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News and analysis from the BBC's Focus on Africa. The Africa Today podcast is published from Monday to Friday. It contains the day's top African stories.

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Suicide bombs hit town in central Somalia
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Several people have been killed in bombs attacks in Somalia hours after the authorities announced they had killed a top Al Qaeda commander. We will hear from a government minister who says the commander's death is a big blow for the militant group. A delegation from the West African regional body Ecowas arrives in Burkina Faso after a second military coup in eight months, what can they really achieve? And the former president of Botswana, Ian Khama, tells us why he feels it is in the interest of African leaders to take a clear and unambiguous position on the war in Ukraine.
Oct 03, 2022
Burkina Faso leader calls for calm after mutiny
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Burkina Faso’s military leader has called for calm and has said he was in talks with disaffected troops after gunfire and a blast in the capital raised fears of a second coup in eight months. The East African court has dismissed a case brought by Maasai pastoralists to stop the Tanzanian government from evicting them from their ancestral land. But their lawyer tells us they will appeal. And as the South African born comedian Trevor Noah announces he is quitting his popular US show, we hear from performer known as the Queen of Zulu comedy on why he is an inspiration.
Sep 30, 2022
Uganda rules out lockdown to contain Ebola
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Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has decided against putting the Ebola-hit central region under quarantine to prevent the virus spreading to the rest of the country. He says lockdowns are not necessary and that they will tackle the virus “differently”. Félicien Kabuga, who is one of the last main suspects in the 1994 Rwandan genocide – and once one of Rwanda’s richest men - has refused to attend the opening of his trial before a UN tribunal at The Hague, but judges have ruled that the case will proceed. And we hear from Gambian rap musician ST who drops tunes and plants trees.
Sep 29, 2022
Local forces join the Somali army against Al Shabab
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In today's podcast: We look at the local forces aiding the successful Somali government onslaught against Al Shabab. As Uganda waits for a presidential statement on the ebola outbreak, we'll hear from someone living in Mubende where the outbreak started. Plus: the famed forth plinth on London's Trafalgar Square will be home to a statue of a Malawian anti-colonial freedom fighting priest. More on those stories in this podcast with Audrey Brown.
Sep 28, 2022
Uganda's Medical Association issues guidance
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In today's podcast:  Uganda's Medical Association tells members not to treat ebola patients without PPE, and asks the Government to quarantine hotspot areas after doctors and interns are exposed to the deadly disease. Also, Kenyan lawyer Paul Gicheru who was facing witness interference charges at the International Criminal Court is found dead at his home. The police are now investigating. Plus, how and why is former president, Jacob Zuma trying to make a political comeback in South Africa? More on those stories in this podcast with Bola Mosuro.
Sep 27, 2022
Seleka leader stands trial at the ICC
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Mahamat Abdel Said, leader from the Seleka rebel movement in the Central African Republic, has appeared before the International Criminal Court for the first day of his war crimes trial. Also, Ugandan authorities confirm that twenty-three people have now died of ebola. Other patients are awaiting diagnosis, but now, some doctors and nurses are striking. And it's twenty years since nearly two thousand people drowned on the Joola ferry in Senegal. We hear from a survivor and family members who want closure, but why is one of the World's worst shIpping disasters not known by many? Those stories and more in this podcast with Bola Mosuro.
Sep 26, 2022
22 Kenyans rescued from trafficking in Laos
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Kenya is warning its citizens against applying for jobs advertised online for positions in South East Asian countries. It comes after they rescued a group of people in Laos, who say they were duped by human traffickers. Victims of a massacre that happened in Guinea 13 years ago will finally get their day in court as the trial is set to begin. We meet UK former bantam weight boxing champion, Francis Ampofo born in Ghana and now selling hens on his farm. Plus, why are crocodiles dying in South Africa's Loskop Nature Reserve, in Mpumalanga province? And on our Resident presidents- Olushambles is in a dancing mood.
Sep 23, 2022
Floods in South Sudan stop food deliveries
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Heavy rains in South Sudan have destroyed roads, interrupting precious food deliveries around the country. Our correspondent speaks to truck drivers stuck on the road Also in the pod: The Democratic republic of congo and Rwanda agree to cooperate on border security issues; Our colleagues on The She Word program shine a light on alternative forms of family making in Kenya; Uganda battling a rare strain of Ebola and a community infection of scabies; We unveil an online scam recruiting men to lure men on adult websites.
Sep 22, 2022
Regional concerns in the spotlight at UN General Assembly
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Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Buhari of Nigeria raise regional concerns and global fears at the United Nations General Assembly. Also, massive floods across most of Nigeria.  In one town at least 500 graves and crops have been washed away. Plus, Somali special forces - along with an armed local group - have reclaimed large swathes of territory from Al Shabaab. And Zambia's President Hichilima on his first year in office. More on those stories in this podcast presented by Audrey Brown.
Sep 21, 2022
UN says both sides in Tigray conflict are guilty of atrocities
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A UN Commission on human rights reports on major atrocities being perpetrated by both the TPLF and Ethiopian Government forces particularly in Tigray... We hear how civilians have suffered. Also, Ugandan authorities confirm an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease... A twenty-four year old man has been identified, but could there have been a handful of others before hand? And Iyanu, a child superhero based on Yoruba mythology created by Roye Okupe is a graphic novel turned Cartoon to be streamed by HBO and Cartoon Network. These stories and more in this podcast presented by Bola Mosuro.
Sep 20, 2022
Queen Elizabeth II is laid to rest after a service in London attended by over 500 heads of state and government
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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom has been laid to rest after a funeral service at Westminster Abbey in London. African leaders were among those in attendance. Tens of thousands lined the streets to bid her farewell and pay their respects. We hear from Windsor where The Queen was laid to rest, and we discuss the role of the Commonwealth with King Charles III as head. Also, Cameroon's Catholic Church speaks about abductions of priests and a nun. Plus, South Africa's President Ramaphosa is rushing back home from the UK today after his country is plunged into state 6 of a power crisis. More on those stories in this podcast with Bola Mosuro.
Sep 19, 2022
Eritrea amasses reservists on border with Ethiopia
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Eritrea has mobilised thousands of army reservists and massed them along the border with Ethiopia. Also, the Egyptian authorities have released 46 people - most of them activists in detention without trial. Plus, the controversial Nyege Nyege music festival is finally underway in Uganda.  And as the UK prepares to bury Queen Elizabeth, we assess her legacy in South Africa. More on those stories and others in this podcast presented by Audrey Brown.
Sep 16, 2022
Angola's president sworn in amid tight security
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Angolan President João Lourenço has been sworn in for a second five-year term, vowing to be the president for all Angolans after his MPLA party's disputed win in last month's election. Kenya’s new President William Ruto has lifted the fuel subsidy, sending petrol prices to a record high. And a young Nigerian content creator is determined that living with multiple disabilities will not hold him back from becoming a YouTube influencer.
Sep 15, 2022
School reopening suspended in Sudan
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In Sudan floods force the government to push back the reopening of schools by two weeks. Also, the war goes on in the north of Ethiopia - currently, Tigrayan forces say they have ceded control of a couple of towns Plus, the African mourners - in London - paying their last respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II. Those and other stories in this podcast with Hassan Arouni.
Sep 14, 2022
William Ruto becomes Kenya’s fifth president
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Kenya has a new president after William Ruto was sworn in at a ceremony in Nairobi. We’ll bring you analysis of his plans. Should we be hopeful for peace in northern Mozambique as thousands of displaced people return home? And we’ll meet the Tanzanian Olympian, Magdalena Moshi, who’s campaigning for better awareness about fibroids.
Sep 13, 2022
Ethiopia's TPLF says it's willing to stop fighting
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Tigrayan forces in Ethiopia say they are ready for a ceasefire after a five month truce broke down. They also pledged willingness to participate in African Union-led talks. Will the Government in Addis respond in kind? Also, Uganda pays the DRC $65 million dollars in reparations for the invasion by UPDF forces and looting of resources  during the war in the 1990s. Could the ICJ ruling set a precedent? Plus, how some African nations are reacting to the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Her body now lays at rest in Edinburgh. What could King Charles III's accession mean for Africa and the commonwealth? Those and other stories in this podcast with Bola Mosuro.
Sep 12, 2022
Landslide kills several in Uganda
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A landslide after heavy rains claims at least fifteen lives in Uganda. Also, the latest on a grain shipment from Ukraine to the Horn of Africa. Will it reach the people who need it most? And Cameroonian parents brave the dangers of a vicious civil conflict to send their children back to school after a six-year gap. Those stories and more in this podcast.
Sep 07, 2022
UN: Millions at risk of famine in the Horn of Africa
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The UN say millions are at risk of famine in the Horn of Africa following the worst drought in 70 years. We hear from Somalia where the Islamic relief fund describe what they are doing for 7 million already facing starvation. And, over 35 people are killed in Burkina Faso after a bus hit an Improvised Explosive Device. It's said Jihadists are increasing attacks in the midsts of a deepening humanitarian crisis. Those stories and others in this podcast.
Sep 06, 2022
Court affirms Ruto victory in Kenya
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William Ruto has been declared the next President of Kenya after the Supreme court rejected all challenges by Raila Odinga who said the results of the August elections were fraudulent. Also, Zambia's finance minister outlines the new fiscal package for the nation after a loan of $1.3billion is promised by the IMF. Plus, the South African pharmaceutical giant Aspen which had been forced to cease production of the COVID vaccine has announced it will produce four life-saving vaccines crucial for children on the continent. Those stories and more in this podcast.
Sep 05, 2022
Zambia’s billion dollar bailout sparks economic hope
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Zambia has agreed a $1.3 billion bailout loan with the IMF after months of negotiations. We’ll look at what this might mean for the country. Why a community in North-West Cameroon are concerned about a strange smell coming from a crater lake. And Ghanaian-born British Vogue editor Edward Eninnful talks about his new memoir, A Visible Man.
Sep 01, 2022
Fighting intensifies in Tigray
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Reports of a hospital being bombed in Tigray as fighting intensifies. Both sides once again blaming each other for the atrocity. Also, what are the real reasons behind the collapse of the South African health system? Plus, the last Soviet-era leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, has died. What did he mean for the continent at the end of the 20th century? These stories and more in the podcast.
Aug 31, 2022
Results from Angola's elections are in
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Final results for Angola's elections have been declared - the governing MPLA and President Lourenco are the winners - but opponents, Unita, stand by their claim that the result is a sham. Also, after a weekend of what's been described as the worst fighting in two years - we ask, who are the players in the deadly struggle for power in Libya? And a ship carrying grains of hope from Ukraine to the drought stricken horn of Africa - expected to dock in Djibouti soon. These stories and more in the podcast.
Aug 29, 2022
Accusations and counter-accusations in Ethiopia over latest fighting
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We'll be in Ethiopia where the blame game over the latest outbreak of fighting continues. We'll hear from Tigrayan spokesperson Getachew Reda. Also, latest figures show that Angola's ruling MPLA is in the lead following elections. It's by no means conclusive - but there is surprise at the speed with which the count is going. Plus, French President Macron is in Algeria following controversial remarks about the country's past. Will Algerians let bygones be bygones? And Ugandan artists demand a fair share of profits made from ringtones - or Call Ring Back Tunes  - using their music.
Aug 25, 2022
Mutual recriminations over fighting in Ethiopia
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Government and Tigrayan officials are blaming each other for renewed fighting in the north of Ethiopia. Also, thousands of South African workers are on strike over the rising cost of living. Plus, Togo's ambitions to become the continental hub for cyber security and digital innovation. All those stories and more in this podcast.
Aug 24, 2022
Debt forgiveness from China for 17 African countries
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China writes off 23 debts owed by 17 African countries - does that give a lie to the so-called China debt trap? Also, rural Kenyans take Britain to Europe's top human rights court over  historical forceful land evictions - what is their goal? Plus more stories in this podcast.
Aug 23, 2022
Kenya's post-election wrangling continues in the courts
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The Kenyan Presidential contender, Raila Odinga, has filed a legal challenge to last week's election results. And we look at the aftermath of a two-day siege in a bombed hotel in Mogadishu, which finally ended after 30 hours. Much more on those stories and others in this podcast.
Aug 22, 2022
Arrests made in Nigeria over mummified bodies
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Police in Nigeria have arrested three people in connection with the discovery of 20 mummified bodies near Benin City. Also, we examine the track record of Angola's third post independence president as elections draw near. And a right royal battle is raging for the Zulu throne in South Africa.  We'll hear the latest from the Kingdom of Kwazulu.
Aug 19, 2022
Forest fires in Algeria: At least 38 dead
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Algerian emergency workers struggle to contain forest fires in which at least 38 people have died. Also, Kenya's electoral commission boss asks for more security following threats and harassment of himself and his staff. Plus, is Sierra Leone's proud tradition of marriage across political and religious lines under threat due to political manipulation?
Aug 18, 2022
More confusion over Kenya's presidential election
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Kenya's presidential election result is caught in a quagmire, as candidate Raila Odinga alleges foul play... We'll be asking what happens next? Plus, we preview elections in Angola. And we will introduce you to a star called Nutty O, whose fresh music is making people dance to the beat in Zimbabwe.
Aug 16, 2022
Deaths in protests in Somaliland
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At least three people were killed in protests in Somaliland. But why was this normally peaceful territory engulfed by violence? Also, Sierra Leone's main opposition APC says it is not responsible for deadly protests earlier this week. They blame the government's economic policies instead. And we take the pulse of Kenya's parliamentary election results.
Aug 13, 2022
Polls close in Kenya's general elections
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Voting has ended in Kenya's elections where 22 million have cast ballots to vote for their next President, MPs and Governors... Did delays due to a biometric system cause major problems? Plus, African art lovers mourn the death of Nigerian playwright, author and director, Biyi Bandele, who's died suddenly at the age of 54.
Aug 09, 2022
Chaos in Kenya ahead of polls
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Hundreds of Kenyans rush to collect national identification cards necessary to cast their vote, while many others experience travel woes on the eve of the country's general elections.  Observers highlight a few issues ahead of the polls as the Electoral Commission suspends voting in four areas over ballot paper issues.  Plus  some Kenyans tell us about the panic-buying that's now started. Also, the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, is the latest international diplomat on  a charm offensive to woo the continent.. We hear from South Africa. And Ethiopia's Rophnan, DJ turned musician fuses electronic with traditional sounds.
Aug 08, 2022
Has Senegal finally resolved the Casamance question?
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The Senegalese government has signed a peace deal with rebels from the southern region of Casamance. Will it hold this time? Also, warnings of a hike in the price of rice. Can African countries step up to the plate production-wise? Plus, will Kenyans get leaders that tackle corruption this time around? And our resident presidents discuss Zimbabwe's new Chinese-built parliament, and they're not impressed!
Aug 05, 2022
Outrage in South Africa over gang rapes of women
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Angry mobs on the rampage in a South African township, following the vicious gang rape of a group of women in the town of Krugersdorp last week. And it's fifty years since Asians were forced to flee Uganda's Idi Amin and settle in Britain.
Aug 04, 2022
DRC reviews MONUSCO peacekeepers' presence
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President Etienne Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo is reassessing when MONUSCO peacekeepers should leave the country. We hear from his spokesman. Also, with news of the killing of Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri, survivors of the 1998 bombing of the US embassies in Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam express disappointment at receiving no compensation like American victims. Plus Somalia's new cabinet includes a former Al Shabab leader. Those stories and more in this podcast.
Aug 02, 2022
North Kivu governor on attacks on UN peacekeepers
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Following attacks on UN peacekeeping bases this week in the DRC, the governor of  North Kivu province, attempts to address the issue. And, Ethiopia's government calls for talks without any pre-conditions with the Tigrayan rebels in a bid to end the bloody civil war. Those stories and more in this podcast.
Jul 29, 2022
Allegations agains UN peacekeepers in DRC
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Did UN peacekeepers open fire on civilians during recent protests against its mission in DR Congo? Also, in Kenya as elections loom, Deputy President William Ruto's running mate is ordered to surrender over 1.6 million Dollars to the state over fraud. And why have Tanzanian health authorities banned the use of a sex enhancing traditional medicine?
Jul 28, 2022
Protests against the UN continue apace in the DRC
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Day three of protests against the UN Peacekeeping presence in the East of the DR-Congo. Also, Russia's foreign minister wraps up his tour of Africa. And a rare pink diamond found and in Angola - we hear what makes it very special.
Jul 27, 2022
Deaths in the DRC after anti-MONUSCO protests
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Five protestors and three peacekeepers have been killed after hundreds protest in the east of the DRC over the presence of MONUSCO forces who they say are ineffective. Also, Uganda's president, Yoweri Museveni, explains why he's willing to roll out the red carpet for Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, during his Africa tour. More on those and other stories in this podcast.
Jul 26, 2022
Russia on a charm offensive to Africa amid war with Ukraine
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In  the shadow of the war in Ukraine, Russia's foreign minister is on a  charm offensive in Africa. Also in today's podcast:  We'll hear from marginalised women contenders vying for office in Kenya's upcoming elections. And an Africa Eye investigation into the causes of the lethal gangland terror in Nigeria's Zamfara State.
Jul 25, 2022
Bakers go on strike in Nigeria
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Bread makers in Nigeria turn off their ovens for four days in protest, as one of the country’s bakers unions is demanding the federal government subsidize the cost of baking products. Also, we're on the presidential campaign trail here in Kenya.
Jul 21, 2022
Marburg virus confirmed in Ghana
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Ghanaian health authorities confirm there's been an outbreak of Marburg virus with two deaths. The Director General of Ghana's health service tells us how they are trying to contain the disease and spread awareness in the country. Also, in Zimbabwe officials are investigating how indigenous grains can help stave off food insecurity. Plus, Chadian rebel groups are outraged by the latest announcement by transitional President Mahamat Idris Deby. And we hear from the rising Kenyan RnB and neo soul star, Karun.
Jul 18, 2022
Tunisia gets a new draft constitution
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A new draft constitution for Tunisia, drawn up by a committee especially picked by President Kais Saied. Also, we'll return to Sudan where 3 more people have been killed in latest protests. And the Residents Presidents discuss the Commonwealth. Much more on those and other stories in this podcast.
Jul 01, 2022
Tensions rise between Ethiopia and Sudan
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Tensions continue to rise between Ethiopia and Sudan, as the latter recalls its ambassador. Also, the United Nations becomes the latest body to call for an independent inquiry over Morocco migrant deaths  at  the Spanish enclave of Melilla. Plus, Sierra Leone reacts to the US Supreme court banning abortion. And much more in this. podcast.
Jun 28, 2022
Mysterious deaths at a bar in South Africa
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South African police investigate the mysterious deaths of twenty two young people in a bar in the city of East London. Also, Nigeria's Zamfara state tells residents to take up arms against kidnap gangs and violent attacks, but how will it work? And after the U.S Supreme Court's decision to overturn its own landmark ruling in 'Roe v Wade', should Africa care? Plus much more in this podcast.
Jun 27, 2022
Two days of high-level talks begin at CHOGM
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Commonwealth heads of state and government begin two days of talks in Rwanda. Big issues on the table including trade, climate change, and even food on your table.  Bola Mosuro will be telling us more from Kigali. Also, we will also be hearing from South Africa, where the so-called dirty fuel, King Coal is enjoying a rare bonanza. That and other stories in this podcast.
Jun 24, 2022
Anticipated report on corruption in South Africa is out
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A much anticipated report on corruption is out in South Africa.  The Zondo Report  criticises the African National Congress for creating an environment that enabled corruption and wide scale looting under former President Jacob Zuma. Also, an urgent appeal to the international comunity over the famine in Somalia. Those stories and more on Africa Today.
Jun 23, 2022
Russia: At least forty-two African mercenaries killed in Ukraine
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The Russian Ministry of Defence says at least forty-two African mercenaries have been killed in Ukraine, but what do we know so far? Also, why is Burkina Faso's army conducting an eight-hour military exercise in the capital, Ouagadougou? How often does this happen and are residents aware of what's going on? That and much more in the podcast.
Jun 22, 2022
Belgium returns the tooth of Patrice Lumumba
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Belgium returns a tooth belonging to the Congolese independence hero, Patrice Lumumba, more than 60 years after his brutal murder. Also, one of Sierra Leone's most popular musicians has his dreadlocks shaved by the police - the Inspector General defends the action. And the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) has opened in Kigali. Focus on Africa's Bola Mosuro is there.
Jun 20, 2022
South Africa considers importing Russian crude
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South Africa considers importing crude oil from Russia. The country's Energy Minister says Russian oil is not on the sanctions list. Also, the Democratic Republic of Congo says it's suspending all trade agreements with Rwanda.  They say it's because  Rwanda is supporting the M23 rebels which further exaccerbates levels of violence in the Eastern DRC.  Kigali denies this claim. Plus more...
Jun 17, 2022
Clashes between police and Tanzania's Maasai
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We hear the latest on clashes between police and the Maasai community in Tanzania. And what's happening to residents still displaced by the floods in Durban, South Africa? Has local government done enough to help them? We'll hear from the Deputy Mayor.
Jun 10, 2022
Rwandan former combatants resettle in the country
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More than 700 people made up of Rwandan former combatants and their families are resettling in the country. Most used to be FDLR ethnic Hutu fighters who have undergone rehabilitation and training. Also, chief virologist, Dr. John Nkengasong, takes on a new role as coordinator of PEPFAR - the US initiative on HIV and Aids - and says he'll still be serving Africa. Plus, floods uproot lives in Ghana's capital with homes swamped by heavy rains.
May 24, 2022
Hopes are fading fast for trapped miners in Burkina Faso
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Hopes of finding eight miners trapped more than 700 metres underground in Burkina Faso are fading after rescuers today  found a second  safety chamber empty. We hear the frustrations and despair of some of the men's wives. Also, Nigeria's chief accountant has been arrested in connection with a $190 million dollar fraud case involving money laundering and diversion of funds. And how South Africa is tackling high youth unemployment.
May 17, 2022
Africa in the grip of a fuel crisis
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The fuel prices emergency is hitting households across the continent, from Egypt to Tanzania, Uganda to Nigeria and South Africa. The airline industry has also been affected. So what can governments do? Also, in Somalia, dozens of candidates have registered for the presidential race in six days. We hear who's challenging the incumbent, Farmajo. Plus, how South African singer, Nomfundo Moh, has made it big in the world of music.
May 09, 2022
A major attack on ATMIS forces in Somalia
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There's been a major attack on an ATMIS forces base in Somalia. Al Shabab militants have claimed responsibility, and there are fears about the death toll. The UN Secretary General speaks after visiting camps in Nigeria's Borno state housing hundreds of thousands of victims displaced by Boko Haram and Islamist insurgent attacks. Meanwhile,  one NGO decries the closure of camps which have left IDPs in unsafe and vulnerable conditions. Mali's military leader announces they're cutting ties with France accusing the French of flagrant security violations. Plus, how 16 months of civil war in Tigray in northern Ethiopia and turbulence in other regions have affected press freedom in the country.
May 03, 2022
Report alleges Zuma put self-interest over country
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A  damning report alleges that ex South African President Jacob Zuma put interests of his corrupt associates ahead of those of his country. Also, why have a group of Turkish nationals who've been running a high performing high school in Liberia been expelled from the country? And Kenya bids farewell to its third president Mwai Kibaki at a State funeral in Nairobi.
Apr 29, 2022
Concerns over police-enforced brutality and disappearances in Kenya
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Today: Mounting concerns about the rise in police brutality and disappearances in Kenya. Also, a BBC investigation uncovers the ugly and dangerous side of Egypt's beauty industry. (Image: Kenyan activists protest against police brutality in Nairobi. Credit: EPA)
Apr 27, 2022
Angola suspends salaries of striking doctors
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Angola's government has suspended the salaries of more than 5,000 doctors, describing their strike action as illegal. Malawians no longer have to pay tax on sanitary pads – as a 16.5% levy has been axed. The World Food Program says its food trucks have entered rebel held areas in Ethiopia’s war-torn region of Tigray for the first time since December last year.
Apr 01, 2022
'Historic' day as DR Congo joins East Africa trade bloc
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In a move which has been described as "historic", the Democratic Republic of Congo has officially been admitted to the East African Community (EAC) trade bloc. Seven passengers have died after gunmen attacked a busy train between Nigeria's capital, Abuja, and Kaduna city, hospital sources have told the BBC.
Mar 29, 2022
Malawi ramps up polio vaccination after outbreak
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Malawi kicked off a polio vaccination campaign targeting up to three million children under the age of five. To mark the International Day of Forests, we find out about the health of the second largest tropical rainforest in the world: the Congo basin in Central Africa.
Mar 21, 2022
Is Ethiopia to blame for deaths of MSF staff in Tigray?
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Did Ethiopian government forces kill MSF charity workers in the Tigray region last year? Also, the American Ambassador to the United Nations on why African countries cannot remain neutral in the war in Ukraine. Plus, Tanzania's President, one year into office - how is she performing? And of course, our Resident Presidents on the use of Swahili at the AU.
Mar 18, 2022
South Africa asked to mediate in Ukraine war - Ramaphosa
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President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that South Africa has been approached to play a mediation role in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Nigerian customs officials say they have intercepted 1,390 sacks of donkey meat in the north-western state of Kebbi near the border with Niger. At least 750 civilians were killed in the northern Afar and Amhara regions in the second half of last year, Ethiopia's human rights body says.
Mar 11, 2022
Kenya's 'boda-bodas' taxis are ordered to re-register
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Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered the authorities to re-register all motorbike taxi operators - locally known as boda-bodas - following public outrage over an attack on a woman in her car in the capital, Nairobi. Plus, Nigerian women push members of parliament to reconsider gender laws. In Ukraine, we hear from a Cameroonian student who is one of many still stranded in the besieged city of Kherson is in the south west. And we meet the Kenyan teenager who is rising tennis star. Presented by Aisha Afrah. Producer: Patricia Whitehorne.
Mar 08, 2022
Ukraine: Why did Eritrea vote against UN resolution?
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Eritrea was one of only five countries in the world to vote against a UN resolution deploring Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and supporting sanctions. Kenya's deputy president says it's up to the people of Kenya to make up their own minds on the fallout between him and President Uhuru Kenyatta. Plus singer, songwriter, and record producer Davido talks about what it takes to stay at the top of his profession for more than a decade.
Mar 07, 2022
African nationals still trapped in Ukraine
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As the fighting continues in Ukraine, thousands continue to pour out of the country. We hear about the situation at the Polish border. A court in the Democratic Republic of Congo has temporarily removed control of a huge copper and cobalt mine from its Chinese owners. Plus, we hear from an avid listener who tunes into the BBC everyday despite not speaking English.
Mar 01, 2022
Trial of Kenyan lawyer begins at the ICC
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The trial of Paul Gicheru, a Kenyan lawyer accused of bribing prosecution witnesses of the International Criminal Court has started in The Hague. The arrest of Nigerian "super cop" Abba Kyari on drug-trafficking charges has laid bare the "public bickering" between two of Nigeria's law enforcement bodies, an analyst told the BBC. Commander Abba Kyari is accused of trying to recruit fellow officers into a drug plot. Plus we talk to Syriacus Buguzi, a Tanzanian medical doctor turned journalist, he tells us why he started the first science and technology newspaper in Swahili language.
Feb 15, 2022
Former Sudanese ruling council member arrested
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A Sudanese politician who had been a member of the dissolved joint civilian-military government has been arrested.Some Chagossians evicted from the islands 50 years ago returned in a trip organised by the Mauritian government. The Mauritian flag has been raised for the very first time on the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean. Plus hear from Nigerian singer and songwriter Adekunle Gold, he explains how the pandemic encourage him to embrace the idea of change and develop a new musical style.
Feb 14, 2022
Zimbabwe: teachers suspended for pay strike take legal action
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A teachers' union in Zimbabwe has gone to court to challenge the government's decision to suspend thousands of staff who have not been going to work, citing low pay.The UN is warning that South Sudan could spiral back into civil war because of delays in implementing the 2018 peace deal that brought nearly six years of conflict to an end.This week our resident presidents are talking about democracy.
Feb 11, 2022
Uganda investigating novelist's torture allegations
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Uganda’s Information Minister Chris Baryomunsi has told the BBC the government is investigating allegations that novelist Kakwenza Rukirabashaija was tortured while he spent a month in custody. Parliament in Libya has unanimously approved a new interim prime minister in a move that threatens to spark a new power struggle in the country as there already is someone else who holds that position. Plus we hear about a documentary exploring the Ghanaian city of Bukom renowned for having produced the most world boxing champions from Africa.
Feb 10, 2022
Covid: South Africa makes its own version of Moderna vaccine
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Scientists in South Africa have made a copy of the Moderna Covid vaccine, a move which they say could help boost vaccination rates across Africa. West African regional bloc Ecowas will deploy troops to Guinea-Bissau to help stabilise the country after this week's attempted coup. The first AU summit since the pandemic began in 2020 kicks off in Addis Ababa this weekend. What's on the agenda?
Feb 04, 2022
Mali coup 'contagious' in region says chair of Ecowas
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The president of Ghana has warned that West Africa is in great danger as a result of recent coups in the region. A 20-year study on the use of treated mosquito bed nets in Tanzania has found that children who sleep under them at an early age are more likely to survive into adulthood.There are concerns over the possible environmental impact of an explosion on an oil production vessel off the coast of Nigeria.
Feb 03, 2022
Burkina Faso suspended from Ecowas - sources
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The West African regional body Ecowas has suspended Burkina Faso's membership following this week's military coup. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is warning of extreme hunger in northern Ethiopia. Aid agencies face severe challenges delivering supplies to Ethiopia’s Tigray region, where government forces have been fighting rebels for more than a year. Rwanda will re-open its border with Uganda from next week, the government has announced.
Jan 28, 2022
Ghana explosion: at least 13 dead after huge blast near mining town
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Rescue teams in Ghana are searching for survivors following a huge explosion that killed at least 13 people. Scientists say the plant enset, an Ethiopian staple, could be a new superfood and a lifesaver in the face of climate change. Plus, our Resident Presidents offer their satirical take on the winter games due to start in China in two weeks.
Jan 21, 2022
Many feared dead after huge explosion in Ghana
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Many people are feared dead after a huge explosion near a mining town in western Ghana. Police say a vehicle carrying mining explosives collided with a motorcycle near the town of Bogoso. Liberia's President George Weah has declared three days of mourning following the death of 29 people in a stampede during a church service held on a football field in the capital, Monrovia.
Jan 20, 2022
South Africa opens a new Covid vaccine plant
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President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa opens a brand new Covid vaccine plant in Cape Town, which could be a game-changer in the fight against the pandemic. Meanwhile, Cameroon's plan to get people vaccinated using their love of football isn't going too well. Also: an MP from Somaliland argues against  independence from Somalia. And the Ghanaian artist, activist and humanitarian, Rocky Dawuni and his latest album Voice Of Bunbon.
Jan 19, 2022
The TPLF calls for a ceasefire in the Ethiopia conflict
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The leader of the Tigray People's Liberation Front has called for an immediate ceasefire in the year-long war with Ethiopian government forces. Also, Sudanese protestors are teargassed as they continue protests against the army and try to mark three years since Omar El Bashir was ousted. Plus, new measures are enforced around the continent as governments try to protect civilians as Omicron cases rise.
Dec 20, 2021
Benin opposition leader in court on terror charges
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The opposition leader in Benin, Reckya Madougou, has appeared at the country's Economic Crime and Terrorism Court on charges of financing terrorism.The Ghanaian government has said that from midnight on Sunday all visitors to the country need to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus before being allowed to enter.
Dec 10, 2021
US Senator says civil war could see Ethiopia break apart
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At least 38 people have died and scores more have been injured in a fire which tore through a prison in Burundi. At least 600 women and girls have been kidnapped and enslaved in the last three years by militants in Mozambique northern province of Cabo Delgado, a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) says. US Senator Chris Coons says he advised Ethiopia's PM Abiy Ahmed against waging war on TPLF in Tigray for fear that a 'fracturing conflict' might lead to genocide in Ethiopia.
Dec 07, 2021
Nigerian diplomat accuses UK of 'travel apartheid'
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Nigeria's High Commissioner to the UK has branded as "travel apartheid" the UK's decision to put the West African state on its red list, meaning travellers have to pay to isolate in a quarantine hotel. More than 180,000 people have signed petitions demanding justice after the death of a 12-year-old boarding school pupil in Nigeria.
Dec 06, 2021
Covid: South Africa new cases double in 24 hours as Omicron spreads
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The new coronavirus variant Omicron has now become dominant in South Africa and is driving a sharp increase in new infections, health officials say. The United Nations says Botswana has taken a significant step towards eliminating mother to child transmission of HIV.
Dec 02, 2021
Omicron variant present in Nigeria health body says
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The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says it has detected the Omicron variant in travellers from South Africa who arrived in Nigeria last week.With three days to go to the presidential election in Gambia, We'll hear why people in ex president Jammeh's ancestral home support him.
Dec 01, 2021
Thousands join Sudan protests against recent deal
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Thousands of people are taking part in a protest in Sudan's capital Khartoum, against the country's military leaders.The Ugandan army has launched joint air and artillery strikes against the rebel group the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Nov 30, 2021
Gambia's truth commission recommends prosecutions
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Those who bear the greatest responsibility for the crimes committed during the presidency of Yahya Jammeh in The Gambia should be prosecuted, according to head of a commission that has been looking into the events that took place during his 22-year rule. Campaigns against gender-based violence have made some gains, but the pandemic has put progress at risk, says Zebib Kavuma, UN Women Deputy Regional Director for East and Southern Africa. Liberia singer Miatta Fahnbulleh on receiving a Life Time Achievement Award in recognition of her longevity in the music business.
Nov 25, 2021
Cop 26: fear of failure as climate talks enter final day
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The COP26 climate summit in Glasgow is entering its final day, amid growing fears that the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C is unlikely to be met. The US, UK and Norway, along with the European Union have criticised the move by Sudan's Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan to name a new ruling council with himself as the leader and excluding civilian members of the previous council. The United States' top-ranking military official in Africa has said that events in Ethiopia could affect the security and safety of the rest of the region.
Nov 12, 2021
South Africa's ex-President FW de Klerk dies at 85
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FW de Klerk, the former president of South Africa and the last white person to lead the country, has died at the age of 85. We speak to Joseph Boakai, Liberia's former vice president. Does he have what it takes to win power from George Weah? A Sudanese a court has ordered the three main telecommunications providers to restore internet access in the country.
Nov 11, 2021
Guinea: Civic society in talks with military junta
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Guinea's military junta leader, Colonel Doumbouya holds meetings with religious and political groups ahead of announcing a transitional government. Plus an accountability group warns that the internet and phone blackout In Nigeria’s Zamfara state aimed at thwarting the activities of bandits, is also harming families and businesses. And DJ Edu catches up with popular Angolan singer Anna Joyce who has just released a new album in several years.
Sep 13, 2021
Guinea coup: opposition welcomes ousting of Condé
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Col Mamady Doumbouya, who led the coup which ousted Guinea's President Alpha Condé, has begun to consolidate the takeover with the installation of army officers at the top of the country's eight regions and various administrative districts. Plus two Ugandan MPs are charged with murder and attempted murder in connection with the mysterious killings in Masaka in the Central Region. And DJ Rita Ray gives us her latest top picks of the hottest sounds across Africa, and this month it is all about the beats.
Sep 07, 2021
Zambian President Hichilema inherits 'empty treasury'
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Zambia's new president has told the BBC that he has inherited an "empty" treasury, while "horrifying" amounts of money had been stolen. Nurses in The Gambia have started a three-day nationwide strike over non-payment of allowances approved in May.
Sep 01, 2021
Nigeria: Gunmen free kidnapped schoolchildren
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Gunmen in Nigeria have freed a number of pupils who were kidnapped from an Islamic school in May, according to their head teacher. Why are women's and girl's reproductive rights under siege despite Kenya's new Constitution? We hear from an initiative in Somalia that could bring peace in the country through poetry.
Aug 27, 2021
Judges reject president's appeal to change Kenya constitution
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Appeal Court judges in Kenya have upheld an earlier decision by a lower court blocking a government-backed plan to make fundamental changes to the country's constitution, calling the project "unconstitutional and unlawful." Authorities in Uganda have suspended the work of at least 50 local NGOs for various reasons including failure to register. Kenya has launched its first-ever national wildlife census, which will count the number creatures on both land and sea.
Aug 20, 2021
Uganda to host 2,000 Afghan refugees on US request
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Uganda will take in 2,000 Afghan refugees fleeing the crisis in their country.Refugees Minister Esther Anyakun told the BBC that President Yoweri Museveni agreed to take in the refugees at the request of the Americans. Kenya's Public Prosecutor orders the arrest of six Police officers linked to the death of two brothers. A Zimbabwean-led initiative aiming to put more girls in school has attracted financing from philanthropic organisations.
Aug 17, 2021
Burkina Faso: Compaore to be tried over Sankara assassination
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Burkina Faso’s former president Blaise Compaore faces a military trial, accused of involvement in the killing of his predecessor Thomas Sankara. Plus, more than 40 people have died after their boat got into trouble between Yemen and Djibouti. And we meet the children’s author from Sierra Leone who wants to decolonise the alphabet.
Apr 13, 2021
Millions face hunger in Somalia
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Millions of Somalis face severe food shortages and hunger by the end of the year due to low rainfall and destructive locusts. Eritrean authorities release dozens of prisoners jailed for practising their Christian faith. And Uganda and Tanzania sign a long awaited oil pipeline deal.
Apr 12, 2021
Tanzania’s new president charts new Covid-19 course for the country
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Tanzania’s new President Samia Suluhu Hassan has outlined a shift in government policy in the areas of media freedom, Covid-19 response and foreign policy. Sudan has declared a state of emergency in west Darfur following deadly tribal clashes. And why Zimbabwe's once famed education system has become a pale shadow of its former self.
Apr 06, 2021
2020 Review: How has Africa handled the big challenges?
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The Covid-19 crisis has been the big story of 2020 but how has Africa handled the pandemic, and amid the serious set backs have there also been some digital and technical gains? What opportunities will the African Continental Free Trade Area bring after it comes into effect in January 2021? How can Africa take charge of its own climate change policies? And is the continent ready for the fourth Industrial Revolution? These are some of the questions that the guest panel of Dr Oby Ezekwesili, Rebecca Enonchong, Professor Ken Opalo and Professor Landry Signé address with presenter Dickens Olewe as they look back at the issues and trends in Africa over the past year, and discuss what 2021 might bring. Producer: Patricia Whitehorne
Dec 31, 2020
Africa Today: Highlights from 2020
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From a prestigious award for standing up for science, to breaking barriers to become the highest ranking woman in the Nigerian police force, and the ultra-viral internet dance challenge, Jerusalema – in this special Christmas edition of the podcast we look back at the inspiring stories that made us all think, smile and laugh in an otherwise difficult year.
Dec 25, 2020
Kenyan officials accused of Covid-19 corruption
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At least 15 top Kenyan government officials and businesspeople face prosecution in connection for alleged theft of tens of millions of dollars meant for Covid-19 supplies. Zambia’s credit rating has been downgraded over mounting debt crisis. We also meet the man responsible for carrying on the tradition of the talking drum.
Sep 24, 2020
US sanction former Gambia first lady
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The United States has imposed sanctions on the country's former First Lady Zineb Jammeh accusing her of corruption during her husband Yahya Jammeh's rule. The US treasury suspects her of helping the former president transfer money illegally, and controlling his assets abroad. Talks have continued between Mali's military junta and opposition parties to try break a deadlock over a proposed transitional agreement. Zimbabwe's plan to return farms to foreign white farmers who lost their land some 20 years ago under the rule of Robert Mugabe.
Sep 16, 2020
Cameroon army launches operation in North-West Region
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Cameroon army launch operation dubbed "Bamenda Clean." It aims to restore order to the capital of the Northwest Region which the army claims has been the target of attacks by what it calls "terrorists and criminals". Zimbabwe bans mining operations in the country's national parks following an outcry over proposed mining activities in Hwange National Park by two Chinese companies. South Africa introduce laws to try and deal with high levels of gender based violence in the country.
Sep 09, 2020
Ugandan Minister charged of attempted murder
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Uganda’s Deputy Labour Minister, Mwesigwa Rukutana was today charged of attempted murder following a shooting incident during NRM party primary elections at the weekend. Protesters in South Africa force the closure of Clicks chain stores because of an advert deemed to be racist. Zimbabwe journalist Hopewell Chin’ono narrates his arrest and prison ordeal.
Sep 07, 2020
Global leaders call for free coronavirus vaccine
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African presidents are among world leaders calling for a free Covid-19 vaccine that should be made available worldwide. The European Union pledges 480 million Euros to help revive Sudan's struggling economy. Our Resident Presidents tell us why health experts aren’t their cup of tea.
May 15, 2020
Burundi orders WHO officials to leave the country
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Burundi has ordered four key staff members of the World Health Organisation to leave the country. Clashes in Sudan’s South Kordofan region leave at least 26 dead. Our listeners share their experiences of life under lockdown.
May 14, 2020
Lesotho records first coronavirus case
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Lesotho today became the last country on the African continent to record a coronavirus case. Cameroon's Julie Owono talks about her appointment to the board overseeing Facebook content. Malawian artist Hazel Mak on her new ‘Unorthodox’ album.
May 13, 2020
Zambia closes Tanzania border as COVID-19 cases surge
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Zambia has acted quickly to close the border with Tanzania after a surge in Covid-19 cases near the national boundary. Sierra Leone grapples with a spate of violence in areas supportive of the main opposition party. And we hear from France-based singer YSEE on Tony Allen’s final recording before his passing.
May 11, 2020
Malawi Supreme Court upholds Presidential poll nullification
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Malawi’s Supreme Court has upheld the invalidation of last year's presidential election results and ruled that Peter Mutharika was not duly elected. Political tensions are rising in Ethiopia over the postponement of elections which were scheduled for August this year. And the miraculous tale of a migratory Mongolian Cuckoo called Onon which flew from Kenya to Asia in just seven days - a journey that normally takes seven days.
May 08, 2020
Madagascar conducts mass Covid-19 tests.
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Madagascar is conducting mass coronavirus tests in its worst hit area and more on its Covid-Organics. Why are schools being vandalised during coronavirus lockdown in South Africa? And the we hear from,ML Kejera, the first Gambian to be shortlisted for the prestigious Commonwealth Short Story Prize.
May 07, 2020
African countries lift coronavirus restrictions
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Some African countries among them Nigeria, South Africa and Rwanda have started relaxing coronavirus measures but some of their citizens see it as an ill-advised move. Tanzania President John Magufuli criticised for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Somalia remains one of the most dangerous places to be a journalist in the world.
May 04, 2020
South Africa government outlines plan for COVID19 recovery
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The South Africa government has outlined a stimulus package to aid the country's recovery from the effects of coronavirus The South African-Ghanaian entrepreneur helping light up Sierra Leone East Africa face the combined threat of coronavirus and a second wave of locust swarms thought be 20 times bigger that the one which began last year
Apr 24, 2020
Thousands arrested in Morocco for Covid19 violations
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Police in Morocco have arrested more than fifty thousand people for violating coronavirus emergency measures African nurses and doctors on how they are dealing with coronavirus on the frontline of the fight in Europe and the US. And Angelique Kidjo repurpose an old song to help spread the message on coronavirus
Apr 23, 2020
Cameroon government admits military involvement in civilian deaths
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The Cameroonian government has admitted the involvement of its military in the death of civilians last February How the coronavirus pandemic has given the planet a lifeline Kenya government hunts a group of people who escaped from a quarantine facility
Apr 22, 2020
How a dip in global oil demand is affecting African countries
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A dip in oil demand around the world is having big effect on Africa's countries big producers Nigeria and Angola. We hear from a hand washing expert who is on a mission to save lives and she also has tips on how to keep clean even when there's no water. And a group of Kenyans question why they are being forced to stay in quarantine despite testing positive for coronavirus.
Apr 21, 2020
Coronavirus in Africa: Your questions answered
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A special podcast where we put your questions about the coronavirus pandemic to the World Health Organisation
Mar 30, 2020
Climate Change Strikes in Africa
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A world wide push to raise the alarm over climate change. And African children are actively involved in the demonstrations
Sep 20, 2019
Detained Nigeria Shia leader to be freed to travel abroad for medical treatment
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We explore the trials and tribulations of domestic workers in Africa; Dozens die in Libya drone attack; And the human breast milk bank newly opened in Nairobi.
Aug 05, 2019
Ethiopia Airways crash latest.
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A day of mourning in Ethiopia following the Ethiopian Airlines crash.
Mar 11, 2019
Jobs jobs jobs
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The World Bank estimates that Africa's working age population could grow by as much as 450 million by 2035. So how can African countries create the millions of jobs needed to accommodate these people? This special episode of the Africa Today podcast hears from experts and innovators from across the continent.
Dec 20, 2018
Voter Registration Day in Nigeria
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Thousands of frustrated Nigerians try to beat the voter registration deadline, but the electoral commission refuses any extension; first, Theresa May and now, the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel visits Nigeria... what's on her agenda? Equality under the law for women married under Muslim rites in South Africa.
Aug 31, 2018
European Leaders Continue Charm Offensive in Africa
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Two of Europe's most powerful leaders continue setting out their stalls in separate African visits - Kenya and Ghana state their wants; Nigeria's defence minister on his country's security crisis; Soweto in South Africa after the latest anti-immigrant attacks; and the fishermen staying safe at sea with the help of condoms.
Aug 30, 2018
Europe's Leaders on a Charm Offensive in Africa
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Europe's two leaders on multi-country Africa tours as evermore big world players woo the continent... we ask about the opportunities and risks for Africa; Germany hands back skulls of Namibians massacred more than a century ago; and an uproar over a TV condom advert in Kenya - what's so offensive about socks?
Aug 29, 2018
Soldiers in Uganda Caught on Tape Assaulting a Journalist
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From Uganda, soldiers assaulting a journalist are caught on camera: A police spokesman says the behaviour of the security forces will be investigated; Na waa oh! We celebrate a year of BBC Pidgin; also, why is Arsene Wenger getting the Humane Order of African Redemption from Liberia?
Aug 21, 2018
Zimbabwe Awaits Election Results
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Zimbabwe - presidential election results expected tonight; in Ghana, five banks are merged into one; and two strong Congolese opposition presidential hopefuls warming up for the presidential election in December.
Aug 02, 2018
India to Open 18 New Embassies Accross Africa
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Is New Delhi playing catch-up with Beijing? Zimbabwean women standing in landmark elections; will Eritrea's political landscape change now that the war with Ethiopia is truly over?
Jul 25, 2018
Military Chiefs Escape Attack in Cameroon
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Cameroon's defence minister and army chief escape an attack by Anglophone insurgents; after five years of civil war, the UN imposes an arms embargo on South Sudan, the same day women march for peace in Juba; and Sierra Leone: 100 days of President Bio - the pluses and minuses.
Jul 13, 2018
Kenyan Lawmakers' Taxpayer-Funded Visit to Russia
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Kenyans wondering why twenty lawmakers went to Russia during the World Cup on the taxpayers' dime; a new study shows just how long a shadow Ebola cast on those who survived it; the multicultural roots of the ZCC; The Gambia's healthcare crisis.
Jul 12, 2018
EU Leaders Agree Deal on Migration
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After nine hours of talks, European Union leaders agree a deal of sorts on migration; Ghana's electoral commission boss, Charlotte Osei, sacked, the information minister tells us why; Gambia's Adama Barrow's major reshuffle; and the Resident Presidents on the merits or not of a lie detector.
Jun 29, 2018
Ghana Imposes Ban on Tilapia Fish Imports
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Why has Ghana slapped a ban on all imports of tilapia? The Ebola outbreak in the DRC could be over but the WHO remains cautious; families continuing to try and find missing relatives after a deadly fire in Nairobi; and LGBTQ Pride celebrations in Swaziland.
Jun 28, 2018
South Sudan's Leaders Meet
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South Sudan's warring leaders hold talks in Addis Ababa; Eritrea and Ethiopia's peace overtures; law reforms in Tunisia; and the government of The Gambia responds to the killings of demonstrators in Faraba.
Jun 20, 2018
The WHO Lists Snake-bites as a Global Health Priority
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The World Health Organisation says snake-bites are a global health priority; why is a Dutch company claiming ownership of Teff - an Ethiopian staple? Remembering the Malian music maestro, Kassé Mady Diabaté, who died last night.
May 25, 2018
Dam Burst in Kenya Kills Tens
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A burst dam in Kenya kills 47 people; a shortage of HIV medication in Liberia; Ethiopia orders closure of a mine after protests; the prospects for the Gambia's capital as the city votes for a new mayor.
May 10, 2018
Fire Rages in Nairobi Suburb
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Thousands left homeless after fire in Lang'ata suburb in Nairobi. Also in the programme: The UK High Court to sit in Sierra Leone to hear allegations of human rights abuses by a mining company; and antibiotic-resistant germs, could onions be the answer?
Jan 29, 2018
African Migrants Told To Leave Israel
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Israel gives African migrants three months to leave the country voluntarily or face forcible repatriation or indefinite jail terms. The daily life of a female Zambian UN peacekeeper in the Central African Republic. The Grand Mufti of Egypt proscribes the crypto currency, bitcoin. And exciting new music coming out of Africa in 2018 with DJ Rita Ray.
Jan 02, 2018
Kenya Election Watch: Former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga
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In the last of our special podcast series about Kenya's elections this year, Dickens Olewe covers the twists and turns of the process in a rare interview with former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga. He explained his view that a new political party is needed to take the place of the current political elite, and why he would like to chair a commission of inquiry into alleged police brutality.
Dec 26, 2017
Chibok Girls: Three years after
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Britain's top diplomat to Nigeria on the three-year long search for the Chibok girls; More than ninety migrants feared drowned after their boat sank off the coast of Libya; Eighty thousand teenagers in danger of missing out on school in Burundi.
Apr 13, 2017
Wednesday, 17th August 2016
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The new South Sudanese Vice President addresses key issues in the country and what political alliances will emerge in South Africa after recent municipal elections?
Aug 17, 2016
Wednesday, 10th August 2016
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Ahead of tomorrow's elections Zambian civil society groups call for a free and fair vote. Burkina Faso bans donkey meat and skin exports following huge demand from China.
Aug 10, 2016
Wednesday, 3rd August 2016
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Running battles in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, between police and anti-government demonstrators. Local elections in South Africa - a major test for the ruling ANC. Malian music sensation, Modja... plus more.
Aug 03, 2016
Monday, 18th July 2016
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HIV infections are still the leading killer of African children. And old attitudes to the virus still prevail; the AU postpones elections for a new chairman, so what happens next? And Africa's first Spelling Bee competition.
Jul 18, 2016
Tuesday 14th June
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Health experts warn of serious levels of under-nutrition linked to obesity. In South Africa, Reeva Steenkamp's father says her killer, Oscar Pistorius, must pay for his crime
Jun 14, 2016
Wednesday, 25th May 2016
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UN warns billions could starve as extreme weather changes poison food crops. 1000s of Zimbabweans march in support of Robert Mugabe to thwart party infighting.
May 25, 2016