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 am a host and producer, and recently interviewed rapper/speaker/author Common, and Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement.

I host, produce and interview guests on Fresh Air, the number one weekend morning radio show airing across Ontario, with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). I have guest hosted q, an arts and culture show, and As It Happens, one of the most popular and acclaimed shows on CBC Radio. I've also guest hosted CBC Toronto's #1 weekday morning radio show Metro Morning, the city's afternoon radio show Here & Now, the Canada-wide Saturday radio show Day 6 and Ontario Morning.

I created the Media Girlfriends podcast. It features women who work in media discussing topics including accomplishments, intersectionality, imposter syndrome, our industry, and the power of music.

I worked in CBC’s music department as host and producer of the Radio 2 Top 20 music countdown and host of Canada Live. I guest hosted Big City, Small World, Toronto’s arts and culture show and produced pieces for then-host, Garvia Bailey. I have hosted segments on CBC’s q and Toronto’s Metro Morning with Matt Galloway.

I guest hosted Radio 2 Morning, Weekend Morning and Drive and produced segments for each show. I also guest hosted and produced for Radio 3. I 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. I've 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.

  • Education
    • University of Toronto
    • University of Western Ontario