Militants in Nigeria have been attacking police stations in recent days, sparking clashes. Marie Pace of the United States Institute of Peace discusses the implications of the violence for the important oil-producing nation.
In South Africa on Thursday, unhappiness about persistent poverty and shoddy public services led to unrest in some of the townships near Johannesburg. Yaw Nyarko of New York University says that many blame immigrants for taking jobs that might lead to a better life.
Adam Hussein Adam, project coordinator of the Open Society Initiative for East Africa, writes how his community's plight is largely unknown outside of Kenya. About 100,000 Nubians live in Kenya, brought by British colonialists to the area as soldiers from different parts of Sudan.
PBS Wide Angle's film "The Market Maker" features the story of one woman's efforts to combat a seemingly never-ending cycle of famine in Ethiopia by creating that country's very first commodities exchange.
Worldfocus.org's weekly radio show explores failed states -- countries without stability, a functioning government or rule of law. Pauline Baker, Christopher Boucek and Georgette Gagnon join the conversation. Listen now.
Accra, the capital city of Ghana, was host to U.S. President Barack Obama's recent trip to Africa, during which he warned African nations they need to take care of themselves. A Worldfocus contributing blogger visited Accra and describes how the city has improved over the past decade.
PBS Wide Angle's "Birth of a Surgeon" traces the story of a remarkable program in Mozambique that trains midwives to take on the duties of surgeons. One year after first documenting the struggle of Emilia Cumbane to train for her new duties, the program returns for an update.
U.S. President Barack Obama's message in Ghana on Saturday was described as a kind of "tough love," encouraging democracy and at the same time warning African nations they need to take care of themselves. Yaw Nyarko of New York University discusses why Obama chose Ghana and what is at stake for the U.S. in Africa.
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