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African Perspectives for September 24 ,2023

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  • A new "child friendliness" index praises such countries as Namibia and Lesotho — and "names and shames" poor performers.
  • It's been 10 years since South Africa held all-race elections and ended apartheid. The country has been been more successful than other African nations in its transition to democratic rule. Its stability is due in large part to Nelson Mandela, the man who ended apartheid and became the nation's first post-apartheid president. NPR's Jason Beaubien reports.
  • Many of the foods and flavors we think of as classically African-American — like watermelon, black-eyed peas and okra — actually come from Africa. Cookbook author Jessica Harris traces that journey in her new book.