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By Damian Zane, Farouk Chothia and Clare Spencer

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  1. Good night - we'll be back tomorrow

    That's it for today on the BBC Africa Live page. Don't forget to download the Africa Today podcast and to visit for the latest news from around the continent. We leave you with this photo of Nigeria's incoming President Muhammadu Buhari, following his victory speech in Abuja.

    Gen Buhari
  2. Buhari's birthplace

    This is the house where the winner of the Nigerian election was born.


    The BBC's Abdullahi Kaura Abubakar went back there and met his childhood best friend.

    Get the inside information on General Muhammadu Buhari's upbringing by watching this BBC News video.

  3. Changed lives

    Anne Soy has been speaking to people who spend their days on the streets of Nairobi.

    She talked to a woman who used to beg on the streets and is now a doctor and a TV presenter who used to be a street child.

    Listen to their conversations on World Have Your Say.

  4. Bedroom library

    Neo Mathetsa's local library burnt down. So he set up this public library in his own bedroom.

    Library in a bedroom

    Watch the BBC News video of him collecting books from around Randfontein in South Africa.

  5. Focus on Africa

    Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila received a pointed call from US President Barack Obama. Maud Jullien will be dissecting that call on Focus on Africa on BBC World in a few minutes. Also on the show, Tomi Oladipo says the celebrations are still going on in Nigeria after Gen Muhammadu Buhari's election victory.

    Join Lebo Diseko for the show at 1730 GMT.

  6. More on Yemenis fleeing to Somalia

    Dozens of Yemenis have crossed the Gulf of Aden in small boats to get to Somalia, Djibouti and Somaliland to escape fighting and Saudi air strikes, the UN refugee agency has said.

    At the same time Somali refugees are still continuing to arrive in Yemen to escape violence and poverty at home.

    BBC Africa analyst Mary Harper says the idea of Yemenis seeking refuge on Somali soil is striking because it is normally a place to run away from, not towards.

  7. BBC Minute

    BBC World Service launched BBC Minute today. It's 60 seconds of audio on what's happening and being shared around the globe. Presenter Victoria Uwonkunda says it's ideal for people on the go and want a really quick news update.

    Have a listen at

    Victoria Uwonkunda
  8. 'Lotto forecasters'

    Sammy Darko

    BBC Africa, Accra

    Ghana's opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has been drawing parallels between Nigeria's election and the polls due in Ghana next year. It says the parallels work in its favour:

    Gen Buhari won at the age of 72 after three failed attempts; the NPP's Nana Akufo-Addo will contest the presidency for the third time, aged 72.

    Nana Akufo-Addo gestures next to his wife Rebecca during the final rally of the party in Accra on December 5, 2012
    Image caption: Nana Akufo-Addo hopes to become Ghana's president next year

    Ghana's President John Mahama will be 58 next year; Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan has been defeated aged 58.

    Mr Jonathan took power when his boss Musa Yar'Adua died in office; Mr Mahama also took over when his boss John Atta Mills died in office.

    Ghana's ruling National Democratic Congress supporters carry a picture of re-elected Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama during a mandate acceptance rally at Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra on 10 December 2012

    Mr Jonathan's People's Democratic Party (PDP) has the umbrella as its emblem; so does Mr Mahama's National Democratic Congress (NDC).

    And lastly no incumbent president has ever lost an election in Ghana - just like Nigeria, until now.

    The NDC's reaction? It's the work of "lotto forecasters".

  9. 'Listen to the people'

    Ghanaian reggae musician Rocky Dawuni is on the BBC's Focus on Africa radio programme today. His new album "Branches of The Same Tree" has just been released.

    His song "Black Star" is about politics in Ghana but could also refer to elsewhere.

    He told Focus on Africa that "leaders must start listening to the people, and people must understand that there is no leader who can wave a magic wand".

    Rocky Dawuni
  10. 'Shares up'

    The Lagos stock exchange share index made its biggest daily gain of the year on the back of the news that Muhammadu Buhari won Nigeria's presidential election.

    Reuters news agency is also reporting that the black-market value of Nigeria's currency, the naira, has surged.

    Currency trader with Naira and Dollars
  11. No joke


    Zenaida Machado

    BBC Africa

    tweets: "When I heard that Portugal had lost 2-0 to #CapeVerde during a friendly football match, I thought it was an April's fool day joke. Seriously"

  12. Uganda coach staying put

    Uganda's football coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic has agreed a three-year extension to his contract. The Serbian will stay in charge of the Cranes until 2018.

    There had been speculation that he would leave the role to go to Sudanese club Al Hilal - even announcing last month that he would be their new coach. Last Wednesday, Sredojevic led Uganda to a 1-0 win over Nigeria.

  13. Fighting Boko Haram

    Nigeria's President-elect Muhammadu Buhari addressed Nigerians after the election commission certified his victory.

    He spoke about the insurgency in the north-east of the country. "Boko Haram will soon know the strength of our collective will. We should spare no effort," Gen Buhari said.

    Gen Buhari
  14. 'I will play football again'

    Changwe Kalale
    Image caption: Kalale has been in hospital since the accident in December

    In an exclusive interview with BBC Sport, Changwe Kalale, one of Zambia's brightest young stars, vows to recover from a crash that has left him unable to walk.

  15. Corruption pledge

    Gen Buhari said that the "evil of corruption" is worse than terrorism. He added that "corruption will not be tolerated by this administration".

  16. 'Thank you Obama'

    Will Ross

    BBC News, Nigeria

    tweets: "Buhari: Thanks Obama for timely intervention for peaceful and credible elections in Nigeria + EU + others involved in election".

    Gen Buhari
    Image caption: Gen Buhari is speaking to Nigerians live on TV
  17. 'All my people'

    Gen Buhari, speaking at the election centre, tells Nigerians that "you are all my people" no matter who they supported. He added that he has no "ill will against anyone".

  18. 'Your servants'

    Gen Buhari says that APC will be the governing party and not the ruling party of Nigeria. He told Nigerians that the government will serve the people and not rule over them.

  19. Breaking'Change has come'

    The winner of Nigeria's presidential election Gen Buhari is speaking at the election centre: "Today history has been made and change has finally come."

  20. Jegai Knight

    A lot of love was being shown to Nigeria's electoral chief Attahiru Jega on social media on Tuesday.

    His calm reaction to PDP member Elder Orubebe, who interrupted the announcing of results to accuse him of bias, prompted a virtual knighthood.

    Jegai Knight meme

    And tweeter @ghaisik suggests a new word should be added to the dictionary.


    To relive the action of the election through memes, read our BBC News article.

  21. 'Well done my brother'

    Charlotte Attwood

    BBC Africa

    Gen Buhari's sister, Rakiya Amadodo Muhammadu, has been speaking to the BBC in his home town of Daura.

    She says she is excited and elated that he's been elected as Nigeria's president and hopes God gives him the wisdom to lead the country and succeed.

    Gen Buhari's sister Rakiya Amadodo Muhammadu
  22. Mauritanian miners strike

    Iron ore miners and the mine owners in Mauritania are due to start negotiations aimed at ending a two-month strike. The 6,000 miners are demanding a pay increase and on Tuesday supporters of all the main opposition parties marched in the capital, Nouakchott, in solidarity.

    Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has urged the miners to go back to work. Iron ore is the country's biggest export and an important source of foreign exchange.

  23. 'They have killed mom'

    A Ugandan fruit vendor has recalled the last moments of Joan Kagezi, the prosecutor who was shot dead in the capital on Monday night.

    "She stopped [her car] and asked me to give her oranges and passion fruits. She then added that I give her mangoes," he told the state-owned New Vision newspaper.

    "She was just pronouncing the word 'mangoes' when she got shot. I heard her daughter who was seated at the front of the vehicle saying, 'They have killed mom'," the vendor is quoted as saying.

    Police stand guard at the scene where acting assistant director of public prosecution Joan Kagezi was shot dead in a suburb in Kampala, on 31 March 2015
    Image caption: Police stand guard at the scene where Ms Kagezi was gunned down

    Ms Kagezi was killed by gunmen on a motorbike ahead of the trial of 13 men accused of a deadly bomb attack by al-Shabab in 2010.

  24. Likes all round

    More than 3,000 people have 'liked' the remarks of Muhammadu Buhari on the BBC Africa facebook page, in the past two hours.

    Reaction on the page is dominated by congratulations to Nigeria - either from inside the country or from around Africa. One or two people point to the 2011 election and suggest Gen Buhari sounded less conciliatory in defeat then, than he does in victory today.

    APC supporters celebrating
  25. 'Strength of democracy'


    Will Ross

    BBC News, Nigeria

    tweets: "Obama: The last few days have shown the world the strength of Nigeria's commitment to democratic principles"

  26. Emotions over Rhodes

    Protesters in South Africa have been campaigning for a statue of Cecil Rhodes, one of the most committed imperialists of the 19th Century, to be taken down. BBC News Magazine's Justin Parkinson looks at why he still inspires such strong feelings.

    Cecil Rhodes, University of Cape Town
  27. 'Cow with brooms'


    Kelvin Brown

    BBC News, Daura, Nigeria

    tweets: "A cow with brooms, the symbol of #Buhari's party, tied to its horns as people celebrate in #Daura. #NigeriaDecides"

    A cow with brooms as people celebrate in Daura, Nigeria (1 April 2015)
  28. Obama praises Nigeria's leaders

    Reuters news agency is reporting that US President Barack Obama has praised Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari for their commitment to a peaceful election.

    He urged them to ensure their supporters continued to respect the result, it reports.

    Mr Jonathan is the first sitting president to be voted out of office in Africa's most populous state.

    Hundreds of Nigerians celebrate at an intersection in the flashpoint northern city of Kaduna on 31 March 2015
  29. Expulsion stands

    Brian Hungwe

    BBC Africa, Harare

    Didymus Mutasa, a former ally of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, has had his attempt to challenge his expulsion from parliament dismissed by the constitutional court in Harare. The court ruled that the application had no merit.

    He was thrown out of the governing Zanu-PF party in February, after being accused of plotting against Mr Mugabe, and was then barred from parliament.

    Didymus Mutasa's lawyer, Lovemore Madhuku
    Image caption: Didymus Mutasa's lawyer, Lovemore Madhuku, said that his client accepted the ruling
  30. 'Remember Chibok girls'


    While many Nigerians are celebrating Gen Buhari's victory, activist Obiageli Ezekwesili has urged people not to forget the Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram almost a year ago.

    She tweets: "OUR 219 #ChibokGirls - OUR Daughters - are SOMEWHERE on the face of this planet. WE must NOT STOP until we FIND them & RESCUE them. #DEMAND!"

  31. 'Nigerian hero'

    #GEJOurHero is now trending on twitter in Nigeria. People are praising President Jonathan, known by his initials GEJ, for "putting Nigeria first".

    Screen grab from Twitter page with images of Goodluck Jonathan
  32. Buhari's challenges

    Gen Buhari's campaign slogan, "change", resonated with voters in Africa's most populous state. BBC Nigeria correspondent Will Ross looks at the challenges he now faces in power.

  33. 'Not a matter of life and death'

    President Goodluck Jonathan's spokesman Reuben Abati has told BBC World News that President Jonathan is in "good spirits" this morning despite losing the presidential election. Mr Abati said that President Jonathan "has always said that the election is not a life and death matter, it's the country that is more important".

    The president hopes that the legacy of free and fair elections will endure in Nigeria, and "that's a strong message for Africans", Mr Abati said.

    Goodluck Jonathan
  34. Obama warns Kabila

    US President Barack Obama has phoned the Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila to urge him the respect the constitution, amid opposition fears that he intends to delay elections due next year.

    "The president emphasized the importance of timely, credible and peaceful elections that respect the DRC's constitution," the White House said in a statement.

    A man walks past a tyre set alight during a nation-wide protest as opposition parties tried to block a change in the law that may delay elections, in Goma eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (19 January 2015)
    Image caption: There were protests against the extension of Mr Kabila's rule in January
  35. Party time

    Celebrations are continuing in Gen Buhari's hometown of Daura marking his victory in Nigeria's presidential election. BBC producer Charlotte Attwood snapped these supporters dressing up as Patience Jonathan, the wife of the defeated president.

    APC supporters
  36. In defence of Noah

    A star of The Daily Show has come out in defence of Trevor Noah, its newly appointed host, amid controversy over jokes he previously posted on Twitter.

    Comedian Aasif Mandvi called the furore "much ado about nothing".

    Noah is accused of making jokes offensive to women and Jews, with some calling on Comedy Central to fire him.

    The US TV network is standing behind the South African comedian, saying: "To judge him... on a handful of jokes is unfair."

    Aasif Mandvi and Trevor Noah
    Image caption: Mandvi (L) says Noah "seems like a great guy" who "was trying to be funny"
  37. Saved from 'cutting'

    Girls in parts of Tanzania are often forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), even though the practice is illegal. Faced with FGM, many had nowhere to turn - until now. A safe house has opened in the north of the country to offer protection when they need it most.

  38. 'Fleeing to Somaliland'


    Mary Harper

    BBC News

    tweets: "UN says 32 Yemeni refugees have arrived in Somali port of Berbera. There are about 240,000 Somali refugees in #Yemen."

  39. 'Immigrants targeted in SA'

    South Africa's public broadcaster SABC is reporting that nearly 200 foreigners have taken shelter at a police station near the coastal city of Durban following attacks by locals.

    The attacks allegedly took place after the immigrants were accused of taking the jobs of striking workers at a shopping complex in Isipingo, south of Durban, SABC reports.

  40. 'Bye bye Jonathan'

    On the road to Gen Buhari's home town of Daura in Katsina State, northern Nigeria, the BBC's Charlotte Attwood came across these APC supporters celebrating victory. Gawar Jonathan means Jonathan's coffin in the Hausa language.

    APC supporters on the road to Daura
    APC supporters on the road to Daura
  41. 'Statesmanship'

    Sammy Darko

    BBC Africa, Accra

    Ghana's President John Mahama has praised President Jonathan for accepting defeat. Mr Mahama, the chairman of regional body Ecowas, called Mr Jonathan to congratulate him for his statesmanship, and he also called the president-elect to congratulate him on his victory, an Ecowas statement says.

  42. 'Mature democracy'

    African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has congratulated Muhammadu Buhari on his victory in Nigeria's presidential election.

    "The outcome of the elections clearly demonstrates the maturity of democracy not only in Nigeria but on the continent as a whole," she said in a statement.

    Ms Dlamini-Zuma also hopes that oil-rich Nigeria will now unite to face "the challenges of stability, security and development".

    AU chairperson Nkosozana Dlamini-Zuma
  43. 'I'm sorry'


    Godsday P. Orubebe, the Nigerian politician whose protest briefly stalled the announcing of election results on Tuesday, has apologised on twitter: "At ICC; the event and outburst of yesterday is regrettable. Apologies to fellow Nigerians."

    He also congratulated Gen Buhari on his victory.

  44. 'Nigeria has won'

    Gen Buhari has made his first comments since winning the presidential election: "You, Nigerians, have won. The people have shown their love for this nation and their belief in democracy."

    He also praised outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan as a "worthy opponent" who peacefully relinquished power.

    Gen Buhari
  45. 'Goodwill period'

    Peter Okwoche

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    Nigeria's opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari will be inaugurated on 29 May as president. A newly elected senator told the BBC that Nigerians will show goodwill towards him for six months, and then expect him to deliver on his promises.

    Gen Buhari's supporters have been celebrating his historic win
  46. Post update

    Today's African proverb is: "A fool's leg is borrowed to measure a snake hole." An Amharic proverb sent by Mikael Emiru in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

  47. Post update

    Welcome to the BBC Africa Live page with regular updates from across the continent, including reactions to the historic victory in Nigeria of opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari in the presidential poll.