Africa Calling

Africa Calling

RFI English
24 episodes

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Africa Calling is a twice-monthly podcast taking a more in-depth look at current events in Africa, with sound-rich feature reports covered by our correspondents in the field. African voices, African correspondents.

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12 May 2022

S2,EP 18: Nigeria's fuel hikes, Nairobi tackles rabies, & Sudan fishermen affected by climate change

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This week, Africa Calling podcast brings you audio-rich stories and voices from the African continent with our African correspondents. In Nigeria, an unstable power supply and fuel hikes due to the Ukraine war has businesses struggling to cope; Nairobi is tackling rabies by ensuring dogs are vaccinated, and in Sudan, fishermen on the Nile say dams and climate change have changed their profession dramatically. For this week’s podcast, Nigeria correspondent Poloum David speaks to graphics designer Emmanuel Daniel, social media content creator Gracefill Godwin, and Peace Amaugo, an event planner, whose businesses are all affected by the energy crisis. Energy analyst Saddiq Abba weighs in on how it's affecting Nigeria and Joshua Okpebholo, who manages an NGO in Abuja, speaks about how it has affected productivity in the office. From Kenya, reporter Carole Mucheru examines rabies prevention, speaking to Nairobi dog owners Nduta and Muania, Director of Veterinary Services for Nairobi Dr. Daniel Karugu, and Dr. Gabriel Ouma, a veterinary surgeon who operates a private clinic in Nairobi. Sudan correspondent Yassir Haron speaks to fishermen Gasim Sajour and Moatiz Ahmed about fishing difficulties, while Omdurman market fish seller Ibrahim Abdalla speaks of the reduction in fish. Goverment officials Abdalla Mohamed, consultant for the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources, and Director General of the General Fisheries Administration Nafisa Mahgoup, spoke about fishing regulations. Groovetastic Beja music from Port Sudan in this episode by Noori and his Dorpa Band as selected by Alison Hird. Find us on Apple Podcasts, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn or your favourite podcast app. Africa Calling is produced by Radio France Internationale. Editor and host, Laura-Angela Bagnetto, sound editing by Cécile Pompeani and  Victor Uhl. Follow us on Twitter: @Africa__Calling
29 April 2022

S2,EP 17: Zimbabwe's crystal meth problem, Cameroon's drum artisans & Benin rejoices return of looted art

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This week, Africa Calling podcast brings you audio-rich stories and voices from the African continent with our African correspondents. In Zimbabwe, drug abuse, and using crystal meth in particular, has taken hold among the youth of Masvingo; drum-making artisans are trying to preserve their craft in Cameroon, and Benin is celebrating with theater and an exhibition as France returns royal treasures after more than a century. For this week’s podcast, Zimbabwe correspondent Kudzai Chimhangwa speaks to Masvingo city Mayor Collin Maboke, Ministry of Youth spokesperson, Jeff Warara, as well a number of crystal meth addicts and pushers. From Cameroon, reporter Batata Boris Karloff speaks to musicologist Erick Nwenty and recording artist Mola Mongombe about the importance of drums in Cameroon's musical tradition. He also speaks to artisans George Tifungton, aka Pa Drummer, and his son Stanley Tita, aka Pikin Drummer. Benin correspondent Foumilayo Assanvi sits down with Alain Godonou, the director of Benin’s Museums, and Carole Lokossou, artistic director of the evening performances created to celebrate the return of royal treasure from France. The heartfelt music in this episode is sung by Zimbabwean songstress Feli Nandi. Find us on Apple Podcasts, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn or your favourite podcast app. Africa Calling is produced by Radio France Internationale. Editor and host, Laura-Angela Bagnetto, sound editing by Erwan Rome and Nicolas Doreau. Follow us on Twitter: @Africa__Calling
15 April 2022

S2,EP16: Kenya's waste-pickers, Cameroon's rising prices, and Uganda's antibiotic problem

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This week, Africa Calling podcast brings you audio-rich stories and voices from the African continent with our African correspondents. In Kenya, waste-pickers in Nairobi are worried about their livelihoods as politicians discuss a new dump site; Ugandan consumers are misusing antibiotics, which has had a knock-on effect for the country and beyond; and in Bamenda, Cameroon, consumers are having a hard time making ends meet as a result of the anglophone crisis, Covid-19 and the Ukraine war. For this week’s podcast, Kenya correspondent Ayub Mwangi talks to waste-pickers Peter Shiraku Wambu, Benjamin Muema and Sharon Atieno as well as Chrispine Bolo, a local community elder. He interviews Tobias Ochieng, a member of the Dandora Nyuma Kumi initiative that takes care of community policing within the Dandora estate. Kenneth Lukati, programmes officer of the healthy eating NGO Passion Food Safety also speaks to Africa Calling. On the streets and markets in Bamenda, Cameroon correspondent Sylvie Yukfu interviews market shoppers Dorothy Ngu, Elvis Muluh, and Laura Ngwa. She also speaks to Abel Ghogomu, a local government authority in charge of trade in the region. And Ugandan correspondent Namale Hajara Shahista interviews pharmacy clerks Sara Birungi and Esther Makoka. At Makerere University, she speaks to Dr Hakim Ssendagire, a specialist in drug resistance, and Dr Sabrina Kitaka, a paediatric infectious diseases specialist. She interviews Abiazz Rwamwiiri, the National Drug Authority spokesperson.   Groove to the music in this episode by Pierre Kwenders, selected by music maven Alison Hird. Find us on Apple Podcasts, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn or your favourite podcast app. Africa Calling is produced by Radio France Internationale. Editor and host, Laura-Angela Bagnetto, sound editing by Erwan Rome. Follow us on Twitter: @Africa__Calling
01 April 2022

S2,EP 15: Kenya's recycled eco pencils; taking a tour of Lagos slavery museum

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This week, Africa Calling podcast brings you audio-rich stories and voices from the African continent with our African correspondents. In Kenya, one company produces eco-friendly pencils for students; and in Nigeria, a slavery museum educates visitors about the horrors of the slave trade. For this week’s podcast, Kenya correspondent Anne Macharia talks to Mohammud Omari, co-founder of Momo pencils, and staff member Noel Omukubi. At Creative Minds school, she speaks to head teacher Mebal Okango, and students Nathan Muki and Joy Wangechi. At Badagry Heritage Museum just outside of Lagos, Nigeria correspondent Samuel Okocha interviews tour guide Hundeyin Isiaka, and at nearby Mobee Slave Relics Museum, he speaks to tour operator and royal family member Prince Abiodun Mobee. Danceable afropop in this episode comes from Adékunlé Gold (featuring Fatoumata Diawara), selected by music maven Alison Hird. Find us on Apple Podcasts, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn or your favourite podcast app. Africa Calling is produced by Radio France Internationale. Editor and host, Laura-Angela Bagnetto. Follow us on Twitter: @Africa__Calling
18 March 2022

S2, EP14: South Africa's comics try to bounce back; breaking stereotypes in Gambia; Malawi's farmers deal with climate crisis

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This week, Africa Calling podcast brings you audio-rich stories and voices from the African continent with our African correspondents. In South Africa, as comedy clubs reopen comedians are juggling between their live audience and their online one; from Gambia, young women are training to install solar panels to help other women; and in Malawi, farmers are trying to deal with the climate crisis by diversifying crops. For this week’s podcast, South Africa correspondent Kagiso Mnisi talks to Gavin Kelly, resident host and co-organiser of  Monday Night Comedy sessions at Cocktail on Six comedy club, comics Suhayl Essa and Loyiso Gola, cultural commentator and novelist Andrew Miller, and audience member Jap Zwidi. Gambia correspondent Sally Jeng speaks to solar panel installation teacher Fatou Njie, her student, Jama Ceesay, businesswoman Isatou Bajan, and Malang Sambou, project coordinator at Fandema. Malawi correspondent Benson Kunchezera went to Salima to interview farmer Felix Jumbe, agriculture expert Tamani Nkhono Mvula, and agro-dealer Chidza Ngoma in Lilongwe. Indie underground music in this episode comes from South African quartet Blk Jks, selected by music maven Alison Hird. Find us on Apple Podcasts, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn or your favourite podcast app. Africa Calling is produced by Radio France Internationale. Editor and host, Laura-Angela Bagnetto, sound editing by  Erwan Rome and Cécile Pompeani. Follow us on Twitter: @Africa__Calling
04 March 2022

S2, EP13: Cyclone aftermath in Malawi; antimicrobial crop resistance in Kenya; Nigerian artist leaves city for tranquility

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This week, Africa Calling podcast brings you audio-rich stories and voices from the African continent, with our African correspondents. In Malawi, those affected by Cyclone Ana are struggling to get back on their feet; from Kenya, farmers are combatting antimicrobial resistance in crops; and in Nigeria, an artist leaves the hustle and bustle of Lagos for more tranquil inspiration in an historical town. For this week’s podcast, Malawi correspondent Charles Pensulo speaks to victims of Cyclone Ana, including Mwandida Matias, a mother of six, and Paul Malonga, 35, who are living in a school;  he also spoke to Felix Makhaza Mkali, a health surveillance assistant for the area, and Dr. Victor Mithi, president of the Association of Society of Medical Doctors in Malawi. Kenya correspondent Victor Moturi speaks to farmers Judith Mumbua, Charles Itumo, and Peter Melonye, student Wayne Mueya, Eustace Kiarie, an organic expert at Kenya Organic Agriculture Network (KOAN), and Dr. Dennis Bahati, a veterinary officer at Africa Network for Animal Welfare. Nigeria correspondent Samuel Okocha went to Ilé-Ifẹ̀ for an interview with internationally renowned artist Dotun Popoola and his mentee, artist Christiana Balogun. Back in Lagos, he spoke to Ifeanyichukwu Oraemeka, an artist and creator, about finding inspiration as an artist.   And at a time of lots of darkness, Zimbabwean signer-songwriter Stephen Chikazaza provides the perfect pick-me-up with the song, “My Good Things”, from his the Familiar People album. Find us on Apple Podcasts, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn or your favourite podcast app. Africa Calling is produced by Radio France Internationale. Editor and host, Laura-Angela Bagnetto, sound editing by  Erwan Rome. Follow us on Twitter: @Africa__Calling
18 February 2022

S2, EP12: Child soldiers fighting for Boko Haram in Nigeria, Kenya breast cancer patients gifted with wigs

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This week, Africa Calling podcast brings you audio-rich stories and voices from the African continent, with our African correspondents. In Nigeria, our reporter looks into how Boko Haram and ISWAP forces children into becoming child soldiers; and from Kenya, one hair stylist brings joy to her clients who are suffering from breast cancer. For this week’s podcast, Nigeria correspondent Sam Olukoya speaks to former Boko Haram abductee Halima Audu, David Daciya, whose son was abducted by Boko Haram and murdered by child soldiers, and security expert Felix Olorunda of SSV Protection Services.  Kenya correspondent Anne Macharia speaks to beautician Diana Aketch, her client Coletta Mwende, and oncologist Dr Wanda Dulcie at Kenyatta Hospital. Beautiful Malian music in this episode comes from the late, great Khaira Arby, selected by music maven Alison Hird. We want to share some great news with you, our listeners. We’ve been shortlisted for a prize! We’re up for the Best Commercial Strategy for a podcast by the Podcast Publisher Awards! We want to thank you, the listeners, for your support of our Africa Calling podcast - African voices, African stories. And if you’re just tuning in now, check out our more than 40 podcasts for free online! We’ve been running this for over a year, and we’re always striving to bring you more interesting features from all parts of Africa—not just in urban settings, but in the rural areas, too. Find us on Apple Podcasts, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn or your favourite podcast app. Africa Calling is produced by Radio France Internationale. Editor and host, Laura-Angela Bagnetto, sound editing by Nicolas Doreau and Erwan Rome. Follow us on Twitter: @Africa__Calling
04 February 2022

S2, EP11: Kenyan Nubians' ID dilemma, Malawi mental health, and a Ghana dance academy lifting up youths

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This week, Africa Calling podcast brings you audio-rich stories and voices from the African continent, with our African correspondents. In Kenya, our reporter looks into the Nubian community and its quest for identification cards; from Malawi, the rising numbers of suicide has the government looking into possible options; and in Ghana, we have a report on a special dance studio that helps underprivileged kids get their groove on. For this week’s podcast, Kenya correspondent Victor Moturi speaks to Nubians Hashib Obwaka, a footballer, music student Abdul Said Shaban,Hussein Obagah and Zena Ali. He also met with Ismail Ali Babala, Nubian elder and government appointee, local historian Jamaldin Yahya, Nubian Rights Forum executive eirector Shaffy Ali Hussein, and paralegal and activist Hawa Ali. Malawi correspondent Benson Kunchezera speaks to farmer Christopher Banda about dealing with mental health, as well as Thompson Gutani, mental health advocate from iMind in Blantyre. Ghana correspondent Pearl Akanya Ofori speaks to Dance With a Purpose Academy founder and dancer Lloyd Konadu, aka Dancegod Lloyd, and dancer Solomon Obeng.   Uplifting Nubian music in this episode comes from Alsarah & The Nubatones, selected by music maven Alison Hird. Find us on Apple Podcasts, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn or your favourite podcast app. Africa Calling is produced by Radio France Internationale. Editor and host, Laura-Angela Bagnetto, sound editing by Cécile Pompeani and Erwan Rome. Follow us on Twitter: @Africa__Calling
21 January 2022

S2, EP10: Africa Cup of Nations Special from Cameroon

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This week, Africa Calling podcast is dedicated to the Africa Cup of Nations, or AFCON, football's greatest tournament on the African continent. We're bringing you an overview of what's happening on the pitch, a special report on how Gambia's Scorpions are faring on their first visit to the championship, and how taxi drivers in anglophone Buea are worried about security in the midst of the event. For this week’s podcast, RFI's very own Paul Myers brings you up to speed on how the football matches are gearing up for the finals, and a bit of color as to how fans are reacting to games on the ground in Cameroon. Gambia correspondent Sally Jeng is in Limbe, following the fortunes of the Scorpions -- she speaks with winger Abdoulie Jallow, and forward Musa Barrow, as well as fans Eliman Janneh and Amba. In Buea, in the South-West region of Cameroon, reporter Batata Boris Karloff speaks to Buea resident Kingsley Ndip Takang, taxi union president John Musonge Litute, and taxi drivers Eben Chu and Man El-Musa, who are caught between driving residents and football fans to matches, and their own safety. Funktastic music in this episode comes from Jean-Pierre Djeukam, selected by music maven Alison Hird. Find us on Apple Podcasts, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn or your favourite podcast app. Africa Calling is produced by Radio France Internationale. Editor and host, Laura-Angela Bagnetto, sound editing by Erwan Rome. Follow us on Twitter: @Africa__Calling
23 December 2021

S2,EP9: Post-election Gambia, Kenya's chicken dilemma, and Lagos staycation in a Danfo

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This week, Africa Calling podcast brings you stories and voices from the African continent-- and beyond! In Gambia, our correspondent gives an update on how the country is faring, two weeks after the election; from Kenya, the pros and cons of battery cage poultry farming; while from Nigeria, we hear about a new way to find fun in Lagos. Plus, special Cuban musical guests with African roots to ring in the new year. For this week’s podcast, Gambia correspondent Sally Jeng speaks to fellow Gambians Isatou, Amadou, a small businessman, Sadibou, an opposition supporter, and Sainey Njie, a taxi driver. Kenya correspondent Victor Moturi goes to Kiambu to speak to chicken farmers Stella Njoroge and Peter Kinyua, chicken buyer Judy Kinoti, and Dr Victor Yamo, campaign manager for World Animal Protection. In Nigeria, reporter Samuel Okocha speaks to Uzo Umeh, co-founder of EXP Lagos, and urban explorers Sabin, Efosa, and Obianuju. Our special musical guest is Afro-Cuban band San Cristóbal de Regla, with a special shoutout for African listeners. Find us on Apple Podcasts, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn or your favourite podcast app. Africa Calling is produced by Radio France Internationale. Editor and host, Laura-Angela Bagnetto, sound editing by Cécile Pompeani and Erwan Rome. Follow us on Twitter: @Africa__Calling