Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country and leading oil producer, is heading to the polls as the tight race between outgoing president Muhammadu Buhari and opposition leader Atiku Abubakar, a former vice-president, comes to an end.
This week on Africa Weekly, we focus on Nigeria where around 84 million people are registered to vote in this weekend’s presidential and parliamentary elections. Along with the main candidates, pop singer and rapper Banky W is also vying for power, putting his showbiz career on hold to run for a seat in parliament. FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY
At 76, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is eyeing a second term as head of the most populous country in Africa. Four years ago, he represented hope for change, but his presidency, marked by an economic recession and an inability to restore security in the country, has cast doubt over his reelection.
This week on Africa Weekly, we meet some of the Central African Republic’s “repats” who have managed to set up profitable livelihoods after returning to their country, despite it being one of the poorest in the world, and we track the growth of the African video gaming industry following the global success of a Cameroonian game.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY
Kenyan fishermen in the Lake Victoria region are seeing a decrease in the size of their catches. One reason for this is the invasion of a thick green carpet of water hyacinth in Kisumu bay. This vegetation is blocking Kenya’s main entry to Africa’s largest lake, hitting the local economy hard as fishermen struggle to get out on the water.
Eyebrow-raising remarks from #Italy’s deputy prime minister, Luigi Di Maio, in which he blamed #France for the migrant crisis, have reportedly earned the country’s ambassador to France a summons to explain the comments. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9mqc
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