Africa Today

Africa Today

Africa news and analysis from the BBC's Focus on Africa. The Africa Today podcast contains the day's top stories from African news - available to download Monday to Friday from 1830 GMT.

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  • Friday 24 April 2015

    Fri, 24 Apr 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Available:
    29 days remaining

    UN Human Rights Commissioner slams anti immigration comments in the British media. Malawians boycott South African shops. And aid workers call for unrestricted access in South Sudan.

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  • Thursday 23 April 2015

    Thu, 23 Apr 15

    Duration:
    23 mins

    Available:
    28 days remaining

    Can the EU summit in Brussels find ways of preventing more migrants dying in the Mediterranean? We will also be reporting from South Africa, where migration has also been the main news of the day.

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  • Wednesday April 22 2015

    Wed, 22 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Available:
    27 days remaining

    Angolan police deny killing hundreds of members of a sect. South Africa army raids to curb xenophobic attacks. And the Nigerian motorbikers who drove all the way to the Arctic - to sleep in an ice hotel.

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  • Tuesday April 21 2015

    Tue, 21 Apr 15

    Duration:
    22 mins

    Available:
    26 days remaining

    The deployment of the army is announced in South Africa in response to anti-immigrant violence, migrant deaths in the Mediterranean provoke more reaction and Egypt's former president is given a jail sentence of twenty years.

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  • Monday April 20, 2015

    Mon, 20 Apr 15

    Duration:
    31 mins

    Available:
    25 days remaining

    Today: European Union chiefs to hold an extraordinary meeting to come up with a solution for the worsening crisis in the Mediterranean. South Africa's Zulu King addresses a durbar in Durban calling recent attacks on foreigners vile. But will his comments help stop the attacks? Plus romance - what's love got to do with it, do African writers need a romantic novel publishing house?

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  • Friday 17th April

    Fri, 17 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Available:
    22 days remaining

    More unrest in South Africa as police fire rubber bullets on protesting migrants following attacks on foreign-owned businesses in Johannesburg. Uncertainty over President Nkurunziza's plans for the future are blamed for rising tensions in Burundi. Plus our Resident Presidents chew over the recent elections in Nigeria.

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  • Thursday 16th April 2015

    Thu, 16 Apr 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    21 days remaining

    Comprehensive coverage of the xenophobic attacks in South Africa, with reports from Durban and Cape Town. Plus we hear from the man hoping to take a king to court, and we head to Cape Verde for a Jazz Festival.

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  • Wednesday 15th April 2015

    Wed, 15 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Available:
    20 days remaining

    The dangers facing migrants all over Africa are laid bare as thousands are rescued trying to cross into Europe by sea. In South Africa, xenophobic attacks continue, forcing some countries to take measures to bring their citizens home. PLus we meet the Nigerian woman who ran a marathon at the North Pole.

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  • Tuesday April 14, 2015

    Tue, 14 Apr 15

    Duration:
    30 mins

    Available:
    19 days remaining

    Today: Hundreds gather in Nigeria's capital, to mark a year since over two hundred Chibok school girls were abducted by Boko Haram. We'll hear from a parent and a girl who DID escape. And Sierra Leone's schools reopen after months of closure due to the Ebola virus.

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  • Monday April 13, 2015

    Mon, 13 Apr 15

    Duration:
    34 mins

    Available:
    18 days remaining

    Today: In Sudan less than ten percent of voters cast ballots as the opposition call for a boycott of polls President Omar El Bashir is sure to win. Is it all change in Nigeria as the All Progressive Congress party makes sweeping gains in the State Governor elections? And a new report by a UK-based think tank says African governments DO have the resources to provide basic health care to their people.

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  • Friday April 10, 2015

    Fri, 10 Apr 15

    Duration:
    26 mins

    Available:
    15 days remaining

    South Africa government warns those instigating xenophobic attacks as hundreds of foreigner flee their homes. Also, aid agencies operating in Somalia question Kenya's decision to close Somali money transfer companies.

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  • Thursday 9th April 2015

    Thu, 9 Apr 15

    Duration:
    19 mins

    Available:
    14 days remaining

    A row in Kenya about students reportedly still missing a week after al-Shabab's assault on their university. We also hear how Garissa's residents are coping. Sudan frees an opposition leader and a human rights activist with elections just days away. Nigeria's favourite R and B twins, back with a new album.

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  • Wednesday April 08, 2015

    Wed, 8 Apr 15

    Duration:
    37 mins

    Available:
    13 days remaining

    Today: Reactions...as Kenya clamps down on Somali money transfer operators to deny militants cash for attacks. And Zimbabwe's president Mugabe is on his first state visit in twenty years to South Africa. Will he return with assistance?

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  • Tuesday April 07, 2015

    Tue, 7 Apr 15

    Duration:
    37 mins

    Available:
    12 days remaining

    Thousands march in Kenya to honour those killed in the University attack...Organisers behind a mass vigil for the victims say why it's important? Is Madagascar's textile industry to see a boom? Plus South Africa's medical lifeline for children with severe breathing difficulties.

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  • Monday 6 April 2015

    Mon, 6 Apr 15

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Available:
    11 days remaining

    Kenya's government launches air strikes in Somalia in retaliation for Al Shabab attacks on Garissa University. But is this the right response? Plus, the Nigerian-American student who has made headlines after being accepted at all eight of the Ivy League universities in the USA.

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  • Friday 3 April 2015

    Fri, 3 Apr 15

    Duration:
    26 mins

    Available:
    8 days remaining

    Anger and sadness in Kenya as the country struggles to come to terms with East Africa's bloodiest attack since the 1998 bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. Plus, the problems of water shortages in Lagos and the phone call that changed a nation.

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  • Thursday 2 April 2015

    Thu, 2 Apr 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    7 days remaining

    News and reaction from today's attack on a university in Garissa in eastern Kenya. Plus an interview with Nigeria's President-elect Muhammadu Buhari

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  • Wednesday 1 April 2015

    Wed, 1 Apr 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    6 days remaining

    Reaction to the result in the Nigerian election, Afro-roots reggae from the Ghanaian musician Rocky Dawuni, an interview with Zambia's opposition leader and a report about the people who ride London's nightbuses, just to get somewhere to sleep.

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  • Tuesday March 31, 2015

    Tue, 31 Mar 15

    Duration:
    59 mins

    Available:
    5 days remaining

    A special edition of BBC Focus on Africa, marking a momentous day in Nigeria's recent history - presented by Bola Mosuro in London and Akwasi Sarpong in Abuja.

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  • Monday, March 30, 2015

    Mon, 30 Mar 15

    Duration:
    30 mins

    Available:
    4 days remaining

    Results begin to come in after Nigeria's presidential election at the weekend - we bring you a snapshot of where things stood at 18GMT. Plus the US is to send a president to visit Kenya, while South Africa is to send a comedian to host a major US TV show.

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  • Friday, 27 March, 2015

    Fri, 27 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Available:
    1 day remaining

    With 24 hours to go before the presidential elections, the Nigerian military has announced that it has recaptured the town of Gwoza, a Boko Haram stronghold. Also in this podcast we look at whether America's popular Green Card Lottery, which has been a ticket to a visa for so many Africans, is under threat.

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