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30 minutes | 3 days ago
Africa Calling - Ep 13: CAR rebels, Covid-19 spikes in Malawi cabinet & Nigeria, DRC's Lumumba anniversary, Kenya Rift Valley eco disaster
Africa Calling podcast looks at some of the week's top stories from the African continent, including reports from the field. We’re talking about the rebel fighting just outside Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. We look into Covid-19 deaths in Malawi's cabinet with our correspondent, and hear from the Hausa service in Lagos on why coronavirus preventative measures are not being heeded up north. We take a look back on Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba's legacy, 60 years after his assassination, and an impending disaster if two lakes in Kenya's Rift Valley mix. This week’s podcast features RFI Hausa service journalist Garba Aliyu Zaria, Lilongwe correspondent Winston Mwale, sounds produced by RFI service Afrique journalist Alexandra Brangeon, the words of Democratic Republic of Congo historian Elikia Mboloko, Kenyan geologist Simon Onywere, and Kenya correspondent Anne Macharia. Music in this episode is from Congolese singer Cécile Banza, featuring Franco-Congolese rapper Youssoupha, with the song Depart, as selected by music maven Alison Hird. Banza was the winner of RFI Musique's 2019 Discovery Prize. Find us on Apple Podcasts, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn or your favourite podcast app. Follow us on Twitter: @Africa__Calling Africa Calling is a podcast from Radio France Internationale. Editor and host: Laura-Angela Bagnetto, recording and editing by Erwan Rome and Nicolas Doreau.
37 minutes | 9 days ago
Africa Calling - Ep 12: Mali and Niger killings, Uganda elections and ICC, DRC ex-MP arrest, Kenya's back-to-school woes, Guinea Bissau arrest warrant fallout
Africa Calling podcast looks at some of the week's top stories from the African continent, including reports from the field and analysis with regional experts. This week we’re talking about the controversy surrounding the slaughter of villagers in Mali. We look into why 105 people were killed in Niger, and upcoming Uganda elections. Our DRC correspondent speaks about ex-militia leader Roger Lumbala, and why he was arrested in Paris. We also hear from the Kiswahili service on back-to-school in Kenya, and the fallout after Interpol dropped an arrest warrant in Guinea Bissau. This week’s podcast features RFI Fulfulde service journalist Minati Diallo, Sahel specialist Niagalé Bagayoko, president of the African Security Sector Network, Kampala correspondent Grainne Harrington, presidential hopeful Bobi Wine and lawyer Bruce Afran, Democratic Republic of Congo correspondent Gabrielle Mitch, RFI Kiswahili service journalist Victor Abuso, and RFI Portuguese Africa service Guinea Bissau correspondent Mussa Baldé speaking to Souleimane Cassama, lawyer for the PAIGC party in Bissau. Music in this episode is the soulful and uplifting sound of Guinea-Bissau artist Karyna Gomes, singing Mindjer di Balur, as selected by music maven Alison Hird. Find us on Apple Podcasts, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn or your favourite podcast app. Follow us on Twitter: @Africa__Calling Africa Calling is a podcast from Radio France Internationale. Editor and host: Laura-Angela Bagnetto, recording and editing by Erwan Rome and Cécile Pompeiani.
36 minutes | 17 days ago
Africa Calling - Ep11: CAR & Niger elections, Mali arrests, Sudan troops, northern Nigeria insecurity
Africa Calling podcast looks at some of the week's top stories from the African continent, including reports from the field and analysis with regional experts. This week we’re talking about what's at stake for the Central African Republic after elections, Nigeriens anxiously awaiting results for their next president, and an update about a spate of high-profile arrests by Mali's military government with our correspondent in Bamako. We also hear from the Hausa service on the security situation in northern Nigeria, and what Darfuris think about the new Sudanese troops in Darfur. This week’s podcast features Caesar Poblicks, an expert on Central African Republic at Conciliation Resources, Tim Glawion, a CAR researcher at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies, Bamako correspondent Issa Togola, Niger's CENI Vice President Aladoua Amada, correspondent Magali Lagrange speaking to residents of Niamey, RFI Hausa deputy editor Garba Aliyu Zaria, correspondent Elliot Brachet speaking to Kholood Khair, managing partner of Khartoum-based Insight Strategy Partners, and Joel Ssenuonyi, spokesperson of Uganda presidential hopeful Bobi Wine's National Unity Platform party. Epic music in this episode is Soul Makossa by the late, great Cameroonian musician Manu Dibango as selected by Alison Hird. Find us on Apple Podcasts, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn or your favourite podcast app. Follow us on Twitter: @Africa__Calling Africa Calling is a podcast from Radio France Internationale. Editor and host: Laura-Angela Bagnetto, producer: Daniel Finnan, recording and editing by Erwan Rome.
30 minutes | 23 days ago
Africa Calling - EP10 Africa Calling Special on Land Rights: Kenya, Liberia, Burkina Faso and Ghana
For episode 10 of Africa Calling, we're taking a break from this week's news and focusing on land rights across the African continent-- one of the most important issues that figures into every story. Our correspondents traveled far and wide to get the story. Some problems stem from the colonial era, when land was redistributed without consulting the owners. We’ll hear from our correspondent Lenny Ruvaga in Kenya on how people have been made squatters on their own land—and are trying to fight back. Or with the case in Liberia, where land rights laws were recently passed, but rural landowners are still trying to figure out exactly how they benefit from these laws. Liberia correspondent Darlington Porkpa traveled to rural Big Joe Town in Grand Bassa County to find out what people, and officials, had to say. While most fights over land occur in from the rural areas, in Burkina Faso, surprisingly it’s urban dwellers who feel most threatened. We’ll be speaking to expert Ibrahima Ka, sub-Saharan Africa Coordinator of Prindex, an internaitonal survey organization, on his new report on land insecurity in Ouagadougou and other cities in the country. And finally, gender can be a big stumbling block in trying to acquire land, especially in places like Ghana, where traditional rulers are the ones who decide who gets farming plots. In the past, women were not allowed land. Correspondent Zubaida Mabuno Ismail hung out with female farmers in northern Ghana who are pushing for change… and more land to cultivate. Music maven Alison Hird thought we should end the last Africa Calling podcast of 2020 on a high note to bring in positivity for the new year, and has selected Hugh Masekela's ode to the land of his ancestors, 'Abongoma', or 'The Healers', in Zulu. Africa Calling is a podcast from Radio France Internationale. Editor and host: Laura-Angela Bagnetto, producer: Daniel Finnan, recording and editing by Erwan Rome Find us on Apple Podcasts, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn or your favourite podcast app. Follow us on Twitter: @Africa__Calling
37 minutes | a month ago
Africa Calling - Ep9: Security in Nigeria, continued fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray, Sudan’s removal from terror list & Zambia’s debt crisis
Africa Calling podcast looks at some of the week's top stories from the African continent, including reports from the field and analysis with regional experts. This week we’re talking about the security situation in Nigeria, continued fighting in Ethiopia, and Sudan's removal from the US terror list. We also hear from representatives of Western Sahara’s pro-independence movement, about Kenya severing ties with Somalia, a report on Zambia’s debt crisis, the possibility of Francois Compaoré’s extradition, and what Tunisians think about the 10th anniversary of the Arab Spring. This week’s podcast features Nnamdi Obasi, Nigeria expert at the International Crisis Group, Addis Ababa correspondent Samuel Getachew, Amjed Farid, assistant chief of staff in the office of Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, Kamal Fadel, the Polisario Front’s representative in Australia and New Zealand, Lusaka correspondent Kathy Short, RFI Kiswahili editor Emmanuel Makundi, correspondent Michel Picard speaking to residents of Sidi Bouzid, and lawyers as well as the family of journalist Norbert Zongo speaking to RFI’s service Afrique. Music in this episode from Aziza Brahim with Julud as selected by Alison Hird. Find us on Apple Podcasts, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn or your favourite podcast app. Follow us on Twitter: @Africa__Calling Africa Calling is a podcast from Radio France Internationale. Editor and host: Laura-Angela Bagnetto, producer: Daniel Finnan, recording and editing by Erwan Rome and Cecile Pompeiani.
37 minutes | a month ago
Africa Calling - Ep8: Political crisis in DRC, warning about Covid-19 vaccine rollout, extradition of Malawi preacher & free trade zone
This week we’re talking about the unravelling political crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a sober warning about the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines, and finding out about the expected court hearing of fugitive Shepherd Bushiri, a self-proclaimed Malawian prophet. We also hear analysis of the challenges facing the African free trade deal, a crackdown on the press in Uganda, a controversial new statute in Zimbabwe and a proposal in Nigeria to deal with the threat from the Boko Haram group. This week’s podcast features political actors in the DRC speaking to RFI Afrique correspondents Pascal Mulegwa and Kamanda wa Kamanda; Shabir Madhi, a vaccine expert at University of the Witwatersrand; Lilongwe correspondent Winston Mwale; Kouassi Yeboua and Requier Wait, trade and economics specialists at the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria; Uganda journalist Moses Bwayo; Zimbabwe correspondent Ryan Truscott; and Bashir Ibrahim Idriss, editor of RFI Hausa service in Lagos. Music in this episode from Hallelujah Chicken Run Band as selected by Alison Hird. Find us on Apple Podcasts, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn or your favourite podcast app. Follow us on Twitter: @Africa__Calling Africa Calling is a podcast from Radio France Internationale. Editor and host: Laura-Angela Bagnetto, producer: Daniel Finnan, recording and editing by Yann Bordelas and Cecile Pompeani.
34 minutes | a month ago
Africa Calling - Ep7: Ghana’s election campaigning, Covid-19 vaccine in Africa, Liberia’s controversial referendum & rogue MPs in Tanzania
Africa Calling podcast looks at some of the week's top stories from the African continent, including reports from the field and analysis with regional experts. This week we’re talking about the end of election campaigning in Ghana, and finding out about the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines across the African continent. We also hear about a controversial constitutional referendum in Liberia; how opposition MPs in Tanzania have gone rogue, efforts to eliminate HIV-AIDS in São Tomé, rising child abuse in Mozambique during the Covid-19, and the Cameroonian winner of a French literary prize. Ghana Voters prepare to go to the polls on 7 December in presidential and parliamentary elections, with incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo up against former President John Mahama, two long-standing rivals. As campaigning draws to a close, the two political heavyweights trade barbs over policy including free education, agriculture, small-scale mining and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Ghana’s economy has been hit hard by coronavirus lockdowns and both candidates have vowed to implement measures to kickstart job creation and protect the most vulnerable from the economic fallout. Correspondent Zubaida Mabuno Ismail reports from the Ashanti and Eastern regions as the campaign draws to a close. “Presidential candidates are mopping up their campaigns in both strongholds and swing areas...In 2016, candidate Akufo-Addo won the elections by 53% while president John Mahama garnered 44%,” says Mabuno Ismail. Covid-19 vaccination campaigns Countries around the world are racing to secure coronavirus vaccines to save their people from the continued spread of Covid-19, and the African continent is no different. However, African countries face major challenges with buying vaccines and organising mammoth mass vaccination campaigns. The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention is aiming to roll out vaccines by mid-2021 and hopes to cover 60% of the population. But what will a gap between vaccination campaigns in different regions of the world mean? And does Africa have the cash needed to compete with richer countries buying up all available vaccine stocks? “We are very concerned as a continent that once these vaccinations start in the developed world, there will be stringent conditions that says that you have to have a vaccine certificate in order to travel,” says John Nkengasong, director of Africa CDC. “I think vaccine roll-out will start in some parts of Africa early in the new year, it's not clear what proportion of the population will have been vaccinated by mid-year,” says Kevin Marsh, senior advisor to the African Academy of Sciences. Liberia Liberians vote in a midterm senatorial election and constitutional referendum on 8 December that are seen by some as a litmus test for the country’s democracy. Changes to the constitution involve a number of provisions reducing term lengths for the president, MPs and senators, as well as recognising dual citizenship. However, the referendum has sparked controversy over the possibility that it paves the way for football star-turned politician President George Weah to stand for a third term in office. Correspondent Darlington Porkpa reports on the lack of awareness amongst Liberian voters about the implications of the proposed changes. “Liberia’s post-war recovery is once again being tested ahead a special senatorial election and constitutional referendum,” says correspondent Porkpa. Tanzania The main opposition Chadema party has expelled 19 rebel female MPs for allegedly forging documents and taking an illegitimate oath without the party’s consent. Chadema recently rejected the results of the country’s presidential polls, which handed incumbent President John Magufuli another term in office. RFI Kiswahili journalist Victor Abuso talks about the impact of this expulsion on Tanzania’s main opposition party. “It’s been a very long week for the opposition in Tanzania, the decision surprised a lot of Tanzanians, they didn’t expect that,” says journalist Abuso. São Tomé and Príncipe As the world marked World AIDS Day this week, São Tomé and Príncipe has been lauded as a country with one of the lowest rates of HIV in the Central African region. “The problem of HIV-AIDS in São Tomé and Príncipe remains stable, but we want to be able, by 2030, to elimate HIV-AIDS,” says Bonifacio Sousa, the national coordinator of the HIV-AIDS programme. Mozambique Child abuse in Mozambique spiked in the first nine months of 2020, coinciding with a Covid-19 induced lockdown. “Mozambique registered 1,434 cases of sexual crimes of which 1,099 are children,” says Simione Mulha, child protection coordinator for World Vision, speaking to RFI Lusophone correspondent Simione Mulha. Literature Cameroonian writer Djaili Amadou Amal was awarded this week the Goncourt High School prize, a sort of younger sibling of France’s prestigious Goncourt prize, for her book Les Impatientes. “This represents so much for me, that we can talk about violence against women, forced child marriage, and that young people have chosen this story,” says Amadou Amal. Music And on a musical note, Alison Hird picks the world debut of a song that involved 197 musicians - one from each country - to produce Together is Beautiful. Lots of African artists are on board, including Venacio Mbande Junior from Mozambique paying the mbira; guitarist Freddy Macha from Tanzania; Kamilla Arku from Liberia on the piano; Nli Kwartey Owoo from Ghana on the talking drum, and you might recognize Olgha NK from Cameroon. She was on World Music Matters earlier this year. Enjoy! This episode was recorded and edited by Thibault Baduel and Cécile Pompeani. Africa Calling is a podcast from Radio France Internationale. Find us on iTunes, Deezer, Google Podcasts, or your favourite podcast app. Follow us on Twitter: @Africa__Calling
39 minutes | 2 months ago
Africa Calling - Ep6: Final attack in Tigray, crackdown in Uganda, African governance index, Nigeria insecurity, Burkina Faso elections & Gambia chocolate
Africa Calling podcast looks at some of the week's top stories from the African continent, including reports from the field and analysis with regional experts. This week we’re talking about the final assault on Mekelle, Ethiopia and how the crackdown on the Uganda opposition is impacting election campaigning. We also hear what the latest Mo Ibrahim governance index reveals about democracy on the African continent; how bandits in Nigeria’s Zamfara State are killing and kidnapping locals, the re-election of Kaboré in Burkina Faso, and a fledging chocolate industry in The Gambia. Ethiopia Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said this week that federal government forces would begin their final assault on the Tigrayan regional capital Mekelle. Authorities in Addis Ababa had issued an ultimatum to the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) against whom Abiy launched an offensive following an alleged attack on federal troops in the Tigray region. UN Security Council members discussed the war in Ethiopia this week, but issued no statement, amid accusations of human rights abuses with the massacre of 600 civilians in Tigray. “There’s airstrikes going on, the military is marching on - it’s a miracle it took them just 3 weeks to take over the whole state with the exception of Mekelle, the capital,” says Ethiopia correspondent Samuel Getachew. Uganda The death toll from protests and a crackdown by security forces over the arrest of musician-turned opposition politician Bobi Wine rose to 45 people this week, with Ugandan police saying some 800 people were arrested. Last week's riots, ahead of the country’s elections slated for 14 January, were seen by many as some of the worst in decades. Wine was accused of flouting measures designed to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, as he ramped up his campaign in the country’s presidential polls. But critics accuse incumbent President Yoweri Museveni of using Covid-19 as an excuse to clamp down on political opposition. “There is no possibility of the election being free and fair, because as you know the fairness of an election is not simply determined on the day of the voting. A lot that happens before voting day will determine what makes it free and fair or not,” says independent political analyst Frederick Golooba-Mutebi. “We have had the incentive for semi-authoritarian rulers coming from the mecca of democracy—that is the US. It’s not helping to see Trump who is whining and complaining about election fraud,” says Julius Kiiza, political scientist at Makerere University. Mo Ibrahim governance index Standards of governance on the African continent have dropped for the first time in a decade, according to the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and its latest African governance index published this month. Three island nations topped the index for 2019 – Mauritius, Cabo Verde and the Seychelles – with Eritrea, South Sudan and Somalia ranking at the bottom. Governance in Africa has improved over the decade, but in 2019 the rate of progress slowed. The foundation, set up by billionaire Sudanese businessman Mo Ibrahim, assesses indicators in four key areas: participation, rights and inclusion, security and rule of law, and human development. “If you look at countries, the 54 countries, you have 13 countries out of 54, who’s global governance performance follows, concerningly, a path of increasing deterioration,” says Natalie Delapalme, executive director at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. Nigeria Reports emerged from Zamfara State, north-western Nigeria, this week about an attack carried out at a mosque during Friday prayers, with five people killed and a number of people abducted. Police said the attack was carried out by bandits who arrived on motorbikes and kidnapped 18 people including the mosque’s imam. “People in the area are not comfortable with the security efforts by the government, both the army and the police, because the incidents are occurring almost on a daily basis. So you can see the kind of life people are living in such areas,” says Bashir Ibrahim Idriss, editor of RFI’s Hausa service in Lagos. Burkina Faso Incumbent President Roch Kaboré was announced winner of the presidential election by Burkina Faso’s electoral commission, taking almost 58 percent of the vote. Kaboré avoided a second-round run-off vote, with his nearest rival securing just 15 percent of ballots cast. The elections were hampered by insecurity in the north of Burkina Faso, with voting abandoned at a number of polling stations. “We never had any doubt, because we had an electoral strategy built around Roch, and there was enough belief. It was a clear victory - because it needed to be something that wasn’t feeble, more or less a victory, that could lead to questions or questioning,” Simon Compaoré, the head of Kaboré’s People’s Movement for Progress (MPP) party, told RFI’s Carine Frenk, after results were announced. The Gambia An entrepreneur in The Gambia is trying to overthrow the established order of chocolate producers with the launch of the first ever ‘made in Gambia’ chocolate bar called FH Bites. Most of the world’s cocoa beans come from West Africa, primarily Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. But one Gambian businessman saw the opportunity to capitalise on chocolate following a romantic gesture he made three years ago. “It was on Valentines Day when Fady Hocheimy, a Gambian enterpreneur, had an idea that would make his wife happy,” reports Banjul correspondent Sally Jeng. Music Our resident music enthusiast Alison Hird picks "Je cours" by Floby as this week's track, an upbeat song in the coupé-decalé style of dance music that originated in Cote d'Ivoire. Burkinabé Floby sings in French and in his native Moré/Mossi. Je cours means 'I'm running', and it's a life-affirming tune about refusing to be held back by any obstacles and dangers in life. Check out the shoutout to his country in English at the end of the track! This episode was recorded and edited by Erwan Rome and Cécile Pompeani. Africa Calling is a podcast from Radio France Internationale. Find us on iTunes, Deezer, Google Podcasts, or your favourite podcast app. Follow us on Twitter: @Africa__Calling
34 minutes | 2 months ago
Africa Calling - Ep5: War in Ethiopia, Uganda unrest, Western Sahara fighting, Kenya constitution changes, Burkina Faso and Ghana elections
Africa Calling podcast takes a look at the top stories for the week from the African continent, including reports from the field and analysis with regional experts. We’re talking about the war in Ethiopia and fighting in the disputed Western Sahara, how insecurity is affecting Burkina Faso's elections, as well as what possible changes to the constitution mean for Kenya. Our correspondent in Accra, Ghana gives a preview of the upcoming presidential polls next month. Uganda The death toll is rising following unrest on the streets of Kampala and other towns. Supporters of popular opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine reacted to news of his arrest, taking to the streets, and Ugandan security forces cracked down—resulting in at least 27 deaths, but police say the number could rise. Ethiopia Military operations continue in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared war. Hundreds have reportedly been killed - there have been reports of bombing and airstrikes, as well as attacks against neighbouring Eritrea. @Daniel_Finnan has been following this story for Africa Calling, looking at the consequences of this on the Tigrayan people. He spoke to writer and activist Befeqadu Hailu (@befeqe), and political analyst Yohannes Woldemariam. Burkina Faso Voters go to the polls on Sunday to pick their next president and MPs, a vote that has been hampered by ongoing violence from attacks linked to hardline Islamists. The issue of insecurity is on the minds of voters throughout the country, and a key campaign point with the 13 presidential candidates. The UN estimates there are one million displaced people throughout the country due to violence by jihadists and military. RFI French Africa service reporter @CarineFrenk went to Kaya, 100km from Ouagadougou, the capital, to find out if displaced people can vote. Western Sahara Reports of gunfire in the disputed Western Sahara over the past week are the result of a military operation by Morocco to reopen a highway at the Guerguerat border with Western Sahara and Mauritania, in the south. In reaction, the Polisario Front, who say Morocco have no claim over the territory, declared war again on Morocco, breaking a 29-year UN-brokered ceasefire. Africa Calling spoke to Mohamed Mayara (@WeldMayara), an activist and reporter in El Aaioun, Western Sahara, to tell us about what is happening on the ground. Kenya The government has tabled a set of proposals called the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) to help heal the divisions in Kenya left over from the last elections. But not everyone is happy about this, says RFI Kiswahili’s editor Emmanuel Makundi (@emmamakundi) in Nairobi. The BBI includes an increase in the number of high-ranking officials in government, re-adding positions such as prime minister, with two deputies, and appointing cabinet ministers from members of the National Assembly—posts that some say would just add more top-ranking positions to an already bloated government. Ghana Although election observers are on the ground in Ghana for the upcoming presidential elections on 7 December, campaigning came to a halt after news that former two-time Ghanaian president Jerry Rawlings had died. Accra correspondent Zubaida Mabuno Ismail (@Dereal_Zami) explains how his death looms large over the upcoming polls. Music And on a musical note, @AlisonSaraHird picks our song this week. She spoke with veteran Ghanaian High Life musician Pat Thomas in 2019. He made a comeback to the vibrant Accra music scene with a new band, the Kwashibu Area Band, named after a neighbourhood of Accra, the capital. The song “Onfa Nkozi Nchwee” warns people about the dangers of being too arrogant— perhaps something to avoid if you want people to vote for you! Follow us on Twitter: @Africa__Calling This episode was mixed by Thibault Baduel and Cécile Pompeani. Africa Calling is a podcast from Radio France Internationale. Find us on iTunes, Deezer, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.
33 minutes | 2 months ago
Africa Calling - Africa Calling Ep4: Nigeria's social media, Angola & Senegal protests, Cameroon anglophone crisis
Africa Calling podcast takes a look at the top stories for the week from the African continent, including reports from the field and analysis with regional experts. We’re talking about Nigeria’s anti social media bill, what the African continent would expect from a new US President, protests in Angola and Senegal, as well as what news of a possible Covid-19 vaccine means for Africa. Our correspondent in the Anglophone region of Cameroon speaks to people with mobility issues who have additional hardships. In Nigeria, an anti social media bill is making headlines again after peaceful police protests, called the anti-SARS protests, turned violent. Some believe social media posts helped foment violence. RFI Hausa @RFI_Ha service Garba Aliyu Zaria speaks about what Hausa listeners say about this issue. From Angola, protesters came out en masse on November 11th, their independence day, to protest against the government. RFI Lusophone @RFI_Pt service correspondent Francisco Paulo was there to speak to protesters. How will the Africa continent fare with the new United States President Joe Biden after four years of insults by Donald Trump? Africa Calling speaks with analyst Sebastian Spio-Garbrah of @DaMina_Advisors who takes a peek at what is in store for Africa. Some Senegalese Muslims came out to protest French President Emmanuel Macron. Correspondent Alpha Jallow was there to explain why people are burning French flags and photos of Macron. While the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon has gone virtually unnoticed for four years, Anglophones continue to suffer. Correspondent Alphonse Tebeck @alphonse_tebeck in Bamenda speaks to those living with disabilities who are particularly vulnerable when their villages are being attacked. Alison Hird @alisonsarahird makes the music pick this week with a soulful tune by veteran Angolan protest singer-songwriter Bonga. Starting out in the mid-60s, he used his songwriting as a form of activism, until he had to flee the country. His first album recorded in the Netherlands, Angola 72, is about being proud of being Angolan. Take a listen to “Mona Ki Ngi Xica” which roughly translates as ‘the child I left behind’, putting into words the longing for homeland. This episode was mixed by Nicolas Doreau, Cécile Pompeani, and Erwan Rome. Africa Calling is a podcast from Radio France Internationale. Find us on Podcast Addict, Google podcasts, on Listen Notes, or your favorite podcast app.
30 minutes | 2 months ago
Africa Calling - Africa Calling Ep3: Ethiopia clashes, contentious Cote d'Ivoire & Tanzania elections, Malawi feminists
Africa Calling podcast takes a look at the top stories for the week from the African continent, including reports from the field and analysis with regional experts. We’re talking about Ethiopian President Abiy Ahmed sending troops to the Tigray region, the contentious Cote d’Ivoire and Tanzania elections, and the French air strike on jihadists in the center of Mali. Our correspondent in Malawi speaks to women protesting against rape and sexual harassment. Reports of heavy fighting in the northern Tigray region of Ethiopia kicked off in the last few days. On Friday, Prime Minister Abiy said the federal military operations have "clear, limited and achievable objectives" as the country mobilizes for war. Africa Calling speaks with analyst Endalkachew Chala, @endalk2006 assistant professor at Hamline University in Minnesota. In Cote d’Ivoire, the situation is very tense as at least 13 people have been killed since elections on October 31st. After Incumbent President Alassane Ouattara was announced the winner on Tuesday for a controversial third term with 94 percent of the vote, the opposition has mobilized, creating a parallel government. RFI’s Francophone Africa service reporter Alexandra Brangeon @AlexRFI has more from Abidjan, the economic capital. From Bamako, Mali, French Defense Minister Florence Parly announced the killing of 50 jihadists by French soldiers, while Paris is hinting at scaling down the number of deployed soldiers in the Sahel. Correspondent Mohamed Salaha @mohasalaha has more from Bamako. In Tanzania, several opposition leaders were released on bail after being arrested for calling protests after President John Magufuli last week won a second term in office with 84 percent of the vote. RFI Kiswahili reporter Victor Abuso @abusovictor has the details from Nairobi. Malawian women are tired of stories of rape and sexual harassment and protested this week against lax laws and impunity.Correspondent Charles Pensulo @charles_pensulo has more from the streets of Blantyre. World Music Matters' Alison Hird @alisonsarahird makes the music pick this week. Bolstering her sisters in Malawi and across the continent, Malian singer Oumou Songaré @OumouSangare sings “Djoukourou”, which means support, or protector in Bambara, part of her “Mogoya (acoustic)” album. The spirit of the song is that when you have support and protection in life, you can do anything. Enjoy!
36 minutes | 3 months ago
Africa Calling - Africa Calling Ep 2: Election woes in Tanzania, Zimbabwe gold smuggling, Mozambique attacks
Africa Calling podcast takes a look at current events on the African continent for the week of October 26. Tanzanians went to vote this week as opposition parties accuse security forces of killing their members, while a woman with ties to the Zimbabwe government is arrested for gold smuggling. Our correspondent in Ghana investigates a separatist movement, while our Somali journalist reports that football matches take place once again in Mogadishu, the capital. Attacks in northern Mozambique have taken a toll on the local population-- according to a new report out by US-based advocacy group the Center for Public Integrity, internally displaced Mozambicans have risen to 2,700 percent in just two year. RFI's Lusophone service deputy editor Liliana Henriques speaks about the human toll this crisis has taken on the population. In Zimbabwe, a relative of President Emmerson Mnangagwa was arrested this week, charged with gold smuggling-- a case that did not go unnoticed by the British House of Lords. Our correspondent Ryan Truscott has the details. From our Lagos, Nigeria-based Hausa service, editor Bashir Ibrahim Idriss @bashibrahimi speaks to Africa Calling about the aftermath of the SARS protests. Correspondent Zubaida Mabuno Ismail @Dereal_ZAMI travels to the Volta region of southeastern Ghana to report on a separatist group that is making itself heard, while Mogadishu-based reporter Mohamed Sheikh Nor @shikha114q talks to Somalis who are going back to playing football in secure spaces in the Somali capital. World Music Matters' Alison Hird @alisonsarahird makes the music pick this week: the sweet sounds of Hope Masike @HopeMasike, Zimbabwean singer songwriter, whose "Muregere" song from her 2019 album Exorcism of a Spinster will end your week on a high note. This episode was mixed by Yann Bourdelas. Africa Calling is a podcast from Radio France Internationale. Find us on iTunes, Google podcasts, on Spotify, or your favorite podcast app.
29 minutes | 3 months ago
Africa Calling - Africa Calling Ep1: Violent clashes in Guinea and Nigeria, Sudan analysis
Africa Calling is a weekly podcast taking a more in-depth look at current events in Africa, as covered by our correspondents on the continent. You’ll hear news, features, and analysis as well as perspectives from RFI’s Hausa service in Lagos and Kiswahili team in Nairobi. Regular updates from Francophone and Lusophone Africa, with specialised coverage from journalists dedicated to West and Central Africa. Violent clashes broke out in Conakry this week just days after the presidential election in Guinea. At least nine people have died since Monday, not including people injured and buildings damaged as hundreds of youths clashed with police. Opposition presidential candidate, Cellou Dalein Diallo, of United Democratic Forces of Guinea party self-declared victory earlier this week, a move the government says incited violence. We look at coverage from RFI’s French Africa service from correspondent Carol Valade @CarolValade in Conakry and speak to an opposition leader, who disputes the election results with their own tally. (listen at 2:07) Every week we’ll be hearing from our correspondents in the field. Many Nigerians are on a government-imposed lockdown after anti-police protests turned deadly this week. And some youths were astounded when President Muhammadu Buhari addressed Nigerians this week without mentioning those who lost their lives. Lagos correspondent Samuel Okocha @samokocha has more. (listen at 4:57) RFI is available in 15 languages, four of them African. We’ll be speaking with the Nairobi-based Kiswahili service or the Lagos-based Hausa service every week to find out what’s important to their listeners. RFI Kiswahili’s Emmanuel Makundi @emmamakundi has more on the upcoming Tanzanian elections. (listen at 9:07) We’ll be taking an in-depth look at issues on the continent with political analysts. This week, we look at the possibility that Sudan will be taken off the US government’s terror list, and the price the Sudanese people have paid—monetarily and otherwise—in order to make this happen. Lecturer of international affairs at the National University in Sudan Yasir Zaidan @yasirzaidan91 has more. (listen 15:06) Our correspondents find the stories that you want to know more about. Although the Covid-19 pandemic has gripped the world, some governments are deciding that children need to go back to school. Correspondent Sally Jeng @logsally reports from The Gambia on the return to school this month that is worrying a lot of parents. (listen 20:42) And on a lighter note, we sign off with Las Maravillas de Mali, a Bamako-based band from the 1960s who went to Cuba and developed a new Afro-Cuban sound. The band made a special appearance at RFI—check out their performance of ‘Rendez-vous chez Fatimata’ at RFI Musique. There’s a new documentary, “Africa Mia” that sheds light on their special story. This episode was mixed by Hadrien Touraud. Africa Calling is a podcast from Radio France Internationale. Find us on iTunes, Google podcasts, on Spotify, or your favorite podcast app.
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