PODCAST

Hear My True Story

Otako

We have so many stories in our lives, but our stories are not always heard. Talking to others about our own stories can be very liberating and healing. When you tell your true story publicly, it becomes a collective story because you realize that other people have experienced more or less the same Story.On the Hear My True Story Podcast, we tell our own True Stories through storytelling, spoken word, comedy, music, hosted interviews, and conversations based on real experiences. You don't have to be a storyteller or writer because, "Life writes the best stories!"

How and why the cartel of modern slavery is growing in Uganda, East Africa!
Jun 20 2022
How and why the cartel of modern slavery is growing in Uganda, East Africa!
In this episode, we continue our conversation with a Ugandan human rights activist. She shares her personal story in the fight against modern slavery, in which most Ugandan girls are enslaved in the Middle East and Gulf regions. She helps to bring victims of modern slavery back to Uganda and has so far rescued dozens of girls from the hell of modern slavery in the Middle East and the Gulf region.Through her organization Over Seas Workers, she focuses on bringing enslaved young women from the Middle East back to Uganda, where they end up as victims of modern slavery in the hands of the growing cartel of modern slavery that plays out in the background of government efforts to export labor to the Middle East. However, most of these labor export companies are owned by corrupt, powerful government officials who are directly involved in the sale of young girls and women to the Middle East through the labor export agencies. WE WERE SOLD AS IF WE WERE DOMESTIC ANIMALS (a recommendation of a detailed article about modern slavery: Author Godfrey Olukya)On the Hear My True Story Podcast, we tell our own True Stories through storytelling, spoken word, comedy, music, hosted interviews, and conversations based on real experiences. You don't have to be a storyteller or writer because, "Life writes the best stories!"Support  Donations Thank you for listening to our podcast. Music by Edrine Matovu, hosted and produced by Otako. Subscribe to our podcast for more stories and  you can also visit us on our website:   for more stories.  Email Address: hear@hearmytruestory.comYou can also follow us on YouTube Hear My True StorySupport the show
Modern Slavery in the Middle East
Jun 13 2022
Modern Slavery in the Middle East
In this episode, we speak with a Ugandan human rights activist. She shares her personal stories of fighting modern slavery, where most Ugandan girls are enslaved in the Middle East and the Gulf region. She helps bring victims of modern slavery back to Uganda and has so far rescued Dozens of girls from the hell of modern slavery in the Middle East and the Gulf region. How do African women end up in modern-day slavery in the Middle East?The Middle East is a hotbed of modern slavery. With government policies that promote the kafala system, workers' rights are exploited and human rights are disregarded.The real culprit is the kafala or sponsorship system, which ties the worker to the employer and makes it very difficult to terminate contracts or change employers, even if the employer abuses and neglects workers' rights. It should be noted that migrant workers from African countries and from other countries in the Global South complain about the kafala system. The kafala system is a tool for enslaving people in modern-day slavery, and it should no longer be considered a problem that only affects migrant workers from Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, but also Arab and Western nationals. This realization should prompt all those bound by the crippling kafala system to rise up together against it.ResourcesOn the Hear My True Story Podcast, we tell our own True Stories through storytelling, spoken word, comedy, music, hosted interviews, and conversations based on real experiences. You don't have to be a storyteller or writer because, "Life writes the best stories!"Support  Donations Thank you for listening to our podcast. Music by Edrine Matovu, hosted and produced by Otako. Subscribe to our podcast for more stories and  you can also visit us on our website:   for more stories.  Email Address: hear@hearmytruestory.comYou can also follow us on YouTube Hear My True StorySupport the show
Stadtgespräch Marburg
Jun 9 2022
Stadtgespräch Marburg
In this bonus episode we talk to Michael about why and how he started the podcast "Stadtgespräch Marburg". For your information we have created this bonus episode in German language About "Stadtgespräch Marburg".In this podcast, people from Marburg (Central Hesse, Germany) have their say. In conversations, interviews, statements and contributions. Thematically they are not fixed, but starting points are art and culture, literature and language, initiatives and experiments in Marburg. In addition to a team of moderators, there are also guest moderators who bring their topics, their environment and their peer group to the podcast Stadtgespräch.You can contact them at: Website: menschen.aus.marburg@gmail.comFacebook: Stadtgespräch MarburgInstagram: dieser Folge sprechen wir mit Michael darüber, warum und wie er den Podcast "Stadtgespräch Marburg" gestartet hat.Über "Stadtgespräch Marburg".In diesem Podcast kommen Menschen aus Marburg (Mittelhessen, Deutschland) zu Wort. In Gesprächen, Interviews, Statements und Beiträgen. Thematisch sind sie nicht festgelegt, aber Ausgangspunkte sind Kunst und Kultur, Literatur und Sprache, Initiativen und Experimente in Marburg. Neben einem Moderatorenteam gibt es auch Gastmoderatoren, die ihre Themen, ihr Umfeld und ihre Peergroup in den Podcast Stadtgespräch einbringen.Sie können mit ihnen Kontakt aufnehmen unter: Website: menschen.aus.marburg@gmail.comFacebook: Stadtgespräch MarburgInstagram: the Hear My True Story Podcast, we tell our own True Stories through storytelling, spoken word, comedy, music, hosted interviews, and conversations based on real experiences. You don't have to be a storyteller or writer because, "Life writes the best stories!"Support  Donations Thank you for listening to our podcast. Music by Edrine Matovu, hosted and produced by Otako. Subscribe to our podcast for more stories and  you can also visit us on our website:   for more stories.  Email Address: hear@hearmytruestory.comYou can also follow us on our Youtube channel "Otako"!Support the show
How much do you know about human trafficking in Uganda?
May 30 2022
How much do you know about human trafficking in Uganda?
In this episode, we speak with Sharon Khaitsa, a human rights activist and administrator at Omuti Kreativ, an organization in Uganda that focuses on fighting human trafficking in Uganda. She tells us her personal story of why she decided to fight human trafficking in her communities within Uganda. Here you can learn more about human trafficking, what it is and how it occurs in Uganda.Human trafficking has been the subject of much discussion in recent years and has received increasing attention. Many Ugandan youth are repeatedly trafficked to countries such as China, India, Malaysia, Thailand, South Africa, Canada, and the Middle East, where they are promised employment for odd jobs such as security guards, domestic help, or nannies, but many end up becoming victims of forced labor and sexual exploitation.Trafficking in Persons Report 2021: UgandaIf you would like to support Omuti Kreativ or get in touch with us, here is the contact information:Click: Omuti KreativEmail: info@omuti.orgMobile number: +256788 777798On the Hear My True Story Podcast, we tell our own True Stories through storytelling, spoken word, comedy, music, hosted interviews, and conversations based on real experiences. You don't have to be a storyteller or writer because, "Life writes the best stories!"Support  Donations Thank you for listening to our podcast. Music by Edrine Matovu, hosted and produced by Otako. Subscribe to our podcast for more stories and  you can also visit us on our website:   for more stories.  Email Address: hear@hearmytruestory.comYou can also follow us on YouTube Hear My True StorySupport the show
Why migrant workers in Saudi Arabia have their passports taken away!
May 9 2022
Why migrant workers in Saudi Arabia have their passports taken away!
In this episode we have a conversation with Nakitende Sarah. She tells how and why she ended up in Saudi Arabia as a domestic worker and her passport was confiscated when she arrived at the airport in Saudi Arabia. She is a filmmaker. She has worked on several film projects in Uganda such as Calle Between us as, kyaddala, a television series etc. She is also a cook and focuses on outdoor catering, launches, weddings, birthday parties, kuhingira, well being on the film set as well as catering for individuals who don't feel like cooking at a fair price. She is also a human rights activist fighting against human trafficking in Uganda.  Twitter @sarah_nakitende Hear My True Story Project in Kampala:Hear My True Story Kampala is a collaborative project between the Hear My True Story podcast and Omuti Kreativ, an organization in Uganda. As part of the Hear My True Story Kampala project, we feature True Stories and Conversations about Real Life Experiences with Non-storytellers and Storytellers from Uganda.On the Hear My True Story Podcast, we tell our own True Stories through storytelling, spoken word, comedy, music, hosted interviews, and conversations based on real experiences. You don't have to be a storyteller or writer because, "Life writes the best stories!"Support  Donations Thank you for listening to our podcast. Music by Edrine Matovu, hosted and produced by Otako. Subscribe to our podcast for more stories and  you can also visit us on our website:   for more stories.  Email Address: hear@hearmytruestory.comYou can also follow us on our Youtube channel "Otako"!Support the show
What I fear most in life! It is Fear itself!
May 2 2022
What I fear most in life! It is Fear itself!
In this episode we have a true story of Nakitende Sarah. She is a filmmaker. She has worked on several film projects in Uganda such as Calle Between us as, kyaddala, a television series etc. She is also a cook and focuses on outdoor catering, launches, weddings, birthday parties, kuhingira, well being on the film set as well as catering for individuals who don't feel like cooking at a fair price. She is also a human rights activist fighting against human trafficking in Uganda.  Twitter @sarah_nakitendeHear My True Story Project in Kampala:Hear My True Story Kampala is a collaborative project between the Hear My True Story podcast and Omuti Kreativ, an organization in Uganda. As part of the Hear My True Story Kampala project, we feature True Stories and Conversations about Real Life Experiences with Non-storytellers and Storytellers from Uganda.On the Hear My True Story Podcast, we tell our own True Stories through storytelling, spoken word, comedy, music, hosted interviews, and conversations based on real experiences. You don't have to be a storyteller or writer because, "Life writes the best stories!"Support  Donations Thank you for listening to our podcast. Music by Edrine Matovu, hosted and produced by Otako. Subscribe to our podcast for more stories and  you can also visit us on our website:   for more stories.  Email Address: hear@hearmytruestory.comYou can also follow us on our Youtube channel "Otako"!Support the show
Why do we bleach our skin?
Apr 25 2022
Why do we bleach our skin?
In this episode, we talk with Katongole Henry Nathan about why some Ugandans and Africans bleach their skin. What role does skin color play in communities in Uganda and Africa? And how can the practice of skin bleaching be reduced in Uganda and Africa? Why do we bleach our skin?The bleaching of skin in Africa is not a relatively new beauty practice. The habit has its roots in the trans-Atlantic slave trade and continued throughout the European colonization of African countries. The systems of class that allowed European slaveholders and traders to turn African blacks into indentured servants ensured permanent inequality in political status, wealth, and beauty, and fostered discrimination based on Skin Color.The legacies of racist views that white Europeans are superior have remained a structural belief system among women and men who choose to use skin lightening products. Their belief is that darker skin color is associated with unsatisfactory characteristics such as inferior beauty, education, and social class. In other words, darker skin is stereotypically associated with a life of economic hardship and struggle. Consumers of these bleaching products who desire lighter skin believe they will achieve higher levels of social capital, be considered "pure," and be more desirable for marriage.  SourcesHear My True Story Project in Kampala:Hear My True Story Kampala is a collaborative project between the Hear My True Story podcast and Omuti Kreativ, an organization in Uganda. As part of the Hear My True Story Kampala project, we feature True Stories and Conversations about Real Life Experiences with Non-storytellers and Storytellers from Uganda.On the Hear My True Story Podcast, we tell our own True Stories through storytelling, spoken word, comedy, music, hosted interviews, and conversations based on real experiences. You don't have to be a storyteller or writer because, "Life writes the best stories!" Thank you for listening to our podcast. Music by Edrine Matovu, hosted and produced by Otako. Subscribe to our podcast for more stories and  you can also visit us on our website:   for more stories.  Email Address: hear@hearmytruestory.comYou can also follow us on our Youtube channel "Otako"!Support the show (
Imbalu Cultural Festival ( Gishu people in Uganda: Boys are Circumcised to become Men.)
Mar 29 2022
Imbalu Cultural Festival ( Gishu people in Uganda: Boys are Circumcised to become Men.)
In this episode, Sharon Khaitsa, adult educator and social worker, a Mugisu from Mbale in eastern Uganda, shares her personal story and experience of her traditional ceremony where boys become men after circumcision, in an initiation ceremony known as the "Imbalu Festival." The Imbalu festival is one of the most eagerly awaited traditional ceremonies in Bugisu, which takes place only in the "even years".Every two years, on even-numbered days, hundreds of boys, usually in their late teens to early 20s, are circumcised in Mutoto as part of the obligatory Imbalu ritual, and the ceremony begins with a series of visits to revered traditional sites such as caves, swamps, hills and mud. Traditionally, initiates are involved in various activities before facing the knife. Those who wish to be circumcised must announce their intention in May or June in preparation for August, when the ceremony usually takes place. On the day of the ceremony, the initiates should have already been taken to the sacred marshes and mud, where they will be smeared with clay. Then they are taken to their mother's clan and prepared for the circumcision.Hear My True Story Project in Kampala:Hear My True Story Kampala is a collaborative project between the Hear My True Story podcast and Omuti Kreativ, an organization in Uganda. As part of the Hear My True Story Kampala project, we feature True Stories and Conversations about Real Life Experiences with Non-storytellers and Storytellers from Uganda.On the Hear My True Story Podcast, we tell our own True Stories through storytelling, spoken word, comedy, music, hosted interviews, and conversations based on real experiences. You don't have to be a storyteller or writer because, "Life writes the best stories!" Thank you for listening to our podcast. Music by Edrine Matovu, hosted and produced by Otako. Subscribe to our podcast for more stories and  you can also visit us on our website:   for more stories.  Email Address: hear@hearmytruestory.comYou can also follow us on our Youtube channel "Otako"!Support the show (
My mom is my role model in my music career. - Oggie Wisdom Lauer
Mar 15 2022
My mom is my role model in my music career. - Oggie Wisdom Lauer
In this episode we have a conversation with Oggie Wisdom Lauer, a musician and bandleader from Marburg, Hessen, Germany. He talks about his personal experiences as a musician and bandleader of the Rasing Fire Reggae Band from Marburg. He says, "It doesn't matter where you come from," and that's why the Raising Fire Reggae Band is made up of a diverse range of musicians from different cultural and racial backgrounds. Oggie Wisdom Lauer is a well known artist and musician from Zambia  living in Germany where he leads an African Roots Reggae band called Rising Fire Reggae Band in Marburg. Rising Fire is an African Roots Reggae band from Marburg, Germany. The band was founded in 2009 by Oggie Wisdom Lauer, from Zambia, as lead singer and guitar player. The band plays Roots Reggae, Ska, Dub, Rhumba and more. In 2010 Rising Fire was announced as the best reggae band in Hessen County. Since then the band plays all over Germany among other bands from Germany, Jamaica and Africa. In April 2017 Rising Fire had a very successful tour in Israel, including shows in Tel Aviv and Jam session with the Israeli famous reggae scene. The band brings with the music a great message to the audience- TO LOVE! We are all one people. If you have a voice- speak up! It doesn't matter what color your skin is, what your religion is, or where are you from. The band carries this message to shows all over the world, with music in German, African, English, Hebrew and more.On the Hear My True Story Podcast, we tell our own True Stories through storytelling, spoken word, comedy, music, hosted interviews, and conversations based on real experiences. You don't have to be a storyteller or writer because, "Life writes the best stories!" Thank you for listening to our podcast. Music by Edrine Matovu, hosted and produced by Otako. Subscribe to our podcast for more stories and  you can also visit us on our website:   for more stories.  Email Address: hear@hearmytruestory.comYou can also follow us on our Youtube channel "Otako"!