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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.

    Uganda: Vote count under way in presidential election

    Uganda: Vote count under way in presidential election

    Earlier ballot boxes had arrived late at polling stations and biometric voter verification machines failed. The chairman of Uganda's electoral commission said these were just isolated incidents.

    Robert Kyagulanyi, known by his stage name Bobi Wine is amongst those challenging President Yoweri Museveni who is seeking a sixth term.

    Plus, Malawi’s president Lazarus Chakwera appeals for help as his country battles a worsening coronavirus situation.

    And, we hear about a Trade and Investment Fair in the South Sudanese capital, Juba.

    • 25 min
    Uganda: The latest ahead of Thursday's elections after a tense campaign

    Uganda: The latest ahead of Thursday's elections after a tense campaign

    On the eve of Uganda’s presidential election, we get the latest from the capital Kampala, and examine why Facebook took the decision to remove pro-government posts accused of disseminating misinformation.

    An update from Cameroon on the fate of thousands of refugees who have fled the Central African Republic since December’s elections.

    And new research from BBC Brasil shows that Brazilian police are five times more likely to kill black people as white people.

    • 25 min
    UN condemns human rights abuses ahead of Uganda elections

    UN condemns human rights abuses ahead of Uganda elections

    As campaigns close in Uganda ahead of elections on Thursday, we hear a special report from our correspondent in Kampala about claims that human rights abuses have been carried out in the run up to the polls.

    Could a Covid-19 vaccine be developed on the continent?

    And we meet a UK-based business duo making skincare products from Nigerian ingredients.

    • 23 min
    Facebook shuts accounts linked to Uganda's top officials

    Facebook shuts accounts linked to Uganda's top officials

    Pressure builds on Facebook as the social media platform takes down several accounts linked to President Yoweri Museveni’s campaign. Social media companies have increasingly come under scrutiny in recent years, alleged to be too slow at reacting to controversial tweets or posts, especially from politicians. So, these recent moves have initiated a new conversation around the power private companies like Facebook and Twitter hold over influencing democracy and free speech. We discuss this latest development with Chair of Information and Communication Technology in Uganda, Albert Mucunguzi.


    Seychelles becomes the first African state to begin vaccination - but they aren't using any of the three main brands developed in the west. So we are taking a look at the many jabs already developed around the world, and take a glance at upcoming ones.

    Ethiopia government has announced the killing and arrest of more civilian and military leaders linked to the TPLF party.

    We speak to the recipient of 2020 Beyond Sport Global Awards: A Kenyan lady who's set up an initiative that wants to get more people into swimming.

    • 27 min
    Northern Cameroon insecurity flares up

    Northern Cameroon insecurity flares up

    Our correspondent Killian Ngala reports on the latest attack in the town of Mozogo, in north Cameroon, where according to the Mayor of the town, people were killed by a suicide bomber and others died from gunshots.

    In the DRC, President Tshisekedi has freed the men accused of the 2001 assassination of the then leader of the country Laurent-Desire Kabila. The pardons appear to be the latest sign from President Tshisekedi, of a break away from Joseph Kabila, with whom he was once with in a coalition government.

    A senior officer of the secret services in The Gambia has apologised to victims of torture during a hearing at the country's Truth Commission.

    And from South Africa, a story of personal endurance, as a mother says how dealing with her autistic child inspired her to open a care centre for autistic children

    • 22 min
    US power handover... from the point of view of a Kenyan satirist

    US power handover... from the point of view of a Kenyan satirist

    Kenyan journalist Patrick Gathara shares his views on a mob storming a symbol of American democracy-Capitol Hill

    Covid 19 cases continue to climb alarmingly in South Africa - and Nigerian cases are spiking as well. We take the latest from our correspondents in the respective nations.

    Ghana President Akufo Addo was sworn in. His re-election has been welcomed in a relatively orderly way, but what are the top priorities for the country now?

    • 20 min

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4.6 out of 5
213 Ratings

213 Ratings

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Best African news available

Constantly making it better! Excellent reporters, good balance in the stories, responsive to feedback. I wish our governments were this professional.

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