About Africa Today
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.
Uganda has passed one of the toughest pieces of anti-gay legislation in Africa. A rights activist tell us the bill has increased the fear of more attacks on gay people. Five people have died from an outbreak of Marburg virus in Tanzania. It has been three years since Malawi legalised cannabis, but the promise of an economic boom for farmers is yet to materialise. And we look at the fluctuations in the market for the Benin Bronzes.
Parliament in Uganda has passed a bill that may see people who identify as gay, lesbian or queer be imprisoned for life, if it is signed into law. Kenya has received its first shipment from the ‘Grain from Ukraine’ programme. Senegalese president, Macky Sall, has rejected claims it would unconstitutional for him to seek a third term in office. And we hear from pioneering Malawian singer-songwriter, Ritaa, who is working on her debut album.
South Africa's opposition Economic Freedom Fighters call for a shutdown of the economy... we'll hear how it went. Also, as Ramadan approaches, Egyptians despair over the rising cost of food. Plus, music and money from Malawi's artists to help victims of Cyclone Freddy. And how clever is Artificial Intelligence when it comes to knowledge about Africa? Those stories and more in this podcast presented by Audrey Brown.
More bodies recovered in the wost-hit areas of Malawi, following the devastation caused by Storm Freddy. Also, why are religious communities in the Kenyan coastal town of Mombasa staging anti-LGBTQI protests? Plus our resident presidents are tackling a major issue... stay tuned... Those stories and more in this podcast presented by Victoria Uwonkunda.
We'll be in Malawi for the latest on efforts to help people caught in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Freddy. Also, Anthony Blinken is the first US Secretary of State to visit Niger, but why now? And what needs to be done to help children recover from the psychological effects of the war in Tigray? Those stories and more in this podcast presented by Audrey Brown.
Up to five million people are affected by floods in Malawi. Things are so bad that even the helpers need help. Also, the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, is in Ethiopia. What's on the agenda? And Professor Daniele Darlan - who risked her own safety to defend judicial independence in the Central African Republic. Those stories and more in this podcast with Audrey Brown.
Malawi is reeling from the aftermath of Storm Freddy. Authorities say the death toll has risen to more than 190 people. We hear from those affected. Nigeria’s Central Bank has said 200, 500 and 1000 old banknotes will remain legal tender until the end of the year after months of chaos. We hear from Goma Volcano Observatory about a glow observed at the top of Nyamulagira volcano. And despite three decades since the end of apartheid in South Africa, many alleged human rights violations remain unsolved.
Malawi’s government has declared a state of emergency after Cyclone Freddy killed dozens of people and caused huge damage, with rescue efforts hampered by continuing poor weather. Plus, we look at what Angola’s decision to send troops into eastern Congo means for the dynamics of the ongoing conflict in North Kivu province. And we have a special report from Tanzania’s first commercial aquaculture farm, which it’s hoped will enable more people to eat fish.
Several African nations unite in Malawi in a bid to create a taskforce to curb the spread of deadly Cholera. Also, Mozambique braces itself for a second battering by Cyclone Freddy. And our very own satirical resident presidents have their take on the recent elections in Nigeria. Those stories and more in this podcast with Paul Bakibinga.
A bill has been tabled in the Ugandan parliament which could see anyone engaging in same-sex relations go to jail for up to ten years. Nigeria has postponed governorship and state assembly elections due to the ongoing dispute over the presidential vote. A solar plant in Kigoma, Tanzania, is providing over 60,000 people with clean electricity. And we find out how camels in Mauritania are helping the country fight jihadism.
Congolese M23 rebels continue to seize swathes of territory even though there's supposed to be a ceasefire. And today - International Women's day - we hear about Kenya's first girls only running camp. Plus - three brave female photographers - who are working in conflict zones. Those stories and more in this podcast with Hassan Arouni. Disclaimer: Due to a production error, Wednesday's edition of the Africa Today podcast was posted on Thursday, March 09, 2023.
A ceasefire has come into force in the Democratic Republic of Congo to put an end to fighting between the army and M23 rebels. Aid workers in eastern DRC say that clashes are continuing. South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the appointment the country's first-ever minister of electricity. We meet the creators of a new animation series which tells the story of Ghana's independence movement. And musician, Sodi Cookey, tell us about his new album, 'Love, Live and Protest'.
Former Nigerian vice President, Atiku Abubakar leads a 'black uniform' march by his party, PDP, to the headquarters of the electoral commission INEC. The Presidential candidate said the February 25th poll was compromised and his party demands a re-run after saying they'll challenge it in courts. Also, a BBC investigation exposes a major trade in heroin on the Seychelles Islands, but also what could be the biggest heroin epidemic for a nation globally. Plus, FESPACO ends in Burkina Faso with Tunisia winning the grand prize and a film by a Burkinabe director on the scourge of jihadism in the country coming second. Those stories and more in this podcast with Bola Mosuro.
Nigeria's Supreme Court has overturned a ban on old naira banknotes and ruled that the redesign was invalid. The justices said that not enough notice was given to the public before the old notes were withdrawn. Several anti-France activists stage protests in parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo, to show their opposition to a planned visit by French President Emmanuel Macron. And Nigerian filmmaker C J Obasi, talks to us about his film Mami Wata, and making it to Africa's biggest film and television festival, FESPACO.
Labour Party's Peter Obi, who came third in Nigeria’s presidential election, has vowed to prove in court that his supporters were "robbed" of victory. Madagascans start the process of rebuilding their lives, and homes after bearing the brunt of Cyclone Freddy as it tore through southern African. And two West African states, Ivory Coast and Guinea, are repatriating their citizens from Tunisia following inflammatory remarks by President Kais Saied last week. Dark skinned Africans say they no longer feel safe in the north African country.
Nigeria's ruling party candidate, Bola Tinubu, has been declared president-elect of Africa's most populous nation after a weekend election that saw one of the lowest voter turn outs. The main opposition parties have disputed the result, describing the election as a sham and are planning to mount a legal challenge. French President Emmanuel Macron has begun a four-nation tour of Central Africa, starting with a visit to Gabon. The trip comes after a speech he gave, announcing that France is reshaping its strategy on the continent. And we hear about a play in Cameroon that is a mix of drama, poetry and music, wrapped in humour but it tackles the very serious and sensitive subject of the Anglophone crisis.
Three opposition parties in Nigeria, The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Labour Party and the African Democratic Congress (ADC), have called for Saturday’s presidential election to be cancelled and rerun, over alleged widespread irregularities. But the Independent National Electoral Commission remains steadfast in declaring state results. More fathers are being given time off to spend with their new-born child according to a report, which shows paternity leave has quadrupled in Africa. And in Uganda, we drop in on a 'silent café' in Kampala, where customers are encouraged to place their orders in sign language.
Nigerians wait with baited breath following Saturday's general election, but some in Rivers state protest over inability to cast their ballots. There were technical hitches during the voting, and today, some parties object to INEC, the electoral commission not uploading results online. Meanwhile, in Lagos, a major upset in the making as provisional results have Bola Ahmed Tinubu beaten in the state by outsider, Peter Obi. Those stories and others in this podcast with Bola Mosuro.
A day before Nigeria's general election, the electoral commission says 87 million people are eligible to vote, but is everything ready? Also, one year on from Russia's invasion of Ukraine: Is it all doom and gloom for Africa? Plus our Resident Presidents. More on those stories in this podcast with Paul Bakibinga.
Voters in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, head to the polls this Saturday, 25 February, to elect a new president and parliamentary representatives. In this special edition we hear why the 2023 general election is so important and what issues have been dominating the political campaigns. We also hear from young people who tell us how they hope the next president, Muhammadu Buhari's successor, will make a difference.
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