Produced by Vincent Makori
May 29, 2023
Report Questions Preparedness of Somali Security Forces Against al-Shabab
A recent report says that despite recent military gains against al-Shabaab, Somali security services are unlikely to be fully ready when African Union forces leave the country by the end of 2024. The report, by the Mogadishu-based think tank Heritage Institute for Political Studies, predicts that there will be a delay in the drawdown of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops. For more insight, VOA's Vincent Makori spoke with Paul Williams, co-author of the report and professor at George Washington University in Washington.
May 24, 2023
Sudan Fighting Hits Khartoum’s Food, Electricity Stocks
Residents of Sudan’s capital Khartoum report living in fear while experiencing food shortages and electricity outages resulting from the ongoing conflict that broke out on April 15 between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces. For more on the living standards of residents of Khartoum, reporter Sidahmed Ibraheem produced this report which was narrated by VOA’s Vincent Makori.
May 02, 2023
Clashes in Sudan Ongoing As Officials Discuss A Cease-Fire
Egypt's Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, on Tuesday met with an envoy for Sudan's Army Chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Dafallah Al-Haj Ali, in Cairo as fighting between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary, Rapid Support Forces (RSF), continued for a third week. For more, VOA's Vincent Makori spoke to Akmal Taha of "Sawa Sudan," part of the Middle East Broadcast Network.
May 01, 2023
Press Freedom Threatened in Eritrea
World Press Freedom Day will be marked globally Wednesday and VOA is highlighting different countries where press freedom is restricted. For an analysis into the current press freedoms in Eritrea, VOA's Vincent Makori spoke to VOA Senior Africa Editor Salem Solomon.
May 01, 2023
Analyst: Sudan Conflict Threatens Regional Security
The special envoy to the United Nations in Sudan has reiterated his call for the Sudanese warring parties to stop fighting and engage in dialogue. Volker Perthes, who has temporarily relocated to Port Sudan due to intensified clashes in Khartoum, says efforts are underway to engage representatives of Sudan's military and the Rapid Support Forces to meet. For more VOA's Vincent Makori spoke to Kwaku Nuama, professor at the School of International Service at Washington-based American University.
January 30, 2023
US Envoy Emphasizes Humanitarian Crisis in Horn of Africa
In a surprise stop in Mogadishu, Somalia, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield said she was "deeply alarmed" by the humanitarian crisis including the threat of famine which she attributed to the "ultimate failure of the international community." Thomas-Greenfield, who is among several high-level U.S. officials to have visited the African continent recently, pledged $2.4 billion to the Horn of Africa region. Kwaku Nuamah, professor of International Politics at American University in Washington, tells VOA's Vincent Makori that the attention on Africa is indicative of the continent's growing importance to the West.
January 30, 2023
Trial of Former Guinea President Camara Continues
Guinea's former President Moussa Dadis Camara and 10 other former military and government officials are on trial over a 2009 massacre at an opposition rally in Conakry in which 156 people were killed and at least 109 women were raped. Camara, who has denied responsibility for the crimes, is charged with "personal criminal responsibility and command responsibility." Elise Keppler, associate director of the International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch, explains the significance of this case in an interview with VOA's Vincent Makori.
January 28, 2023
Impact of Pope Francis' Visit on DRC Amid Election Preparation
The approaching visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo by Pope Francis, coincides with preparations for the country's elections set for December and the ongoing instability in the east. Ntal Alimasi, president emeritus of the National Association of African Catholics in the United States, spoke to VOA’s Vincent Makori on the impact the pope's message of peace may have in during his visit to the DRC.
January 24, 2023
Nigeria Businessman, Philanthropist Turns to Politics
Nigerian businessman, philanthropist and founder of Sahara Group, Tonye Cole, is making the move from business to the political arena, running for governor of Rivers State in Nigeria. Cole is contesting the seat against 16 other candidates. Cole, who is also the founder of Tonye Cole Foundation, says his move into politics is derived from his successes in business in Africa. He spoke to VOA’s Vincent Makori on the upcoming elections in Nigeria and the role of business in its political development.
January 06, 2023
US Marks 2nd Anniversary of Insurrection, House Fails to Choose Speaker
Lawmakers of the U.S. House of Representatives failed for a fourth day Friday to elect a speaker as a group of 20 conservatives continued to block Republican leader Kevin McCarthy’s bid for the post Friday is also the second anniversary of the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol when an angry mob, supporters of former President Donald Trump, sought to block the certification of the 2020 presidential election results. For update, Africa 54 managing editor Vincent Makori spoke with VOA reporter Ignatius Annor.
January 05, 2023
CES 2023 Tech Show Kicks off in Las Vegas
The CES 2023 tech event opened Thursday in Las Vegas. After an unusually low turnout last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and supply chain issues, organizers say the consumer electronics show is back in full swing. VOA's Vincent Makori spoke with colleague Hassuna Baishu live from the event.
January 05, 2023
US House of Representatives Fails to Elect Speaker
With around 20 dissenting Republicans opposing California Congressman Kevin McCarthy, the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday failed to elect a speaker after six rounds of voting which began Tuesday. Voting is set to continue Wednesday night after yet another adjournment. VOA's Vincent Makori spoke with VOA congressional correspondent Katherine Gypson for more insight.
January 03, 2023
Tanzania President: Opposition Parties Free to Hold Rallies
Tanzania's President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Tuesday lifted a ban on opposition rallies imposed in 2016 by her predecessor, John Magufuli, early in his first term. Hassan has been under pressure to break with some of Magufuli's more hardline policies, described by critics as undemocratic. Since taking office, Hassan has sought to make conciliatory moves to the opposition, but has previously been branded a "dictator" by her critics with fears remaining about the state of political and media freedoms.
January 02, 2023
Pope Benedict Had Special Love for Africa, Says Author
As Pope Emeritus Benedict lies in state at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City awaiting burial, many are reflecting on his eight-year legacy as the head of the Catholic Church. Among them is David Gibson, author of the book "The Rule of Benedict: Pope Benedict XVI and His Battle with the Modern World." In an interview with Africa 54 managing editor Vincent Makori, Gibson described Benedict's relationship with Africa, which included visits to Benin, Angola and Cameroon.
December 30, 2022
VOA Reporters Discuss Highlights of 2022
Managing editor Vincent Makori of VOA's Africa 54 program, sat down with colleagues Salem Solomon, News Center Multimedia Editor and Jackson Mvunganyi, host of Red Carpet and Upfront to discuss developments that dominated the continent in 2022. Among the most significant were the peace agreement signed by Ethiopia's government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front, the Climate Change Conference in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt, World Cup and the 2nd U.S. Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC.
December 23, 2022
TANTV Targets African Diaspora Audience in US
The African Network TV (TANTV) is a digital platform dedicated to smart journalism and catering to the African and Black multicultural diaspora in the U.S. Adedayo Fashanu, its founder, recently covered the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit that took place in Washington. She spoke to VOA’s Vincent Makori about the role of diaspora media in telling socially impactful stories that increase the positive representation of Africans and immigrants.
December 02, 2022
Leaders Summit Looks to Strengthen US-Africa Relations
The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit is an international summit to be held in Washington D.C. in mid-December. Leaders from African states will attend the three-day summit, hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden, primarily focused on trade, investment and security of the continent. For more, VOA’s Vincent Makori spoke with Dana Banks, special assistant to President Biden and senior advisor for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.
October 24, 2022
Ethiopia Peace Talks Begin in South Africa
African Union-led peace talks to address the conflict between Ethiopia's federal government and Tigray rebels began in South Africa Monday. VOA's Vincent Makori spoke with Paul Nantulya, a research specialist at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, about what's at stake.
August 16, 2022
Odinga Disputes Kenya's Election Results
A day after Kenya's electoral commission declared Deputy President William Ruto winner of last week's presidential election, opposition leader Raila Odinga is calling the results into question. Africa 54 managing editor Vincent Makori reports from Nairobi.