Eye on Africa

Somaliland's Dr. Edna Adan Ismail on statehood, healthcare

In this edition: Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari confirms he's seeking a second term in office, ending months of speculation about his future after bouts of ill health. Also, Dr. Edna Adan Ismail, a former foreign minister of Somaliland, joins us in the studio to discuss statehood and healthcare. And we bring you a report from an ultramarathon in the Sahara.


Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed that he'll be running again in next year's elections. The 75-year-old is hoping to get the backing of the ruling APC party to seek another term. Last year there were concerns about his fitness for office after he spent months out of the country being treated in London.

Also, we meet Dr. Edna Adan Ismail, a former foreign minister for the semiautonomous region of Somaliland, a former Somali first lady and a renowned activist working to improve health care and education in her homeland. She has a particular focus on stopping female genital mutilation. We talk to the trained midwife and stateswoman about her country and her activism.

And our reporter brings us a story on three women participating in this year's "Marathon des Sables". The gruelling ultramarathon spans 251 kilometres across the Sahara desert.

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