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One question to wake up to every weekday morning. One story from Africa, for Africa. Alan Kasujja takes a deep dive into the news shaping the continent. Ready by early morning, five days a week, Monday to Friday.

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One question to wake up to every weekday morning. One story from Africa, for Africa. Alan Kasujja takes a deep dive into the news shaping the continent. Ready by early morning, five days a week, Monday to Friday.

    Why are some parents in Nigeria using harmful skin lightening products on their children?

    Why are some parents in Nigeria using harmful skin lightening products on their children?

    When Africa Daily’s Alan Kasujja was in Lagos last year, he learned that some parents there are using harmful products on their children in order to lighten their skin and that in some instances parents are unintentionally lightening and damaging their children’s skin.

    The usage of skin lightening products is high in Nigeria.

    According to the World Health Organisation, the prevalence of skin bleaching varies across the continent in Mali it's 25% while in Nigeria it's 77%, so the market for these products is large and widespread.

    In today’s episode, Alan looks at what’s behind this trend and hears from the owner of a natural skin products business on the conversations she’s had with mothers looking for skin lightening products for their young children. And he speaks to a dermatologist on the young and damaged skin she’s seen in her clinic.
    With special thanks to producer Chigozie Ohaka.

    • 19 min
    Are liberation movements still relevant in Africa?

    Are liberation movements still relevant in Africa?

    Today Alan Kasujja sits down with Dr.Philbert Komu from the University of Dar es Salaam and Dr. Gideon Chitanga of the University of Johannesburg in South Africa.

    They are discussing the role of former liberation movements in Africa’s contemporary politics.

    Is their performance in line with the expectations of their nations?

    The conversation was sparked by the dismal showing of the African National Congress in South Africa’s May 2024 elections.

    Others like Zanu-PF in Zimbabwe have also lost support over the years, relying on rural votes to remain in power.

    Although icons like Jomo Kenyatta, Julius Nyerere and Samora Machel are still celebrated to this day, Alan attempts to understand if their ideas still work.

    • 19 min
    How did three Americans end up on trial for a coup attempt in the DRC?

    How did three Americans end up on trial for a coup attempt in the DRC?

    More than 50 defendants are being tried for an attempted coup attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
    On May 19th, armed men dressed in military attire attacked the home of the economy minister, Vital Kamerhe and later moved on to President Felix Tshisekedi’s offices in Kinshasa.
    Former Congolese military officer, Christian Malanga, is still expected to face charges for leading this alleged coup, despite being killed by security forces during the attack. Also on trial are three US citizens, one of them is Christian Malanga's 21-year-old son, Marcel.
    Africa Daily's Alan Kasujja speaks to the BBC's reporter in the capital Kinshasa, Emery Makumeno.

    • 14 min
    Could power ships be the jolt Africa needs to help overcome its energy challenges?

    Could power ships be the jolt Africa needs to help overcome its energy challenges?

    Millions in Africa live without a consistent supply of electricity, something which has caused a lot of socio-economic setbacks.
    Some countries, like Ghana, are turning to power ships to solve their energy problems.
    These floating power plants are a quick fix, providing an electricity supply and that helps to reduce those frequent blackouts. However, money troubles still loom large. Unpaid bills can lead to more power cuts, this has happened in Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone. And there are questions about the sustainability of dealing with a country’s electricity needs in this way.

    Africa Daily’s Alan Kasujja has been hearing more about all this from the BBC’s Aaron Akinyemi who spoke to the Chief Commercial Officer at Turkish based Karpowership, Zeynab Harezi, as well as Tony Tiyou, the CEO of Renewables in Africa.

    • 14 min
    Is Africa doing enough to get women involved in science?

    Is Africa doing enough to get women involved in science?

    “I think historically, science or STEM related subjects have not been encouraged for young girls to participate in. It’s generally been viewed as a male dominated industry” – Lerato Kubushi, African Leadership Academy

    In today’s Africa Daily’s Mpho Lakaje speaks to four teenagers from Tunisia, Lesotho, Nigeria Zimbabwe and their teacher from Ghana about why African women are underrepresented in science and what’s being done about it.

    According to a recent United Nations Commission for Africa report, women make up only 20% of the science and engineering field on the continent.

    This, however, isn’t to say that Africa hasn’t produced people who are excelling in this sector and doing exceptional things.
    Back in 2002, Mark Shuttleworth gained worldwide fame when he became the first South African in space. 20 years later Sara Sabry became the first Egyptian and African woman to go to space.

    But is enough being done to ensure that more women get to reach the same heights?

    • 20 min
    Haiti: Will Ruto’s faith diplomacy work where politics have failed?

    Haiti: Will Ruto’s faith diplomacy work where politics have failed?

    “We believe our president has taken a very, very wonderful initiative and we support it 100%... Our president is a Christian and he believes in the power of prayer.”
    For months now, a plan to send a thousand Kenyan police to quell gang violence in Haiti has been surrounded with uncertainty.
    There have been a series of hold ups to the deployment including challenges in the Kenyan courts, changing leadership in Haiti, and general opposition from the Kenyan public.
    It has now emerged that alongside pushing hard for the deployment, Ruto has also been making plans for faith diplomacy and has turned to a group of evangelical pastors close to him and the first lady for support.
    For the Africa Daily podcast, Peter Musembi speaks to one of the evangelical pastors Serge Musasilwa on why and how they are involved. He also speaks to international affairs expert Dr Kizito Saballa.

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

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47 Ratings

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