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75 minutes | 13 days ago
#112 - Obiageli Ezekwesili - "Get interested by politics, or be ruled by idiots"
Former cabinet minister, co-ordinator of the #BringBankOurGirls campaign, VP at the World Bank... the multi-talented Obiageli Ezekwesili discusses why Nigeria's political elite missed a golden moment to create a nation, rather than just a country.For more, head to www.theafricareport.com
76 minutes | 19 days ago
#111: Rwanda - 'The story of a political murder and an African regime gone bad'
When veteran correspondent Michela Wrong started researching her book, ‘Do Not Disturb – the story of a political murder and an African regime gone bad’ on the killing of Rwanda’s spymaster Patrick Karegeya, she knew it was going to prompt fierce arguments about President Paul Kagame’s record and the country’s direction.In this special edition of the Talking Africa podcast, Patrick Smith brings together Michela Wrong and Kenyan writer and historian Parselelo Kantai to discuss the issues raised in the book for Rwanda and the wider region.
46 minutes | a month ago
#110: Famine in Ethiopia's Tigray - 'I have never documented anything as relentless & systematic as what we're seeing'
A report published by US-based the World Peace Foundation stresses the looming famine disaster in Ethiopia's Tigray if the fighting does not stop.Since the first foray into the Tigray by the Ethiopian government in Addis Ababa back in November, the following months have seen an entirely man-made humanitarian crisis unfold.This report documents how both Ethiopian and Eritrean elements in this Tigray war have single-handedly dismantled the region's economic and food system.But this can be stopped if the majority of the Tigrayan people, many of whom are are smallholder farmers, are able to farm in time for the rains in June.For more on the report's findings, we speak to Alex de Waal, the executive director of the WFP in this week's podcast with Patrick Smith.
64 minutes | a month ago
#109: Talking Africa - Nigeria's mass atrocities: How did we get here & how do we get out?
A recent report released by the Nigeria-based Global Rights organisation, entitled 'Mass Atrocities 2020 Tracking' states 4,556 people were killed in 2020 between January and December.That's a 43% jump from the number of casualties in 2019. Of that number, 3,188 were civilians, and 698 were state security agents.Borno state in the North East had the highest number of fatalities followed by Kaduna state in the North West.As the authors of the report point out: "[...] The swiftest method for determining a nation's propensity for violence, is to measure how its most vulnerable are faring."Our podcast this week, mediated by Patrick Smith, will speak to two contributors to the report on Nigeria’s proliferating security clashes to better understand what has led to this spike in violence, and what can be done to address them.
50 minutes | 2 months ago
#108: Niger's 'African Apocalypse'
In this week’s episode we’ll be visiting a dark moment in the history of Niger. It's a moment that few talk about. yet alone know about.Known as the Voulet-Chanoine mission, it was led by captain Paul Voulet in 1898. in just a few months, he spearheaded a campaign of terror as he made his way towards lake chad, in an effort to unite all of france’s territories in west Africa. Nearly a year later, the expedition ended. but the damage was done. and the scars are still felt to this day.In a feature-length documentary called ‘African Apocalypse, Femi Nyader and Rob Lemkin retrace the path of Voulet and meet the people who still share the stories of their families who survived the campaign. We speak to them about their visual journey.
16 minutes | 3 months ago
#107: Africa's trade dreams meet Liberian roads
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which came into effect at the beginning of the year, has been heralded as a major step in increasing intra-continental trade with the potential to stimulate growth, industrialisation and generate an additional $450 billion for African countries by 2035.But connectivity issues, including weak transport infrastructure and the added costs that come with it, have been flagged as a significant challenge to the success of the initiative across the continent. Liberia will be no exception, given the deplorable state of much of its road network, with motorbikes the primary means of transporting goods and passengers in rural areas.We follow cocoa traders and farmers, as they struggle to move their crop from harvest to port.
61 minutes | 3 months ago
#106: Biden says America Is Back. What does that mean for Africa?
Biden has also rescinded the Visa Ban that has caused so much suffering for African students and their families.But on the big picture questions: the relationship with China, the investment in African security challenges, the way in which the US uses its economic weight to extract political concessions from African regimes, will there be any change? In partnership with Invest Africa, we talk to four experts:Amaka Anku, Practice Head, Africa, Eurasia GroupJudd Devermont, Director, Africa Program, CSISW. Gyude Moore, Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global DevelopmentAubrey Hruby, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council
76 minutes | 3 months ago
#105- Egypt's January 25 revolution: 'There was no plan B'
January 25 2020 marks the ten year anniversary of Egypt’s revolution in 2011. It put in motion an end to the 29-year rule of Hosni Mubarak. But looking back to the start of those unprecedented protests, was it all in naught or did some good come out of it?In this podcast, we'll explore those questions from three Egyptians who all participated in the revolution in their own way:Mohamed Abdelfattah, a journalist who was awarded the International Press Freedom award by the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression for his work during the revolution.Nadia Idle a writer and activist from London and Cairo. She edited 'Tweets from Tahrir', a book that tells the story of the Egyptian uprising in tweets, published March 2011.*Amira (name changed for security reasons), a financial analyst living in Europe who participated later on in the protests and helped to establish the Social Democratic Party.The discussion is moderated by Anne-Marie Bissada.
76 minutes | 4 months ago
#104: Nigeria - The Making Of A Nation, from Jihad to Amalgamation
Nigeria's turbulent and hamstrung history has plenty to tell us about the current malaise. And, as says writer Maya Angelou, "If you don't know where you have come from, you don't know where you are going." That is what Nigerian authors Feyi Fawehinmi and Fola Fagbule had in mind when they wrote Formation: The Making Of Nigeria from Jihad to Amalgamation.Likewise the former US Ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell, with a new book Nigeria and the Nation-State: Rethinking Diplomacy with the Post-Colonial World, says that if you want to reform Nigeria, you have to understand the forces that shape it.From the early 1800s, when Usman Dan Fodio created his Caliphate in Sokoto, through the flowering of city-states like Abeokuta -- famous for producing so many of Nigeria's elite politicians and cultural icons from Olusegun Obasanjo to Fela Kuti -- to the eventual hitching together of the Northern and Southern Protectorates into the formation that is now known as Nigeria.A conversation with the authors, Patrick Smith and Nicholas Norbrook.
47 minutes | 5 months ago
#103: Zimbabwe's illicit gold mines, costing lives and money
A surge of attacks linked to Zimbabwe's growing artisanal mining sector, has killed hundreds of miners.In this week's Talking Africa podcast, we speak to Piers Pigou, one of the authors of the International Crisis Group has just published a report called 'All That Glitters is Not Gold: Turmoil in Zimbabwe’s Mining Sector' that delves into illicit mines of the country and particularly those toiling for gold.
28 minutes | 6 months ago
#102: Women Working For Change -- Toyin Sanni, CEO of Emerging Capital Africa
In this takeover episode, Ohenaba Ama Nti Osei speaks to leading Nigerian banker and CEO, Toyin Sanni.From her early days in the industry, to the battles and challenges that made her grow, Sanni has straddled both worlds, from Group CEO at one of Nigeria's largest investment banks, to founder of a new venture, Emerging Capital Africa.From the insider battles to institutionalise processes within a big corporation, to the battle to convince investors at the head of a brand new company, Sanni's real message is: just get started.This episode is produced partnership with our flagship event, Women Working For Change => find out more here: https://www.wearewfc.com/
38 minutes | 6 months ago
#101: Eric Kacou - "Côte d'Ivoire needs a political settlement"
What is next after Côte d'Ivoire's elections? President Ouattara was comfortably re-elected; but with the opposition claiming constitutional foul, and ex-Premier Guillaume Soro calling for a mutiny in the army, things are fragile.A wide-ranging conversation with Ivorian development expert Eric Kacou about the pressing need for political dialogue and economic progress in the country and wider region.
70 minutes | 7 months ago
#100: Can Nigeria's #EndSARS protest maintain momentum?
Forces unleashed against Nigeria's #EndSARS protestors suggest panicking politicians trying to manage a modern movement with the toolkit of the 1980s.They are unlikely to get the toothpaste back in the tube. But the amorphous leadership of the movement will need to avoid getting sucked into sectarian dynamics, and get ready for a marathon not a sprint.This is our 100th episode! If you enjoy it, get it touch to suggest guests or panel ideas at email@example.com - the best ones will be drawn from a hat, and read out on the show.
39 minutes | 7 months ago
#99: William Asiko - "Agriculture is transformational, but you need government to play its role"
As head of the Rockefeller Foundation in Africa, William Asiko is on a mission. He believes that agriculture can play a transformational role, but only when all stakeholders are playing their part. The state, unfashionable as it is, is a critical component in helping structure rural markets; and helping farmers access the value under their soil.
33 minutes | 7 months ago
#98: Amina Mohamed - "The WTO needs to regain its centrality in global governance"
With just a few days to go before the World Trade Organisation narrow the field of candidates from five to just two, here is a conversation with Kenya's candidate, Amina Mohamed.But in a world where economic nationalism and protectionism are the order of the day, what role for the WTO?
26 minutes | 8 months ago
#97: Dr John Nkengasong on Covid-19 -- 'We need root and branch reform of healthcare'
Dr Nkengasong of the Africa Centres for Disease Control has become an authority over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. While he is 'proud and pleased' of the five African countries now manufacturing diagnostic tests for Covid-19, he believes their needs to be root and branch reform of African healthcare systems.
52 minutes | 8 months ago
#96 Tom Burgis: 'The rise of kleptocrats fueled by destablising the truth on social media
In our first episode in this new season of Talking Africa, we delve right into a juicy discussion about humanity's obsession with greed, looting and corruption, and if there's hope for a better future.How can African nations stop the looting of their natural wealth by rogue politicians and an international band of financial predators? How do you join the dots between illegal gold-mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo, smuggling trips to Dubai and a financial laundromat based in the City of London? Most of all what does it take to track down these shadowy operations and bring the culprits to justice?To help our quest, we have an in-depth conversation with Tom Burgis, author of the non-fiction thriller 'Kleptopia: How dirty money is conquering the world'. It traces the evolution of an international but virtual republic based on stolen money.Join us at www.theafricareport.com, @theafricareport, and on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/theafricareport/
56 minutes | 9 months ago
#95: Africa and the US - 'In Africa, people don't take us seriously'
Will political change and the pandemic force a reset of US diplomatic and security priorities – and where will Africa figure in the new order? This week on Talking Africa, we try to dissect the evolving relations and questions between Africa and the United States.Join us at www.theafricareport.com, @theafricareport, and on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/theafricareport/
21 minutes | 10 months ago
#94: Melinda Gates on the 'Shadow Pandemic' of violence against women
Women in power get things done says Melinda Gates; you just have to look at who has come out on top in managing the coronavirus.Moved to action by what the UN calls a 'shadow pandemic' of violence against women during lockdowns , the co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has been speaking out.She speaks to us this week on Talking Africa.Join us at www.theafricareport.com, @theafricareport, and on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/theafricareport/
17 minutes | 10 months ago
#93: Tundu Lissu - "Magufuli's war on corruption is like a mafia shakedown"
Tundu Lissu, a prominent member of Tanzania's opposition, was driving home in 2017 when gunmen sprayed his car with over 30 bullets. He barely survived, and went into exile.Now he is returning to Tanzania; but he has not lost any of his vehemence that Tanzania needs to change course, accusing President Magufuli of wanting to drag the country back to the days of dictatorship.
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