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Kelechi Okafor: “There’s a podcast for literally everything”

Kelechi Okafor

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Kelechi Okafor: “There’s a podcast for literally everything”

The Team at Pod Bible have been looking through the magazine back catalogue with more than a hint of nostalgia. With so many great articles and interviews, we thought it was time to share them on the website.  In each issue we ask a Podcast Disciple five questions about their love of podcasts and podcasting. Our Podcast Disciple for Issue #008 was a solo podcaster you need to hear, Kelechi Okafor from Say Your Mind.  

Kelechi Okafor

Why do you love podcasts?

Podcasts are a great way to learn and a great way to escape your day to day environment. I never thought I would be a podcast listening type of person, so you can imagine my surprise when I listened to a podcast for the first time and I felt like I was instantly part of the conversation taking place and I looked forward to listening to the next episode. There are different podcasts for different activities in my life. There is the podcast I’ll listen to while running or if I’m at the gym. There is also the podcast I’ll only listen to when I’m cooking or doing household chores. Then there is the podcast I listen to only when I’m on my commute. There’s a podcast for literally everything and that is why I love podcasts so much!

What was the first podcast you ever listened to?

The Read by Kid Fury and Crissle was the first podcast I had ever listened to. It was recommended to me by a woman I used to pole dance with. She tried to explain to me why it was so good and I just wasn’t grasping the concept of listening to people I don’t know chatting in my
ear for ages. During the Christmas holidays that year I was bored and decided to listen to one episode, by New Years Day I think I had listened to about three years of the podcast episodes. I was clearly a podcast convert.

Which podcaster makes you laugh the most?

Definitely Kid Fury! I have a very deadpan sense of humour at times but I think his style of deadpan cuss you out type of humour far outshines mine. I love that he is so informed yet he delivers the things he knows in a really witty and irreverent way. A true King of comedy.

Which podcast has educated you the most??

Ooooh, this is a tough one. I think I’ve been educated the most by Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations because of the wonderful guests she has on the podcast and the amazing life experiences they share. It truly humbles me to know there are others out there on a spiritual journey and I could potentially learn from the things they’ve encountered and implement the lessons into my own life. The other podcast that has educated me is Esther Perel’s “Where Should We Begin” because I’m a no nonsense type of girl and Esther is similar in her approach to therapy. I’m a big advocate for mental health awareness and it is brilliant to listen to real people talk about the very human challenges they face in their relationships and how they are guided by Esther to work through them and to live through them.

Can you recommend a podcast our readers may not have heard of?

Shades of Black podcast is one that people really need to get into. I think in the landscape of podcasting it is dominated by white male voices. The reason I enjoy this podcast by Sam and Ola is because they shine a light on Black British parenting which is often left out of the narrative of mainstream parenting podcasts. One of my favourite episodes is the National Anti-Bullying Week feat Woke Babies because in this episode they explore how parents navigate the reality of their child being bullied in school especially if the bullying is also racialised. They are true, true Baby Girls and deserve to be celebrated.

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Kelechi Okafor is the host of Say Your Mind. Tune in every Monday for her unique and hilarious take on Tarot, current events and pop culture sprinkled with bad language and an abundance of straws. Listen now on ACAST, SPOTIFY and ELSEWHERE.

Read more Podcast Disciple articles in the Pod Bible magazine, which you can read online or buy in our shop

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