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BBC’s What’s Up Africa brings you news, but not as you know it

He’s been a pastor, a high-flying football manager and the president of Katwana; now he’s returning to screens to play more comedic characters in the brand new series of What’s Up Africa. That’s right, the wait is over and Ikenna Azuike – the critically acclaimed Nigerian-born vlogger – is back to bring more belly laughs to the BBC World News’ daily African news programme, Focus on Africa.

Unravelling complex issues with laughter, nobody and nothing is safe from Azuike’s fun-poking. From cults to corruption and chart-toppers to chiefs, Ikenna finds the funny side of stories from across the continent for the popular satirical news segment, What’s Up Africa.

Ikenna Azuike

What’s Up Africa has built up quite a following over the past five series, and I think that’s because there are no taboo topics on this show,” said Ikenna Azuike. “Humour can break down barriers and so the show is able to tackle issues across the continent head on.”

A 90-second episode of What’s Up Africa will broadcast every Friday with a round-up of the latest news from across the continent. Catch it on Focus on Africa from 17:30 GMT on BBC World News and on the BBC’s partner stations: Canal 2 in Cameroon; Metro TV in Ghana; Power TV in Liberia; MBC in Malawi; One Africa Television in Namibia; SBC in Somalia, SBLC in Sierra Leone, Star TV in Tanzania; Urban TV and TV West in Uganda; and ZNBC in Zambia.

What’s Up Africa, produced by Jollof Rice Productions, will air from 8th September.

You can also view the episode across a range of the BBC’s social media platforms including on Twitter @BBCAfrica and online at

Ikenna in Kenya. Image Credit: Sandesh Bhugaloo

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