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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.

Episódios

  • Uganda’s Bobi Wine is arrested on campaign trail

    Uganda’s Bobi Wine is arrested on campaign trail

    18/11/2020 Duração: 24min

    Ugandan presidential candidate and musician, Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, was arrested while campaigning in the east of the country. Plus, the DRC declares that the Ebola outbreak is at an end. And we hear from the eighteen-year-old Zimbabwean who's won the hearts and minds of the British public with her angelic singing.

  • Zambia defaults on its debt

    Zambia defaults on its debt

    17/11/2020 Duração: 22min

    Zambia's economy becomes the first casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic following the country defaulting on its sovereign debt. Our financial analyst from Lusaka, Trevor Hambayi, tells us how this economic default will be likely to impact Zambians. We bring you an update on the worsening conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region where a three-day deadline the central government imposed on TPLF fighters has expired. We also hear about the curious case of Shepherd Bushiri, a millionaire Malawian church pastor who skipped bail in South Africa to resurface a few days later in his home country.

  • Zambia defaults on its debt

    Zambia defaults on its debt

    17/11/2020 Duração: 22min

    Zambia's economy becomes the first casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic following the country defaulting on its sovereign debt. Our financial analyst from Lusaka, Trevor Hambayi, tells us how this economic default will be likely to impact Zambians. We bring you an update on the worsening conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region where a three-day deadline the central government imposed on TPLF fighters has expired. We also hear about the curious case of Shepherd Bushiri, a millionaire Malawian church pastor who skipped bail in South Africa to resurface a few days later in his home country.

  • Ethiopia: Fears Tigray fighting could spread

    Ethiopia: Fears Tigray fighting could spread

    16/11/2020 Duração: 25min

    We get the latest on fighting in Tigray, with Ethiopian federal troops fighting TPLF forces. The conflict there is already causing concern beyond Ethiopia’s borders, with thousands of people fleeing into neighboring Sudan, and the TPLF saying it was behind a rocket attack on Eritrea’s capital. Plus, the results of a year-long investigation in Kenya, lifting the lid on the sinister trade in stolen children. And we hear from our health correspondent Rhoda Odiambo in Nairobi, who has news on yet another new COVID-19 vaccine

  • Ethiopia issues arrest warrants for Tigray leaders

    Ethiopia issues arrest warrants for Tigray leaders

    13/11/2020 Duração: 32min

    The Ethiopian government has issued arrest warrants for the top Tigray officials who run the state and other prominent members of the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). Plus we hear from the Kenyan senator challenging colonial-era norms by wearing traditional Maasai dress to the National Assembly. And the Resident Presidents weigh up the benefits of starting a civil war.

  • Ghana ex-President JJ Rawlings dies aged 73

    Ghana ex-President JJ Rawlings dies aged 73

    12/11/2020 Duração: 27min

    Ghana is observing seven days of mourning following the death of former president and military ruler, Jerry John Rawlings. An investigation in Tanzania uncovers allegations of human rights abuses at a diamond mine. And an art exhibition, that is not so much about the quality but rather its feel good spirit, opens in Cape Town.

  • Ethiopian refugees stream into Sudan

    Ethiopian refugees stream into Sudan

    11/11/2020 Duração: 31min

    As the Tigray crisis in Ethiopia escalates, aid agencies warn that up to 200,000 people could flee the conflict into Sudan. Plus Tanzania’s opposition leader, Tundu Lissu on why he had to leave the country. And Togo rapper Elom Vince, on music, his new album and why he is not afraid to speak out.

  • Ground breaking results for HIV prevention

    Ground breaking results for HIV prevention

    10/11/2020 Duração: 23min

    The Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute in South Africa has revealed the results of clinical trials showing a better efficacy at preventing HIV infections of a new drug injected every eight weeks over a pill currently taken once a day. We speak with the Director of Research, Professor Sinead Delany Moretlwe We ask the ruling Prosperity Party of Ethiopia why military operations in the Tigray region are still ongoing. After a week of fighting and reassurance from PM Abyi Ahmed that operations would "wrap up" quickly, there still doesn't seem to be an end in sight to the conflict. And we take a preview of campaigning in Uganda, where elections are due in two months. Will Ugandans keep the incumbent President or choose to dance to the tune of the main opposition leader Bobi Wine?

  • When will a COVID-19 vaccine be available for Africa?

    When will a COVID-19 vaccine be available for Africa?

    09/11/2020 Duração: 21min

    Pharmaceutical company Pzifer says advanced trials for one of its vaccines shows over 90% efficacy in preventing COVID-19 infections Ethiopia's federal government says the violent dispute in the Tigray region will end soon - but are both sides ready to agree on a way out of the conflict? And Libya's warring factions have begun a series of face-to-face meetings in Tunis to find a common path out of a nearly decade of strife. (Photo Credit: Reuters)

  • Tigray crisis: Tensions escalate in northern Ethiopia

    Tigray crisis: Tensions escalate in northern Ethiopia

    06/11/2020 Duração: 27min

    Ethiopia’s prime minister sends more troops to the Tigray region but insists the military operation has clear and limited objectives. A Kenyan lawyer has appeared at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, five years after it issued a warrant for his arrest. And a team of South African women in Cape Town are on a mission to protect the city’s water levels.

  • Is Ethiopia on the brink of civil war?

    Is Ethiopia on the brink of civil war?

    05/11/2020 Duração: 18min

    Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's launched a military operation in the Tigray region on Wednesday night, after accusing the Tigrayan forces of attacking a federal army base. How a Kenyan school has become a quarantine centre following a cluster of covid infections. In Tanzania, President Magufuli is sworn in for a second term in power. We speak to our correspondent in the capital Dodoma (Photo: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed addressed the nation on Wednesday evening. Credit: Reuters)

  • Ethiopia’s prime minister declares emergency in Tigray region

    Ethiopia’s prime minister declares emergency in Tigray region

    04/11/2020 Duração: 20min

    Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has declared a state of emergency in the Tigray region for six months, following an alleged attack on an army base there. We have a report from Kenya as the country battles against a second wave of coronavirus infections. And Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan on his move to local club, Legon Cities.

  • Ivory Coast: President Ouattara wins third term amid boycott

    Ivory Coast: President Ouattara wins third term amid boycott

    03/11/2020 Duração: 17min

    Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara took 94% of the vote, even winning 99% in some of his strongholds. Meanwhile the Ivorian opposition said it was creating a transitional government which would organise a new election. More on the ethnic unrest in Ethiopia as the official number of people killed last Sunday in a village in the west of the country rises to 34. We ask who is behind the attacks? And we take a look at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on jobs in Uganda.

  • Ivory Coast and Tanzania: Two contested elections

    Ivory Coast and Tanzania: Two contested elections

    02/11/2020 Duração: 27min

    A number of opposition leaders in Tanzania are arrested including Freeman Mbowe of CHADEMA.. the authorities accuse them of planning a violent protest Results of Presidential elections in Ivory Coast at the weekend are coming in.. the incumbent Alassane Ouattara so far is in the lead, but the opposition cites irregularities and demands a transitional government be formed And we hear about how one of Ghana's most gifted dancers ended up in Beyonce's video despite the reluctance from his parents (Photo:President Alassane Ouattara urged people to join him in voting. Credit: EPA)

  • Two jailed over Kenyan shopping mall attack

    Two jailed over Kenyan shopping mall attack

    30/10/2020 Duração: 27min

    A Kenyan judge has sentenced two men to 33 and 18 years in jail after they were convicted of helping Islamist militants in the 2013 Westgate shopping centre attack in Nairobi. Plus Tunisia introduces tighter controls to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. And we have a report on how the racial justice movement could affect the US presidential election.

  • Somalians call for a boycott of French goods

    Somalians call for a boycott of French goods

    29/10/2020 Duração: 27min

    Somalia and Mali are among countries angered by French President Emmanuel Macron’s defence of religious cartoons, including depictions of the Prophet Mohammad. Plus Tanzania's main opposition presidential candidate has said he “will not accept the result of Wednesday's election”. And a new film raises the curtain on the little talked-about issue of new mums and depression.

  • Tanzanians go to the polls

    Tanzanians go to the polls

    28/10/2020 Duração: 28min

    Tanzanians have been voting in the country’s sixth general election to choose their president, members of parliament and local councillors for the next five years. We hear from a Kenyan doctor working on the frontline in the fight against Covid-19. And the Buganda royal family get their Rolls Royce back, some fifty years after it was taken.

  • Ivory Coast presidential election: will the economic boom influence votes?

    Ivory Coast presidential election: will the economic boom influence votes?

    27/10/2020 Duração: 24min

    With so many challengers either disqualified or having stood down in the upcoming presidential election, will the incumbent Alhassane Ouattara get an easy victory in his controversial third term bid? And have the years of economic growth made a difference in the pockets of Ivorians? In Nigeria, a judicial panel of inquiry is to hear evidence related to last week's incidents in Lagos in which Nigerian armed forces are alleged to have shot dead demonstrators protesting against police brutality. International pressure has been mounting on Saudi Arabia to improve the treatment of migrants. It follows reports last month describing how Ethiopian workers were kept in detention camps and subjected to horrific conditions. (Photo: Young Ivorians look at posters of candidates in the upcoming presidential election in Ivory Coast. Credit: Getty Images)

  • Fact-checking the #EndSARS protests

    Fact-checking the #EndSARS protests

    26/10/2020 Duração: 24min

    As awareness around alleged police brutality in Nigeria spreads globally, we take a look at the role of misinformation in the EndSARS movement. As Tanzania prepares to go to the polls, what do young voters make of the long-time ruling incumbent party? Seychelles elect an Anglican priest as their new president. The first time that voters choose an opposition candidate (Photo: People gather to march to Parliament Square in London to stage a protest against the attacks towards demonstrators during the ongoing protests in Nigeria. Credit: Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

  • Libya rivals sign ceasefire deal

    Libya rivals sign ceasefire deal

    23/10/2020 Duração: 23min

    Libya's warring factions have signed an agreement on a permanent ceasefire, after five days of talks in Geneva. Plus we hear from Ugandan schoolchildren about the challenges of learning during the coronavirus pandemic. And Resident Presidents Olushambles and Kibarkingmad discuss women leaders.

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