When Nigerians go to the polls Feb. 16 for general elections, few will be expecting large numbers of female candidates to win. The share of women in Nigeria's government in the past three years has fallen to 6 percent and the top female presidential candidate, Oby Ezekwesili, withdrew from the race last week. Timothy Obiezu reports from Abuja.
Political violence is on the rise in Malawi as the country prepares for May elections. The victims are mostly opposition party members beaten by suspected supporters of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party. DPP officials have denied being behind the attacks, blaming misguided youth who aim to tarnish the party's image. Malawi's Electoral Commission has threatened to disqualify any candidate using violence, as Lameck Masina reports from Blantyre.
One of the important aspects of gauging the damage being done to the world's ecosystems by climate change is knowing the current status of those systems. So a Britain-based charity is about to embark on a seven-week expedition to gauge the health of one of the world's few remaining pristine reefs. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports.