BBC World Service - Africa Today Archive

Africa Today Archive

A collection of special features broadcast on BBC Focus on Africa and BBC Network Africa.

A security guard attempts to hold back supporters of Madagascar's President Marc Ravalomanana as they gather near the main square of the Madagascan capital on February 14, 2009.

February 09 news timeline

A power struggle in Madagascar brings demonstrators on the streets in violent protest; South Africa's COPE names political unknown Bishop Dandala as its presidential candidate; and former Malawian president Muluzi is arrested on corruption charges.
  • Ten years after "J6" the label for the day Sierra Leone's RUF rebels invaded Freetown, we meet one of their victims.
  • Zimbabwe's unity-government finance minister, Tendai Biti on his planned changes to the ministry.
  • Togo's King Nee Ade has been a journalist and tv presenter, now he is making a name for himself with music.

Elections focus

    • The voters, the candidates, the campaigning and the issues in Ghana's 2008 closely fought race.
    • Angola elections 08

      For the first time in 16 years Angolans head to the polls to elect new members of parliament.
    • Zambian election 2008

      Three presidential candidates on why they are the right man to succeed the late Levy Mwanawasa.
    • Zimbabwe extra

      A range of contributors explore the election crisis and what's next for the people of Zimbabwe.

News timelines

    • John Atta Mills is sworn in as Ghana's new president; Ethiopian troops withdraw from their bases in Somalia; and rebel Congolese general Nkunda is arrested in Rwanda fleeing a joint DRC/Rwanda offensive.
    • October 08 news timeline

      The war re-ignites in the east of the DR Congo displacing thousands; a split in South Africa's governing ANC as a breakaway party is announced; and Zambians elect a new president.
    • December 08 news timeline

      A military junta seizes power in Guinea; Ghana's tight presidential vote goes to a second round; and a joint operation against the LRA in the DR Congo prompts lethal revenge attacks on villages.
    • September 08 news timeline

      Angolans head to the polls for the first time in 16 years; South Africa's governing ANC gives President Mbeki the boot; and Somali pirates seize a Ukrainian ship with its cargo of arms.
    • Olusegun Obasanjo is named UN peace envoy to the crisis in the DR Congo; a fresh diplomatic row erupts between Rwanda and France; and singing legend, Miriam Makeba "Mama Africa" dies at 74.
    • August 08 news timeline

      A military coup deposes the elected leader of Mauritania; the wrangle for power continues in Zimbabwe; and Somalia's port city of Kismayo becomes the target of insurgents.