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.


  • Ethiopia prepares to go to the polls

    16/06/2021 Duración: 28min

    Ethiopia is gearing up for a general election on Monday after postponements due to the coronavirus pandemic and logistical challenges. Patience Atuhaire reports on the second wave of Covid-19 being experienced in Uganda, with daily figures the highest since the pandemic began. Plus the Ghanaian student in the United States, Verda Tetteh, who’s been making headlines after she gave away a $40,000 scholarship to other students.

  • Outgoing ICC Prosecutor denies bias against Africa leaders

    15/06/2021 Duración: 30min

    The outgoing ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, has denied allegations that the court was biased against Africans in its pursuit of international justice. She said such allegations are a form of propaganda without any basis or justification At least ten people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the Somalia capital, Mogadishu Plus, the mother and daughter duo giving a traditional South Africa tea leaf a new lease of life on the international market

  • Low turnout as Algerians vote in parliamentary election

    14/06/2021 Duración: 25min

    Algeria voted on Saturday in a parliamentary election, but it seems many heeded boycott calls as turnout is expected to be the lowest in twenty years. Plus South Africa's President Ramaphosa on how the pandemic is devastating his nation and why he and other African leaders can welcome the vaccines pledges by G7 leaders. And we hear from Rawan Dakik, the youngest African and first Tanzanian to successfully reach the summit of Mount Everest.

  • Dengue fever infections cut by two thirds in new scientific trial

    11/06/2021 Duración: 27min

    Dengue fever cases are cut by 77 per cent after scientists experiment with introducing Wolbachia bacteria in the eggs of the mosquitoes that cause the disease; After eight years, France announced its military campaign in the Sahel. We look at its legacy and what's next. Also, what impact has Covid-19 had on maternal health services?. And the wealthiest countries in the world pledge more vaccine giveaways. But are they doing enough to help stop the pandemic? (Photo episode: Getty Images)

  • UN reaffirms support for South Sudan

    09/06/2021 Duración: 24min

    The new head of the UN’s peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, Nicholas Haysom, says they will support the country in its continued transition, but that the political class need to step up. He spoke to us in an exclusive interview. We meet women around the world whose employment prospects have been hampered by the global pandemic. And a debate about the legacy of colonialism across the continent.

  • Zambia opposition leader claims Police shot at his convoy

    08/06/2021 Duración: 22min

    Zambia opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema blames the Police for the weekend shooting on his convoy. Claims the Police denies; The UN calls for urgent action to prevent millions of Tigrayans from dying of hunger. Also, we take a look at the impact of the Twitter ban on Nigerian businesses. And we discuss the economic and social impact that the pandemic has had on African countries with Sudanese champion of good governance Mo Ibrahim.

  • Nigeria's Information Minister on Twitter ban

    07/06/2021 Duración: 25min

    Nigeria’s Information Minister Lai Mohammed discusses his government’s decision to block access to Twitter in the country. We also hear from a critic of the move. Plus, a new scheme in Johannesburg which aims to diagnose tuberculosis earlier in deprived communities. And reaction to the death of influential Nigerian preacher TB Joshua.

  • Kenya's president under fire for rejecting judges

    04/06/2021 Duración: 21min

    President Kenyatta has received criticism for rejecting the appointment of six judges, two of which overturned his attempt to change the constitution last month. Also, Nigeria's executive takes exception with being described as a 'failed state' by a US political and diplomacy magazine. And a look at how technology is helping revitalise African soil and agriculture.

  • UN chief in South Sudan calls for ‘courageous decisions’ for peace

    03/06/2021 Duración: 25min

    The newly-appointed UN Special Representative to South Sudan, Nicholas Haysom, has appealed to political leaders to “breathe new life” into the peace process and says courageous decisions are needed. Plus the world’s leading industrial nations meet to discuss the prevention of future pandemics, but what is being done to ensure developing nations have enough vaccines now to fight Covid-19? And we'll hear from Ugandan athlete Annet Negesa on how drastic surgery to reduce her testosterone levels ended her promising career.

  • The African Union suspends Mali and threatens sanctions

    02/06/2021 Duración: 26min

    The AU has suspended Mali in response to the second military coup in nine months. The move comes as the military junta names a leader of the M5 RFP movement as the new prime minister. Plus, the school ordered by the Ghanaian high court to admit two students with dreadlocks who it had previously refused to enrol, says it will appeal the court decision. And we have a report on the mobile courts in Tanzania going from village to village to provide judicial services and reduce a backlog of cases.

  • Gun attack on Ugandan minister kills daughter and driver

    01/06/2021 Duración: 23min

    Gunmen have attacked and wounded Uganda's Transport Minister and former army commander, Gen Katumba Wamala, killing his daughter and driver. Plus, we hear about the two-year rent deposit requirement that is plunging many young people into serious debt. And the Cameroonian authorities clamp down on unauthorised motor bikes in hotspot regions.

  • Ecowas suspends Mali over coup

    31/05/2021 Duración: 29min

    Leaders of the West African grouping Ecowas have suspended Mali’s membership from the bloc and called on the military rulers to stick to the timetable for a return to democracy. Plus, Somaliland goes to the polls in local and parliamentary elections. And an investigation by BBC Africa Eye has found new evidence that in a government crackdown last November, Ugandan security forces fired indiscriminately at people on the streets of the capital, Kampala.

  • Germany apologises for colonial-era genocide in Namibia

    28/05/2021 Duración: 28min

    Germany officially acknowledged genocide in colonial-era Namibia and offered compensation money for development projects benefiting descendants of the Herero and Nama peoples. Also, has Uganda lost its grip on managing Covid-19 infections? And SADC countries agree to join forces against Islamist insurgents in the north of Mozambique.

  • Macron asks Rwanda to forgive France over genocide

    27/05/2021 Duración: 29min

    France’s President Emmanuel Macron, speaking at the genocide memorial in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, said France had not been complicit in the 1994 genocide but did not listen to those who warned about the situation. Plus some of those forced to flee from their homes after the militant attack on the coastal town of Palma, tell us their stories, in a special report from northern Mozambique. And we hear from the London-based chef celebrating her Ghanaian and Fante heritage by popularising traditional and contemporary Ghanaian dishes.

  • Jacob Zuma pleads 'not guilty' in corruption trial

    26/05/2021 Duración: 18min

    Former South Africa President in court over allegations of corrupted arm deals from the 1990s. He's described the trial as a politically motivated witch hunt. Also, An ECOWAS delegation travels to Mali trying to mediate for the release of the ousted President and PM, and what does the family of the late Robert Mugabe think of the request from a local Zimbabwean ruler to exhume the body of the former president?

  • Mali military removes President and PM

    25/05/2021 Duración: 23min

    Mali faces the spectre of another coup only nine months since the last one. We speak to opposition leader Soya Djigue, who says his party has been tasked with putting forward a candidate for the position of PM; People in the Democratic Republic of Congo affected by the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo fear further aftershocks and eruptions. We hear from the International Federation of the Red Cross coordinating aid on the ground; The western region of Kenya is on high Covid-19 alert following a spike in infections; Ethiopia awards a telecom licence to a consortium led by Safaricom, in a move that will end the state's monopoly over the county's telecommunications sector.

  • DRC residents fear new volcanic eruption

    24/05/2021 Duración: 29min

    People living in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo fear another volcanic eruption from Mount Nyiragongo after aftershocks and an earthquake in the area. Plus, it is 30 years since Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia, but what have the past three decades meant for freedoms and democracy? And South African rock band Black Jacks on their new album Abantu/Before Humans, which is has just been released - ten years after their last one.

  • Severe Covid patients ‘more likely to die in Africa'

    21/05/2021 Duración: 34min

    Patients who are critically ill with Covid-19 are more likely to die in Africa than in any other region in the world, according to a study of ten African states by the medical journal, The Lancet. Plus we hear from the author of a new book celebrating inspirational Muslim women. And we drop in on the Resident Presidents, who this week have ‘pensions’ on their agenda.

  • Mozambique: 350,000 children flee Cabo Delgado violence

    20/05/2021 Duración: 26min

    More than three hundred thousand children have fled their homes in Cabo Delgado in Mozambique to escape attacks from rebel groups. International charity Save the Children reports their accounts; Pollution in South Africa's most polluted areas kills thousands of people every year, but government officials say things can't change overnight; Our journalist in Sierra Leone reports on the opening of the first psychiatric hospital for children and adolescents in the country; We hear the story of twin daughters who have finally been allowed to travel home to Namibia after being born to a surrogate in South Africa.

  • Malawi publicly destroys expired Covid-19 vaccines

    19/05/2021 Duración: 27min

    Malawian health authorities burn 19,000 expired doses to show that only fresh jabs are used. Will the bonfire spark confidence in the vaccination process?; The Demographic and Health Survey has just published its report which included a snapshot of attitudes to sex in The Gambia. We discuss the results with the Gambian Bureau of Statistics; The world's top financiers and African leaders wrap up a day of meetings in France where they tried to pave a new deal for African economies. But did they succeed?; Have you ever thought about what hotels do with the sheets that need to be replaced after being washed thousands of times after their guests have slept on them? We talk about an initiative from Cape Town that turns sheets into shirts for children living in low-income areas of the city.

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