S3,EP1: Nigeria post-strike, Kenya health disorders, Sudan women on bikes

S3,EP1: Nigeria post-strike, Kenya health disorders, Sudan women on bikes

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About this episode

This week, Africa Calling podcast brings you audio-rich stories and voices from the African continent with our African correspondents. In Nigeria, students and their parents are dealing with the after-effects of an eight-month public university strike. In Kenya, mothers in poor areas look for help in managing their children's health disorders. And in Sudan, women and girls mount yet another form of protest by riding their bicycles.

For this week’s podcast, Nigeria correspondent Poloum David talks to Chairman of the ASUU Lecturers union Emmanuel Osodeke, and Labour and Employment Minister Chris Ngige. University students Rhoda James and Grace Adams speak of the dilemma they are in now that school is back, and Adebayo and Celina Abduljelil speak of the financial hardships they have had as their son was off of school for eight months like the other students.

From Kenya, reporter Victor Moturi sits down with mothers Rose Lihavi, Lydia Kerubo, and Ann Awuor, who speak of the health challenges facing their children. Clinical officer Bonface Mwangi Njoroge, who works at Mary Immaculate hospital, and Kennedy Kipchumba, medical expert at Lengo hospital in Nairobi talk about the reasons behind certain disorders in children. Mary Killeen, director at Songa Mbele na Masomo health centre, addresses how the centre tries to help the parents and the children in need.

Sudan correspondent Yassir Haron interviews Enass Mazamel of the Sudanese female cyclists’ initiative and Hind El Tjani a member of No to Women’s Oppression, a group that fights for women’s rights in Sudan. Haron spoke to Ahmed Al Zubair, deputy secretary of the Sudanese Cycling Federation, who wants bicyclists to feel protected while Mohammed Abuelnour, a teacher of religious education, wants women to comply with religous teachings. Bike messenger Salma Awad and teacher Noha Mohsin shared their biking experiences.

Listen to the Fela Kuti-inflected Ezra Collective, featuring Sampa the Great as selected by Erwan Rome.

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