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A week of political and social events across the African continent: exclusive reports and analysis. Every Thursday at 5.45 pm Paris time.

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A week of political and social events across the African continent: exclusive reports and analysis. Every Thursday at 5.45 pm Paris time.

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    Ivory Coast: Zouglou artists Yoda and Siro call out Ouattara in latest album

    Ivory Coast: Zouglou artists Yoda and Siro call out Ouattara in latest album

    In this edition: Ivorian legends of the Zouglou genre kick up a storm with their latest album. Yode and Siro take a pop at President Alassane Ouattara during a tense election year. We also take you to Rwanda where the Amasunzu, a traditional hairstyle once worn by men and unmarried women, is increasingly being sported by contemporary young people. And we head to Morocco to learn about the Spinosaurus, one of the oddest dinosaurs ever discovered. According to researchers, the bones of the first known swimming predator change our understanding of how and where giants of its time lived.

    • 12 min
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    Benin looks back on its links to the slave trade

    Benin looks back on its links to the slave trade

    DR Congo and Madagascar mark six decades of independence from former colonial powers. The legacy of the damaging years of European colonialism continues to weigh heavily on the development of the African nations. Also, Benin commemorates those in its history who passed through its cities as they were sold into slavery. And Somalia celebrates its 60th year of independence from Italy by reopening long-closed cultural sites like its national theatre in Mogadishu.

    • 12 min
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    Special edition: African advancement and the consequences of colonialism

    Special edition: African advancement and the consequences of colonialism

    While the murder of George Floyd in the United States has revived anti-racism movements around the world, it has also stirred up the painful history of colonialism. In this special edition, FRANCE 24 takes a look at the history behind the tumultuous relationship between Europe and Africa. Reports from South Africa, Nigeria, Cameroon and DR Congo explore the complicated collective memory of former colonial powers and the nations they controlled. 

    • 16 min
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    South African designer Thebe Magugu wows Paris Fashion Week

    South African designer Thebe Magugu wows Paris Fashion Week

    In this edition of Across Africa, we take you to eastern Ethiopia where refugees from Kenya's Kakuma camp are finally coming home, motivated in part by recent political and economic reforms. We also head to Angola, where the country is tempting more fans of its romantic Kizomba dance. Finally, we speak to Thebe Magugu, South African designer and 2019 LVMH prize winner, as he exhibits his creations for the first time at Paris Fashion Week.

    • 11 min
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    Kenya's Safaricom is keen on Huawei 5G

    Kenya's Safaricom is keen on Huawei 5G

    Beijing is currently Africa's biggest trading partner and the relationship is set to deepen if Kenya moves forward with a possible contract for China's Huawei to roll out its 5G network. Also, we hear from some of the Nigerian businesspeople whose enterprises are going from strength to strength with a bit of online savoir-faire. And many members of the French Caribbean diaspora have headed to Ivory Coast to start new lives, a move that has led to celebration and the creation of a Caribbean-style carnival.

    • 11 min
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    DR Congo: Kinshasa's 'sheep jump' overpasses fall flat

    DR Congo: Kinshasa's 'sheep jump' overpasses fall flat

    In DR Congo, President Felix Tshisekedi's promised "sheep jump" overpasses in Kinshasa get off to an underwhelming start. Their construction is making traffic even worse in the capital. Also, we head to the seventh edition of the Kinshasa Book Festival. Organisers are hoping to encourage more people to love literature, in a country where access to books remains difficult. And plastic not so fantastic: some South African surfers are ditching the fibreglass and foam for wooden surfboards that are better for the environment.   

    • 12 min

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