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Africa news and analysis from the BBC's Focus on Africa. The Africa Today podcast contains the day's top stories from African news - available to download Monday to Friday from 1630 GMT.
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20 Episodes

How can building collapses in Nigeria be prevented?

Early findings into why a school building in Nigeria's Plateau state collapsed killing more than 20 children, have revealed many shortcomings. But the tragedy was one of more than 20 reported cases in the past few months. How can rules and regulations be tightened to prevent building collapses?Sierra Leone is…
19 Jul 10AM 32 min

Can South Africa's government of national unity really work?

South Africa’s parliament reopens after landmark elections that lead to the formation of a government of national unity after the governing ANC lost its majority. We talk to international co-operation minister, Ronald Lamola. Is the ANC buying time or wasting time? Somalia imposes a 5 percent tax on digital transactions…
18 Jul 9AM 28 min

Could new EU environmental rules shut African crops out of European markets?

The manager of a coffee farmers's co-operative says small scale farmers in Africa are concerned that they may soon be unable to sell their produce to Europe because of the impact of the European Union's deforestation regulations.New information about the largest rainforest in Southern Africa raises questions about discovery -…
17 Jul 10AM 27 min

Is the church in Kenya too close to the government?

Is the role of the church in Kenyan politics changing? We hear the perspective of a senior member of the umbrella group- the National Council of Churches of Kenya Why has Chadian President Mahamat Deby cancelled an official visit to Paris scheduled for this week?We talk to the founder of…
16 Jul 10AM 31 min

Does an Ecowas court ruling on police brutality on protestors in Nigeria go far enough?

Nigerian authorities guilty of violating protesters rights during mass demonstrations against police brutality, known as #EndSars, in 2020. Why hasn't police behaviour changed?Can Africa's booming population be harnessed?And can anyone stand in the way of another presidential term for Rwanda's  Paul Kagame?Presenter: Audrey Brown Producers: Charles Gitonga and Frenny Jowi…
12 Jul 10AM 32 min

Unfarmed land leaves millions staring at hunger in Sudan

More than half the population in Sudan - nearly 26 million people - face acute hunger as the ongoing war hinders agricultural production. The UN agency for Food and Agriculture (FAO) says it is trying to provide seed to farmers to help grow food.Who are Nigeria's ghost workers who are…
11 Jul 10AM 27 min

Can Ghana afford to pay striking civil servants?

All through Ghana civil servants have been on strike following the government's failure to honour a pledge to raise their pay. Can their grievances be addressed?We meet a doctor who carries out operations to reverse female genital mutilation.And why are Somalis being forced to remove bodies from a graveyard in…
10 Jul 10AM 36 min

What can the breakaway confederation do without Ecowas?

The West African regional grouping Ecowas has warned that it risks disintegration and worsened insecurity after Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger formed a breakaway confederation. Can the three landlocked countries go it alone?Can your social media presence be inherited after you die?And a new look at how electronic waste can…
8 Jul 10AM 37 min

Can Burkina Faso's military government counter deadly jihadist attacks?

Burkina Faso's military is facing increased pressure after reports of a recent spate of  the deadly attacks of soldiers by jihadist fighters.  The Junta government lead by Ibrahim Traore ,has kept mum about this incidents.Why are soldiers deserting the army in the Democratic Republic of Congo? 25 soldiers have been…
5 Jul 9AM 31 min

Can South Sudan hold its first post-independence elections this year?

Africa's youngest nation, South Sudan will head to the polls this December, but critics say they are disappointed with the government’s lack of preparedness.  These elections will be the first ever conducted in the country since it gained independence from Sudan in 2011.  However, several conditions listed in a peace…
4 Jul 9AM 33 min

Why do the British and French elections matter to Africa?

Two countries with major links to Africa are holding make or break elections this week. Britain and France. These elections will usher in new governments which may have completely new approaches to the continent. How will the outcome of the British and French elections impact Africa? And should Africans care?…
3 Jul 9AM 37 min

Why jihadist groups use female suicide bombers?

Nigerian authorities say that suspected female suicide bombers participated in coordinated attacks in Nigeria that killed dozens of people. Why do young girls and women become suicide bombers?How the lives of displaced people in Mozambique's troubled Cabo Delgado Province are being rebuilt.And can local communities in Africa can be involved…
2 Jul 10AM 37 min

South Africa has a new coalition government

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has unveiled a new coalition government, after his party, the African National Congress lost its parliamentary majority in May's elections. Mr Ramaphosa said "the government of national unity is unprecedented in the history of our democracy". What do South Africans think of the new cabinet?Also…
1 Jul 9AM 33 min

Sierra Leone has banned child marriage

Sierra Leone recently passed a landmark bill to ban child marriage. The country has one of the highest child marriage rates in the world. How easy will it be to eliminate the practice?Also we hear from the new chancellor for the University of Nairobi Professor Patrick Verkooijen. What's his view…
28 Jun 10AM 36 min

Why is a new regional force for West Africa necessary?

Ministers of Ecowas, the regional and political organisation for fifteen west African countries, are meeting in Abuja to discuss the formation of a new regional force against terrorism and unconstitutional government changes. The talks come amidst a rise in jihadist activity across the Sahel and after recent coups.  Is a…
27 Jun 10AM 28 min

Why tensions between Somalia and Ethiopia are showing no signs of easing

Somalia's ambassador to the United Nations recently accused Ethiopian troops of making illegal incursions across their shared border. Relations between the two countries have continued to decline ever since Ethiopia signed a non-binding agreement with the breakaway Republic of Somaliland earlier this year. Why Africans continue to pay a high…
26 Jun 10AM 35 min

Kenya: Why have police stepped up action against young protestors?

Protesters in Kenya embarked on yet another round of demonstrations against a new finance bill that seeks to introduce new taxes. Police appeared overwhelmed in some parts of the capital, Nairobi. Demonstrators were seen approaching the parliament complex, where fire could be seen. Why have demonstrations darkened? Also Nigeria's Centre…
25 Jun 10AM 35 min

A victory for the Christian LGBTQ activist in Namibia

Namibian activist Friedel Dausab, who won a landmark case when judges ruled that laws banning same-sex acts between men are unconstitutional, says he drew strength from his Christian faith and from his mum.Over a billion dollars has been pledged to develop vaccines in Africa. How will it work and will…
24 Jun 10AM 30 min