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THE AFRICANS
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Monday 28 April - Friday 2 May, 15:45-16:00


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Ken Wiwa's father was executed by a Nigerian military dictator. He knows all too well the horrors that can happen on the continent. But he's fed up with the unremittingly gloomy view of Africa. It's not the Africa he knows.

Contrary to popular opinion there are millions of ordinary Africans doing amazing things for the development of their continent - and they don't drive 4x4 Landcruisers or hob nob with Clare Short.

In this series Ken Wiwa introduces us to 5 ordinary people doing extraordinary things: The Africans.

Programme One

Meet Ndungi Githuku
He's a poet and dramatist who became swept up in politics while at college in Nairobi, and fused his art and political beliefs into "artivism"...

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Programme Two

Meet Maa Fra
She is an 80 year old peasant farmer living way out in rural Ghana. But she has dedicated all her free time to helping people poorer than herself...

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Programme Three

Meet Fola Adeola
He founded one of Nigeria's biggest banks and gave up his director's chair to fill a gap he felt his government was ignoring...

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Programme Four

Meet Father Nzamujo
With a just a marshy patch of land near Porto Nova, Benin, Father Nzamujo's Songhai Centre focuses on African development ideas for Africa...

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Programme Five

Meet Gilbert Matsabisa
After studying pharmacology and working at Smith Kline Beecham, he is now using western science to prove traditional medicines work ...

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