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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.

Episodios

  • Zimbabwe anti-government protests put down

    Zimbabwe anti-government protests put down

    31/07/2020 Duración: 25min

    Security forces have been patrolling the streets to prevent anti-government demonstrations in Zimbabwe. Harare and other major cities have been largely deserted. South Africa's Police Service has published its annual crime statistics. They show that while crime has fallen slightly in the 12 months up to the end of March this year, violent crime, including murder, has increased. As part of our series on Africa's greatest Olympians, we hear from Kenyan athlete David Rudisha who broke the 800 metres world record.

  • African children among worst-hit by lead poisoning

    African children among worst-hit by lead poisoning

    30/07/2020 Duración: 29min

    New research indicates a third of all children have high levels of lead in their blood, putting their mental and physical health at risk. Zimbabwe has agreed to pay $3.5bn in compensation to white farmers whose land was expropriated by the government. As part of our series on Africa’s greatest Olympians we speak to Nigerian table tennis player Quadri Aruna.

  • Mali prime minister visits popular opposition imam

    Mali prime minister visits popular opposition imam

    29/07/2020 Duración: 29min

    Mali’s Prime Minister Boubou Cissé has invited influential imam Mahmoud Dicko to bring his movement into a unity government, in an effort to resolve the ongoing political crisis. Zimbabwe’s agriculture minister and retired military general Perrance Shiri has died at the age of 65. Plus, why Tunisian woman are learning to cycle.

  • Tanzanias Tundu Lissu: ‘Back where I belong’

    Tanzania's Tundu Lissu: ‘Back where I belong’

    28/07/2020 Duración: 27min

    On his first day back in the country in three years, Tanzanian opposition figure Tundu Lissu called on his supporters to escort him as he tried to attend the requiem mass for late President Benjamin Mkapa. who died last week. 200,000 people in Sub-Saharan Africa die of hepatitis every year. How can transmission be reduced for mothers and children around the continent? How a South African cookie company was forced to change its business model when the Covid-19 pandemic hit.

  • Assassination attempt survivor Tundu Lissu returns to Tanzania

    Assassination attempt survivor Tundu Lissu returns to Tanzania

    27/07/2020 Duración: 24min

    Prominent Tanzanian opposition figure Tundu Lissu has returned home, three years after surviving an assassination in the capital, Dodoma. In Malawi, several high-profile individuals connected to the government of former president Peter Mutharika are being interrogated in relation to alleged corruption. Nigerian-British author Irenosen Okojie has been announced as the winner of the 2020 AKO Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story about a Grace Jones impersonator with a dark secret.

  • Former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa dies at 81

    Former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa dies at 81

    24/07/2020 Duración: 28min

    Former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa has died aged 81 at a hospital in the main city of Dar es Salaam where he had been receiving treatment, the government confirmed on Friday. During the next two weeks, we're marking what would have been the Tokyo 2020 Olympics by hearing from some of the continent's greatest Olympians. Ahead of this year’s Caine Prize for African Writing, we’re giving you the opportunity to listen to extracts of the five stories shortlisted. Today’s reading is from "Grace Jones" by British-Nigerian writer Irenosen Okojie.

  • South Sudan: soldiers on trial for rape and human rights violations

    South Sudan: soldiers on trial for rape and human rights violations

    23/07/2020 Duración: 25min

    Landmark trials against impunity are underway in South Sudan as soldiers face the law for rape and other human rights violations. Five West African presidents under the regional group Ecowas arrived in Mali today for more talks aimed at resolving the country’s political crisis. We hear from Libyan artist Bahjat, who had to flee his country because of the civil war and moved with his family to Malta.

  • Madagascar: tensions over Covid-19 crisis management

    Madagascar: tensions over Covid-19 crisis management

    22/07/2020 Duración: 21min

    Officials at some hospitals in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, are warning that their facilities are overwhelmed following a recent spike in Covid-19 cases. With the recent easing of strict coronavirus measures in some of the countries where Kenya exports to, the flower industry has been blossoming with a rebound of over 80% in sales. Plus a reading of "What to do when your child brings home a Mami Wata" by Nigerian writer Chikodili Emelumadu who was shortlisted for this year's Caine prize for African Writing.

  • Sudan: Bashirs trial over 1989 coup begins

    Sudan: Bashir's trial over 1989 coup begins

    21/07/2020 Duración: 27min

    A trial of the former president of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, has started in the capital Khartoum. He is facing charges over the military coup that brought him to power in 1989. LGBTQI+ refugees at one of the world’s largest refugee camps, Kakuma in North West Kenya, say they live under constant harassment and vicious attacks from other refugees, local security, police and the local community. Ahead of the announcement of the 2020 Caine Prize for African Writing winner, we've been hearing excerpts from the five nominated stories.

  • The campaign for free medical examinations for rape survivors

    The campaign for free medical examinations for rape survivors

    20/07/2020 Duración: 21min

    We speak to Ghanaian actress Ama K.Abebrese who has been lobbying the government to abolish medical examination fees for victims of rape and sexual assault in Ghana. Sierra Leoneans are asking how a dispute over the relocation of a temporary generator could have led to deaths in Makeni. And we hear the first of five readings from the stories shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing.

  • Kenya court orders $12m payout for lead poisoning

    Kenya court orders $12m payout for lead poisoning

    17/07/2020 Duración: 25min

    A Kenyan judge has awarded $12m ($9.6m) to a community that suffered from lead poisoning from a battery smelting plant. As Nelson Mandela's youngest daughter Zindzi is laid to rest, his eldest grand-daughter Ndileka reflects on the difficulty of mourning under COVID restrictions. This week, boredom gets to our Resident Presidents, what will they get up to?

  • Mediators meet Mali rivals to resolve crisis

    Mediators meet Mali rivals to resolve crisis

    16/07/2020 Duración: 27min

    Representatives of the West African regional grouping, Ecowas, led by former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, are in Mali and have met President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, Prime Minister Boubou Cissé and an influential Imam in the country. A university in Kenya has begun the mass production of ventilators and nasal swabs to help meet the shortage in the country's health sector. And a Covid19 lockdown has unlocked the creative powers of Angolan Kizomba star C4 Pedro.

  • Cameroon army launches operation after 60 children abducted

    Cameroon army launches operation after 60 children abducted

    15/07/2020 Duración: 27min

    The Cameroonian army has launched a major operation against Anglophone separatists in the South-West region following the abduction of more than 60 children. A BBC investigation has revealed chronic failures in the health system of South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, where key staff are on strike or sick with Covid-19, nurses forced to act as cleaners, and there are reports of unborn babies dying in overcrowded, understaffed wards. Plus, the digital boom in Tunisia and how businesses have taken advantage of lockdowns to increase their online presence.

  • Places of worship reopen in Kenya

    Places of worship reopen in Kenya

    14/07/2020 Duración: 20min

    Kenya’s government gives the green light for congregations to attend houses of worship so long as the faithful are no more than 100. Should students in South Africa still continue to attend classes at school, given that coronavirus cases are rising? Coffee is one of the continent’s most precious natural commodities. We'll hear how the younger generation is being encouraged to cultivate the crop.

  • Nelson and Winnie Mandelas daughter Zindzi dies at 59

    Nelson and Winnie Mandela's daughter Zindzi dies at 59

    13/07/2020 Duración: 17min

    Zindzi Mandela, the youngest daughter of South Africa's first democratically-elected president Nelson Mandela and anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, has died at the age of 59. The UN and the African Union have condemned the government of Mali for what they called its use of lethal force on protesters who are calling for the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta. Plus concern over the whereabouts of Kenyan journalist Yassin Juma who was detained in Ethiopia on 2 July.

  • South Africa records highest rise in Covid-19 cases

    South Africa records highest rise in Covid-19 cases

    10/07/2020 Duración: 25min

    South Africa has recorded its highest-ever single-day increase in Covid-19 cases. The health ministry said there were 13,674 infections in the past 24 hours from the highest number of tests done in a single day in the country. Nigeria's president, Muhammadu Buhari, has suspended the head of the country’s anti-corruption body, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. This week our Resident Presidents are pondering what one should do with lost property.

  • Ethiopia: TPLF responds to unrest allegations

    Ethiopia: TPLF responds to unrest allegations

    09/07/2020 Duración: 30min

    Yesterday, Ethiopia's minister for democratisation accused the Tigray People's Liberation Front of being behind the killing of Hachalu Hundessa. Today we hear from Getachew Reda, a spokesman for the TPLF. What has been the reaction in Ivory Coast after the sudden death of prime minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly? We speak to a young Ivorian citizen in Abidjan. Plus South African singer Sho Madjozi, one of the most exuberant stars in African music right now.

  • Ethiopia: Who was behind the killing of Hachalu Hundessa?

    Ethiopia: Who was behind the killing of Hachalu Hundessa?

    08/07/2020 Duración: 28min

    Ethiopia's minister for democratisation claims that the TPLF could have had a hand in the killing of the Oromo singer and activist, but everything is under control. We hear from sesame seed farmers in southern Tanzania and how they have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. A network of giant internet-enabled balloons from Google's sister firm Loon is to provide internet access to remote areas of Kenya.

  • Ethiopia: PM Abiy Ahmed addresses parliament

    Ethiopia: PM Abiy Ahmed addresses parliament

    07/07/2020 Duración: 25min

    In Ethiopia, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been addressing Parliament after a week of protest and tension following the killing of the Oromo singer and activist Hachalu Hundessa. The Trump Administration has announced that foreign students who are now taught online only may have to leave their courses and return home from the United States. A Nigerian student tells how he might be impacted. Today we say goodbye to Jenny Horrocks, queen of Fast track and a dear colleague known to BBC Africa listeners for many years.

  • Government and separatists talk in Cameroon for the first time

    Government and separatists talk in Cameroon for the first time

    06/07/2020 Duración: 26min

    A government representative in Cameroon has met several anglophone separatist leaders, a tentative first step in trying to find a peaceful resolution to a conflict that has devastated the country's English-speaking regions over the last four years. Malawi's newly-elected President Lazarus Chakwera has been inaugurated as the country's sixth leader at a ceremony attended by only 100 guests in the capital, Lilongwe, due to the coronavirus. We speak to two friends who have launched a money transfer start-up and managed to raise over $22 million.

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