The Thirteenth Episode of Merck Foundation’s “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” TV Show Raises Awareness for Ending Child Marriage on KTN and NTV


Merck Foundation (, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany published the Thirteenth episode of their TV program “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” on Saturday 9e July 2022 on KTN, Kenya, rebroadcast every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and on sunday 10e July on NTV, Uganda, rebroadcast every Thursday at 4 p.m. The television program is also broadcast on GH One TV in Ghana, every Sunday, repeated every Monday at 1:30 p.m.

The thirteenth episode of “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” addresses the important issue of “Stop Child Marriage”. Previous episodes of the show have addressed the importance of early detection and prevention of diabetes, removing the stigma around infertility, supporting girls’ education, promoting a Healthy Living, Ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Coronavirus Health Awareness, Sustainability and Upcycled Fashion, Women’s Empowerment and Gender Based Violence (GBV). The TV program received excellent feedback from viewers in the three countries and social media followers across Africa and beyond.

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‘Our Africa by Merck Foundation’ is a Pan-African TV program This is conceptualized, produced, directed and co-hosted by Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation showcase African fashion designers, singers and prominent experts from various fields with the aim of raising awareness and creating a culture change across Africa. The show is co-hosted by Brian Mulondo from Uganda.

Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation expressed, “I am very happy to receive such good comments and responses from viewers of TV program ‘Our Africa by Merck Foundation’ and our social media followers. The thirteenth episode focuses on the issue of ‘stopping child marriage’. Girls, not brides! While child marriage is a global problem, Africa has one of the highest child marriage rates in the world. Specifically, Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rates where 4 out of 10 girls are married before the age of 18”.

“We have tackled this very important issue through the Merck Foundation Fashion and Art with Purpose Community. I have always insisted that fashion and art should have a purpose beyond entertainment and beauty and can go a long way in raising awareness and raising awareness in communities about social and health issues. Our Africa by Merck Foundation TV program is our attempt to use this important media to break the silence and create a culture shift by addressing pressing social and health issues in Africa,” added Dr Rasha Kelej.

The television program “Our African by Merck Foundation” is broadcast on the following television channels:

– Every Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (EAT) on KTN, Kenya; rebroadcast Wednesdays at 6:30 a.m. (EAT)

– Every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. (EAT) on NTV Uganda; rebroadcast Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. (EAT)

– Every Sunday at 2 p.m. on (GMT) GH One TV, Ghana; rebroadcast Monday at 1:30 p.m. (GMT)

Watch the promo of “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” here:

The thirteenth episode presents Ms. Nancy, TV presenter and style coach from Ghana and very talented creators Gaone Mangogola of Botswana, and Stephanie – Lee Schmidt of Namibia, who is also a winner of the Merck Foundation Fashion Award. The young designers presented their creations which displayed strong messages for Stop Child Marriage.

The episode also featured the Merck Foundation song “Girls Can” by popular singers – Cwesi Oteng, a popular singer from Ghana and Irene Logan from Liberia. The song supports girls’ education and empowers them to ‘do anything’ and ‘be anything’ by making informed choices and saying ‘no’ to grounded discrimination and violence. on sex.

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Senator, Dr. Rasha underline, “It is important to understand that educating girls can play an important role in stopping child marriage. Girls who complete primary and secondary education tend to marry later. Therefore, through our program “Educating Linda”, we have supported the future of hundreds of girls in partnership with African First Ladies, providing scholarships and grants to cover school fees, uniforms and other essentials including notebooks, pens, and mathematical instruments, etc., from many African countries such as Burundi, Central African Republic, DRC, Gambia, Guinea Conakry, Liberia, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and more “.

Merck Foundation also released an inspiring children’s storybook “Jackline’s Rescue” focus on the importance of girls’ education and the harmful effects of child marriage. You can read Jackline’s rescue storybook here:

“I am very happy to present you all the episodes to come from the TV show ‘OUR AFRICA by Merck Foundation’. So stay tuned and be prepared to be informed, stay healthy and be entertained!” Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej.

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