Africa Today

Africa Today
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.

South Africa records highest rise in Covid-19 cases
Jul 10 • 25 min
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,…
Ethiopia: TPLF responds to unrest allegations
Jul 9 • 30 min
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…
Ethiopia: Who was behind the killing of Hachalu Hundessa?
Jul 8 • 28 min
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…
Ethiopia: PM Abiy Ahmed addresses parliament
Jul 7 • 25 min
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…
Government and separatists talk in Cameroon for the first time
Jul 6 • 26 min
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.…
Sudan: Darfur protesters hold sit-ins
Jul 3 • 23 min
People have been protesting against the lack of security in Central Darfur, Sudan. Algeria has today received the skulls of former fighters against French colonization in the 19th century. BBC Africa is launching a brand new podcast called The Comb. Every…
Hachalu Hundessa: Ethiopia singer buried amid ethnic unrest
Jul 2 • 27 min
The funeral has been held for Ethiopian singer Hachalu Hundessa as unrest over his death has spread from the Oromia region where he was seen as a hero. Mystery surrounds the “completely unprecedented” deaths of hundreds of elephants in Botswana over the…
Fifty killed in protests over Ethiopian singer’s shooting
Jul 1 • 26 min
At least 50 people have been killed in Ethiopia’s Oromia region during violent protests over the killing of a popular musician and activist. In Nigeria restrictions on inter-state travel have officially been lifted. And we hear from a Nigerian hairdresser…
New Malawi president sworn in after historic win
Jul 1 • 27 min
Malawi’s main opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera has been sworn as president after he won the country’s rerun vote. In Guinea, parliamentary talks were to begin today aimed at resolving months of turmoil in the country. Tanzania has reopened schools after…
Protesters in Sudan demand political reform
Jun 30 • 25 min
Tens of thousands of people are staging demonstrations in towns and cities across Sudan to press for greater political reform. The popular Ethiopian singer and activist, Hachalu Hundessa, has been shot dead in the capital, Addis Ababa. King Philippe of…
Donors pledge $1.8 billion to Sudan
Jun 26 • 23 min
Sudan has announced that donors have pledged $1.8 billion towards the country’s economic revival. A Tanzanian commercial tricycle rider joins a campaign to help educate his compatriots about the dangers of Covid19. Plus we hear from prominent US pastor TD…
DR Congo’s deadliest Ebola outbreak declared over
Jun 25 • 25 min
The worst-ever outbreak of Ebola in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has officially been declared over, almost two years after it began. There are increasing fears for food security in East Africa with mounting evidence of a new wave of desert…
Malawi awaits results from historic re-run election
Jun 24 • 23 min
Votes are being counted in Malawi following a re-run of last year’s election on Tuesday. Police in Nigeria have rescued more than 100 people they say were locked in a rice-processing factory and forced to work throughout a coronavirus lockdown. Could the…
Malawi:How did presidential election re-run go?
Jun 23 • 24 min
Malawian voters defy the coronavirus pandemic to return to the polls for the second time in just over a year after President Peter Mutharika’s re-election was annulled in a dramatic court ruling. In Zimbabwe, the only radiotherapy machine which was left…
Sierra Leone: protests over the murder and rape of 5 year old Kadija
Jun 22 • 21 min
There’s outrage and anger in Sierra Leone after the rape and defilement of a five year old girl and her baby sister. Activists demand that the silence over such abuse ends and the perpetrators be dealt with by the law. Cameroon’s government offers to…
Nigeria edges towards wild polio-free status
Jun 19 • 26 min
Nigeria has taken another step towards being declared wild polio-free after it met the robust surveillance criteria for ensuring that the virus does not re-emerge. We speak to Dr. Faisal Shuaib, the head of the country’s primary health care agency. There…
Burundi’s new president Evariste Ndayishimiye is sworn in
Jun 18 • 24 min
Burundi’s newly elected president, Evariste Ndayishimiye, has been sworn in two months earlier than planned. More than 20 top African officials at the United Nations have called for stronger action against systemic racism at all levels of society -…
Coronavirus: dexamethasone proves first life-saving drug
Jun 17 • 22 min
Dexamethasone, a cheap and widely available steroid, cut the risk of death by a third for patients on ventilators The English Premier League returns after a three month absence because of the pandemic. Plus, Covid-19 means the first ever gay pride parade…
Uganda bans mass campaign rallies ahead of elections
Jun 16 • 24 min
Uganda’s Electoral Commission has banned mass campaign rallies and encouraged aspiring candidates to campaign through the media. We speak to Tewolde Gebremariam, the Chief Executive of Ethiopian Airlines. He tells us more about the impact of the…
Malawi courts stop forced retirement of chief justice
Jun 15 • 28 min
Malawi’s Courts tell the government to stop interfering with the judiciary after the President orders the Chief Justice to take leave, a year before he retires. International conservation activists, Friends of the Earth say natural gas being exploited in…
Eight mass graves found in Libya
Jun 12 • 26 min
In Libya, reports have emerged of the discovery of eight mass graves in the hilltop town of Tarhouna.The area had been occupied by General Khalifa Haftar before his troops were pushed back by the UN backed government of National Accord. We speak to…
Global leaders call for free coronavirus vaccine
May 15 • 27 min
African presidents are among world leaders calling for a free Covid-19 vaccine that should be made available worldwide. The European Union pledges 480 million Euros to help revive Sudan’s struggling economy. Our Resident Presidents tell us why health…
Burundi orders WHO officials to leave the country
May 14 • 24 min
Burundi has ordered four key staff members of the World Health Organisation to leave the country. Clashes in Sudan’s South Kordofan region leave at least 26 dead. Our listeners share their experiences of life under lockdown.
Lesotho records first coronavirus case
May 13 • 25 min
Lesotho today became the last country on the African continent to record a coronavirus case. Cameroon’s Julie Owono talks about her appointment to the board overseeing Facebook content. Malawian artist Hazel Mak on her new ‘Unorthodox’ album.
Zambia closes Tanzania border as COVID-19 cases surge
May 11 • 19 min
Zambia has acted quickly to close the border with Tanzania after a surge in Covid-19 cases near the national boundary. Sierra Leone grapples with a spate of violence in areas supportive of the main opposition party. And we hear from France-based singer…
Malawi Supreme Court upholds Presidential poll nullification
May 8 • 20 min
Malawi’s Supreme Court has upheld the invalidation of last year’s presidential election results and ruled that Peter Mutharika was not duly elected. Political tensions are rising in Ethiopia over the postponement of elections which were scheduled for…
Madagascar conducts mass Covid-19 tests.
May 7 • 23 min
Madagascar is conducting mass coronavirus tests in its worst hit area and more on its Covid-Organics. Why are schools being vandalised during coronavirus lockdown in South Africa? And the we hear from,ML Kejera, the first Gambian to be shortlisted for the…
African countries lift coronavirus restrictions
May 4 • 21 min
Some African countries among them Nigeria, South Africa and Rwanda have started relaxing coronavirus measures but some of their citizens see it as an ill-advised move. Tanzania President John Magufuli criticised for his handling of the coronavirus…
South Africa government outlines plan for COVID19 recovery
Apr 24 • 27 min
The South Africa government has outlined a stimulus package to aid the country’s recovery from the effects of coronavirus The South African-Ghanaian entrepreneur helping light up Sierra Leone East Africa face the combined threat of coronavirus and a…
Thousands arrested in Morocco for Covid19 violations
Apr 23 • 20 min
Police in Morocco have arrested more than fifty thousand people for violating coronavirus emergency measures African nurses and doctors on how they are dealing with coronavirus on the frontline of the fight in Europe and the US. And Angelique Kidjo…
Cameroon government admits military involvement in civilian deaths
Apr 22 • 19 min
The Cameroonian government has admitted the involvement of its military in the death of civilians last February How the coronavirus pandemic has given the planet a lifeline Kenya government hunts a group of people who escaped from a quarantine facility
How a dip in global oil demand is affecting African countries
Apr 21 • 19 min
A dip in oil demand around the world is having big effect on Africa’s countries big producers Nigeria and Angola. We hear from a hand washing expert who is on a mission to save lives and she also has tips on how to keep clean even when there’s no water.…
Coronavirus in Africa: Your questions answered
Mar 30 • 31 min
A special podcast where we put your questions about the coronavirus pandemic to the World Health Organisation
Climate Change Strikes in Africa
Sep 20, 2019 • 26 min
A world wide push to raise the alarm over climate change. And African children are actively involved in the demonstrations
Detained Nigeria Shia leader to be freed to travel abroad for medical treatment
Aug 5, 2019 • 27 min
We explore the trials and tribulations of domestic workers in Africa; Dozens die in Libya drone attack; And the human breast milk bank newly opened in Nairobi.
Ethiopia Airways crash latest.
Mar 11, 2019 • 26 min
A day of mourning in Ethiopia following the Ethiopian Airlines crash.
Jobs jobs jobs
Dec 20, 2018 • 26 min
The World Bank estimates that Africa’s working age population could grow by as much as 450 million by 2035. So how can African countries create the millions of jobs needed to accommodate these people? This special episode of the Africa Today podcast hears…
Voter Registration Day in Nigeria
Aug 31, 2018 • 17 min
Thousands of frustrated Nigerians try to beat the voter registration deadline, but the electoral commission refuses any extension; first, Theresa May and now, the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel visits Nigeria… what’s on her agenda? Equality under the…
European Leaders Continue Charm Offensive in Africa
Aug 30, 2018 • 28 min
Two of Europe’s most powerful leaders continue setting out their stalls in separate African visits - Kenya and Ghana state their wants; Nigeria’s defence minister on his country’s security crisis; Soweto in South Africa after the latest anti-immigrant…
Europe’s Leaders on a Charm Offensive in Africa
Aug 29, 2018 • 26 min
Europe’s two leaders on multi-country Africa tours as evermore big world players woo the continent… we ask about the opportunities and risks for Africa; Germany hands back skulls of Namibians massacred more than a century ago; and an uproar over a TV…
Soldiers in Uganda Caught on Tape Assaulting a Journalist
Aug 21, 2018 • 25 min
From Uganda, soldiers assaulting a journalist are caught on camera: A police spokesman says the behaviour of the security forces will be investigated; Na waa oh! We celebrate a year of BBC Pidgin; also, why is Arsene Wenger getting the Humane Order of…
Zimbabwe Awaits Election Results
Aug 2, 2018 • 24 min
Zimbabwe - presidential election results expected tonight; in Ghana, five banks are merged into one; and two strong Congolese opposition presidential hopefuls warming up for the presidential election in December.
India to Open 18 New Embassies Accross Africa
Jul 25, 2018 • 29 min
Is New Delhi playing catch-up with Beijing? Zimbabwean women standing in landmark elections; will Eritrea’s political landscape change now that the war with Ethiopia is truly over?
Military Chiefs Escape Attack in Cameroon
Jul 13, 2018 • 24 min
Cameroon’s defence minister and army chief escape an attack by Anglophone insurgents; after five years of civil war, the UN imposes an arms embargo on South Sudan, the same day women march for peace in Juba; and Sierra Leone: 100 days of President Bio -…
Kenyan Lawmakers’ Taxpayer-Funded Visit to Russia
Jul 12, 2018 • 35 min
Kenyans wondering why twenty lawmakers went to Russia during the World Cup on the taxpayers’ dime; a new study shows just how long a shadow Ebola cast on those who survived it; the multicultural roots of the ZCC; The Gambia’s healthcare crisis.
EU Leaders Agree Deal on Migration
Jun 29, 2018 • 27 min
After nine hours of talks, European Union leaders agree a deal of sorts on migration; Ghana’s electoral commission boss, Charlotte Osei, sacked, the information minister tells us why; Gambia’s Adama Barrow’s major reshuffle; and the Resident Presidents on…
Ghana Imposes Ban on Tilapia Fish Imports
Jun 28, 2018 • 30 min
Why has Ghana slapped a ban on all imports of tilapia? The Ebola outbreak in the DRC could be over but the WHO remains cautious; families continuing to try and find missing relatives after a deadly fire in Nairobi; and LGBTQ Pride celebrations in…
South Sudan’s Leaders Meet
Jun 20, 2018 • 28 min
South Sudan’s warring leaders hold talks in Addis Ababa; Eritrea and Ethiopia’s peace overtures; law reforms in Tunisia; and the government of The Gambia responds to the killings of demonstrators in Faraba.
The WHO Lists Snake-bites as a Global Health Priority
May 25, 2018 • 22 min
The World Health Organisation says snake-bites are a global health priority; why is a Dutch company claiming ownership of Teff - an Ethiopian staple? Remembering the Malian music maestro, Kassé Mady Diabaté, who died last night.
Dam Burst in Kenya Kills Tens
May 10, 2018 • 27 min
A burst dam in Kenya kills 47 people; a shortage of HIV medication in Liberia; Ethiopia orders closure of a mine after protests; the prospects for the Gambia’s capital as the city votes for a new mayor.
Fire Rages in Nairobi Suburb
Jan 29, 2018 • 27 min
Thousands left homeless after fire in Lang’ata suburb in Nairobi. Also in the programme: The UK High Court to sit in Sierra Leone to hear allegations of human rights abuses by a mining company; and antibiotic-resistant germs, could onions be the answer?
African Migrants Told To Leave Israel
Jan 2, 2018 • 25 min
Israel gives African migrants three months to leave the country voluntarily or face forcible repatriation or indefinite jail terms. The daily life of a female Zambian UN peacekeeper in the Central African Republic. The Grand Mufti of Egypt proscribes the…
Kenya Election Watch: Former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga
Dec 25, 2017 • 29 min
In the last of our special podcast series about Kenya’s elections this year, Dickens Olewe covers the twists and turns of the process in a rare interview with former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga. He explained his view that a new political party is needed…
Chibok Girls: Three years after
Apr 13, 2017 • 32 min
Britain’s top diplomat to Nigeria on the three-year long search for the Chibok girls; More than ninety migrants feared drowned after their boat sank off the coast of Libya; Eighty thousand teenagers in danger of missing out on school in Burundi.
Wednesday, 17th August 2016
Aug 17, 2016 • 19 min
The new South Sudanese Vice President addresses key issues in the country and what political alliances will emerge in South Africa after recent municipal elections?
Wednesday, 10th August 2016
Aug 10, 2016 • 33 min
Ahead of tomorrow’s elections Zambian civil society groups call for a free and fair vote. Burkina Faso bans donkey meat and skin exports following huge demand from China.
Wednesday, 3rd August 2016
Aug 3, 2016 • 30 min
Running battles in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, between police and anti-government demonstrators. Local elections in South Africa - a major test for the ruling ANC. Malian music sensation, Modja… plus more.
Monday, 18th July 2016
Jul 18, 2016 • 30 min
HIV infections are still the leading killer of African children. And old attitudes to the virus still prevail; the AU postpones elections for a new chairman, so what happens next? And Africa’s first Spelling Bee competition.
Tuesday 14th June
Jun 14, 2016 • 31 min
Health experts warn of serious levels of under-nutrition linked to obesity. In South Africa, Reeva Steenkamp’s father says her killer, Oscar Pistorius, must pay for his crime
Wednesday, 25th May 2016
May 25, 2016 • 24 min
UN warns billions could starve as extreme weather changes poison food crops. 1000s of Zimbabweans march in support of Robert Mugabe to thwart party infighting.