The Podcast, Season 1

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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Episode 1, I am

Release date: April 27, 2018

“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

Release date: May 4, 2018

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

Release date: May 11, 2018

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

Release date: May 18, 2018

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

Release date: May 25, 2018

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

Release date: June 1, 2018

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

Release date: June 8, 2018

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

Release date: June 15, 2018

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

Release date: June 22, 2018

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

Release date: June 29, 2018

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

Release date: July 6, 2018

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

Release date: July 13, 2018

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

Release date: July 20, 2018

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

Release date: July 27, 2018

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”

Release date: August 3, 2018

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.

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

Release date: August 10, 2018

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.

Episode 18, My Africa Part 3 of 5 “Eden from Ethiopia”

Release date: August 17, 2018

Music featured is “Africa Rising” by Davido, Diamond, Lola Rae, Mi Casa, Sarkodie & Tiwa Savage. This episode is the third edition of the My Africa series on Hyphenated. I sat down with my sorority sister (shout out to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated) Eden Hagos, widely known as Black Foodie, to talk about being Hyphenated. Eden is an Ethiopian-Canadian, born and raised in the small border town of Windsor, Ontario. In this episode we talk about Ethiopian Airlines, history, colonization, power, war, leadership, religion, culture and patriotism. In this episode, Eden reminds us that Ethiopia is an ancient, Holy land complete with palaces, monasteries, pieces of architectural history that colonization robbed from most of sub-Saharan Africa. We actually conducted the interview in an Ethiopian coffeeshop located in the Junction neighbourhood (St. Clair West and Oakwood) in Toronto. The spot is called Mofer Coffee, check it out!

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

Episode 19, My Africa Part 4 of 5 “Daddy Yo from Nigeria” Part I

Release date: August 24, 2018

This episode is JAM PACKED! It includes my father’s migration story, continues with more Nigerian history than you could ever ask for and ends with a serious but brief discussion of the Nigerian Civil War, known as the Biafra War. My father’s story is the story of the subaltern. Oftentimes we place so much emphasis on how people with the same place of birth are the same and minimize the differences that make us who we are. When the British were colonizing Africa, they were unable to penetrate the Northern Region, thus Southern, Western and Eastern Nigerians were more affected by European influence, and received more access to education under colonization. My family is from the Middle Belt – located in what Nigerians call the North. Note that my father called me “Mommy” it’s an Idoma thing. Also, my mother appears in this episode, she was listening in, participating occasionally.

Episode 20, My Africa Part 5 of 5 “Daddy Yo from Nigeria” Part II

Release date: August 31, 2018

This is the season finale of Season 1 of Hyphenated the Podcast. Season 2 will start on the first Friday of October. In this episode my father returns to speak about his migration journey. Migration for my family starts from migrating from a rural to urban context, to migrating from Nigeria to Canada. Personally, I find my father’s migration from the rural to urban context in Nigeria much more interesting than his travels to Nigeria. This episode includes a bit of both. Really what this episode focuses on is the burden that immigration places on the migrant. I have alluded in past episodes to issues I’ve had managing my dads financial support of his family, in this episode you hear his side of the story. Alcoholism is a big thing in my family, I clipped out the part where my dad spoke about both of his older brothers ruining their lives through alcohol addiction. There is a great tidbit at the end about my dad flying to Canada for the first time in first class! My dad and I really grew closer as a result of this episode and I’m happy to be able to reconcile our relationship as I’m sure some of you have had difficult relationships with parents not only from a different generation but from a different cultural context.