"Smockey" is a male rapper from Burkina Faso, and he's dealing out some serious lyrics about the all-too-common practice of female genital mutilation. His latest song, "Tomber la Lame," or "Drop the Blade," is a plea for his fellow countrymen to stop FGM.
The protests that forced Burkina Faso's longtime ruler to step down are echoing on the other side of the continent, where young protesters in Djibouti are calling for their own leader to step down after 15 years. They face not only a repressive government, but its international supporters as well.
Burkina Faso is temporarily in the hands of its military after longtime president Blaise Compaoré was forced to resign last week. Citizens are demanding that civilians retake control of the country soon, but the current leader, Lt. Col. Isaac Zida, is a man familiar to the US military.
Marco Werman, host of PRI's The World, started his journalism career in Ouagadougou in 1987 just weeks before a bloody coup. The man who took power, Blaise Compaoré, ruled for 27 years before protests forced him out of office last week. Marco remembers the fear and silence that gripped the country then too.
The 8th annual Waag Hip-Hop festival is under way in West Africa and the focus this year is on African female rappers. Host Marco Werman speaks with reporter Sasha Gankin about the festival and some of the women artists on the bill.
For today's Geo Quiz we were looking for the capital of Burkina Faso. It's where a major African film festival is under way. The answer is Ouagadougou. The BBC's Audrey Brown has been covering the film festival all week. She speaks with anchor Lisa Mullins.
Today's answer to our Geo Quiz is the African country of Burkina Faso, where as many as 5 million citizens will get free birth certificates as part of a new government program. Anchor Marco Werman finds out why from Rheal Drisdelle, who works for the group, Plan International.
The Sahel region of West Africa is being hit hard by climate change. But from the country of Burkina Faso, Mark Hertsgaard spotlights a small green miracle that's helping farmers fight the warming trend. The secret, he says, is trees. On PRI's The World.
A convoy of over 200 vehicles believed to be carrying loyalists to Col. Moammar Gadhafi crossed Libya's southern border into Niger on Tuesday. The loyalists are thought to be heading to Burkina Faso, which has offered the fugitive Libyan leader asylum.
The final of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in South Africa will feature Nigeria's Super Eagles and Burkina Faso's Stallions. The World's Anders Kelto gives the rundown to host Marco Werman.