Archives for December 2010

What were your highlights of 2010?

Alex Jakana | 13:51 UK time, Thursday, 23 December 2010

The curtain is falling on 2010 and what a year it has been for Africa. From the euphoria of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa and the horror of the Kampala bombs that killed nearly 80 fans watching the final, to celebrations in 17 African countries that marked 50 years of independence including Nigeria and Somalia.

Then there were some highly controversial elections like those in Rwanda, Sudan and, of course, Ivory Coast.


Plus, not to forget, the SMS hoax of an impending earthquake in Ghana that left many people too scared to sleep indoors.

But all that aside, we'd like you to tell us what made this year memorable for you as an individual. You know, the events in your life that will always remind you of 2010. What things made you laugh, cry or do both this year?

 

Is Christmas changing in Africa?

AfricaHYS Team | 12:26 UK time, Wednesday, 22 December 2010

 Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, the season is here and most of us are touched by it in some way. How does Christmas affect you? 

  

Traditionally in Africa many people travel back to the village to spend time celebrating with relatives. But is this still the case? Does it matter where you spent Christmas?

Is the way Christmas is celebrated changing where you are? Are there traditions that seem to be dying out, and if so, are there new ones taking their place? What is expected of you at Christmas and how does it make you feel?

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Wednesday 22 December at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

What lessons can Africa learn from Ivory Coast crisis?

BBC AfricaHYS team | 17:18 UK time, Monday, 20 December 2010

As the EU prepares to impose travel sanctions on Laurent Gbagbo, Africa Have Your Say is discussing the long term implications of the crisis in Ivory Coast.
Laurent Gbagbo 

Will voters in other African countries feel confident about their own upcoming elections, given the process in Ivory Coast has gone so wrong? And what will be the repercussions on Ivory Coast's neighbours?

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Tuesday 21 December at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

Will Ghana's petrol dollars make a difference?

AfricaHYS Team | 18:41 UK time, Tuesday, 14 December 2010

 
On Wednesday Ghana officially joined the club of petroleum producing countries when President John
Atta Mills turns on the taps at the new drilling plant in Takoradi. 
 

 

Ghanaians hope that this new wealth will improve their standard of living and enhance the provision of essential services such as health care, schools, water and electricity.

The World Bank estimates that Ghana has reserves of 800 million barrels and potential for up to one billion more.

Economies such as Malaysia and Brazil have managed to use their resources to improve the quality of life for its citizens. Can Ghana do the same? 

Please send your questions, concerns or suggestions on the new oil and we will put them to senior government member.  

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Wednesday 15 December at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

 

Who is your African icon?

Africa HYS team | 13:43 UK time, Monday, 13 December 2010

What makes a person an icon? BBC Focus on Africa magazine has published a list of 50 African icons, but do you agree with the selection?

              African icons chart bbc

Who would be in your list of Africa's top icons and why? Is there somebody missing from this list as far as you are concerned?

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Tuesday 14 December at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

 

Can religious leaders fight climate change?

Africa HYS team | 16:02 UK time, Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Are religious leaders the right people to influence attitudes to climate change? 

 

Religious leaders are not the first people that spring to mind at the mention of climate change are they?

But a group of them from Nigeria are currently in London to discuss what role religion can play in engaging people with the fight against climate change.

How influential are faith leaders where you are? 

Are there other issues you'd like to see them championing?  If so, what?

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Wednesday 8 December at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

What options for Ivory Coast?

Africa HYS team | 12:40 UK time, Tuesday, 7 December 2010

The crisis in Ivory Coast appears to be deepening as international pressure mounts on Laurent Gbagbo to cede power.

Thabo Mbeki

 

Both Mr Gbagbo and Mr Ouattara have laid claim to the Presidency and both men have now named separate cabinets.

The Ivorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry say goods such as meat and fish are running short and many warehouses have been closed due to security fears.

The former South African President Thabo Mbeki left the country after two days of talks failed to bring a solution, and as tensions mount, the UN is moving non-essential staff out of the country.

Several international lenders including the EU have threatened to pull the plug on the country if a solution is not found soon.

As West Africa's regional body Ecowas holds crisis talks in Nigeria, we ask what are the options for Ivory Coast?

Are you affected by the unfolding events there?  Is a power sharing government inevitable?

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Tuesday 07 December at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

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