Ismaila is excited to take Up to Speed out into the community. What he loves most is reflecting Winnipeg in the moment, highlighting exciting things going on in the city each and every day. It is also a place to meet, taking a pulse on the day’s top-of-mind topics that matter to Winnipeggers and Manitobans.
Ismaila is 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.
He completed his early school years in Edmonton, wrapping up hismiddle and senior school years in Winnipeg. He then pursued a civil engineering degree at the University of Manitoba.
Ismaila lives in Winnipeg’s downtown, and is genuinely invested in this city and what happens here as he raises his two youngest daughters.