China and the Uighurs
A hard hitting anti extremism policy or a secret genocidal campaign? Beyond The Headlines investigates China’s controversial approach to their Uighur Muslim population in Xinjiang. Since 2017, over one million Uighurs have allegedly been detained in specially constructed ‘re-education’ camps, forced to renounce their religious beliefs and subjected to torture, humiliation and sterilisation. Kenya’s religious and political leaders have condemned the latest allegations, joining with nations around the globe to call for action. We unpack the story so far, all presented without comment, just clarity and verification. www.africaverified.com
Silicon Valley in West Africa
Africa Verified Presents West Africa’s Silicon Valley With a wealth of new talent and local resources, West Africa is gaining a reputation as the continent’s most dynamic innovation and tech frontier. And the U.S. tech giants are sitting up and taking notice. In this latest episode of Beyond the Headlines, we explore the revolution in West Africa’s emerging tech sector. Ghana and Nigeria are rapidly establishing themselves as regional economic powers and innovation hubs, built on new ideas and an abundance of talent. Twitter, Microsoft, Apple and Google are keen to partner with likeminded start-ups and entrepreneurs, announcing in-country offices for the first time. Competition is fierce, with permanent bases quickly established and staffed by locals. Regional training schemes and key technology infrastructure are also rapidly expanding. All designed to harness and nurture new potential for the long-term. Will these partnerships help Africa become the world's next great tech hub? We unpack the story so far, all presented without comment, just clarity and verification. www.africaverified.com
The Battle for Senegal’s Fish
In this episode, Beyond The Headlines explores the increase in illegal foreign fishing in Senegal. Can Senegalese pressure make the difference? And will it be too late to save this vital industry? Locals complain of dwindling stocks and irreversibly damaged fishing grounds, blaming invasive foreign fleets whose methods respect neither protective quotas or environmental standards. Families are displaced, and a fishing industry that dates back generations is disrupted, as fishermen are increasingly abandoning their legacy, migrating to find employment. All presented without agenda or judgement. Just clarity and verification.
The Great Nigerian Chart Invasion
The latest Beyond The Headlines episode focuses on Nigeria’s Afrobeat scene, which has caught the eyes (and ears) of music fans across the world. American fans have especially embraced this wave of Nigerian artists, with the likes of Burna Boy and Wizkid taking awards in the 2021 Grammy Awards, and Afrobeat icon Fela Kuti receiving a nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Major U.S. record labels have responded by opening offices in Nigeria to source local talent and raise the value and profile of Nigeria’s music scene worldwide. This is the story behind the music. Presented without judgement or bias. Just clarity and verification.
The human cost of fast-track infrastructure projects
Who really pays for Africa’s new construction collaborations? In this episode of Beyond The Headlines, we head to Kenya, where the deadly Sigiri Bridge collapse highlights the problems of Africa’s new infrastructure frontier; malpractice, a disregard for safety, mistreatment of local workers, and a legacy of debt for future generations. Africa Verified. All without agenda or judgement. Just clarity and verification.
Senegal: Farming for the future
Beyond the Headlines visits Senegal, where traditional garden farmers and market traders are forming unlikely alliances with tech developers. Farming for the Future discovers a new generation of Senegalese farmers, embracing sustainable solutions that maximize yields and sow the seeds for long term robust agricultural success. The impact of these new collaborations between farmers and local tech pioneers has already attracted the attention, and investment, of international organisations. Could this be the blueprint for the future of African agriculture? Africa Verified. All presented without agenda or judgement. Just clarity and verification.
Nigeria's start-up boom
In this episode of Beyond The Headlines we meet a new generation of successful Nigerians whose innovative business ideas are driving Nigeria’s spectacular growth. The achievements of Nigerian entrepreneurs are now attracting both global recognition and international investment. From pharmaceuticals to luxury furniture, these new startups are also having genuine positive social impact, whether that’s enhancing healthcare infrastructure or employing the next generation of bright Nigerian talent. All presented without agenda or judgement. Just clarity and verification.
China and the hunt for Ghana's red gold
What happened to Ghana’s rosewood forests? Communities under threat. Forests destroyed. Ecosystems polluted. Livelihoods lost. And one of the world’s most precious tree species pushed closer to extinction. China’s insatiable appetite for protected rosewood demonstrates once again their lack of respect for Africa’s people, heritage and precious resources. In the first of our Beyond The Headlines series, Africa Verified investigates the impact of illegal rosewood logging on local people, their livelihoods and the future of their communities. All without agenda or judgement. Just clarity and verification.