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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.

    Mysterious deaths at a bar in South Africa

    Mysterious deaths at a bar in South Africa

    South African police investigate the mysterious deaths of twenty two young people in a bar in the city of East London.

    Also, Nigeria's Zamfara state tells residents to take up arms against kidnap gangs and violent attacks, but how will it work?

    And after the U.S Supreme Court's decision to overturn its own landmark ruling in 'Roe v Wade', should Africa care?

    Plus much more in this podcast.

    • 32 min
    Two days of high-level talks begin at CHOGM

    Two days of high-level talks begin at CHOGM

    Commonwealth heads of state and government begin two days of talks in Rwanda. Big issues on the table including trade, climate change, and even food on your table.  Bola Mosuro will be telling us more from Kigali.

    Also, we will also be hearing from South Africa, where the so-called dirty fuel, King Coal is enjoying a rare bonanza.

    That and other stories in this podcast.

    • 23 min
    Anticipated report on corruption in South Africa is out

    Anticipated report on corruption in South Africa is out

    A much anticipated report on corruption is out in South Africa.  The Zondo Report  criticises the African National Congress for creating an environment that enabled corruption and wide scale looting under former President Jacob Zuma.

    Also, an urgent appeal to the international comunity over the famine in Somalia.

    Those stories and more on Africa Today.

    • 40 min
    Russia: At least forty-two African mercenaries killed in Ukraine

    Russia: At least forty-two African mercenaries killed in Ukraine

    The Russian Ministry of Defence says at least forty-two African mercenaries have been killed in Ukraine, but what do we know so far?

    Also, why is Burkina Faso's army conducting an eight-hour military exercise in the capital, Ouagadougou? How often does this happen and are residents aware of what's going on?

    That and much more in the podcast.

    • 35 min
    Outbreak of ethnic violence in western Ethiopia

    Outbreak of ethnic violence in western Ethiopia

    Dozens of civilians were killed in the attacks in Ethiopia’s Oromia region.

    • 23 min
    Belgium returns the tooth of Patrice Lumumba

    Belgium returns the tooth of Patrice Lumumba

    Belgium returns a tooth belonging to the Congolese independence hero, Patrice Lumumba, more than 60 years after his brutal murder.

    Also, one of Sierra Leone's most popular musicians has his dreadlocks shaved by the police - the Inspector General defends the action.

    And the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) has opened in Kigali. Focus on Africa's Bola Mosuro is there.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
285 Ratings

285 Ratings

T Drinker ,

Impacts felt from War in Ukraine

Thank you for featuring the impacts felt by the agricultural sector from the war in the Ukraine. I am curious to know if the environment will benefit from less application of industrial fertilizer, less nitrogen runoff and such. Regenerative agricultural practices may be part of a solution.

park nomad ,

DRC reporting shoutout

My friend, Muhindo runs a community based park ranger association in Goma city, DRC. They do wonderful things to educate youth about conserving and protecting wildlife near their villages near protected areas. Africa Reports helps me understand the political and environmental issues of the area so we can support him more effectively. Rick Parmer, California State Park Ranger Association

CFWyatt ,

Excellent news reporting

Thank you for your excellent news reporting. I’m an African-American woman from Texas listening daily and find it very informative and enlightening.

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