BBC World News coverage of Obama’s visit to Africa


BBC World News’ Africa teams primed as Kenya welcomes Obama

As US President Barack Obama lands in Kenya, BBC World News and its local teams will bring the latest updates and stories from Africa to the world.

With regular updates and special programming on Focus on Africa, Africa Business Report, the Africa Live page and via the BBC Pop Up service in Kenya, BBC World News and are primed to keep audiences up to date on the trip to Kenya and Ethiopia.

BBC News bilingual reporter Anne Soy will co-present BBC World News’ flagship show Focus on Africa (weekdays, 19.30 CAT) in Nairobi. Anne, alongside presenter Sophie Ikenye, will deliver daily coverage of the trip, providing in-depth analysis of the events for audiences in Africa and around the world.

BBC presenter and Africa Business correspondent, Lerato Mbele, will report throughout the weekend from the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which President Obama is expected to visit, for Africa Business Report (Friday 24th July at 18.40 CAT and 20.40 CAT, Saturday 25th July at 12.10 CAT and 21.10 CAT). As delegates’ debate ways to promote business as a way of lifting more Africans out of poverty, Lerato will be on location to find out what these discussions mean for the continent and the wider world.

Anne Soy will also gather stories and reports alongside Matt Danzico and Chris Parkinson for the BBC’s first travelling news bureau in Kenya, BBC Pop Up (  and @bbcpopup). The BBC Pop Up team is in Nairobi working with local communities, as well as on social media, to crowd source story ideas for their video reports. From asking what travel tips people would give Obama before his trip, to capturing the effects of climate change in rural villages, BBC Pop Up Kenya will deliver the stories and information that the African people want told.

BBC World News’ team of reporters will also deliver special reports from Kenya for news bulletins and Tomi Oladipo will look into US-Kenyan security co-operation, Catherine Byaruhanga will interview Obama’s step-grandmother, while Karen Allen and Milton Nkosi will head to Kogelo to see how Obama’s ancestral village is preparing for the president’s visit. Emmanuel Igunza and Andrew Harding will also delve into some of the wider issues on the continent. Emmanuel will explore the issue of who holds electrical power in Africa, while Andrew will report on the rivalry between the US and China on the continent.

Following Obama’s trip, The Travel Show will film a Kenya special to air on BBC World News in September. The special will focus on the positive steps being taken to curb elephant poaching in Ambroseli National Park and will mark the 60th anniversary of the film Born Free by travelling to Joy and George Adamson’s lodge for an update on their latest lion conservation project.

BBC World News has an experienced team of reporters all over Africa who bring the latest developments from around the continent to its global audience. These journalists live and breathe the stories of their communities day in, day out and will bring local insight, passion and expertise to their reporting on Obama’s trip to Kenya and Ethiopia.