Here are the From Our Own Correspondent stories from Africa, sorted by date, from January 2009.
Will Ross reports on the simmering tensions in a southern Sudanese town after a year where more than 2,000 people died in tribal clashes in the country.
As tensions rise in Guinea amid an apparent assassination attempt against the military ruler, Mark Doyle reports on the lingering trauma after a bloody crackdown at a pro-democracy rally in September.
During preparations for the Eid al-Adha festival, Luke Freeman discovers that the sacrifice of a sheep is becoming an increasing financial burden for families in Tunisia.
Jo Fidgen reports on a high-profile trial in Zambia where the news editor of the largest independent newspaper is being prosecuted for circulating photos of a woman giving birth without medical help.
With talk of North African Islamists extending their operations into Mali, Andrew Harding travels to the tourist-draw city of Timbuktu to find out what the locals think.
The Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has been celebrating the 40th anniversary of the military coup which brought him to power in 1969. David Willey witnessed the festivities.
In the Niger Delta, Caroline Duffield discovers an uneasy truce between militants and the Nigerian government.
On a trip to the Central African Republic, Chris Simpson considers the highs and lows of hotel life in Africa.
As she prepares to leave Addis Ababa, Elizabeth Blunt reflects on the intense level of officialdom she has encountered in Ethiopia which she believes reveals much about the nature of power and responsibility in Ethiopian society.
9 July 2009
Travelling to the Libyan town of Sirte to report on the African Union summit, Christian Fraser considers whether Libya is ready for an era of mass tourism.
28 May 2009
Will Ross finds echoes of Kenya's tribal violence at the polling for student leaders at Nairobi University.
9 May 2009
In Nairobi, Adam Mynott considers why the trial of Thomas Cholmondeley took 30 months to reach a conclusion.
2 May 2009
Despite years of political turmoil, Stephen Sackur discovers there are still fortunes to be made in DR Congo.
18 April 2009
In Johannesburg, Stephen Evans tries to understand why lawbreakers are consistently managing to beat the system.
18 April 2009
Karen Allen considers the challenges in tackling the problem of piracy off the coast of Somalia.
9 April 2009
From a boat offshore the volcanic island of Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic, Simon Winchester ruminates on a lesson in the ethics of tourism.
Owen Bennett-Jones finds that the antagonism between Sudan's rulers and the outside world is nothing new.
7 March 2009
21 February 2009
Pascale Harter returns to Kenya to see if tribal divisions have healed since the violence of last year.
3 January 2009
The BBC's Sue Lloyd-Roberts argues that Nigerian oil has brought wealth to a few but fuels greed and corruption on a grand scale.