Africa 54 – December 30, 2020

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You are watching Africa 54, your daily news and feature magazine-style program, from the Voice of America. Host Esther Githui-Ewart and a team of correspondents zero in on the big stories making news on the continent and around the world with context and analysis.

Top Stories:

As the vote counting continues in the Central African Republic, the electoral commission says hundreds of the country’s polling stations did not operate on Sunday amid a surge in rebel violence.

The ruling party’s candidate has taken a large early lead in Niger’s election. But is it enough to avoid a run-off? Africa 54 managing editor Vincent Makori has more.

Human rights experts from the United Nations are calling for Uganda to stop violence from security forces and a crackdown against peaceful protesters ahead of an election next month.

Nigerian security sources say landmines planted by Boko Haram jihadists have killed eleven security members, including four soldiers in northeast Nigeria. Seven hunters recruited to help the military fight the Islamist insurgents were killed on Tuesday when their vehicle hit a landmine in the village of Kayamla, outside Borno state’s capital Maiduguri, according to the head of a local anti-jihadist militia. A second militiaman confirmed the incident. The four Nigerian soldiers were killed Monday when their vehicle hit a landmine planted by Boko Haram fighters in Logomani village near the border with Cameroon, also confirmed by two security sources. There has been a sharp increase in attacks in northeast Nigeria since the start of the month.

Members of the ethnic Shona community in Kenya are celebrating their new status as Kenyan citizens after decades of being stateless. Brenda Mulinya takes a look at what the legal change means for the Shona in this report from Nairobi.

Technology is revolutionizing the way women do business in Africa. It allows young entrepreneurs to think outside of the box and create enterprises via the internet, while changing lives. In Ghana, Lily Botsyoe, an aspiring global ambassador, is on a mission to change the way young people in Ghana use technology. Africa 54’s Paul Ndiho spoke to Lily Botsyoe, team lead, community engagement, and internships at Hacklab Ghana.

As the coronavirus rages on, companies, houses of worship and homeless shelters are turning to space management apps to create safer indoor spaces in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines.

Because the first coronavirus vaccine approved for use in the U.S. needs to be transported in ultra-cold conditions using dry ice, that has created some unique challenges. As Lesia Bakalets reports in this story narrated by anna rice, transporting the Pfizer vaccine has led to a huge demand for dry ice.

A runoff election in the southern U.S. state of Georgia has profound implications for Democrat Joe Biden, who will be sworn in as U.S. president on January 20th. At stake: two Senate seats that will decide the balance of power in the U.S. congress.

Every year residents of the Dyker Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York try to outdo each other with over-the-top holiday lights. This year, VOA’s Aaron Fedor went there and talked to residents and visitors.

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