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Enduring issues
In order to solve African problems we need to understand their causes

Africa's enduring issues


Analysing Africa's past present and future


Analysis is exploring in depth the enduring issues of past, present and future Africa, through the eyes of Africans themselves.

In the first part of the series, Biyi Bandele, a playwright and novelist from Nigeria currently living in London, looks at the effects of colonialism in Africa and remembers his childhood during the years of transition.

In part two, Cobus Claasens - a former mercenary from South Africa - talks about the roots and effects of conflict on the African continent, and his experiences of war.

In part three, an Angolan civil rights activist talks about involvement in the civil rights movements, a refusal to be a government, and the consequences of disobedience. This programme sheds light on the importance of perseverance, and to have the right to a functioning democracy in Africa.

In part four, radio show host Andrew Mwenda is interested in the role of foreign aid in Africa. He asks the question, does Africa really need aid?

Finally, Véronique Tadjo, a writer and artist from the Ivory Coast, explores the question: "Can Africans sort it out for themselves?".

Why we are failing African girls?


The Interview, as part of BBC World Service's look at developments in the future of Africa, talks to Aids activist Princess Kasune Zulu.

Born in Zambia, Princess Kasune Zulu is 29 years old and HIV positive. She describes how the virus tore her family apart when she was still a young girl and how she married young - just in order to survive.

She now travels the world campaigning. She is particularly concerned about the children orphaned by Aids and believes that education is a crucial factor in fighting the virus.

She tells Carrie Gracie why being HIV positive has become a personal, spiritual journey and how it has even become a source of joy.
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