Youth vote key as Nigeria heads to the polls

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.

Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa

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

Nigeria’s Buhari eyes second term despite rocky first madate

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.

Gates: Poverty not an obstacle to excellent healthcare in Africa

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates says excellent basic healthcare that would prevent easily treatable but deadly conditions was achievable even in Africa’s poorest nations.

Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa

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

On Lake Victoria, hyacinth spreads across Africa’s blue heart

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.

Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa

This week on Africa Weekly, we focus on Nigeria, where the fertility business is booming despite being considered taboo and we travel to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, which is pursuing modern architecture, often at the expense of its ancient heritage. FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

Nigeria

Videographic profile of Nigeria. Presidential and legislative elections take place in the country on February 16. Corruption is a major problem in Africa’s leading crude producer and exporter with hundreds of millions of dollars from state funds and assets siphoned away every year.VIDEOGRAPHICS

Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa

This week on Africa Weekly, we follow the plight of unaccompanied African minors hoping to find a safe haven in France, and we travel to Ghana where in an effort to boost the economy, the government is trying to encourage the country’s diaspora to return home.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY