Archives for August 2011

Cameroon's elections: Are they viable?

BBC Africa HYS Team | 14:31 UK time, Wednesday, 31 August 2011

 Will Cameroon's elections be viable?

Cameroon's President Paul Biya 
Cameroon is scheduled to hold presidential elections on the 9th of October. Voter registration has just ended and Sunday is the deadline for candidates to submit their nominations. 
 

But, with President Paul Biya, who has been in power for almost 30 years, seeking re-election, and some of the highest levels of corruption in the world, will these elections be any more credible than previous ones have been?

Are you planning to vote in the Cameroonian elections? If so, do you have confidence in the electoral system? If not, why?

For the first time Cameroonians in the diaspora are permitted to vote: if you are one of them get in touch and have your say.

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Wednesday 31 August at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

Is Algeria right to help the Gaddafis?

Africa HYS team | 14:54 UK time, Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Is Algeria right to help the Gaddafis? 

Gaddafi family tree  

The former Libyan leader's wife and three of his children have been given refuge in Algeria.

It is a move anti Gaddafi fighters have condemned. Meanwhile Algeria's UN envoy Mourad Benmehidi has defended the decision saying that in the desert region there is a "holy rule of hospitality".

How do you think the families of notorious leaders be treated? 

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Tuesday 30th August at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

Do we care too much about our biological roots?

BBC Africa HYS Team | 14:12 UK time, Wednesday, 24 August 2011

 

A group of African siblings 

 

A woman in Kenya, Flora Otiende, who was abandoned as a baby, is trying to trace her family via a national paper. Flora Otiende, who is now 50, says not knowing where she comes from is a big issue for her: "It really disturbs me. It's like a disease now." She says she will not relent in her search, no matter how long it takes.

What is your reaction to her quest?

In many African cultures, knowing who your ancestors are is crucial to your identity - and to issues around marriage, and other important social rites of passage.

But should our biological roots matter this much?

Couples unable to have their own children often suffer great heartache - and yet there a millions of orphan children in Africa in need of parents.

Should our identity - or our value - be predicated on who our people are, or who we are as individuals?

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Thursday 25 August at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

Is Eritrea ready to reform?

AfricaHYS Team | 13:54 UK time, Thursday, 18 August 2011

Eritrea's President Isaias Afewerki concludes his three-day ''peace trip'' to Uganda later on Thursday.

His visit comes at a time when Eritrea is seeking to rejoin the regional development group the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (Igad). The country left Igad in 2007 after the body - made up of Kenya, Uganda, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia - supported Ethiopia's military intervention to back the weak government in Somalia.

But a UN monitoring report released last month accused Eritrea of funding and arming Somalia's Islamist al-Shabab group. Eritrea has denied this, claiming it is propaganda aimed at discrediting it in the region. 

Meanwhile, human rights groups say Eritrea's regime is authoritarian and militarised with no tolerance for opposition or dissent.  

Do you think Eritrea is ready to change? As analysts say Eritrea  wants to rebuild regional ties, should its neighbours be willing to build bridges? Should Eritrea be re-admitted to Igad? If you are in Eritrea, or an Eritrean abroad, what is your view? And if you are from a different African country, would you like your president to receive the Eritrean president? 

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Thursday 18 August at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

Are your embassies abroad effective?

AfricaHYS Team | 13:36 UK time, Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Kenya's embassies around the world are facing serious funding difficulties. This is due to the falling value of the Kenyan shilling.

But while Kenya's government is looking at ways to make sure operations at its embassies are safeguarded, some Kenyans are questioning the value of some of these missions abroad. 

Are you happy with your embassies abroad? Are they worth your tax money?

On Facebook, Gabriel Angura in Uganda says: ''Most embassies abroad serve the interests of a few people in the government.''  Linda Yotamu in South Africa asks: ''How are we supposed to know (what embassies do) when they don't tell us?'' 

If you have questions on how embassies work and if you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Wednesday 17 August at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

 

Are Africans giving enough?

Alex Jakana | 14:08 UK time, Tuesday, 16 August 2011

The international charity Oxfam has launched an initiative to get Africans and their governments to donate more towards the drought and famine in the Horn of Africa. It says the donations given by African countries so far are too small.

Somali woman dragging a jerry can

 

On Monday, China promised a further $55m (£33.5m)  for famine relief, but the African Union itself has  postponed its pledging conference.

Oxfam now says it intends to name and shame the African governments that it thinks should be doing more.

Do you think governments on the continent are doing enough? And what about individuals - have you donated to the cause?

 

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Tuesday 16 August at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

Is Lagos right to criminalise deserting fathers?

Africa HYS team | 11:35 UK time, Thursday, 11 August 2011

Is Nigeria's Lagos state right to criminalise deserting fathers? 

mother and child (AP)

Earlier this week the Babatunde Fashola, the Lagos State governor, signed into law that forces men to support their children. Men who impregnate and abandon women could now face prosecution.

The rights of children born outside marriage are already protected by Kenya's constitution. But how enforceable is such a law? And how much of a difference does it make?   

Is this going too far or would you like to see the same law in your country?

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Thursday 11 August at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

How does the global financial crisis impact on Africa?

Africa HYS team | 11:31 UK time, Wednesday, 10 August 2011

How does the global financial crisis impact on Africa?
A woman looking at a financial application on her phone (AFP)

Talk of double-dip recessions, credit ratings, bail-outs and interest rates are once again dominating the headlines.

Are you worried that this may end up having an impact on your country? Some people think that it won't.  

Are you an African in the diaspora who is feeling the impact of what is happening?  Does it affect the way in which you are able to help your family back home? 

Do you have any questions about the current economic crisis? Are there issues you don't understand or concerns you'd like addressed?

We will have two economists on the programme who are willing to answer any questions you may have so feel free to post them here.

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Wednesday 10 August at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

Riots in the UK - your reaction.

Africa HYS team | 11:36 UK time, Tuesday, 9 August 2011

The British Parliament is recalled after "sickening" rioting in London and other cities, PM David Cameron says, as he pledges 16,000 officers on the streets tonight.  Have the riots in the UK changed your view of Britain?

A man clears up after the looting of a supermarket in London (Reuters)

 

Clean-up operations are underway in parts of London, and other cities  which have also experienced violence and looting.

An extra 1,700 police officers were deployed in London, where shops were looted and buildings were set alight.

The prime minister has returned early from his holiday to discuss the unrest, which first flared on Saturday after a peaceful protest in Tottenham over the fatal shooting of a man by police.

At least 400 people have been arrested and more than 69 people have been charged with various offences.

How is the African community coping with the riots in the UK?  How damaging has this been for the UK's image abroad?  Does this affect your confidence in London staging a successful Olympic Games in 2012? 

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Tuesday 9 August at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

 

 

Is sex education still a taboo in Africa?

Africa HYS team | 11:44 UK time, Thursday, 4 August 2011

Africa Have Your Say listener David Harrison wants us to talk about sex education in Africa because he believes there should be a more enlightened approach.  Do you agree?

"Most Africans shy away from sex education and it leaves young people experimenting by themselves" he says.  David explains that left to their own devices, many people get into problematic situations, and some even lose their lives as a result.

How did you find out about sex?  Did parents talk about it sex to their children or is it considered a taboo subject?  When is the right time to teach children about sex? Should it be taught in school, or is it the job of parents alone to educate their children?

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Thursday 4 August at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

Mubarak's trial - your reaction?

Africa HYS team | 11:37 UK time, Wednesday, 3 August 2011

He was the most powerful man in Egypt for decades, but today, ex-president Hosni Mubarak lay on a stretcher in court facing charges of corruption and ordering the killing of protestors. What is your reaction to this trial?

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in court (Reuters)

 

Is it of any significance that it's being carried out in Egypt by Egyptians? 

Do you see a trial like this one ever happening in Sub-Saharan Africa?

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Wednesday 3 August at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

How will Ramadan affect unrest in Africa?

Africa HYS team | 12:48 UK time, Tuesday, 2 August 2011

The holy month of Ramadan is a time of fasting, prayer, reflection and acts of charity for Muslims everywhere. So what impact will it have in places of conflict and unrest such as Libya, Egypt and Somalia?

 

Would a break in the fighting in Libya give either side the upper hand in the conflict? 

In Egypt tensions are high ahead of the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak.  The Egyptian military have dismantled the tents of protesters who have camped out in Tahrir square for the last 3 weeks.  Will Ramadhan have a calming effect?

With thousands of Muslims across the continent observing the demands of the Ramadan fast, will other protests and strikes prove too demanding to sustain?
 
If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Tuesday 2 August at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

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