African immigrants are the fastest growing segment of the black population in the U.S. But the cultural boundaries between black Americans and African immigrants are hard to break down. On this edition, we meet Mauton Akran, a Nigerian immigrant growing up in Oakland, California, and we explore the tensions between African immigrants and black Americans through his eyes.
This show has been a special collaboration between National Radio Project and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Thanks to student producer, Amy Jeffries, who wrote and edited this show under the guidance of independent media producer and UC Berkeley journalism lecturer, Claire Schoen.
Prince Mauton Akran, Oakland Technical High School student; Queen Rhoda Akran, nurse’s aide and seamstress; Gerald Lenoir, Black Alliance for Just Immigration coordinator; Ugo Nwokeji, University of California at Berkeley assistant professor of African American Studies; Darrick Smith, Oakland Technical High School teacher and TryUMF program founder.
Executive Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Contributing Producer: Amy Jeffries
Producer: Andrew Stelzer
Associate Producer: Puck Lo
Interns: Elena Botkin-Levy, Aubrey Green
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Contributing Editors to this show: Edwin Okong’o, Claire Schoen, and Lydia Chavez
For more information:
Black Alliance for Just Immigration – Berkeley, CA
Oakland Technical High School – Oakland, CA
Other Projects by Amy Jeffries:
Fela Kuti, “No Agreement”
Hamid Baroudi “Trance Dance”
Common “The Light”
OlaDELe, “Still African”
Keak da Sneak, “Welcome to Oakland”
Mac Dre, “Dreganomics”
Fela Kuti “Odoo”
Fela Kuti “Ikoyi Blindness”