Somalia's new President Mohamad Abdullahi Mohamad, better known as Farmajo, is already working hard to tackle some of the nation's major issues. Among them, is the devastating drought that is gripping 6.2 million of his country's 12.3 million residents, for which he has declared a state of disaster. Paul Sisco has more on the challenges facing President Farmajo.
Xenophobia is defined as the unreasoned fear or hatred of foreigners. And that's the name being given to a recent outbreak of violence against foreigners in South Africa - blamed for at least seven deaths and the departure of hundreds of mostly African immigrants. Paul Sisco has more from the most recent edition of VOA's Straight Talk Africa.
Leaders from the West African nations most affected by the Ebola crisis — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — were in Washington this month to meet with President Barack Obama. They also gave exclusive interviews to Voice of America. VOA's Paul Sisco reports.
Few can argue that the new chairman of the African Union, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, does not have experience. But is he the right man for the job? And what are the AU's priorities for 2015? VOA's Paul Sisco reports.
There is mixed reaction to the six-week postponement of Nigeria's presidential and parliamentary elections. The vote was delayed by the nation's independent National Electoral Commission, primarily because of security concerns in northeastern Nigeria. VOA's Paul Sisco reports.
In South Africa national general elections are held every five years. Polls indicate the May 7 vote will return the African National Congress to majority rule, and president Jacob Zuma to power. Paul Sisco, of VOA's English to Africa Division, has more.