategies and tools organizations and communities can utilize to better support persons with disabilities including through education. This episode is timely and loaded  with information for everyone regardless of whether you have a disability. Nwamaka is an accomplished corporate leader, with a background in finance and has worked on a number of microfinance and international development projects including with the World Bank and the Gates Foundation. She is also the founder of MKCurvy, an inclusive African inspired clothing line for modern, curvy women. She has lived experience with disabilities, living with rheumatoid arthritis and being a mother to a son with mild cerebral palsy.   If you enjoy the conversation or learned something new, consider subscribing to the podcast, sharing it and leaving a rating on Apple podcast or where you listen. Doing so ensures this conversation reaches more people and contributes to raising awareness.  Join our community on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Clubhouse @unrealtalkpod. Send me an email: unfilteredrealtalk@gmail.com
50:44
September 19, 2021
S2EP16 Hear me out Series: Understanding Cerebral Palsy with Carlos Gonzalez
This is the third episode within the Hear me out Miniseries, highlighting the voice of persons with special needs. In today's episode I sit down with Carlos Gonzalez who shares his personal story living with cerebral palsy, immigrating from Mexico to Canada for university, and overcoming fears and challenges. Carlos is the Community Education Coordinator of Cerebral Palsy Association of Alberta and also co-hosts My Life Without Limits Podcast. This episode will definitely lift your spirits, warm your heart and inspire you in new ways you never thought possible. If you enjoy the conversation or learn something new, please consider subscribing to the podcast, share with a friend and connect with me on social media. Carlos' Podcast My Life Without Limits (podbean.com) Visit Cerebral Palsy Alberta for supports -HOME | cerebralpalsyalberta (cpalberta.com) Follow the podcast on Instagram Unfiltered Real Talk with Ije🎙 (@unrealtalkpod) • Instagram photos and videos Unfiltered Real Talk with Ije - YouTube
49:60
September 5, 2021
S2EP15 Hear me Out Series: Understanding the FASD Epidemic in South Africa with Andrea
This is the second episode within the Hear me out Miniseries, highlighting the voice of persons with special needs. I recently discovered that South Africa has the highest rate of FASD on the planet! Some communities in South Africa experience a prevalence as high as 28%. According to a 2018 publication by CanFASD, the rate of FASD in Canada is 4% which is approximately 1,485,158 Canadians in a country with about 37 million people. South Africa's population is approximately 58 million people and yet the nation has such a mammoth rate. I sit down with a South African friend who works in the area of human services to understand this issue and she shares some of the key influences of the alarming high rates in South Africa.  If you enjoy the conversation or learn something new, consider subscribing to the podcast and joining our community on Instagram and YouTube @unrealtalkpod. You can also leave me a voice message on Anchor.fm or send me a personal email to unfilteredrealtalk@gmail.com. Your support helps these conversations on the podcast gain visibility in order to bring about social action and policy changes. I do really appreciate your time, and thank you kindly for stopping by to listen. Unfiltered Real Talk with Ije - YouTube Unfiltered Real Talk with Ije🎙 (@unrealtalkpod) 
24:06
August 22, 2021
S2EP14 Hear me Out Series: Podcasting for the Deaf Community with Kellina
Hey friends! Thank you for stopping by and clicking play. This is the first episode in the Mini series titled, Hear me out. This mini series was inspired by my conversation in Episode 5 with a young lady with partial hearing loss. If you haven't checked out that episode, please do so and thank you. In this episode, my guest, Kellina shares tips and strategies for creating content for the deaf community and influencing with inclusion. Kellina is a trailblazer and an advocate for the deaf community. She is currently a graduate student, an entrepreneur, a YouTuber, content creator and an upcoming author. She is born into a hearing family. If you enjoy this episode, please join our community on social media including Clubhouse and Instagram @unrealtalkpod and share with me what you enjoyed.  Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast if you haven't already done so and follow on YouTube so you never miss an episode. Check out our new website, where you can also leave us a Voice Message! The Unfiltered Real Talk Podcast (podpage.com)  For sponsorships, to feature as a guest or if you would like me to share your story, send me a private email at, unfilteredrealtalk@gmail.com. Thank you so much for stopping by to listen.  Subscribe and watch on YouTube: Real Afro Talk with Ije - YouTube Follow Kellina on Instagram, @DeafQueenBoss Visit her Website, Coach | Mental Health Coach (kellinaempowerment.com)  
22:02
August 8, 2021
S2EP13 Black and Muslim: Addressing the Problem of Islamophobia in Canada with Tia Abdillahi
Today I sit down with a black Muslim woman from the Oromo community to address the islamophobia problem in Canada. Tia is a young mother of three, passionate about raising awareness and speaking out against any form of violence and injustice. She recently granted an interview to Global News TV, check it out here: Edmonton police investigate reported attack on Black woman wearing hijab | Globalnews.ca In today's conversation, we discuss a variety of issues including misunderstandings and misconceptions about Islam and the Muslim community, the rising attacks against women wearing Hijabs, and the need to join the movement to end racism.  Don't forget to hit the subscribe button if you haven't done so. Check out our conversation on video on YouTube: The Unfiltered Real Talk Podcast. Join the conversation with our community on Instagram and Clubhouse, follow @unrealtalkpod. If you would like me to share your story or you're interested in being a guest on the show, send an email to unfilteredrealtalk@gmail.com. 
01:05:38
July 4, 2021
S2EP12 Life on Hold: The Refugee Journey with Mimi Bassett
In today's conversation, I sit down with another Haligonian I met some years ago when I lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Odette Mimi Gbeve-Bassett is a Togolese Canadian who immigrated to Canada after 15 years living a refugee camp in Ghana. She is passionate, resilient and ambitious young lady who did not let her experience in the camp stop her from pursuing her dreams. She shares her journey and experience in the refugee camp and coming to Canada to pursue her education and graduating with a Masters in Laws. She talks about the impacts of living in refugees camps on the mental health and wellbeing of children as well as how to support children and youth in home and hosting countries.  Mimi is very passionate about supporting children and youth living in camps and has established a nonprofit with the sole goal of helping young people pursue education and to thrive in global society. Visit home (daree.org) to learn more about her nonprofit, donate or volunteer if you can. You can also check out her YouTube Channel: (41) A Moment With Mimi - YouTube for more about her.  If you enjoyed the conversation, consider sharing the podcast to support someone else and connect with me on Instagram or Clubhouse: @unrealtalkpod. For contributions or if you would like to be a guest on the show, email, unfilteredrealtalk@gmail.com. Don't forget to check out the video of this conversation on YouTube: (41) Unfiltered Real Talk Podcast - YouTube
34:23
June 20, 2021
S2EP11 Close Encounter: Nearly Raped Twice with Tokunbo
Gripping, bone chilling, raw and riveting is only a few qualifying words to describe this powerful episode. My guest came close to being raped twice while living in Ontario, Canada and one of the incident happened in her own house! Both incidents happened by persons she knew. Rape is a sensitive and heavy conversation and our deepest hope to sharing this very difficult experience is that it will help someone. My guest also share tips to support survivors as well as for self-protection.  This is a heavy conversation, however, it is very necessary and must remain ongoing. Please take care while listening and if you need to chat or debrief with someone after listening, check in with a friend or family or reach out to me directly on social media, email, clubhouse or via voice chat on Anchor.fm. I will be more than happy to debrief with you. Thank you for stopping by and listening to the episode. Below are some articles that we discussed in today's conversation: Iniubong Umoren, a 26 year old recent graduate raped and murdered while responding to a job ad: Iniobong Umoren: Job-seeking Nigerian lady found dead (gazettengr.com) Justice for Uwa. Veral Uwaila, a 22 year student who was raped and brutally killed in a Church in Nigeria, Justice For Uwa: Undergraduate Killed & Raped In A Church | Zikoko! Sexual Assaults Statistics: JustFacts - Sexual Assault (justice.gc.ca) Over 80% of all juvenile sexual assault victims are female, and 90% of adult rape victims are female: 32 Disheartening Sexual Assault Statistics for 2021 (legaljobs.io)
01:51:13
June 6, 2021
S2EP10 Black Women in Science: Pursuing a Career in Nursing. Is it worth it? with Lucetta Marah
In today's episode, I sit down with a Registered Nurse, Lucetta Marrah, who has been working as a nurse in Canada for almost 12 years. She started her journey as a Licensed Practical Nurse or LPN and decided to challenge herself by advancing her education to become an RN. She gave up a fulltime, high earning job to return to school. Lucetta shares the study strategies that she used to ace the RN board exam at the first trial. She addresses what people who have failed the board exam can do as well as tips for men seeking to pursue a career in nursing but concerned about stereotypes or the nature of the work. Also discussed in this episode are the realities of being a nurse in the middle of the pandemic, the everyday challenges, including caring for persons with COVID-19. This episode is loaded with many life lessons and tips to kickstart that ambition, dream or vision that you have been waiting or longing to begin. If you enjoy the episode, please consider subscribing, rating, leaving a comment and following the podcast on social media @unrealtalkpod as well as on YouTube. Check out the video recording of the conversation on YouTube at the Unfiltered Real Talk Podcast. 
49:43
May 23, 2021
S2EP9: Black Women in Science: Pursuing a Career in Pharmacy - Tips for Overcoming Challenges and Thriving with Dr. Onyi Kammelu
In today's episode, my guest, Dr. Onyinye Kammelu shares her journey to becoming a pharmacist at just 23 years old! She received her first degree by age 20 and at age 23, she had a doctorate degree in pharmacy with honors! This young lady is a powerful force and releases major gems on how to stay focused to achieve exceptional academic success in the midst of difficulties and challenging environments. This conversation is so timely and key for students and young ladies seeking career success. Also discussed in this episode is addressing some questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Onyinye currently works as a Pharmacist in Amazon Pharmacy in the United States where she is currently changing the world of retail pharmacy as we know it. This conversation is also available on video, check it out on YouTube at Unfiltered Real Talk Podcast - YouTube. If you enjoyed the conversation, please consider subscribing and rating the podcast wherever you listen. You can also connect with me on Podroom and on social media @unrealtalkpod. Join the Real Talk family by following for exclusive information on upcoming episodes and inspirational journey from people in our community.  You can also leave a voice note on Anchor.fm. For show contribution and sponsorship, please email unfiltererealtalk@gmail.com.
01:05:35
May 9, 2021
S2EP8 COVID-19 Vaccine: Questions Answered with Dr. Johnson Fatokun, MD
There is so much information out there about COVID-19 vaccine and I decided to sit down with a Medical Doctor, Dr. Johnson Fatokun, to discuss the truths, lies and worries about the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Johnson is a family physician in Alberta and serves as a member of the Primary Care Network (PCN) committee. He is tasked with providing governance, leadership, strategic direction and priorities for the PCN’s. Residents have been quoted as saying, “The community not only hired a community doctor, they hired a community ambassador.” He is passionate about elderly care and has worked in emergency medicine. Dr. Johnson also works as a full-time Pastor in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta and is the National Youth Adviser for RCCG YASM Canada; he is passionate about empowering young black adults to be successful.  This conversation was also recorded by video, do please check it out on YouTube at Unfiltered Real Talk Podcast - YouTube and do not forget to hit the subscribe button. If you enjoy today's episode, please consider subscribing to and rating the podcast wherever you listen and follow the podcast on social media @unrealtalkpod to connect with me directly. You can also email your questions or feedback to unfilteredrealtalk@gmail.com or send me a voice note on Anchor.fm. 
47:28
April 25, 2021
S2EP7 Life of an Immigrant Student in Canada with Ezekiel
How does a very intelligent student, averaging over 90% in all courses end up on academic probation? In today's episode, my guest, Chukwuemeka Ezekiel shares his journey to immigrating from Nigeria to Canada at the age of 15 years old and some of the challenges he faced studying in Canada. This episode is loaded with major life lessons particularly for newcomers moving to Canada for school.  Ezekiel is currently in his final year of university, studying Mechanical Aviation in Ontario. He is the founder and CEO of Semz Custom Shoes and the co-founder of Steal Masta Card Game.  If you enjoy the episode, please consider subscribing to the podcast and leaving a rating wherever you listen. Also subscribe to the podcast on YouTube, Unfiltered Real Talk Podcast. I would love to connect with you on social media - Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @unrealtalkpod (@unrealtalkpod)  or send me an email to: unfilteredrealtalk@gmail.com.
20:33
April 11, 2021
S2EP6 Assimilation, Adaption and Inclusion: Experience Living in the Diaspora with Yemi and Ijeoma
Is your teeth so white because you're so dark? Is that your real hair? How come your English is so good? Does your cultural name suggest you can't speak English? Did you have to change your name to get a job in the diaspora? In today's episode, my guests, Yemi and Ijeoma share their experiences with overt prejudice, stereotypes and racism while living in the diaspora. We touch on the importance of preserving your identity and remaining true to your culture while understanding that some immigrants may not necessarily want to be associated with their roots for good reasons. We also talk about stereotypical and prejudicial statements including those from our own people while highlighting that all people are beautiful and we must do better to respect and assimilate into each other. We recognize that fear and comfort is sometimes involved when migrating to a different country and emphasize embracing some of the traditions of where you are while keeping your identity in focus.  Ijeoma is a writer, licensed food judge and the co-host of the Africa in my Kitchen Podcast. Yemi is an economist and the podcast producer, host and CEO of Tunuka Media. If you enjoy the episode, please consider supporting us by subscribing to the podcast, following us on social media @unrealtalkpod, and rating the podcast wherever you listen. Following us, sharing, rating the podcast and leaving a comment in the podcast and on the social media pages help us to gain more visibility and to continue to reach out to more people, spreading more inspiring stories for life changing shifts. 
50:20
March 28, 2021
S2EP5 Chronicles of a Hard of Hearing Girl with Anne Egwuche
In today's episode, my guest, Anne Egwuche, shares her story of discovering she has partial hearing loss, her journey to getting the right hearing aid, the challenges she encountered as a hearing impaired student, and how she overcame these challenges. Also discussed are how she is leveraging her hearing impairment to support other persons with hearing loss or full deafness in Nigeria. Don't forget to leave a comment with your feedback and thoughts, and share the podcast to encourage somebody.  Our conversation was also recorded on video, watch it on YouTube at, Unfiltered Real Talk Podcast - YouTube Thank you for stopping by to listen, it is very much appreciated. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave a rating wherever you listen to the podcast. Follow on social media @unrealtalkpod
30:26
March 14, 2021
S2EP4 Black Women in Business: $6000 to six figures in 2 Years with NiLo
In today's episode, my guest, NiLo, discusses her journey to becoming the first black-owned business exclusively for afro hair in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. NiLo worked in the corporate world in New York for a number of years before starting her very first natural hair business in North Carolina and subsequently moving to Canada to start Afrodisiac Natural Shop in Edmonton, which she has been running successfully, going from $6,000 in sales to six figures in a two year period. We discuss top strategies for black women venturing into business and must-have skills and tools for running a successful small business. NiLo also drops gems that worked for her such as hiring an accountant first, paying all staff before paying yourself, reinvesting your profits back into the business, and creating a community around yourself and  your business.  This episode was recorded on VIDEO and you can watch it on the Unfiltered Real Talk Podcast YouTube channel, link to watch: Unfiltered Real Talk Podcast - YouTube If you enjoy the conversation, leave us voice message on Anchor, follow on social media @UnRealTalkPod and make sure to leave us a comment about what you enjoyed. Also rate the podcast on spotify, apple or wherever else you listen to the podcast.  NiLo is the marketing director of Melanistic Magazine, which features a new take on Edmonton's ethno-cultural lifestyle with particular focus on black experience. She is behind the Afro-Indie Book fair initiative which showcases a variety of black authors in our community. She is a storyteller and author and has published two children's book. She is also a podcaster and cohosts the Black Multiverse Theory Podcast. For more about Afrodisiac Natural Shop, visit, https://afrodisiacnaturals.com AFRODISIAC NATURAL STORE. For more about NiLo, visit her Instagram page, @thatgirlyoushouldknow ***ECHO ALERT- we apologize for the echo  nature of the audio, we were trying out a new device.**
41:58
February 28, 2021
S2EP3 Black Women in Business: Why women are limited with Rehana Malik-Mbanga
In today's episode my guest and I discuss women in business and some of the core reasons why women, in particular black women, African women and women of Afro heritage are limited in the business and entrepreneurial world. My guest is Rehana Malik-Mbanga, the CEO of Stimbok Corporation. She is a serial social entrepreneur whose business model is founded on social sustainability and to helping women business owners start up and successfully run their businesses. Stimbok has projects and initiatives in different parts of Africa where they are supporting women entrepreneurs thrive in their business ventures.  Rehana is also an activist and is passionate about supporting women of afro-heritage achieve their full potential. She is the founder of Women Talk Africa in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and runs a blog called Embracing the plus size me. For more about Stimbok corporation and it's work, visit, www.stimbok.com. If you enjoy today's episode, subscribe to the podcast and follow the podcast on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @UnRealTalkPod and leave us your comments and feedback. 
44:05
February 14, 2021
S2EP2 Pursing your dreams: From Passion to Fashion Designer with DamiFierce
In today's episode, my guest, Dami Ochang of Dami-Fierce Clothing, shares her journey to becoming a fashion designer in Alberta, Canada. Dami discusses some of the challenges she faced on her journey, how she overcame the challenges and offers advice and tips to prioritizing pursuing your dreams. For more information about Dami or her clothing line, visit, www.damifierce.com or on Facebook, Dami-Fierce Clothing | Facebook To support the podcast, subscribe, rate, like and leave a comment on the podcast where you listen and on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @UnRealTalkPod.
23:22
January 31, 2021
S2EP1 Resolutions vs Goal Setting: New Ideas and Tips for the Year
In today's episode, my guest, Sharon Obiye and I, talk about new year resolutions and why we feel it is a fad. We discuss integrating a lifestyle of goal setting and planning instead of resolutions, the importance of tailoring goals to individual unique needs, and the need to regularly review goals to adjust to changing priorities and needs. Sharon emphasizes the need to roll over goals that are not accomplished to the next year rather than setting new goals or making new resolutions each new year. Also discussed in this episode are: types of goals, timeline for goals, and tips for low budget self-care routines. Sharon is a returning guest. If you enjoy today's episode, subscribe and rate the podcast wherever you listen. Also follow the podcast on social media @UnRealTalkPod and share your feedback. Show contribution and collaboration, email unfilteredrealtalk@gmail.com.
27:07
January 17, 2021
Season 1 Recap
The recap provides a quick summary of the top 5 most downloaded episodes of the season and highlights the top 10 countries and cities tuning in to listen. If you have not checked out the podcast, this season recap episode offers a very good feel for the show.  Thank you for tuning in. We would love to hear from so leave a rating on Spotify, Apple or wherever you listen to the podcast. Follow the podcast on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @UnRealTalkIje. The podcast is also available on YouTube. Don't forget to share what you enjoyed about the episode by leaving a comment and like as well as sharing the podcast.
29:09
December 27, 2020
S1EP16 Racism and Parenting: A Mother's Experience
In today's episode, my guest and I sit down for a real talk on racism and parenting black children in the diaspora. My guest is Christina Monfort,  a mother of two children who were elite athletes in their high school and college years. The conversation highlights the first-hand experiences of my guest in the 80s and 90s in Canada and that of her children in more recent times. We discuss the many contributions of black people in Canadian history and identify how government systems, in particular the Canadian education system can leverage these contributions in classroom discussions and curriculum. Also in our conversation are tips for parenting and preparing black children for life in the diaspora, which is based on my guest's personal experience. This episode is loaded with tools and information for parenting young black children and offers different insights into dealing with racism, cultural identification and more.  If you enjoy today's episode, send us your feedback, rate and share the podcast with your friends and family. Doing so allows us to continue to do the important work of raising awareness on various issues.  Follow the podcast on Facebook and Instagram @UnfilteredRealTalkPodcast and on Twitter @RealTalk_Ije. Feedback and contributions may also be sent by email to unfilteredrealtalk@gmail.com.
53:40
December 20, 2020
S1EP15 Racism and Immigrant Health in Canada with Dr. Bukola Salami
In today's episode, my guest and I discuss systemic racism in Canadian health  care system and the impacts on the health of black immigrants. My guest is Dr. Bukola Salami, an associate professor at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta in Canada. Our conversation identifies the core reasons for declining immigrant health after years of immigration into Canada, and the impacts of systemic racism on the health of immigrants. We also identify policy measures and key practical solutions for government institutions in Canada to utilize in addressing systemic racism in the health care system.    Dr. Salami's research and expertise focuses on policies and practices shaping migrant health. She has led research in the areas of well-being of temporary foreign workers, mental health of immigrant adults, mental health of immigrant children, as well as mental health of African, Black, and Caribbean youths. Dr. Salami has been recognized for her community engagement work to improve immigrant health. She has received several awards for research excellence and community engagement including 100 Accomplished Black Women in Canada; Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Emerging Nurse Researcher of the Year Award. If you enjoy today's episode, subscribe to the podcast and leave a rating in the podcast. Join  the podcast community on Instagram and Facebook @UnfilteredRealTalkPodcast, and on Twitter @RealTalk_Ije. Don't forget to share, like, comment and let us know what you enjoyed about the episode.
22:08
December 13, 2020
S1EP14 Police Misconduct: An Interview with a Criminologist, Dr. Temitope Oriola
In this episode, my guest, Dr. Temitope Oriola returns to the show to discuss the complexities of addressing police misconduct. We discuss the impact of police organizational culture - us versus them mentality, historical, social cultural and political context, systemic racism, disciplinary action strategies including Dr. Oriola's Kill and Go method, and Three Strikes method, and the costs and burden of police misconduct. Dr. Oriola is a renowned and award winning researcher and teacher, an author, and a frequent contributor to media interviews and expert opinion. His research focuses on policing and the use of force by police, transnational crimes, terrorism studies, resource conflict, political violence and social movements. Publications from his research appear in leading scholarly journals on police brutality, human trafficking, terrorism and more. He is also the joint Editor-in-Chief of African Security journal and the president of the Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS). If you enjoy the episode, subscribe, rate the podcast, share and leave a comment. Follow on Facebook and Instagram @UnfilteredRealTalk. Follow on Twitter @ RealTalk_Ije
01:01:43
November 29, 2020
S1EP13 #EndSARS: Which Way Nigeria?
In today's episode, my guests are two Nigerian youth living in Canada, Adewale and Eskay. We sit down to discuss the way forward for Nigeria following the #EndSARS protest which is now a social movement. They outline action items for policy makers, leaders and citizens to reform Nigeria and we share our personal experiences with SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad), which has been disbanded and replaced SWAT.  Eskay is a corrections officer and lends practical solutions based on his professional experience in corrections. Adewale is the host and founder of the African Wahala YouTube Channel and has several video publications on African issues related to politics, economic development and overall progress for average citizens.  If you enjoy the episode, subscribe to the podcast and give us a rating. Follow the podcast on social media and leave a comment or feedback, and don't forget to share the podcast with your family and friends.  Show contribution and sponsorship may also be provided by email to unfilteredrealtalk@gmail.com. Link to some of the media stories discussed in today's episode are below: Nigeria's Huge Dangote Refinery Project: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nigeria-dangote-refinery-idUSKCN1UY27N Kano Governor caught on video accepting bribe: http://saharareporters.com/2020/08/29/governor-ganduje-kano-should-be-sentenced-death-collecting-bribe-%E2%80%94aisha-yesufu First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari in Dubai for daughter's delivery: http://saharareporters.com/2020/10/24/exclusive-aisha-buhari-jets-out-dubai-delivery-daughter-zahra-agitation-against-police Nigeria's current national debt a record high: https://allafrica.com/stories/202007230603.html Nigeria borrows money to fund 2020 budget: https://guardian.ng/news/nigeria-to-borrow-n1-59-trillion-to-fund-2020-budget/ V1weOeBzH6hF3bd5255s
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November 15, 2020
S1EP12 #EndSARS Protest: The Way Forward
In today's episode my guests, Chinyere Ugwu and Chikere Asogwa return to the show to discuss the aftermath of the #EndSARS protest and the way forward for Nigeria. We also address the recent outburst by Nigerian actor and politician, Desmond Elliot, outlining real solutions for change beyond police brutality and how the Nigeria youth and leaders can work together for immediate and effective change.
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November 8, 2020
S1EP11 #EndSARS Protest: Truths and Lies about the Protest
In today's episode my guests, two Nigerian youth, Chinyere Ugwu and Chikere Asogwa, discuss the #EndSARS protest and the tragic Lekki Tollgate shooting that occurred in Lagos state on October 20th. My guests live in Nigeria and share their experiences of the protest, debunking untruths and correcting the false narrative about protesters. Follow the podcast on Facebook and Instagram at Unfiltered Real Talk Podcast. Follow on Twitter at RealTalk_Ije. Subscribe and listen on all major podcast platforms including on YouTube.  We would love to hear from you about the podcast so leave your feedback and rating directly on the podcast and also leave a comment on social media. You may also contact us by email at unfilteredrealtalk@gmail.com with your contribution or sponsorship.
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November 6, 2020
S1EP10 Escaping Child Marriage: A Survivor's Journey
In today's episode my guest, Monica Kunzekweguta, takes us through her gripping and courageous journey of escaping kidnapping and child marriage in Zimbabwe. Monica is an author, publisher, speaker and life coach. She has written and published a number of books including Silent Strength, which narrates her story while offering tools for overcoming many of life's most difficult challenges. Her book, Silent Strength and others are available on Amazon.ca. Silent Strength: Gaining Resilience and Triumph Through Life's Challenges https://amzn.to/37zYFu9 If you have not subscribed, find the podcast on all major listening platforms and on YouTube. Link to listen: https://linktr.ee/unfilteredrealtalk. Don't forget to leave us a rating and feedback in the podcast. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at Unfiltered Real Talk Podcast, and leave us a comment with what you enjoyed in today's episode. Remember to share the podcast with your friends and family and support us in raising awareness and having  more conversations on many critical issues impacting women and girls.
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November 5, 2020
S1EP9 Biblical Teachings that Perpetuate Abuse
October is domestic violence awareness month. In today's episode, my guest, a mental health practitioner and co-pastor, Deborah Emmanuel-Ighodaro  continues the conversation on emotional abuse, addressing how certain biblical teachings perpetuate abuse in homes. Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast so you never miss an episode. Follow the podcast on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: Unfiltered Real Talk Podcast, like it and leave a comment or feedback of what you learned. Share the podcast with your family and friends to continue to raise awareness on critical life issues. Listen on all major podcast platforms https://linktr.ee/unfilteredrealtalk You can also leave a rating at  https://ratethispodcast.com/realtalk
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November 5, 2020
S1EP8 Understanding Emotional Abuse: Why You May be Vulnerable
October is domestic violence awareness month. In today's episode, my guest, Deborah Emmanuel-Ighodaro, a Clinical Social Worker comes back to the show to discuss emotional abuse. We discuss why one may be vulnerable to emotional abuse, the impacts and how to heal from the trauma. Deborah is a Clinical Lead Consultant at Frankincense Consulting Service and the founder of a non-profit organization supporting women and girls in their recovery journey. If you are a victim of abuse or know someone who is and needs help, please reach out to a resource near you. If you would like to reach out to our guest for supports, counselling or referral, please see her contact in the website below. Remember, abuse is never your fault, you are loved and lovable. Please reach out when you are ready to someone you trust. Let us do better; challenge yourself today to reach out to others, support someone, share kindness and spread love each and every single day. For show contribution or sponsorship, email unfilteredrealtalk@gmail.com. We are on social media, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter , follow us at Unfiltered Real Talk Podcast; reach out to us with your feedback and comments and let us know what you enjoyed about the podcast. Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Apple podcast or wherever else you listen. Links and Resources: Frankincense Consulting Service: https://frankincenseconsulting.com/ Not4gotten: https://not4gotten.org/ Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) studies: https://www.albertafamilywellness.org/what-we-know/aces Supports in Alberta: https://www.alberta.ca/family-violence-find-supports.aspx Supports in Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/campaigns/covid-19/domestic-violence.html Episode is Live Published: Oct. 11, 2020 @ 6PM Edit Unpublish Add a Transcript Get episode better indexed by search engines. Add Chapter Markers Listeners can tap through & see what’s coming up. Create a Visual Soundbite Best way to share to social media for engagement. Share Episode On FacebookTwitterLinkedIn More Options Email Link to Episode Direct Link to MP3 Embed this ONE Episode
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November 4, 2020
S1EP7 Ending Domestic Violence: Understanding the Patterns of Abuse
In today's episode, my guest, Deborah Emmanuel-Ighodaro, and I discuss the pattern of domestic violence, the cycle of abuse, it's impacts and how to heal from the trauma of abuse. Deborah is the Lead Clinical Consultant at Frankincense Consulting, the founder of Not4gotten.org, a non-profit organization supporting women and girls heal from abuse and exploitation. She is also a co-pastor in a church in Edmonton, Alberta.  Resources: Find help in Canada: https://endingviolencecanada.org/getting-help-2/ Recognizing Domestic abuse patterns: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/domestic-violence/art-20048397 Domestic violence and COVID-19: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/advocates-scramble-to-help-domestic-abuse-victims-as-calls-skyrocket-during-covid-19-1.4923109 Family Violence Supports in Alberta: https://www.alberta.ca/family-violence-find-supports.aspx If you are a victim of abuse or know some who is and needs help, please reach out to a resource near you. If you would like to reach out to Deborah Emmanuel-Ighodaro for supports, counselling or a referral, please visit her website, at https://frankincenseconsulting.com/about-us/. Abuse is never your fault, you are loved and lovable. Please reach out when you are ready to someone you trust.  For show contribution or sponsorship, email unfilteredrealtalk@gmail.com. We are on Social Media: @Unfiltered Real Talk Podcast, reach out to us with your feedback and don't forget to subscribe and leave a rating on Spotify, Apple podcast and all major podcast platforms. 
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September 21, 2020
S1EP6 Ending Sexual Violence: Practical Solutions for Institutional Change Pt 2
This is the concluding part of my conversation with Dr. 'Tope Oriola, a criminologist and associate professor at the University of Alberta. We discuss how large systems such as government bodies can address violence against women and girls, outlining practical strategies and policy solutions.  Dr. Oriola is a renowned researcher and teacher and is well known for his work on policing and use of force by police, transnational crimes, terrorism studies, political violence, social movement and resource conflict, and has many publications in leading scholarly journals. He contributes regularly to media interviews and expert opinions, and is the recipient of a number of awards including the Governor General of Canada Academic Gold Medal. He is the president of the Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS) and the joint Editor-in-Chief of African Security journal. For show contribution or sponsorship, send us an email at unfilteredrealtalk@gmail.com.  Find us on Instagram and Facebook at Unfiltered Real Talk Podcast and send us your feedback on the podcast. You may also send us your feedback by voice message at, https://anchor.fm/unfilteredrealtalk/message. Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Anchor fm, Apple podcast, TuneIn Radio, iHeartRadio, Google Cast and other major podcast platforms.
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September 1, 2020
S1EP6 Ending Sexual Violence: Practical Solutions for Institutional Change Pt 1
In today's episode, my guest, Dr. 'Tope Oriola, a criminologist and associate professor at the University of Alberta discusses how large systems such as government bodies can address violence against women and girls. We discuss how societal norms, traditions and cultural practices  perpetuate gender inequality and gender-based violence, identifying a range of contributing factors such as poverty, cultural bias, patriarchy, existing laws, government policies, and level of literacy .  Dr. Oriola is a renowned researcher and teacher and is well known for his work on policing and use of force by police, transnational crimes, terrorism studies, political violence, social movement and resource conflict, and has many publications in leading scholarly journals. He contributes regularly to media interviews and expert opinions, and is the recipient of a number of awards including the Governor General of Canada Academic Gold Medal. He is the president of the Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS) and the joint Editor-in-Chief of African Security journal. The articles mentioned in the episode can be found here: How Police Departments can Identify and Outst Killer Cops: https://theconversation.com/how-police-departments-can-identify-and-oust-killer-cops-140384 Study Finds 23 Million Females Aborted: https://c-fam.org/friday_fax/study-finds-23-million-females-missing-due-sex-selective-abortion/ Revenge Porn Law by Israel:  https://c-fam.org/friday_fax/study-finds-23-million-females-missing-due-sex-selective-abortion/ Nigerian senator marries a 13 year old girl: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2010/05/2010518858453672.html Mary Slessor: https://humanists.international/2009/12/mary-slessorthe-saviour-of-twins-killed-in-the-name-of-belief/ For show contribution or sponsorship, send us an email at unfilteredrealtalk@gmail.com. Find us on Instagram and Facebook at Unfiltered Real Talk Podcast and send us your feedback on the podcast. You may also send us your feedback by voice message at, https://anchor.fm/unfilteredrealtalk/message. Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Anchor fm, Apple podcast, TuneIn Radio, iHeartRadio, Google Cast and other major podcast platforms. 
44:41
August 31, 2020
S1EP5 Ending Sexual Violence: The Male Perspective
Over the last several weeks, my guest speaker and I have been discussing the prevalence of sexual violence in Africa, in particular Nigeria. In this podcast, we talk about sexual violence from the male perspective, we debunk myths, face realities and identify ways to which we can better support the male victim. Regardless of gender, sexual violence has profound, life-changing and long-term impacts on the victim. It is our hope that after listening to this podcast, you can support the growing movement to raise awareness and put an end to child abuse, child sexual abuse and violence in general.  The articles we discuss in the episode can be found here: 1 in 6 Boys: https://1in6.org/ Sexual Violence amongst Secondary School Students in Nigeria: https://www.actascientific.com/ASPE/pdf/ASPE-03-0224.pdf Debunking Myths and Facing Realities: https://aasas.ca/support-and-information/myths-realities/ For show contribution or sponsorship, send us an email at unfilteredrealtalk@gmail.com. You can also send your contribution by voice message at: https://anchor.fm/unfilteredrealtalk/message Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @Unfiltered Real Talk Podcast. Find us and subscribe on Spotify, Apple Podcast, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and more.
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July 27, 2020
S1EP4 Ending Sexual Violence: Femicide
In this episode, my guest speaker and I continue to conversation on sexual violence. We talk about the extreme form of sexual violence, femicide and its prevalence of in South Africa. Sexual violence is a crime and an injustice. It is time we stand up, speak out and fight for the victims and future generation to put an end to sexual violence. Articles we discuss in today's episode can be found here: South's Africa's President's statement: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-53040513 Femicide in South Africa: https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/news/5-facts-about-femicide-in-south-africa-20190905 Definition of Femicide: https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/77421/WHO_RHR_12.38_eng.pdf;jsessionid=E2ACBFE7C250794F6E58F00C17DFA570?sequence=1 For show contribution or sponsorship, send us an email at unfilteredrealtalk@gmail.com. You can also send your contribution by voice message at: https://anchor.fm/unfilteredrealtalk/message Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @Unfiltered Real Talk Podcast. Find us and subscribe on Spotify, Apple Podcast, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and more.
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July 24, 2020
S1EP3 Ending Sexual Violence: Child Marriage - Child not Bride
As we continue the series on Ending Sexual Violence. My guest speaker and I discuss the issue of child marriage, which is prevalent in a number of African countries. We discuss how child marriage is a form of sexual violence against young girls regardless of cultural norms or customary laws. A child is a child and not bride.  The articles we discuss on this episode can be found here:  Child Protection: https://www.unicef.org/nigeria/child-protection  Effects of Child Marriage: https://www.girlsnotbrides.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2019-UN-Women-Multi-Country-Analytical-Study-of-Policies-Interventions-Cultural-Practices-on-Child-Marriage-in-Africa.pdf For show contribution or sponsorship, send us an email at unfilteredrealtalk@gmail.com. You can also send your contribution by voice message at: https://anchor.fm/unfilteredrealtalk/message Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @Unfiltered Real Talk Podcast. Find us and subscribe on Spotify, Apple Podcast, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio or wherever you listen to your podcast.
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July 24, 2020
S1EP2 Ending Sexual Violence: Child Sexual Abuse
In this episode, my guest speaker and I have a candid conversation about the prevalence of childhood sexual abuse and why it is normalized and trivialized in some African societies. We highlight how consent does not apply to minors, and how children cannot consent to intercourse regardless of what they say or do. Children can be at risk of sexual abuse by those close to them including a parent, caregiver,  relatives and/or family member friends. If you are a victim of sexual abuse, please remember that sexual abuse is NOT your fault. Reach out to someone you trust to seek help. Always remember that abuse and violence thrives in the midst of silence. If you see or hear something, please say something. Saying something can save a life. Articles discussed in this episode can be found here: NOIPOLLS Rape Poll Report: https://noi-polls.com/noipolls-rape-poll-report/ Definition of Child Sexual Abuse: https://www.rainn.org/articles/child-sexual-abuse Prevention of Sexual Abuse in Nigeria: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4111066/ Child Protection: https://www.unicef.org/nigeria/child-protection For show contribution or sponsorship, send us an email at unfilteredrealtalk@gmail.com. You can also send your contribution by voice message at: https://anchor.fm/unfilteredrealtalk/message Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @Unfiltered Real Talk Podcast. Find us and subscribe on Spotify, Apple Podcast, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and more.
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July 24, 2020
S1EP1 Understanding the Context of Sexual Violence
Our guest speaker and I sit down for a heartfelt conversation and begin our series on Ending sexual violence. Focusing on  the recent wave of sexual violence that has sparked an outrage in Nigeria, we talk about the context of sexual violence, rape culture and the perception of sexual violence as an issue as well as address certain misconception about what constitutes consent. Sexual violence is a difficult and heavy conversation but one that needs to continue to raise awareness, speak up for the voiceless, fight against this injustice and protect our generations.    The definition, statistics and news articles we talk about on this episode can be found here:  Definition and Statistics: https://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/violence/world_report/en/FullWRVH.pdf  Sexual Consent: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/relationships/sexual-consent  Media Article - Justice for Uwa: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-52868835  Media Article - 12 Year old Girl in Jigawa: https://allafrica.com/stories/202006010123.html  Media Article - 2 Year old Girl in Lagos:  https://www.informationng.com/2020/06/woman-who-called-her-raped-two-year-old-ashawo-loses-custody-of-children-to-lagos-govt.html  For show contribution or sponsorship, send us a message at unfilteredrealtalk@gmail.com.  Send your contribution by voice message at: https://anchor.fm/unfilteredrealtalk/message  Follow us on social media @UnRealTalkIje  Find us and subscribe on Spotify, Apple Podcast, TuneIn Radio or wherever you listen to your podcast.
39:09
July 24, 2020
Ending Sexual Violence: Trailer
This is an introduction of our upcoming series called Ending Sexual Violence. Sexual violence is an injustice and a crime that is rarely prosecuted in many African countries. The series discusses the rape culture in Nigeria, Femicide in South Africa, and identifies measures to support victims and protect loved ones from perpetrators, and how to support the growing movement to end sexual violence.  For show contribution or sponsorship, contact us at unfilteredrealtalk@gmail.com. You may send your contribution by voice message at https://anchor.fm/unfilteredrealtalk/message.  Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube at Unfiltered Real Talk Podcast.  Subscribe to listen on Spotify, Apple Podcast or wherever you get your podcasts.  Don't forget to leave us a high rating and feedback.
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July 14, 2020