Tag: BBC World News

BBC News broadcasts a week of special programming on Africa’s rising population

BBC News have announced a week-long series exploring the steep incline in Africa’s population and the continent’s coping mechanisms.

The population of Africa is predicted to double to two and a half billion in just 30 years. On a continent where nearly two thirds of people are already under 25, this vast new baby boom has the potential to provide a huge pool of workers ready to transform African economies, or the potential to create an even greater migration problem.

BBC Africa Correspondent, Alastair Leithead, has been investigating the potential of this “demographic dividend” in a series of special reports from across Africa.

For a week, beginning Monday 21st AugustBBC World News and BBC World Service will broadcast daily features within Focus on Africa, looking at matters such as the rapid urbanisation in Nigeria, the industrial revolution in Ethiopia, contraception in Niger and food sustainability in Kenya.

From Monday, more information can also be found on bbc.com/africapopulation, including a written in-depth analysis, a series of short videos and additional features.

A special documentary, Africa’s Population Explosion, will also broadcast on BBC World News(DStv 400) at 2330 GMT on Friday 25th August and 1130 & 1630 GMT on Saturday 26th August.


Ikenna Azuike focuses on Ghana in fourth series of What’s Up Africa!

From religion to royals, there is no frontier critically acclaimed Nigerian-born vlogger, Ikenna Azuike, won’t explore for popular satirical news segment, What’s Up Africa.

Returning to screens on Wednesday 4th May, as part of BBC World News’ Focus on Africa, Ikenna will bring news from across Ghana together with his trademark tongue-in-cheek humour.

In the new series of What’s Up Africa, Ikenna rubs shoulders with prominent Ghanaian personalities, such as popular musician, Wanlov, who will introduce an exclusive song for What’s Up Africa viewers. Also featuring this season are famous film producer, Shirley Frimpong-Manso, and actor, Adjetey Anang. But it doesn’t stop there, as Ikenna also speaks to Ghanaian king, Nana Ansah Kwao.

“This is the most fun and exciting series of What’s Up Africa yet,” said Ikenna Azuike. “We’re digging deep into Ghana for the first five weeks of the show; unravelling complex issues with laughter and showcasing Ghana’s highlights to the world.”

What’s Up Africa airs two 90-second episodes a week on Wednesdays and Fridays making it more clickable and easily shareable on social media. Wednesday’s episodes will be in-depth look into a specific country, whilst Friday’s episodes are round-ups of the latest news from across the continent.

What’s Up Africa will be broadcast every Wednesday and Friday on Focus on Africa from 17:30 GMT on BBC World News and on the BBC’s partner stations: Canal 2 in Cameroon; Metro TV in Ghana; Power TV in Liberia; MBC in Malawi; One Africa Television in Namibia; SBLC in Sierra Leone, Star TV in Tanzania; Urban TV and TV West in Uganda; and ZNBC in Zambia.

The new series, created especially for the BBC, is a co-production between the BBC and Dutch media organisation, RNW Media. The first half of the series will air between 4th May and 3rd June. The series will then resume on 17th August, focussing on Malawi. The series will conclude on 16th September.

You can also view the episode across a range of the BBC’s social media platforms including Facebook.com/bbcafrica on Twitter @BBCAfrica and online at BBC.com/Africa.

BBC World Debate Live From World Economic Forum

BBC World News’ The World Debate is coming live from the World Economic Forum in Davos this week. A high level panel including Federica Mogherini, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs & Security and David Miliband, President & CEO of the International Rescue Committee, will debate the continuing crisis at Europe’s borders as it tries to control the influx of migrants and refugees.

The show, The World Debate: Davos: Europe at a Tipping Point? will be broadcast live on BBC World News at 1000 GMT on Friday 22nd. Presented by Lyse Doucet, Chief International Correspondent BBC World News, the debate which airs on BBC World News and BBC World Service will examine whether Europe’s passport-free open borders can survive in their current form.

Davos annually plays host to the world’s most powerful politicians and business leaders as they discuss solutions to the world’s problems. For this high-level debate Lyse will be joined by a panel of political leaders and opinion formers to debate whether European solidarity is being put to the test as the countries struggle to agree on common solutions.


The panel includes:

I. Emmanuel Macron Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs, France

II. David Miliband, President & CEO of the International Rescue Committee

III. Federica Mogherini, EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs & Security

IV. Witold Waszczykowski, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Poland

V. Chair: Lyse Doucet, Chief International Correspondent, BBC News


Broadcast details:  1000 GMT, Friday January 22nd on BBC World News. Also on BBC World Service on Saturday January 23rd at 2000 GMT.