The World Today's Komla Dumor is travelling across West Africa to look at the challenges facing democracy in the region.
He will be asking people their views on democracy, good governance, corruption, tribalism and lack of infrastructure.
This is his itinerary:
Presidential and parliamentary elections in Ghana have attracted a huge turnout, poll officials say.
Observers said that, despite long queues outside some polling stations, the election had been peaceful.
President John Kufuor is stepping down after serving the maximum two terms.
The race to succeed him is considered to be a tight one.
The main contenders are Nana Akufo-Addo from the governing New Patriotic Party, and the opposition NDC's John Atta Mills.
Komla Dumor met Mr Atta Mills and asked him how confident he was of victory?
Komla also spoke to Nana Akufo-Addo:
Komla also met one of Ghana's best-known musicians, Samini:
First broadcast 7~8 December 2008
With 150 million citizens, Nigerians proudly state that one out of every five black people in the world is a Nigerian.
It is Africa's most populous country, and one of the world's biggest oil producers. But it also has its fair share of problems.
Presidential and gubernatorial elections held last April were marred by allegations of fraud and vote rigging.
And this week Nigeria has been counting the cost of ethnic fighting in the city of Jos, which left hundreds dead.
Komla reports from Nigeria's economic capital, Lagos:
They were outside a factory protesting about working conditions as the government was about to announce its budget plans for the year ahead:
Komla caught up with her in Lagos for an interview and began by asking for her reaction to the troubles in Jos?
His unique musical style known as Afrobeat transcended the borders of the continent.
But it was his lyrics that made him a star. He excoriated Nigeria and Africa's corrupt leaders with songs like VIP, or Vagabonds in Power.
It won him fans across the globe but the reaction was swift in Nigeria: Fela was jailed by successive governments.
He died in 1997, but still remains a reference point for political music in Africa.
First broadcast 3~4 December 2008
Ivory Coast should have been one of the most economically successful nations in Africa.
But in spite of rich natural resources, the nation has still not yet recovered from a civil war that only ended in 2007.
Elections should have been held on Sunday, but have been postponed to 2009 because of a failure to conclude the national identification process.
In the economic capital Abdijan, Komla Dumor met former Prime Minister Alassane Outtarra, who was barred from participating in earlier elections by his opponents who challenged his Ivorian nationality.
Komla asked him how he felt about the latest delay to democracy:
Komla also travelled to the northern city of Bouake and met students from the university there:
Ivory Coast still lives in the shadow of its founding father Felix Houphouet-Boigny who ruled the nation from independence until his death in 1993.
When he died he left the nation a showpiece monument in his birthplace of Yamoussoukro: the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace:
At the Basilica, Komla got to know Blanchard Lajoie, who sells fresh coconut milk to visitors: