Africa Daily
Africa Daily
BBC World Service
One question. One story from Africa for Africa. Alan Kasujja takes a deep dive into the news shaping the continent.
Can African teams triumph at the World Cup?
The football World Cup is set to kick off in Qatar on Sunday. Africa will be represented by teams from five countries – Cameroon, Tunisia, Morocco, Senegal and Ghana. On Thursday it was confirmed that Sadio Mane, Senegal’s star forward, would miss the tournament due to injury. It’s a blow to their chances in Qatar. But what about the rest of the African teams? Can they triumph at the 2022 World Cup? #AfricaDaily
Nov 17
20 min
Why are so few men choosing vasectomy?
Health experts recommend vasectomy as one of the approved family planning methods. The surgical procedure permanently seals the tubes carrying a man’s sperm – making conception impossible. Around the world, vasectomy is much less common than surgical procedures to prevent women from having children. And whereas as many as 21% of men have had a vasectomy in some countries – across Africa that figure stands at less than 1%. So, why do so few men see vasectomy as an option? #AfricaDaily
Nov 16
15 min
What goes on behind the scenes at peace talks?
Today Africa Daily meets the peace-makers: Betty Bigombe walked alone into the jungle to meet the notorious warlord Joseph Kony of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) – who had a reputation for cutting off the limbs or lips of his victims. Paul Nantulya worked alongside Nelson Mandela on the Arusha process – which ended the civil war in the country. He describes watching the South African president berate both leaders and rebels for being an ‘embarrassment to Africa’. So with ongoing talks happening in Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo – Africa Daily’s Alan Kasujja asks them: what are the key ingredients for finding, and keeping, peace? Presenter: Alan Kasujja (@kasujja) With thanks to: She Stands for Peace podcast
Nov 15
20 min
Is power sharing a good system of governance for Africa?
In 2009, Morgan Tsvangirai was inaugurated as Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister, following a controversial election. Robert Mugabe remained president. Their parties, the MDC and Zanu-PF formed what came to be known as the Government of National Unity. Although it brought a sense of stability to the troubled nation, it never lasted long. South Africa is another country that has, in recent years, been testing coalition governments in various cities nationwide. But these political arrangements don’t appear to work. The mayors of two metropolitan areas, including Johannesburg, were sacked through a vote of no confidence, only to be reinstated a few days later. Even president Cyril Ramaphosa recently acknowledged that power sharing leads to instability. Presenter: Alan Kasujja (@kasujja). Guests: Tendai Biti, Zimbabwe’s former Finance Minister and Boniface Dulani, Associate Professor at the University of Malawi.
Nov 14
16 min
COP27: Why aren’t Green parties doing well in elections?
Where are the Greens in Africa? We’re now half way through the COP27 environmental conference in Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt – where political and business leaders and activists have been haggling over how best to limit climate change. African leaders have taken to the podium to castigate richer nations for causing global warming, and then not helping the continent to deal with its impact. But despite the environment rising up the agenda – Green parties are still failing to cut through at election time. For Africa Daily Alan Kasujja speaks to three Green party candidates and activists about the challenges they face. “Bigger parties try their level best to keep the smaller parties low. The bigger parties will make sure you stay small and small and small… Most of the candidates have to carry all the burden of self-sponsorship.” Presenter: Alan Kasujja (@kasujja) Guests: @kagendolucy and @tbkentos
Nov 13
17 min
The Instagram scammer – Who is Hushpuppi?
This week Ramon “Hushpuppi” Abbas, the notorious Nigerian fraudster, was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison in the US. He pleaded guilty to money laundering and other cyber crimes that cost his victims more than $24 million in losses. He had many aliases, but he was best known as Hushpuppi. He also liked to refer to himself as the “Billionaire Gucci Master”, alluding to his acclaimed wealth and love for designer goods. He styled himself as a man who went from humble beginnings to a life of unimaginable wealth. From the slum he was born in in Lagos, to the ostentatious lifestyle of his later years in Dubai, he seemed to have it all. But it was all a lie. All the cars, mansions and designer goods had all been bought with money he scammed from people. And it all came crumbling down after his arrest in June 2020 in Dubai. Today, Alan Kasujja is looking at the fast rise and spectacular fall of a man the FBI called one “of the world's most high-profile fraudsters”. He's been speaking to the BBC’s Princess Abumere in Lagos, who's been following the Hushpupppi story from the beginning.
Nov 10
17 min
How is climate change affecting livelihoods in Africa?
The Horn of Africa is experiencing its worst drought in 40 years. In Kenya the situation is forcing children to drop out of school to help their parents look for food and water. Kenyan President William Ruto recently told the COP27 summit in Egypt that this year alone, 2.5 million livestock, worth over $1 billion have died. In Somalia, charity CARE International says women, who are the breadwinners and heads of families, are now doing everything to ensure their husbands and children eat first, including sacrificing their health. So what is the human cost of climate change in Africa? Alan Kasujja has been speaking to Benson Meoli, a pastoralist and local tour guide at Kenya’s Amboseli national park and two CARE International workers, Pamela Agum and Abdikadir Ore.
Nov 9
13 min
Can Mali solve insecurity in the country’s north?
On Monday, the Malian army rubbished reports that the north-eastern Menaka region is about to fall militants from the Islamic State group. They say the stories are propaganda designed to destabilise the country. And that they have been carrying out regular patrols in the region. In the neighbouring region of Gao, unions have called a strike. They are protesting the authorities response to violence that has left thousands displaced. So, what is being done to solve the insecurity in the north of the country? #AfricaDaily
Nov 8
17 min
What changes can the new HIV/AIDS drug bring?
For years the fight against HIV/AIDS was fought with antiretroviral drugs. But in October the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe announced that it had approved the use of a new medicine against HIV/AIDS. CAB-LA is long-acting injectable cabotegravir with the aim of preventing HIV. The World Health Organisation welcomed the step taken by Zimbabwe. This is particularly important considering the high HIV prevalence rate in the southern African country. The news of CAB-LA approval came shortly after a report published by the United Nations suggested that a young woman in Africa is infected every two minutes. So will this new injectable drug make a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS and the stigma that comes with taking antiretroviral drugs, taken in pill form? Mpho Lakaje has been speaking to two men with long experience with the disease. Farai Masekela is with the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe and explained how this new drug works. Ntimbwe Mpamba is 40 years old and has been HIV positive since birth. He shared his long journey living with the disease.
Nov 7
15 min
Will COP 27 count for Africa ?
This week the global environment conference COP 27 begins in Egypt. The world is warming because of the burning of fossil fuels like oil, gas and coal. Activists say what’s needed is hard cash – for Africa and other heavily impacted areas to manage the impact of climate change. In 2009 industrialised nations promised to provide $100 billion each year from 2020 to help poorer nations. At last year’s COP in Glasgow it looked like that fund was finally going to become a reality. But at the very last minute the deal fell through. Africa Daily’s Mpho Lakaje has been looking at whether a COP hosted in Egypt will be more successful for Africa.
Nov 6
16 min
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