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The conversation you've always wanted to have about Africa.Combining in-depth knowledge with exclusive analysis of events and trends affecting the continent. Our team has vast experience in Africa and has an extensive network of contacts from Cape Town to Cairo and from Addis to Accra, which will help us provide fresh commentary presented with wit and style.We believe there is a growing demand for accurate, incisive information about Africa and we are dedicated to asking the questions that matter and offering, at least, some of the answers.
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Africa Here and NOW Martine Dennis

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The conversation you've always wanted to have about Africa.Combining in-depth knowledge with exclusive analysis of events and trends affecting the continent. Our team has vast experience in Africa and has an extensive network of contacts from Cape Town to Cairo and from Addis to Accra, which will help us provide fresh commentary presented with wit and style.We believe there is a growing demand for accurate, incisive information about Africa and we are dedicated to asking the questions that matter and offering, at least, some of the answers.
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    Ecowas’ Uncertain Future, Daddy Hope turns rapper to get Zim youth to vote, How tech is helping Sierra Leone improve its schools and how will the UK’s new Prime Minister change course on Africa?

    Ecowas’ Uncertain Future, Daddy Hope turns rapper to get Zim youth to vote, How tech is helping Sierra Leone improve its schools and how will the UK’s new Prime Minister change course on Africa?

    We talk to ADAMA GAYE, former ECOWAS director of communications, and journalist and Chatham House consulting fellow, PAUL MELLY about the West African bloc’s future as Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali form their own breakaway group. Adama tells us the 15 member ECOWAS is facing a ‘death threat’ because of the loss of three of its founding countries. Senegal’s new president BASSIROU DIOMAYE FAYE is given the job of trying to woo them back to the clan. Has he been given a fool’s errand?
    Zimbabwe’s best-known journalist and activist, HOPEWELL CHIN’ONO tells us about his campaign to get young people to register to vote. We ask him whether there’s an appetite in Zim to follow the lead of Kenya’s Gen Z after their protests succeeded in getting a much-hated bill withdrawn. Hopewell spells out the repressive conditions under which Zimbabwe’s young people live. Daddy Hope himself has been jailed at least 3 times merely for doing his job and exposing corruption.
    Education minister, CONRAD SACKEY tells us about an app he’s rolling out in Sierra Leone’s schools to get accurate information about both students and teachers. He’s found more than half the teachers on the government’s payroll of participating schools were more absent than their pupils! The app is called Wi De Ya – We are Here in Krio. Hear me have a go at Wi De Ya.
    On day one KEIR STARMER dropped the controversial policy of sending those who’d entered the country unofficially to Rwanda. His Foreign Secretary, DAVID LAMMY, has promised to ‘re-engage’ with Africa. PATRICK speculates (intelligently, of course) about what that could mean for the continent.

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    • 47 min
    Is Somalia at a turning point? How can tech and AI benefit ordinary Malawians? What does the rise of the far right in France mean for Africa and Africans? Cameroon’s insurgents splinter

    Is Somalia at a turning point? How can tech and AI benefit ordinary Malawians? What does the rise of the far right in France mean for Africa and Africans? Cameroon’s insurgents splinter

    Battered by drought and flooding, laid low by more than 30 years of civil war, as SOMALIA prepares to accede to a seat on the UN Security Council and joins the East African Community, we ask a senior member of the Prime Minister’s Office could the hostilities between Mogadishu and Addis Ababa over Somaliland descend into all -out war? Plus, why are so many Somali baby girls being named Istanbul? ABDIHAKIM AINTE, Director of Climate Change and Food Security talks to Africa Here and Now.
    MALAWI’s government has embarked on an ambitious programme of digitisation and AI to improve service delivery and governance. We ask MARTIN KALIMA, Manager for Tech and Digital Transformation in Malawi for the Tony Blair Institute, how is digital transformation even possible when fewer than 20% of Malawians have access to electricity? Guest panellist, VERONIQUE EDWARDS, recalls the introduction of the Double Decker Bus and how locals were perplexed by the absence of an additional driver on the top deck.
    VERONIQUE also draws our attention to the ongoing conflict in her home country, CAMEROON which is enduring an insurgency whose fighting groups have now splintered, and few know who is fighting for what. What started as a secession bid by Anglophone Cameroonians has now descended, Vero says, into chaos with millions of people too afraid to return to their villages.
    PATRICK, with a very intermittent connection in Paris, manages to tell us about the mood in France as the far right look set to make advances in legislative elections and why that matters to Africa and to Africans. Even Les Blues are concerned.

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    • 48 min
    A pivotal moment in South African politics Africa’s leaders in demand: South Korea and the G7 Sudan: 3 million lives at risk of shelling and starvation Why is MultiChoice Nigeria being forced to give customers a month free?

    A pivotal moment in South African politics Africa’s leaders in demand: South Korea and the G7 Sudan: 3 million lives at risk of shelling and starvation Why is MultiChoice Nigeria being forced to give customers a month free?

    In South Africa the race is on to find a government of national unity. Parliament must sit by June 16 to elect a new president. Will the ANC appease the markets and investors by joining with the DA and risk widening the rifts in its ranks? Or will it take the ‘Chernobyl option’ of joining with the leftists of Malema’s EFF and former president Zuma’s MK party? We get the views of lawyer, businessman and author OYAMA MBANDLA whose new book ‘The Soul of a Nation’ reflects on where the ANC has gone wrong and proposes a new season of national dialogue.
    THE SOUL OF A NATION by Oyama Mbandla, published by Tafelberg.
    WALEED MADIBO, Sudanese Governance and International Development expert, founder and President of Sudan Policy Forum outlines the contours of his country’s civil war. After more than a year of fighting, almost 3 million people in the west are at risk of being shelled or of starving to death. The battle for El Fasher could determine the outcome of this brutal war that is ravaging Sudan.
    Patrick explains why a slew of African leaders have been feted in Seoul and a handful are invited to Georgia Meloni’s G7 party in Italy.
    Why is the TV provider, Multi Choice Nigeria being rapped over the knuckles for increasing its charges? It’s been fined $100 million and told to give all its customers a free month….just in time for a big, international football tournament. Is that a coincidence? A question for economist KELVIN EMMANUEL.

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    In conversation with two-time Booker Prize finalist, Chigozie Obioma

    In conversation with two-time Booker Prize finalist, Chigozie Obioma

    Chigozie talks with Donu about his new novel – The Road to The Country – a war novel which documents Nigeria’s Biafran civil war. In a frank exchange, he tells Donu this is the story he has always wanted to tell even though he was born almost two decades after the war ended. He tells us that it was so emotionally challenging to write this book, that he missed his deadline – it took much longer than he had anticipated.
    The Road to the Country is his third novel, both of his earlier books made Booker Prize shortlists. The Fishermen and An Orchestra of Minorities were international best sellers. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages. He reveals that he never reads his books once they are written! Plus, he tells us what his next project is likely to be.

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    • 34 min
    Ruto’s Red Carpet in DC, Nigerian journalist DAVID HUNDEYIN - why he fled Nigeria and the lamentable state of African journalism, Christianity’s African Majority and, 57 years on – reflections on Biafra

    Ruto’s Red Carpet in DC, Nigerian journalist DAVID HUNDEYIN - why he fled Nigeria and the lamentable state of African journalism, Christianity’s African Majority and, 57 years on – reflections on Biafra

    Kenya’s PRESIDENT WILLIAM RUTO gets the red-carpet treatment in Washington DC. Why has he become the first African leader IN MORE THAN FIFTEEN YEARS to receive the privilege of a state visit to the US?
    We’re in conversation with Nigerian investigative journalist, DAVID HUNDEYIN about why he fled his country fearing for his life and (CAN LOSE about) the lamentable state of journalism on the continent. David’s new book, Breaking Point, is published by Abibiman.
    Africa is already the continent with the largest number of Christians. By mid-century it’s reckoned that almost half the global flock will live in sub-Saharan Africa. How will African spirituality affect Christianity? We ask eminent BISHOP TREVOR MWAMBA.
    DONU reflects on the 57th anniversary of THE Biafran declaration of independence. And it’s personal, her dad was Biafra’s ambassador to the UK.


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    • 47 min
    Zeinab Badawi’s African History of Africa, The Gerontocracy Running Africa, and Harry and Megan’s Eventful 3 Days in Nigeria

    Zeinab Badawi’s African History of Africa, The Gerontocracy Running Africa, and Harry and Megan’s Eventful 3 Days in Nigeria

    Africa is the world’s youngest continent with a median age of 19. So why does it have the oldest leaders on the planet? And they tend to stick around. Cameroon’s President Biya – in his 90s – is the world’s oldest leader and has been at the top for 42 years and there are plenty of others in their 70s and 80s. We ask independent researcher, DR JOSEPH ADEBAYO why Africa is a continent for old men.
     
    ZEINAB BADAWI tells us about Africa’s often overlooked ancient civilisations that she has covered in her best-selling book An African History of Africa. She reminds us that all human beings originate in Africa and until relatively recently (8-12000 years ago), everyone of us was dark skinned. President of SOAS, Zeinab also reveals her love of Italian opera and confesses her guilty pleasure.
     
    Is South Africa selling off the family silver? PATRICK updates us on the prospective take-over of Anglo American by BHP.
     
    And DONU explains why there’s so much interest in the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Nigeria.
     

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    • 47 min

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Three legendary African broadcasters led by Martine Dennis share a combined century plus of insight about the continent with original takes on the big stories and new angles on the stories rarely heard on mainstream media. A joy to listen to and will soon become your regular fix for news about Africa. Get it HERE & NOW to get up to date.

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