BBC to showcase a series of specials celebrating Africa

MUMBAI: BBC World has announced a line-up of special shows based on Africa Lives. This show that challenges preconceptions about the vast African continent, and offers fascinating insights into the lives and culture of some of its 700 million people. The channel's line-up of shows for July are War Games, Geldof in Africa, Journeys Of Hope, The World Uncovered. Panorama: Dead Mums Don’t Cry, Rough Science, Profile - Chinua Achebe, Destination Music: Africa and Nollywood

The documentary, War Games airs on 2 July at 12: 40 pm. It tells the story of a barefoot festival of sport involving thousands of children, just a few kilometres from the frontline of Sudan’s civil war,informs BBC release.

Bob Geldof leaves live aid and politics behind to travel the continent to meet the people of Africa in the six-part series Geldof in Africa. The series kicks off on 2 July at 8 pm. Geldof makes a six-part personal journey through Africa to understand ordinary Africans and, through their experiences, explain the forces that make the continent tick. Travelling through West Africa (Ghana, Benin and Mali), Central Africa (the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda) and East Africa (Ethiopia, Tanzania and Somalia), Geldof explores the continent that the rest of the world seems to be leaving behind.

In Journeys Of Hope, former BBC foreign correspondent George Alagiah retraces his personal voyage from boyhood to manhood in Africa. The weekly documentary strand The World Uncovered focuses on issues such as the high mortality rate among women giving birth in Africa, while a series of programmes on culture and the arts examines architecture, literature, cinema and the beauty industry around the continent.    

The World Uncovered. Panorama: Dead Mums Don’t Cry will feature on 2 July at 5:40 pm. The panorama investigates why more than half a million women die every year during pregnancy and childbirth across Africa. Grace Kodindo in a state hospital as she struggles to save those suffering from eclampsia.

Rough Science, will air for six weeks, from 2 July at 2 pm. The six-part series gathers a team of four expert scientists and asks them to tackle challenges with just a few basic pieces of equipment, natural resources and their ingenuity. Profile - Chinua Achebe will air on 3 July at 12 pm. Profile will feature Chinua Achebe, who is considered to be black Africa’s most widely-read novelist. This Nigerian author and poet has received more than 20 honorary doctorates and several international literary prizes, and his first book, Things Fall Apart, has now been translated into 40 languages.

Destination Music: Africa will feature performers including Emmanuel Jal, a Sudanese child soldier who’s now making a name as a rapper; Jonzi D and South Africa’s Audio Visual Crew, new-style hip hop improvisers; and Damon Albarn of Gorillaz and Blur, whose record label Honest John is at the forefront of championing music from Africa. The show will air on 16 July at 5:40 pm.

Nollywood, will showcase the film business, which is booming and now ranked as the third largest in the world, with ten releases a week on 17 Jujly at 12 pm.

The channel will also highlight Africa Lives through regular programmes Hardtalk, Click Online Fasttrack Earth Report and Talking Point. There will also be a special edition of one of BBC World’s current affairs programmes Question Time.

Question Time Africa will air on 9 July at 12:40 pm and will be chaired by David Dimbleby.


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