Zimbabwe's former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa who fled for his safety two weeks ago after being sacked by then President Robert Mugabe is back home and is promising what he called a "new and unfolding democracy." As Zimbabweans await his swearing in, expected Friday, Britain, Germany, China and others in the international community are vowing to help the country move forward. VOA Correspondent Mariama Diallo reports.
"Straight Talk Africa" and host Shaka Ssali is joined by Arikana Chihombori-Quao, the African Union Ambassador to the USA, David Onserio Monda, Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York and VOA Reporter Blessing Zulu to discuss the political realities in Zimbabwe and Kenya and explore the role of the African Union and the challenges it faces on the Continent.
Babies are much more likely to die in their first few weeks of life if their mothers live close to the site of an oil spill, according to new research. Scientists studied data on infant mortality and oil spills in Nigeria’s Niger delta region – and describe their results as ‘shocking’. Henry Ridgwell reports.
The fashion and textile industry could generate nearly half a million jobs in sub-Saharan Africa over the next decade. That’s according to the African Development Bank, which launched its "Fashionomics" initiative in 2015 to revitalize the industry. However, designers in the region still struggle to grow their businesses. Lenny Ruvaga reports for VOA from Nairobi.