After decades of wandering around Africa alternating between hope-inspiring thrills and heartbreaking despair, award-winning journalist and commentator Jean-Jacques Cornish comes to CliffCentral. His twice monthly appearances involve frank discussions on events, developments and trends in the continent with the youngest, fastest growing and poorest population.

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75 Episodes
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Power to the People

JJ Cornish joins Gareth and Jack for an analysis on the events happening in Sudan and what it means for the country. The team also chat about the power shift happening in Senegal.
2 Apr 15 min

The Rescuers

An Indian navy rescues a ship pirated in Somalia, the AU talks tough on military takeovers, and a WhatsApp group rescues Malawian women trafficked in Oman.
19 Mar 14 min

Africans in Mexico

JJ Cornish details the difficulty for African's to migrate abroad. And, Gareth and JJ debate the importance of getting the right leaders for the right future on the African continent.
19 Feb 18 min

The COP Con

JJ Cornish lists the continent’s richest nations - which include Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt. He also rants about the COP conferences, the fossil fuels debate, and non-binding agreements.
18 Dec 2023 22 min

Return of the Coups

JJ Cornish tells us about the newly formed 'Alliance of Sahel States', which is what the putschist three call themselves. A former Rwandan Prime Minister who fell out with Paul Kagame dies in exile, and the UN political mission quits Sudan.
4 Dec 2023 18 min

The Democracy Dance

Liberia's smooth power handover after a tense election is a good sign for democracy. JJ Cornish also delves into the DRC's uncertain election climate. President William Ruto is on a mission to secure 200,000 jobs for Kenyans in Germany. And Gareth wants to know more about South Sudan.
20 Nov 2023 19 min

Clothing of the Dead

President Yoweri Museveni bans the sale of second-hand clothing in Uganda, and is outraged that the country has been kicked out the duty-free, all-access programme called AGOA. Sudanese paramilitaries seize control of a third military base in Darfur, and a record number of migrants head over to Spain’s Canary Islands…
6 Nov 2023 16 min

Historical Ties

This week, JJ Cornish addresses the impact of the Israel/Hamas conflict on the African continent - delving into the countries bordering the region, troops being called up to help, and more.
17 Oct 2023 14 min

L'assassin de la Plume

Kenyan police lead an international team to Haiti to control the gangs that have been running riot in the capital, Gabon is wracked by a scandal involving sexual exploitation of its football stars, and Libya’s reconstruction conference has been postponed.
3 Oct 2023 12 min

Coup Denial in Congo Brazzaville

Zimbabwe slips into another era of brutal repression after last month's election, Congo Brazzaville denies a coup attempt, Sudan has the world's highest number of displaced people, and what led to Libya's flood disaster.
19 Sep 2023 16 min

Going Green in Africa

The Nairobi Declaration prompts a heated discussion about the fate of Africa’s ‘green’ status. Is renewable energy more important than utilising unfarmed resources to keep up with the current demands of the country? JJ Cornish also gets into the latest on the aftermath of Zimbabwe’s election.
5 Sep 2023 10 min

High Treason in West Africa

Niger's junta ups the ante saying they'll charge deposed President Mohamed Bazoum with high treason. And China, USA and Europe back a move to make the AU the 21st member of the G20.
15 Aug 2023 16 min

A True Democracy

JJ Cornish is delighted to be joined by two regional partners, with most of the political noise happening in Zimbabwe, while Zambia seems to be doing quite well. Zim resident K.F. Malindi expresses his pride over Zimbabwe being independent, after being left behind by the Western world during the Mugabe…
1 Aug 2023 20 min

Flying around Africa

Why are flights to African countries more expensive than flying internationally? Tunisia signs a migrant control pact, and Africa’s food security has been dealt another blow.
18 Jul 2023 11 min

Tea with Mugabe

JJ Cornish drops in for Africanalysis to discuss the latest update on the Wagner mercenary operations in Africa, as Russia tightens the screws on them. It’s election time for Zimbabwe and Liberia, and the EU is getting involved by sending in election observers. And JJ is judged for having a…
4 Jul 2023 19 min

How to End a War

JJ Cornish joins the GCS Takeover team to discuss the latest news from around the continent, starting with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s trip to mediate a conversation with Russia and Ukraine over the war. JJ also delves into the UN’s comment, saying the Sudanese deserve just as much attention as Russia…
20 Jun 2023 12 min

Top 10 Most Neglected Crises

JJ Cornish joins the team to provide updates on the latest African news, which includes the Norwegian Refugee Council listing seven African nations in the top 10 most neglected crises. Additionally, Senegal has witnessed riots over the past 72 hours, resulting in eight fatalities, and Sudan's paramilitary forces have seized…
6 Jun 2023 12 min

Mo Oil, Mo Problems

JJ Cornish discusses the growing humanitarian crisis in neighbouring countries dealing with refugees fleeing the fighting in Sudan. Nigeria is no longer the number one oil producer in Africa, but can you guess who is? And a retired teacher in an old beat up Toyota sedan is a lifesaver to…
16 May 2023 21 min

Kenyan Death Cult

The first medical supplies arrive in Sudan since fighting started three weeks ago, with Egypt proposing a new draft resolution, Zimbabwe's independent electoral commission warns President Emmerson Mnangagwa that time is running out to name an election date, and the World Food Programme resumes desperately needed food aid to Somalia.
2 May 2023 17 min

Battles and Wars

Why are the top brass Sudanese having at each other for no good reason? The team discuss what could be done from neighbouring countries and international organisations to restore peace there. JJ also touches on the soaring inflation in Africa due to the Russia/Ukraine war. With foreign aid drying up…
18 Apr 2023 18 min
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