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Three essential stories to round off your working day. Explaining the big topics and news from Africa, the people behind them, plus an African perspective on global stories. Hosted by Audrey Brown. Five days a week, ready by late afternoon, Monday to Friday.

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Three essential stories to round off your working day. Explaining the big topics and news from Africa, the people behind them, plus an African perspective on global stories. Hosted by Audrey Brown. Five days a week, ready by late afternoon, Monday to Friday.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Why are Malawi's Catholic Bishops critical of the government?

    Why are Malawi's Catholic Bishops critical of the government?

    Malawi's influential Catholic Bishops have written a letter criticising President Lazarus Chakwera's government. They say the country is worse off now. than it was four years ago.  The government has acknowledged the issues raised by the church. 
    Also how widespread is the recruitment of child soldiers in Africa?
    And we hear the second half of the story of the Nigerian student who fled Ukraine two years ago, at the start of the war.

    • 32 min
    Why are migrants using Mauritania to get to Europe?

    Why are migrants using Mauritania to get to Europe?

    There's been a rise in the number of people attempting the dangerous Atlantic crossing from West Africa to Europe. Migrants are once again returning to Mauritania, which is struggling to cope with the growing numbers. Why are migrants choosing Mauritania?
    Also, we'll hear a personal and distressing story of how a Nigerian student fled Ukraine and made her way across Europe when the war broke out two years ago.
    And why are more African countries growing bamboo?

    • 28 min
    Are child-beggars on Uganda's streets 'sold'?

    Are child-beggars on Uganda's streets 'sold'?

    More than 100 mothers in Uganda have been given community service for allowing their children to beg on the streets of Kampala. We hear more about why street-begging is a huge issue in the country and how most are from a particular region where they are sold as a commodity.
    Senegal’s President Macky Sall says he will stand down on 2 April when his term in office expires, but he has not announced a new date for the presidential election. So what will happen next?
    And we hear from a Tanzanian student, who fled Ukraine two years ago when Russia invaded, but now she has returned to complete her medical studies, even though the war rages on.

    • 30 min
    South Africa's youth struggling to find jobs

    South Africa's youth struggling to find jobs

    South Africa's finance minister Enoch Godongwana, acknowledged that the country's economy is facing 'a tipping point'. There's massive youth unemployment in South Africa and this recent forecast won't be favourable to young people. We hear reaction and look at possible solutions.
    Also, Somalia signs a military and economic deal with Turkey. What's the deal and why has it angered Somaliland?
    And Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso want to form their own economic bloc, away from Ecowas. Can it work?

    • 39 min
    Will a deal with Russia help or hinder Niger?

    Will a deal with Russia help or hinder Niger?

    The rebranded Russian mercenary group Wagner offers Niger a regime survival package

    • 22 min
    As inflation rises in Nigeria, how expensive is food?

    As inflation rises in Nigeria, how expensive is food?

    There's anger in Nigeria as food prices continue to rise. Some people have taken to the streets in protest. Inflation is at its highest the country has seen for a generation, at almost 30%. How is the government dealing with the problem?
    Also, Kenya's shilling strengthened against the dollar a few days ago, making it Africa's top performing currency. It caused excitement in the country. What's going on, is it all good news?
    And African leaders decide on a continent wide ban on the trade in donkey skins. We'll hear fascinating facts about donkeys that you don't quite expect!

    • 31 min

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