NANA ABA DUNCAN - ROLE MODEL & AMBASSADOR
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER AND JOURNALIST AT CBC RADIO
Officially Inducted into the “National Wall of Role Models” on June 7, 2014 ( See full list www.BlackCanadianAwards.com )
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am an associate producer and host at CBC Radio 2.
What many people may not know about you?
I was in the army reserves for a year before I started university.
What's your inspiration and how do you get motivated?
I get motivated by focusing on my dreams. My inspiration is the group of successful women around me.
How did you get to where you are now and what more should we expect?
I got a Masters degree in Journalism and maximized a chance opportunity when selected to be a guest on a CBC show called GO five years ago.
What would you like to be remembered for?
My compassion and love.
How do you balance work, family, friends and leisure?
I have no idea! Still figuring it out.
What's your favorite food, book, music and movie?
I love okra soup, a traditional Ghanaian dish, when my mother makes it for me. I love soukous and dancehall reggae and salsa and 90s hip hop. I like 5th Element.
What's your experience as a Black person in Canada?
I have been lucky to have few negative experiences. What hurts is that people often still make odd comments that betray their ignorance. I try my best to give people the benefit of the doubt.
Are there as many opportunities for Blacks in Canada that can produce role models and institutions like TD Jakes, Beyonce, Tyler Perry, Obama, BET, etc.
I think every executive job, almost any job is an opportunity -- if you are doing the job well and have some visibility, then you can be a role model.
Mention a few of your favorite Black Canadian Leaders, Artists and Role Models?
Lupita Nyong'o, Oprah, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Thulane Mokuena, Avril Cole, Garvia Bailey, Matt Galloway, Nick Davis.
Should & do Blacks support / patronize black music, events and businesses?
I don't know statistics on this, but I support black projects that are positive and interesting.
What's your understanding of Black History in Canada?
Unfortunately, my knowledge of black history is not extensive. I am always interested in learning more.