Ismaila Alfa hosts Up to Speed on CBC Radio One. He is also well-known in the Manitoba music scene. He spent many years touring Canada and the US as a hip hop musician. Originally from Nigeria, his mother is from Pipestone, Manitoba and so Ismaila came back to Canada to make Manitoba his home.
Ismaila Alfa joined CBC Manitoba in 2008 as a traffic reporter and quickly became the go-to navigator of Winnipeg streets. He has also hosted CBC Manitoba’s Scene On-Air where he created a special meeting place for the arts on radio. A musician himself, he could talk to musicians, artist to artist. Most recently he spent a year and a half waking up with Manitoba on the weekends as Interim host of CBC Manitoba’s The Weekend Morning Show.