On Thursday, a draft law was tabled in the Ugandan parliament which would criminalise anyone identifying as LGBTQ+. If passed the law could mean ten years in jail for people who say they are gay. The bill also threatens landlords who rent premises to gay people with a prison sentence. It is the latest sign of rising homophobia in a country where homosexual acts are already illegal. So, what would life look like for LGBTQ+ people in Uganda? And why are some politicians so keen to pass the new law? #Africa Daily
On the 5th of February this year, the who’s who of the global music industry gathered at a venue in Los Angeles, for the 65th Grammy Awards ceremony. Among those in attendance were three South African musicians, Wouter Kellerman, Nomcebo Zikode and Zakes Banwtini. They were nominated in the Best Global Music Performance category, along with several other artists. Surprise! Surprise! Their song, Bayethe, bagged the award. As they touched down at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, they were received by hundreds of jubilant music lovers who waved their South African flags. That’s the power of music. It unites, lifts spirits and evokes feelings of patriotism especially when a nation is going through economic challenges. Presenter: @mpholakaje Guests: @nomcebozikode, @wouterkellerman and @zakesbanwinisa
The internet is becoming a more important part of life. Not only are people using it to communicate and search for information, but also to earn money. But not everyone is online. More than 2.7 billion people around the world are without regular internet access. In most countries – and here on the continent – women are making less use of the internet than men. There are many reasons behind this, from internet access and affordability, to a lack of privacy and safety online. So, what can be done to help level the playing field? And how can we get more women into the digital economy? #AfricaDaily
Countless reports by the United Nations, Amnesty International and human rights groups have detailed allegations of inhumane conditions inside Egypt’s prison cells. The government refutes the claims, saying they’re politically motivated and based on fake accounts. But it’s also refused to give numbers for the amount of people locked up. It’s now opened some new ‘correctional and rehabilitation complexes’ to house political prisoners amongst others. It says they have state of the art technology, including high tech cameras. Mpho Lakaje hears about life in prison from a young man who was imprisoned as a teenager after he was arrested during the 2013 anti-government protests, and from a human rights lawyer who says the new prisons won’t improve the situation.
Think of the Seychelles and what springs to mind? White sandy beaches, coral reefs, 5 star resorts, nature reserves? What you probably don’t think of is heroin ghettos; shattered lives; mothers burying their sons. 10% of the Seychellois population uses heroin - the highest per capita usage in the world. So what’s being done – and will the government’s ‘War on Drugs’ help or harm? Akwasi Sarpong speaks to a former heroin user, Joseph Fady Banane – known as Fady – who’s put together a documentary for BBC Africa Eye investigating the issue called 'Seychelles, Heroin and me'. Find it on the BBC News Africa YouTube page.
The head of Nigeria’s electoral commission, Mahmood Yakubu, declared Bola Tinubu the winner of the presidential election this week. It’s been an election fraught with problems. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said technical glitches meant the electronic voting system, used for the first time at national level, delivered results slower than expected. And now the losing candidates Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi have called for the election to be rerun, saying early results show there was fraud. Africa Daily’s Mpho Lakaje has been looking at what this disputed presidential election means for Nigeria.
In early February this year Tunisia’s president, Kais Saied, gave a speech against illegal immigration, in which he said black Africans were threatening the social balance and culture of Tunisia. Whatever the intent, it resulted in a surge in racist attacks and abuse, with dark skinned Africans no longer feeling safe in the north African country. Mpho Lakaje hears from one of those now living in fear – a student who describes threats of violence. He also speaks to a social researcher about how history and national identity are playing into this controversy.
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All over the world, as life expectancy increases and people grow older, more people will have to deal with cancer. The good news is that treatment has improved and over the last 40 years global survival rates have improved dramatically. But what about when people don’t have access to medical care or preventative screening because of shortages of experts or facilities? Last year Kenya’s National Cancer Taskforce compiled a report which called for the training of more oncologists and other experts, free screening programmes and a reduction in the cost of medicine and treatment. But how have those challenges been felt by those most affected? For Africa Daily, @mpholakaje speaks to Lilian, who’s recovered from breast cancer, and Dr James Mbogo – who trained to become an oncologist after the death of his father from cancer.
In January prominent human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko was shot dead in front of his family at their home in Eswatini. He was a fierce critic of King Mswati III and had travelled worldwide to advocate for democracy in his country. Shortly after his brutal killing, rumours began spreading that he was murdered allegedly by King Mswati’s regime. But Eswatini’s authorities have told Africa Daily, they had no reason to harm him or any other activist. They say they have now launched an investigation. Some fear his killing might spark fresh violence. In 2021, the country descended into chaos when anti-monarchy protesters took to the streets. At least 37 people died in the mayhem. Africa Daily's Mpho Lakaje has been looking at what the death Thulani Maseko could mean for Eswatini.