69 episodes

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.

Africa Today BBC

    • News
    • 4.6 • 251 Ratings

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.

    Tunisia President takes over control of the country

    Tunisia President takes over control of the country

    Anger over the Tunisia government's handling of a massive recent spike in Covid cases has added to general unrest over the nation's economic and social turmoil; It's mystery around Nnamdi Kanu, the pro-Biafra separatist leader who was supposed to begin trial today but didn't appear in court; And The man accused to having attempted to stab the president of Mali, has died in hospital. We look into the circumstances around his death.

    • 20 min
    Sierra Leone ends death penalty

    Sierra Leone ends death penalty

    After weeks of heated debate, the parliament in Sierra Leone has voted to end the death penalty; The UK slaps sanctions against some high-profile Africans in an international anti-corruption initiative; A South African politician from Soweto saves 2000 jobs from being wiped out during the recent riots; And on the day the Olympic games open, we bring a full interview with South African Olympic swimmer Chad Le Clos.

    • 20 min
    Madagascar foils plot to kill the president

    Madagascar foils plot to kill the president

    Prosecutors in Madagascar say they have solid proof that a plot was being organised to kill President Andry Rajoelina; Ethiopia's conflict in Tigray spreads to neighbouring regions with new flashpoints in Afar; Bus services in Cape Town are at a standstill as local taxi organisations engage in violent street protests; We hear from a Somali-American supermodel who quit the profession because of conflict with her religion.

    (Photo: Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina. Credit: AFP)

    • 23 min
    Tanzania opposition leader arrested

    Tanzania opposition leader arrested

    Tanzanian police have confirmed the arrests of opposition leader Freeman Mbowe and other party figures, on suspicion of inciting “unauthorised assembly”, according to local media.

    Plus, a Cape Town based company is to partner with Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers, in a deal that will see it completing the production process locally.

    And we meet Frances Tiafoe, the rising star in men’s tennis, whose parents fled the civil war in Sierra Leone and resettled in the US.

    • 24 min
    Yoruba separatist leader Sunday Igboho arrested

    Yoruba separatist leader Sunday Igboho arrested

    Yoruba separatist leader Sunday Igboho, who wants self-determination for Yoruba people in the South West of Nigeria, has been detained in neighbouring Benin.

    Plus, how illegal gold mining is taking an environmental toll in Ghana, and how some communities are taking matters into their own hands.

    And we meet the South Sudanese athlete who has spent the past 18 months stranded in Japan ahead of the Olympics.

    • 22 min
    Ethiopia Tigray conflict spreads to neighbouring state

    Ethiopia Tigray conflict spreads to neighbouring state

    The conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region is showing further signs of spreading to other areas with fighting now reported in neighbouring Afar state.

    Plus Morocco, Rwanda and Togo are among the countries accused of using phone malware bought from an Israeli surveillance firm to spy on journalists and activists.

    And South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma has appeared before the corruption hearing via a video link from prison.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
251 Ratings

251 Ratings

daomalic ,

Great podcast

African news

ehfidrj ,

Title

Very informative but the tone of the interviewer sometimes is condescending. Is it just me?

c. i. v. ,

High-Quality Podcast

Great podcast for keeping up with the news across the continent! Well researched and up-to-date on the current events

Top Podcasts In News

Listeners Also Subscribed To

More by BBC