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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.

    Ghana explosion: at least 13 dead after huge blast near mining town

    Ghana explosion: at least 13 dead after huge blast near mining town

    Rescue teams in Ghana are searching for survivors following a huge explosion that killed at least 13 people.

    Scientists say the plant enset, an Ethiopian staple, could be a new superfood and a lifesaver in the face of climate change.

    Plus, our Resident Presidents offer their satirical take on the winter games due to start in China in two weeks.

    • 22 min
    Many feared dead after huge explosion in Ghana

    Many feared dead after huge explosion in Ghana

    Many people are feared dead after a huge explosion near a mining town in western Ghana. Police say a vehicle carrying mining explosives collided with a motorcycle near the town of Bogoso. Liberia's President George Weah has declared three days of mourning following the death of 29 people in a stampede during a church service held on a football field in the capital, Monrovia.

    • 24 min
    South Africa opens a new Covid vaccine plant

    South Africa opens a new Covid vaccine plant

    President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa opens a brand new Covid vaccine plant in Cape Town, which could be a game-changer in the fight against the pandemic.

    Meanwhile, Cameroon's plan to get people vaccinated using their love of football isn't going too well.

    Also: an MP from Somaliland argues against  independence from Somalia.

    And the Ghanaian artist, activist and humanitarian, Rocky Dawuni and his latest album Voice Of Bunbon.

    • 25 min
    AFCON: Cameroon authorities scramble to fill stadiums with fans

    AFCON: Cameroon authorities scramble to fill stadiums with fans

    Desperate to fill the stadiums, Cameroonian authorities are handing free tickets to students and workers; Two more days of protests in Sudan despite fresh killings of demonstrators; Nigeria's shoot-to-kill anti-jailbreak law; A UK MP makes the case for recognising the self-declared republic of Somaliland as a nation-state. And we hear from a Ugandan inventor who uses food waste to create clean, drinkable water.

    • 24 min
    Tanzanian schools welcome back pregnant students

    Tanzanian schools welcome back pregnant students

    In Tanzania, students who have carried a pregnancy are allowed in class following the lifting of a ban; A community in northern Nigeria is left grieving after an attack by gunmen; Charles McGee, one of the most decorated African-American military pilots, died aged 102; And we speak to health workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo who make sure that essential vaccines reach even the most remote corners of this vast country.

    • 22 min
    Mali military organise support rally

    Mali military organise support rally

    Thousands show up at a rally in Bamako aimed at showing support for the military junta recently hit by sanction; The anti-corruption commission in Nigeria arrests a man who allegedly faked his own appointment as army chief of staff; We hear first-hand what it's like to live in Tigray as war rages around the region in Ethiopia. And we listen to telephone recordings depicting the dramatic final moments of President Ben Ali of Tunisia's government 11 years ago.

    • 23 min

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I wish I’d give more than 5 stars. Listening to Africa today is always a treat for me. So far, this has been my most reliable source of African news. If you want a summary of events from every corner of the world’s most gorgeous continent - look no further than the podcasts here. Thank you, BBC, for allowing this to happen. I must state that the journalism is of the highest caliber. The manner in which the presenters ask questions is outstanding. This demonstrates not only the highest level of readiness, but also a high level of quality research.Whenever I am unable to receive an update for some reason, I have time blocked off over the weekend to catch up on what's been making headlines and what's still making news. I'd point out that my knowledge of African politics, economy and health issues has grown tremendously. The production staff does a fantastic job of soliciting expert perspectives on the most important problems, which I think is quite gratifying for the listeners. Thanks for letting the rest of the world know more about Africa. 💯 recommend!!

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