New BBC News series on Africa
10 July 2013
In a new BBC World News series, Rendezvous with Zeinab Badawi, presenter Zeinab Badawi meets leading African entrepreneurs, musicians, politicians and chief executive officers to ask the social, cultural, political, and business questions that are pertinent in today's Africa.
In the episode, titled Good Governance, which airs at 6.30 pm and 11.30 pm on July 13 and 11.30 am on July 14 (all times GMT), she talks to three prominent Africans who are in the front-line battle against corruption: Rwandan-born Donald Kaberuka, president of the African Development Bank Group; Nigerian Obiageli Ezekwesili, one of the founding members of Transparency International and a former vice-president of the World Bank; and Kerfalla Yansané, finance minister for Guinea, a country which, until recently, has faced dictatorship, corruption and human rights abuses.
Badawi asks what progress there is in good governance making in Africa and whether the scramble for Africa's resource wealth is fuelling corruption from outside players.
Later in the series she will be speaking to Ghanaian-Briton fashion designer Ozwald Boateng, Senegalese-American RnB and hip-hop superstar Akon, and African-American musician and actor Dante Terrell Smith, also known by the stage names Mos Def and Yasiin Bey.
Badawi asks why Africa is a cultural super power and whether the stars of the African diaspora make a difference to the lives of people in the continent. This episode airs on July 20 at 6.30 pm and 11.30 pm and 11.30 am on July 21.
In other episodes, Badawi will discuss the growing threat of militancy and how best to confront the threat of jihadism; business in Africa; and civil rights and social freedom on the continent.