Nana aba Duncan

host, producer, and Writer in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Nana aba Duncan

host, producer, and Writer in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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I’m Nana aba Duncan, a host and producer at CBC Radio. I am also a podcast host, and recently launched Media Girlfriends, a personal podcast about my girlfriends who work in the media. I was inspired by my experience at June 2016's Werk It: A Women’s Podcast Festival in New York.

I wrote a piece for FADER magazine about #JollofWars, a pan-African twitter debate about a popular tomato-based rice dish.

At CBC, I work in the music department as host and producer of the Radio 2 Top 20 music countdown and host of Canada Live. Last year I also hosted Big City, Small World, Toronto’s arts and culture show. I have hosted segments on q with Shad and Toronto’s Metro Morning with Matt Galloway.

I have guest hosted for Radio 2’s Morning, Weekend Morning and Drive shows and produced segments for each show. I also guest hosted and produced for Radio 3. I have directed jazz singer Molly Johnson when she hosted Weekend Morning. I started my time at CBC as ‘Contest Nana’ on GO! with Brent Bambury.

One of my favourite things to do is host live events. In 2015 I co-hosted the BBPA’s Harry Jerome awards and introduced artists at the CBC Music Festival. I hosted CBC’s media launch for the award-winning TV mini-series Book of Negroes with actors Cuba Gooding Jr. and Lou Gossett Jr. I also moderated panels with Book of Negroes author Lawrence Hill and director Clement Virgo.

In 2010 I hosted the ‘Because I Am A Girl’ cross-country high school tour with Plan Canada. A few years before that, I won the International Development and Research Centre’s international journalism award, which took me to my birthplace, Ghana. I reported with the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation and moved on to produce human rights stories as a volunteer and help establish the radio division of Journalists for Human Rights. I then became country director for JHR where I managed a nine-member staff of volunteer journalists and held editorial meetings.

I live in Toronto with my husband and two kids.

  • Education
    • University of Toronto
    • University of Western Ontario