Africa Today

African news and analysis from the BBC's Focus on Africa and Network Africa programmes; the Africa Today podcast contains the day's top stories from the continent.

Pit Latrines in South Africa (4/2018)

A court judgement following the death of a child compels South Africa's education authorities to eradicate pit latrines. Also in the podcast: Nigeria's former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, sets his sights on becoming president; and mind over circumstances to cross the divide in a Kenyan prison.

Adieu Arsene (4/2018)

The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to step down after 22 years

Zimbabwe: Nurses Union Threatens Court Case (4/2018)

This week, the authorities announced the sacking of thousands of the health workers after they began a strike over pay and conditions, but does the government have right to do so? Also in the podcast: Nigeria's president Buhari under fire for criticising the country's youth for 'doing nothing'; and an art lover who tries to change the negative image of the Congolese city of Goma.

Zimbabwe Sacks Thousands Of Nurses On Strike (4/2018)

The Nurses Association of Zimbabwe argues for better working conditions and says that despite the mass sacking the strike will go ahead;

Commonwealth Meeting Tackles Legacy Of Colonial Rules (4/2018)

During the annul summit of Commonwealth countries the UK Prime Minister apologised for the repressive role played by colonial legislation on homosexuality, but what difference does this make to the LGBT community on the continent?; Ethiopian journalist Eskindar Negar says how he will never give up the fight for democracy now he's been released; Botswana could be one of eight Sub-Saharan countries declared malaria free by 2030.

Pan-African Malaria Summit Held in Senegal (4/2018)

In Senegal a host of scientists are meeting to discuss the progress being made to reduce Malaria, but 10 countries on the continent are actually showing an increase; Former anti-corruption chief Akere Muna on why he's joined the race to be president of Cameroon; Botswana's former president Ian Khama on life after office.

Bonus Podcast: Death in Ice Valley (4/2018)

A special preview of the new podcast Death in Ice Valley. An unidentified body. Who was she? Why hasn’t she been missed? A BBC World Service and NRK original podcast, investigating a mystery unsolved for almost half a century. Episode One was released on 16 April 2018 and new episodes will be released every Monday. Search for Death in Ice Valley wherever you find your podcasts.

DR Congo boycotts its own aid conference (4/2018)

Sierra Leone's new government asks the IMF to restore its funding support. And why has Black Panther caught the ire of our Resident Presidents?

The Challenges Of Botswana’s New President (4/2018)

In his first interview with the BBC Botswana's new president explains his priorities to tackle youth unemployment problem; Amnesty International highlights advancements in Sub-Saharan Africa in putting fewer people on death row; Polisario members were on the flight that yesterday crashed in Algeria killing over 250

Algeria Plane Crash Kills Over 250 (4/2018)

In the country's worst air disaster the aircraft came down shortly after take-off at Boufarik military airport near the capital, Algiers; In South Africa thousands turn out to pay tribute to Winnie Madikezela Mandela; How privacy violations involving Cambridge Analytica affected a Facebook user in Ghana.