In this Straight Talk Africa host Shaka Ssali examines the pathogeny of elections in a number of African countries with a focus on the postponed elections in the DRC and the upcoming elections in Nigeria in 2019. He is joined by Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, VOA reporter Abdourahmane Dia from Kinshasa and VOA’s Hausa reporter Ibrahim Garba.
Two international charities have launched a program in Malawi aimed at helping girls in rural areas stay healthy and stay in school. The charities are running girls clubs in the Mulanje district in southern Malawi, a hotspot of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Nearly 10 percent of Malawians have the virus, and the bulk of new infections occur among people in their teens and early twenties. Lameck Masina reports from Malawi's Mulanje district.
There are traditions in Africa that some believe need to be revived. Modern fables and folk tales being told at a recent storytelling festival in Nairobi, Kenya, are part of that effort. VOA correspondent Mariama Diallo reports.