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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.

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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.

    Undercover in the schools that chain boys

    Undercover in the schools that chain boys

    An undercover BBC investigation in Sudan reveals cases of child abuse in a number of Islamic schools. We hear first hand experience of some of the students whose families are now seeking justice

    We take a look at one of Africa's most dynamic economies, Kenya, and find out how coronavirus is affecting business there as many entrepreneurs are having troubles repaying their loans and risk defaulting on their debts

    And we speak to a malaria survivor from Uganda who says they've invented a soap that not only keeps you clean, but it also helps with keeping mosquitos away

    • 28 min
    Guinea commander killed two days before election

    Guinea commander killed two days before election

    Senior army officer Col Mamady Condé was shot dead in at a military camp in Kindia.

    Plus the man who set up the hated Nigerian police unit, Sars, is saddened by what it has become.

    And we take a trip down memory lane to when Ike and Tina Turner were among African-American stars to perform at an iconic concert in Ghana.

    • 31 min
    Nigeria's capital bans all protests

    Nigeria's capital bans all protests

    As protesters in Nigeria continue to demand evidence of police reform, authorities in the capital city Abuja and in Cross River state announce a ban on all protests. It comes after President Muhammadu Buhari promised the disbandment of the infamous Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

    In South Africa, President Ramaphosa has announced reforms aimed at countering the adverse effects on the economy that the Corona pandemic is having. But what will it take to restart Africa's most industrious economy?

    Are African women penalised when it comes to raising money for start-ups?
    We bring you an extended report looking at the hurdles faced by female entrepreneurs in Africa

    (Photo: People stage a demonstration against Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars) in Abuja, Nigeria. Credit: Adam Abu-bashal/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

    • 31 min
    Uganda security officers raid Bobi Wine’s party offices

    Uganda security officers raid Bobi Wine’s party offices

    The party offices of Ugandan presidential hopeful Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, have been raided by armed soldiers and police officers.

    Plus Somalia’s security agency says it has seized Al-Shabab's 'bomb-making materials'.

    And how a tweet by a young Cameroonian conveying a message of pride and hope went viral.

    • 24 min
    End Sars protest: Police announce prisoner release

    End Sars protest: Police announce prisoner release

    Nigeria’s police chief has ordered the unconditional release of all people arrested during the ongoing anti-police protests across the country.

    Plus Tanzania steps up efforts to put out a fire that continues to rage on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro.

    And an aid agency raises concerns of a mental health crisis, due to the impact of Covid-19, in Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp.

    • 32 min
    Nigeria commits to 'extensive' Police reforms

    Nigeria commits to 'extensive' Police reforms

    As Nigerians take to social media to vent rage against SARS, President Buhari commits to 'extensive' police reforms. We hear from Nigeria's presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu

    We look into Tanzanian President John Magufuli's remarks in which he suggested he had a better listening ear for female colleagues with lighter skin tones

    Plus a look at the latest advancements in breast cancer prevention with practical tips on how to self check with the help of one of South Africa's experts in the field


    (Photo: EndSARS protesters. Credit: Adekunle Ajayi/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

    • 19 min

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