The Podcast

Hyphenated, the Podcast is a show about cultural identity. Through conversations, reflections and more formal interviews (and with lots of laughter) the show explores how Canadians identify, and how those identities are determined. This show is meant to be a mix of education, comedy, and it hopes to include its entire audience in several conversations about how to make sense of being more than one thing at any given time.

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Newest Episode

Episode 17, My Africa Part 2 of 5 “Arthur Nsenga from the Congo”

I have recently been bothered by the majority of Canadians and Americans referring to Africa as one country. So I am recording five interviews with African immigrants to speak about their migration story. This episode features Arthur, Congo-born, but raised in North Carolina and Welland, Ontario. The Democratic Republic of Congo is perhaps best known for the reign of President Mobutu and the civil war they had from 1997-2003, but I think this interview is important because I know Congo as the home of some of the most friendly people, vibrant music (shout out to Awilo Longomba) and, beautiful cultures.

Music featured is “Africa Rising” by Davido, Diamond, Lola Rae, Mi Casa, Sarkodie & Tiwa Savage.

Older Episodes:

Episode 1, I am

“I am” is an episode about Patience Adamu – the host of Hyphenated, the Podcast. It is brief, includes a few teasers about what to expect in the 12 weeks of the first season of the podcast.

Episode 2, #marriagegoals with Zahra and Faiz Visram

This episode is an interview with my friends Zahra and Faiz Visram. The couple has been married for about two years now, and has always been an example to me – they truly inspire me to wait for my very own best friend. The #marriagegoals episode checks in the couple to discuss millennial marriage, cultural expectations (of children primarily), love and culture.

Episode 3, Turkish Coffee

Recap of my 5-day trip to Izmir, and Istanbul, in the great nature of Turkey. It is a bit of a history lesson, but does have some tidbits around racism and the fascination around difference in Turkey. I experienced more than culture shock, I experienced isolation and a significant lack of control.

Episode 4, Cancer, Care and Hair

This episode is an interview with my good friend, big sister and co-worker Nicole Lewis. Nicole was born in Jamaica, but identifies as a Black woman who is Canadian by choice. You’ll hear us discuss her battle with cancer, self-care and hair.

Episode 5, The Richer Sex

This episode is a reflection on the normative nuclear family and the impact that normatively has on women trying to have it all. I’ve included commentary that reflects on my own experience dating Nigerian men, and feel this can start a conversation about what is sustainable when dating in the 21st century.

Episode 6, D.C. The Capital of the Free World

This episode is yet another reflection on a recent trip I took to Washington D.C. A place I had always dreamt of visiting, and a place which left me shocked at its poverty and broken dreams.

Episode 7, The Culture of Sport

This episode is an interview with my friend and mentor, Sabrina Razack. The conversation revolves around the culture, power and politics of sport particularly how it crosses gender, religious, racial and class lines.

Episode 8, The Noble Savage

This episode is a deep dive into the story of Mamoudou Gassama. In this episode I celebrate Gassama while problematizing some of the surrounding events, and the placement of value on things we tend to overlook when hearing about ‘heroes’ and their ‘heroic’ events. Music used for this episode comes from Ali Farka Toure, a Mali native and one of Africa’s most internationally renowned musicians.

Helen Gardner (2016). “The Myth of the Noble Savage.”
Shree Paradkhar (2018). “It Takes a superhuman feat for a Black Muslim migrant to be deemed worthy.” The Toronto Star.

Episode 9, Class Politics

This episode is a recap and reflection on the most recent Ontario election. In this episode I discuss the winners and losers, and challenge listeners to consider low voter turnout, issue based politics and charismatic leadership.

Episode 10, Breeding a Culture of Dependence

This episode is about sending money back home and the effects of international remittances on economies, on families and on individuals.
Music featured: E Be Like Say by 2baba (2face Idibia).

Episode 12, Property

This episode is about citizenship, democracy and the ownership of land in Canada. It makes the argument that immigrants are less likely to purchase land, or prioritize homeownership in Canada, and provides some food for thought on whether this works or not.

– Chant, John. (2016). “Homeownership in Canada–benefits and costs.” Fraser Forum of the Fraser Institute.
– Speer, Sean. (2017). “The Case for Homeownership.” Canadian Mortgage Trends

Episode 13, Connections

Sometimes I wonder how I can live in one of the most multicultural cities in the world, yet not have any white friends. So today I invited my best friend, who has friends from all over the world, to talk about her friendships and how she acquired them all. I’ve honestly always wondered how this happened. I also tried to tie the conversation around friendships to a conversation around networks and connections, and cultural tools like ‘going out for drinks’.
Music featured in Intro: Rosalina (Break Your Back) by BM.
Music featured in Outro: Seka seka by DJ Marechal.

Episode 14, The Whole Team Hyphenated

Conversations about France’s World Cup win have been trending since their big win on Sunday July 15th. So this episode adds a new perspective to the conversation while allowing me to get back to the crux of why I started this podcast… and that is that we are allowed to be two things at once.

Episode 15, Family First

I interviewed my two younger brothers Joseph (who goes by Josef Adamu) and Idoko Adamu about their first trip to Nigeria and its effect on their personal and cultural identities. Nigeria was an experience in itself, but also allowed my brothers to meet many of our cousins for the first time. We discussed lots of aspects of our travel including: identity, empathy, corruption, family, support, and expectations. We also discussed difficulties around being Idoma, from a smaller tribe, a less fortunate background and from a large family.

Music featured is “Not lucky, I’m Loved” by Jonathan McReynolds.

Episode 16, My Africa Part 1 of 5 “Nicole Nomsa from Zimbabwe-South Africa”

I have recently been bothered by the majority of Canadians and Americans referring to Africa as one country. So I am recording five interviews with African immigrants to speak about their migration story. This episode features Nicole, an architect who is Zimbabwe-born, South-African raised. Nicole speaks a lot about the differences between the various places she’s lived and visited, and shares her knowledge with us offering a new perspective on development and progress.

Music featured is “Africa Rising” by Davido, Diamond, Lola Rae, Mi Casa, Sarkodie & Tiwa Savage.