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Why are Kenyan’s paying more for their sugar?
The price of sugar is on the rise in Kenya and it’s really hitting people’s pockets.
It’s partly due to a shortage of sugarcane in the country.
In April, it was reported that some sugar mills were closing their operations, due to the lack of the raw material.
Amid a dispute with millers, some farmers are moving away from sugar to other crops.
So, what’s behind it all? And why are Kenyan’s paying more for their sugar?
What’s going to be on President Bola Tinubu’s list of priorities for Nigeria?
Bola Tinubu was declared the winner of the 2023 election back in March by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
It was an election marred by technical glitches in the electronic polling system, delays which saw some voters queuing through the night, some cases of armed men attacking polling stations and voter intimidation. But it’s unclear whether these problems were enough to affect the election’s outcome.
The list of challenges for his presidency is long– insecurity, economic turmoil and youth unemployment are among the many things Nigerians want dealt with.
Africa Daily’s Alan Kasujja has been speaking to the BBC’s Chris Ewokor about what Nigeria can expect to see from Bola Tinubu and the legal challenges from those who say the election result should be overturned.
How can technology open doors for people with disabilities?
"We import everything and that leads to many challenges such as affordability."
A gadget to help a blind person pour a drink and not spill it. Another to count up cash. And yet another to allow them to read a book in six South African languages. These are some examples of the sorts of ‘assistive technology’ now available for people living with a disability.
Next week in Nairobi, the ‘Inclusive Africa Conference’ will hear about efforts to get more such technology developed in Africa – and why it’s often out of reach for many of those who need it.
Africa Daily discusses these issues with some of those involved.
Presenter: Alan Kasujja @kasujja
Guests: Calvin Mgogajane, Author and radio presenter; Bernard Chiira, Director of Innovate Now, @startupnanny; Irene Mbari-Kirika, Founder of @inABLEorg Kenya, @IreneKirika2
How did Benin and Mali defeat a blinding eye disease?
“Patients will complain of swollen eyelids, watery discharge, crusty eyelids, pain, light sensitivity. And if it is getting more serious, then they will complain of blurry vision.”
In today’s episode Alan Kasujja investigates how Benin and Mali successfully eradicated trachoma. The announcement was made by the World Health Organisation this month.
This is a disease of the eye caused by bacterial infection. It is the leading infectious cause of blindness, worldwide.
Global health authorities say it is a public health problem in over 40 countries in Africa, Central and South America, Asia, the Western Pacific and the Middle East.
Nations like Ghana, Malawi, Togo, Morocco and Gambia have all defeated trachoma in recent years.
Guests: Kerisha Maharaj and Dr. Amir Kello
Why has Somaliland’s first trained nurse won $1.4 million?
Over the past six decades, Dr Edna Adan Ismail has been a nurse and midwife. She has spent her life fighting for maternal health care rights in Somaliland and campaigning against Female Genital Mutilation- a practice which involves the partial or total removal of genitalia. It leaves many women and girls with infections, pain and complications in child birth.
She’s been in the news recently because she was awarded The Templeton Prize and prize amounting to almost $1.4 million. The award honours those who “harness the power of the sciences to explore the deepest questions of the universe and humankind’s place and purpose within it”.
So today Africa Daily’s Alan Kasujja caught up with Dr Ismail while she was on a trip in London to talk about her life, legacy, maternal healthcare and how it feels to win over a million dollars.