BBC Focus on Africa radio launched in 1960 and by 15th August of the same year it had become a permanent slot on the BBC World Service airwaves.
The BBC’s first African news and current affairs programme started as a 15-minute programme broadcast three times a week.
Focus on Africa was born at a time when only 17 countries on the continent had gained independence with many more fighting for liberation. Dorothy Grenfell Williams and Ugandan Israel Wamala played pivotal roles. Wamala was one of the early presenters before becoming the first overall editor of the programme.