Educational packages, broadcast documentaries, iBooks, feature films, art collections, archive web portals, public seminars, are just examples of the resources we create to engage with African history. The past, the present, the future; always, creative tools are welcome to stimulate debate around major contemporary political developments.

The AFRICAN ORAL HISTORY ARCHIVE sees film more than just a one-way transmission. Our mission is to market conversations as well as distribute our products. The AOHA film and television productions are broadcast nationally, internationally, and by digital network.

Broadcast history:

Over the course of the past few years, over 130 interviews have been recorded, including former heads of state and government, foreign ministers and other key figures who have spoken freely of the difficult decisions they were called upon to make, the criteria by which their decisions were taken, and their personal fears and hopes for the liberation of South(ern) Africa.

  • SABC’s Special Assignment: At Southern Africa’s Side

    The risks President Denis Sassou and the people of Congo took to help end South Africa’s apartheid era.

  • MNET’s Carte Blanche: The Modern Trek

    Derek Watts travels to the middle of the Congo to meet former Recce and Angolan prisoner-of-war Wynand du Toit and a group of South African farmers who have started new life in the heart of Africa.

Selected Interviews:

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

When Winnie Madikizela married Nelson Mandela her own heritage as a Pondo woman became secondary to that of being a wife to Mandela. Subsequently, Madikizela continuously fought to maintain that her identity not be subjugated behind her husband’s shadow.

Helen Suzman

Long-time MP and from 1961 to 1974 the sole parliamentary representative of the Progressive Party.
For several years she was the only political leader allowed to visit Robben Island.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Former General Secretary of the SACC, Archbishop of Cape Town and Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Olesegun Obasanjo

Retired army general and former President of Nigeria who was co-Chairman of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group on South Africa.

Dr. Henry Kissinger

Former American Secretary of State under Presidents Nixon and Ford

Nomatemba Tambo

She left for a life in exile at age three. Her mother, Adelaide Tambo, and others spearheaded the standard as to how African women were to be perceived by the world at large.

Thomaz Salomao

“Those in the Frontline States who witnessed their own country’s liberation joined together to support the advent of democracy in South Africa. It was not a decision without huge costs in lives and in the economy of their individual countries. It took strong and determined visionaries to see the big picture.”

Thabo Mbeki

Former President of the ANC and of South Africa “There was somebody who was sent to assassinate me in Lusaka. They got arrested, so it was a matter that we lived with wherever we were…”