On the surface, much has changed in Zimbabwe in the last year. In August, the southern African nation elected its first new president in 37 years. But the nation's economy continues to struggle, and citizens are wondering when things will turn around. VOA's Anita Powell looks at the past year in Zimbabwe in this report from Johannesburg.
Female circumcision — a practice that opponents call female genital mutilation — has been a coming-of-age ritual among the Maasai tribe of Kenya for generations. But it is becoming less common, in part because of one man who is trying to persuade tribe members to abandon the practice. Douglas Meritei began his campaign about 10 years ago. He spoke to Rael Ombuor, who reports for VOA from the Kimana settlement in southern Kenya.
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.