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Africa Daily

BBC World Service, BBC
82 episodes
One question. One story from Africa for Africa. Alan Kasujja takes a deep dive into the news shaping the continent.

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Does Ghana really need fixing?

Young Ghanaians have had it with their politicians. For more than a week now, many have been using social media to send their government a message: #FixTheCountry. Their list of grievances is long: they complain about unemployment, poor roads, power cuts, water shortages, rising living costs… You…

Why is there a security crisis in Nigeria.

Increasing incidents of insecurity in Nigeria have led to mounting pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to take control of the situation. And recently parliament even urged President Buhari to declare a nationwide state of emergency. The country has struggled to end a jihadist insurgency in the n…

What next for the Zulu throne?

The Zulu nation is still in shock. The death of Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu caught South Africa by surprise. She became leader of the Zulu nation last month, after her husband, King Goodwill Zwelithini, died. The Zulu royals have no formal political power, but remain hugely influential …

Is this the end of Joseph Kony’s LRA?

Has the LRA finally hit the end of the road? The Lord’s Resistance Army was once a force to be reckoned with in northern Uganda. But today their forces are depleted and their leader, Joseph Kony, is in hiding. On Thursday, one of Kony's top commanders, Dominic Ongwen, will be sentenced by the…

Does East Africa need another oil pipeline?

East Africa is not done with oil – not quite yet. A major oil pipeline will soon be built across Uganda and Tanzania. This could mean good money for both countries, as well as new jobs for people there. But activists worry about the impact the project will have on the environment. Amid a globa…

Is Ghana the new king of drill music?

Red bandanas. Gold chains. Gang signs. A new generation of Ghanaian drill artists has taken the music charts by storm. Inspired by US drill and UK grime, they created “Asakaa” - Ghana’s fresh take on drill music. Their critics say they’re making a cheap replica of American gang culture. But on …

How did potatoes get so expensive in Algeria?

Recent images of Algerians queuing up for milk paints a picture of just how difficult it’s become for people trying to get the very basic food staples they rely on. Not just milk but things like chicken, red meat and now even potatoes. Potatoes, once accessible and cheap are now very expensive. T…

Why is there a deadlock in Somalia?

What’s Somalia come to? For months now, holding elections has proven to be a real nightmare. Politicians are at loggerheads – and so are their supporters, who last week clashed in Mogadishu. But how exactly did we get here? And where did things go wrong? Hosted by Alan Kasujja (@Kasujja on Tw…

Has the pandemic ruined nightlife?

Your perfect night out will have to wait. In some countries, lockdowns or curfews have forced bars, restaurants, clubs to shut their doors. The pandemic has taken its toll on the so-called night-time economy. And, for many of these businesses, surviving meant coming up with new ideas to reach cu…

Why is it so hard to buy a house in Ghana?

Buying a house is part of adult life – or, at least, that’s what we were told growing up. But for thousands of people in Ghana, this remains a lifelong dream. For years, the country has struggled with what politicians describe as a housing crisis. Many Ghanaians simply can’t afford the curre…

Is Malawi really done with tobacco?

Is this the end of Malawi’s “green gold”? Tobacco is by far Malawi’s most lucrative export. And yet, President Lazarus Chakwera says farmers need to turn to other crops. The world is changing, moving away from smoking – and farmers need to change with it, he says. But which other crops can …

Why are Covid vaccines going to waste?

In the fight against Covid-19, every vaccine counts. And yet, both Malawi and South Sudan say they might destroy as many as 70,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab. The World Health Organization pleaded with them not to. So what exactly is behind their plan? And what does it tell us about Afr…

Has the pandemic been all bad for business?

Can anyone thrive amid the madness of Covid-19? The pandemic has battered South Africa’s economy. When the country went into lockdown last year, many businesses struggled to survive. In the months that followed, a staggering 2.2 million people lost their jobs. And yet, amid the economic devast…

What’s next for Chad?

Chad’s on full alert. Earlier this week, President Idriss Déby was reportedly killed during a battle with rebel forces. Since then, the army has appointed his son as leader. But the opposition says Chad “is not a monarchy”. Tensions are running high. Government and parliament have been disso…

Why are so many teens getting pregnant?

Covid-19 has put teenage girls’ futures at risk. Thousands of young girls across the continent never returned to school after lockdowns were lifted. And this is because, while they were away, many of these teenagers got pregnant. In fact, spikes in teen pregnancies have been reported in several …

Has Twitter found a new home in Ghana?

Twitter’s got its eye on Ghana. The social media giant wants to open new headquarters in Accra - the company’s first in Africa. Twitter’s also recruiting a dozen people to help it expand its reach across the continent. The news has been welcomed by many users, including the Ghanaian president…

Why isn’t there more trade between African countries?

The African Continent Free Trade Agreement came into force this year with the aim of creating a borderless market for services, goods and commodities worth trillions of dollars for the region. It’s a high ambition for the 54 nation bloc and the World Bank estimates that the new trade regime could u…

How will Samia Suluhu Hassan change Tanzania?

Tanzania’s new President seems to be taking the country in a new direction. She’s the only woman running an African country, having replaced John Pombe Magufuli, a popular leader in Tanzania, who died in March. Within the first week of taking office, she set up a taskforce to deal with the Covid-19…

Should Africa be concerned about covid-19 variants?

South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa has said Africa needs the skills and capacity to manufacture its own covid-19. vaccines. At a conference of African leaders, he said the world was watching “vaccine apartheid”. And it’s a fact that of the hundreds of millions of vaccines that have so…

Why should places like Nairobi be short of water?

In Africa an estimated 160 million people live with water scarcity. Either because there isn’t enough water or it isn’t safe to consume. And the problem is worst in big urban areas. For places like Nairobi the problem is getting bigger with more people settling in the city. It's particularly bad in…

How should we build future African cities?

The singer Akon has said he's building a new city in Uganda, to add to the one he's already planning in his home country of Senegal. His plans include gravity-defying skyscrapers, luxury apartments and places for study, work and leisure - all within a short walk of each other. The city will even ha…

What’s happening in West Darfur?

Darfur’s recent history is one of violence. But, after Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir was ousted from the presidency in 2019, there was hope. A transitional government was formed – and with it came promises of stability. A peace agreement was signed with rebel factions that, for years, had fought the go…

Why is Kenya short on HIV drugs?

Kenya’s running low on anti-HIV drugs. Antiretrovirals can be really helpful when it comes to keeping people living with HIV healthy. But for the last couple of months, they’ve been hard to come by in Kenya. This is partly due to a tax dispute between the government and donors who import the dru…

Is Africa getting enough for its cocoa?

West Africa is the home of cocoa. Roughly 60 per cent of the world’s cocoa supply comes from Ghana and Ivory Coast. But farmers there complain they’re not getting paid fairly for their crops. By some estimates, many of them make less than a dollar a day from growing cocoa. And yet, the chocolat…

Why is this Nile dam so controversial?

One dam. Three countries. A big headache. Ethiopia couldn’t be more proud of it, but the Grand Renaissance Dam has proven controversial. The dam is being built on the Blue Nile River. When complete, it will be Africa's biggest hydroelectric power plant. Problem is: both Egypt and Sudan fear the…

How did #EndSars change Nigeria?

Is police abuse gone from Nigeria? Late last year, a wave of protests against police brutality shook Nigeria to the core. At the heart of it was the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars), a much-hated police unit. As the so-called #EndSars protests spread across the country, the world’s eyes were o…

We’re taking a break for Easter

Feet up, phones switched off. Alan and the Africa Daily team are taking a quick break for Easter. But don’t worry: we’ll be back with another episode on 6 April. #AfricaDaily

Why is skin bleaching still a thing?

Black is beautiful. Never forget that. And yet, skin bleaching products are everywhere you look – be it in billboards or social media. Both men and women are doing it, even if they don’t always want to admit to it in public. The problem is: making your skin lighter could actually be dangerous to…

Is Africa winning at video games?

This is the golden age of gaming. Never before has there been so much money to be made in video games. Africa’s game makers want their story to be one of success. And there’s no shortage of talent: just look at South Africa, Kenya, or Cameroon. But how easy is it for them to take on an industr…

Is the pandemic forcing kids out of school?

South Africa’s teachers are worried. Children seem to be dropping out of school at alarming rates. Experts say the problem isn’t new, but it certainly hasn’t been helped by Covid-19. The pandemic has forced many families to pull their kids out of the classroom – but at what cost? And what exact…