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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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    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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    • 40 min
    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
    Aya Nakamura in France, dressed down for dressing up. Was Bobrisky in Nigeria jailed for cross dressing?

    Aya Nakamura in France, dressed down for dressing up. Was Bobrisky in Nigeria jailed for cross dressing?

    In France, singer, AYA NAKAMURA faces a virulent campaign against the way she sings, the way she dresses, and her language. We ask art curator and film maker, RABI YANSANE what have so many French people got against the most listened to Francophone pop superstar?
     
    Migration, particularly from Africa, is being portrayed as a modern day scourge by many western politicians.Yet as DR NICK WESTCOTT of SOAS explains, many Africans who’ve settled abroad are contributing successfully to their new communities and are becoming increasingly influential. Just like AYA NAKAMURA, who was born in Mali.
     
    PATRICK SMITH, in Accra, updates us on a rather relaxed approach Ghanaian candidates are taking to December elections.
     
    And DONU KOGBARA taps into the BOBRISKY affair. Has Nigeria’s celebrity cross-dresser been unfairly penalised for spraying, or ‘naira abuse? And is BOBRISKY’s tough prison sentence softening Nigerian attitudes to LGBQT matters?
     
    QUESTION: Is ‘spraying’ practiced anywhere else on the continent? The practice of plastering cash on dancers at parties or events to show approval. Let me know.
     
    Contact: martine@africahereandnow.com
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    • 36 min
    Season Two - Trailer

    Season Two - Trailer

    Africa Here and Now is back for it's second season with episode one coming next week!
    We’ll continue looking at the major political and security challenges facing the continent, but we’ll also be looking at what else is going on in Africa including sport, art, film and music, in fact anything that we think you’ll find interesting!
    Get in touch, let us know what you’d like to hear more of: martine@africahereandnow.com
    Find us wherever you get your podcasts and on Youtube, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook
    Africa Here and Now – the conversation you’ve always wanted to have about the continent.

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