BBC World Service global monthly programme, BBC Africa Debate, will broadcast from Accra, Ghana, on Friday 27 January. The theme of the inaugural edition is: A sub-Saharan “African Spring”?
A year ago, when the protesters took to the streets in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, there were expectations of the Arab Spring spreading down the river Nile. There have been pockets of protests and demonstrations in several sub-Saharan African countries, many of them related to harsh economic conditions and poor governance. While ripple effects from the Arab Spring are visible in sub-Saharan Africa – home to some of the world’s longest-serving and oldest leaders – the protests haven’t resulted in any change of leadership.
In the inaugural edition from Accra, the presenter of BBC Africa Debate, Alex Jakana, teams up with Sam Farah, BBC Arabic presenter, to ask the panellists and the audience whether Africa is ready for a democratic leap forward, why there has been no “Spring” – and whether an “African Spring” would be useful or, indeed, necessary.
Prominent Ghanaian politicians, academics, civil society activists, media personalities and students will be among the audience.
The panel includes:
- Dr George Ayittey, Ghanaian economist, author and president of the Free Africa Foundation in Washington DC who has championed the argument that “Africa is poor because she is not free”
- Anne Mugisha, Ugandan opposition activist and coordinator of the Activists for Change movement that organised the “walk to work” protests in 2011 in Uganda
Kuseni Dlamini, South African political analyst, who believes that Africa has already had its spring during the 1990s.
To further expand social-media commentary on BBC Africa Debate, the BBC has teamed up with Vote4Africa which uses Twitter to educate people about the democratic process in Africa. While @bbcafrica will host the social-media discussion on Twitter, @Vote4Africa will provide commentary and analysis using the programme’s hashtag, #bbcafricadebate.
Don’t miss it!!!