VOA Africa division gets new lineup of shows

A milestone show produced by VOA Swahili, heads the new VOA Africa lineup. Duniani Leo (The World Today) anchored from Washington by Mary Mgawe with U.S. and international news, correspondent reports from Congo, Tanzania, and Kenya and in-studio analysis of business, technology, social media, and sports, airs Monday through Friday by television affiliates in Eldoret, Mombasa, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, and Meru. This is the first free-standing TV program for the service. In its first week, Duniani Leo uncovered details of Tanzanian-registered ships seized for carrying illegal cargo in violation of U.N. sanctions. The next day, Tanzanian Vice President Samia Suluhu ordered the foreign ministry to investigate. The next day, Tanzanian President John Magufuli stopped all new ships registries.

Leveraging the success of its popular radio franchise Le Monde Aujourd’hui (The World Today), VOA French launched the daily television show LMA TV anchored by Anasthasie Tudieshe and John Lyndon in Washington with U.S. and international news, correspondent reports from Congo, Mali, Guinea, South Africa, Benin, Togo, Niger, and Chad and in-studio analysis of business, technology, social media, and sports. LMA TV airs Monday through Friday by television affiliates in Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Brazzaville, Cotonou, Douala, Bamako, Niamey, and Lome. In its first week, LMA TV interviewed Congolese presidential candidate Moise Katumbi on the launch of his campaign, and showed exclusive video from inter-ethnic violence in Mopti.

VOA Somali launched the Facebook show Qubanaha Maanta (Today’s Variety) anchored from Washington D.C. with U.S. and international news, correspondent reports from Somalia, in-studio analysis of technology and sports, and viewer-contributed video during the “What’s on Your Mind?” segment. Qubanaha Maanta live streams four days a week, filling-out daily coverage around the popular weekly television show Qubanaha VOA airing on Somali National Television.

“With daily television programming in English, French, and Swahili, VOA is committed to delivering the latest news and information from across Africa and the Diaspora in cooperation with our broadcast partners,” says Africa Division Managing Editor Scott Stearns.