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Clare Spencer and Damian Zane

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  1. Goodnight - we'll be back tomorrow

    That's it for today on the BBC Africa Live page. Download the Africa Today podcast and visit for the latest news on the continent.

    We leave you with this picture from the vigil in Nairobi remembering the victims of the Garissa University College attack.

  2. Textile boom

    Now that Madagascar is seeing some political stability again, the government is expecting a major boom in the textile industry.

    The country once again has duty free access to the US market and the authorities hope this will bring 200,000 new jobs over the next three years. Hear Martin Vogl's report.

    Madagascar textile workers
  3. Focus on Africa TV

    Coming up on Focus on Africa TV at 17:30GMT, Emmanuel Igunza brings us new pictures from inside Garissa University College and testimony of one of the attacker's former classmates.

    We'll hear from Djibouti where many people are fleeing to from the fighting in Yemen.

    Our sports reporter Piers Edwards is live in Cairo for the Confederation of African Football annual summit. He gets a few words from Fifa's Sepp Blatter.

    And we also speak to the lawyer of a New York based Ghanaian woman who has filed for divorce on Facebook.

  4. 'Names not just numbers'

    Maud Jullien

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Hundreds are gathering at a vigil for the victims of the Garissa attacks in in Kenya's capital Nairobi.

    Candles and crosses at the Nairobi vigil

    They are pinning up photos of the victims up on a white board and holding white crosses and candles.

    Images of some of those who died in the Garissa attack

    One person told me that now was the time for Kenyans to unite and also to start asking serious questions about how the attack could have happened.

  5. 'Vehicles seized'

    The Nigerian army claims in an email they've seized this vehicle following a raid on a Boko Haram camp:

    Armoured vehicle

    Nigeria's Director of Defence Information Major General Chris Olukolade says "Nigerian troops have this morning successfully completed a raid on all terrorist camps in Alagarno in Borno State. Alagarno is the major haven of terrorists ahead of Sambisa forest".

    Along with the armoured vehicles he says the army seized several weapons and ammunition.

    Weapons seized by Nigeria's army
  6. Putting 'people first'

    Brian Hungwe

    BBC Africa, Harare

    An expelled member of Zimbabwe's ruling party says a new party will be formed to challenge President Robert Mugabe.

    Didymus Mutasa told me the new party would also be called Zanu but the initials PF would stand for "People First" not "Patriotic Front".

    Zanu-PF expelled Mr Mutasa and other senior members after accusing them of plotting to oust Mr Mugabe last year. They denied the claim.

    Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe addresses people gathered for his 91st birthday celebration in Victoria Falls February 28, 2015
  7. Burkina arrests

    The BBC's Laeila Adjovi, who covered the Burkina Faso uprising that overthrew President Blaise Compaore, says that three of his former ministers have been arrested. She says the reason behind the arrests is not yet clear.

    There is also a heavy police presence at the venue where the national transitional council is debating a new election law. Members of former President Compaore's party said they would gather there to protest against the law that would exclude them from running in October's presidential election.

  8. Vigil in Nairobi

    People are gathering at Uhuru Park in Kenya's capital Nairobi for a candle-lit vigil to remember the victims of the Garissa attack. These pictures were taken by @Mitsmann.

  9. Tunisian ambush

    Four Tunisian soldiers were killed and six wounded on Tuesday in an ambush in the Kasserine region, says state TV. The military has been battling jihadists in this area near the border since 2012.

    The AFP news agency says authorities have blamed the main armed group active in the area, the al-Qaeda-linked Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigade, for a series of attacks including last month's massacre at the national museum in Tunis that left more than 20 people dead.

  10. 'Not in our name'

    A Muslim leader in Garissa, Kenya, has distanced his community from last week's attack.

    Abdullahi Salad told a rally held in memory of those who died that "we would like to reiterate that Islam and Muslims are not in any way part of this heinous, barbaric, horrendous and inhuman act".

    He said that the militants want to divide Christians and Muslims and added that his community "would stand firm in supporting the Kenyan government in their fight against terror".

    Friends and relatives of victims hold candles as they pray and sing on April 7, 2015 in Nairobi, on the final day of mourning
  11. 'Bring flowers'

    Student Antony Fazul posted this photo on Instagram of himself and his friend Dennis with flowers and says "I'm at the vigil which is at Uhuru Park Nairobi, the flowers are in memory of the 147 lives lost in the Garissa university attack".

    Men carrying flowers

    The organiser of the Garissa memorial tonight, Boniface Mwangi, urged people to "bring flowers. Bring handwritten messages", reported Nairobi News.

  12. Success against Boko Haram

    Nigeria's military has been giving more details about its offensive against the Boko Haram militants in the north-east of the country.

    An email from a military spokesman says: "This morning troops of the Nigerian Army along with support from the Nigerian Air Force cleared the last camp of Boko Haram Terrorists in Alagarno Forest.

    "So far a lot of recoveries including armoured fighting vehicles and computers were made. Troops are now mopping up the general area."

  13. 'Remember the names'

    Morris Kiruga, one of the Kenyans behind the candle-lit vigil in Nairobi, has been talking to the BBC's Focus on Africa radio programme about his motivation.

    "It is our duty to make sure that the names of those people are remembered, that they're not just as a number," he said. "We are hoping to humanise the victims by giving them names and making sure that their names live on."

    Kenyan university students light candles to honour 148 people killed in an attack on Garissa University College in Garissa town, during their march to demand better security to be provided by the government in downtown Nairobi
  14. Genocide memorial


    Rwanda's President Paul Kagame tweets on the 21st anniversary of the genocide: "We remember&honour the millions of lives lost, with utter determination to confront our challenges as we build a dignified nation! #Kwibuka21"

    Rwanda's President Paul Kagame
  15. Less sympathy?

    BBC World Have Your Say is debating the world's reaction to the Garissa attacks and has been getting tweets from listeners :

    @MianoDennis tweets "#Westgate was a big deal. You can't feel the sympathy as much for #Garissa".

    The organiser of Tuesday's march for victims, law student Lone Felix, says: "We must learn to value our own lives #GarissaAttack".

    The radio programme will be over at 1500 GMT. You will be able to listen here shortly after.

  16. Easter Naturists

    Naturists have started using South Africa's first official nudist beach, despite ongoing protests against it, reports BBC Monitoring.

    Serge Pavlovic, chairman of the South African National Naturist Association
    Image caption: Serge Pavlovic says members of his naturist group are ecstatic to finally be able to use the beach

    "We are here legally," Serge Pavlovic, chairman of the South African National Naturist Association, tells the Times Lives website. "There is a lot of emotion around this - people don't understand that naturists want to be one with nature. There is nothing sexual about this."

  17. Act of remembrance

    Kenyan students have been holding a rally in central Nairobi to remember the victims of the Garissa attack and demand better security.

    Demonstrators at a rally in Nairobi

    Students lit candles in memory of the 148 victims. A larger candle-lit vigil is expected later on Tuesday.

    Demonstrators at a rally in Nairobi
  18. World reacts to Garissa

    Why haven't world leaders travelled to Kenya to show their solidarity following the Garissa attacks? That's the discussion currently on the BBC's World Have your Say programme. You can listen here or comment on the Facebook page.

  19. 'Time to slow down'

    The veteran South African anti-apartheid activist Mac Maharaj will be stepping down as President Jacob Zuma's spokesperson at the end of April, the presidency has announced. He was imprisoned on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela in the 1960s and 1970s and was responsible for smuggling his memoir Long Walk To Freedom out of the prison.

    Mac Maharaj

    Mr Maharaj says it is now "time to slow down" after he turns 80 in April. President Zuma thanked him for his service to the country.

  20. Off the plane

    Alex Duval Smith

    Bamako, Mali

    Here's freed hostage Sjaak Rijke arriving at Bamako airport in Mali from a plane chartered by the Dutch defence ministry.

    Sjaak Rijke

    Mr Rijke, aged 54, was released on Sunday evening in northern Mali by a French patrol. He was flown to Gao where he spent the night.

    After arriving, Mr Rijke was given time for a reunion with his wife Tilly Kettner in private in the airport VIP lounge.

    Sjaak Rijke

    He was due due to meet Malian President Ibrahim Boubakar Keita before departing from Mali this afternoon on the Dutch-chartered plane. They will not however fly directly to the Netherlands but to a secret destination for a few days' rest.

    Mr Rijke was abducted on 25 November 2011 in Timbuktu and had been held by al-Qaeda.

  21. 'Against international law'

    A Kenyan refugee rights lawyer has responded to a call to shut down the Somali refugee camps in Dadaab.

    Andrew Maina told the BBC's Focus on Africa radio programme that a closure would amount to "collective punishment which is illegal under international law".

    On Monday, in the wake of the Garissa attack, Kenyan-Somali leaders in the north-east of Kenya called for the camp to be closed. They said terrorists had turned Dadaab into a place to plot attacks and argued a closure would help stop al-Shabab attacks.

  22. Boko Haram raid


    Nigeria's armed forces tweets about its ongoing campaign against Islamist Boko Haram militants in the north-east of the country:

    "FLASH: Nigerian troops this morning successfully completed a raid on all terrorist camps in #Alagarno, #Borno state."

    A Chadian soldier stand guard next to captured arms on 3 April 2015 in Malam Fatori, in north-eastern Nigeria
    Image caption: A soldier from Chad, which has been helping in the Boko Haram offensive, showing off weapons captured from the militants
  23. New Fifa officials

    Piers Edwards

    BBC Africa sport, Cairo

    Confederation of African Football (Caf) officials have elected two new members onto the Fifa executive committee, which runs the global game.

    Tarek Bouchamaoui from Tunisia and Omari Constant Selemani from the Democratic Republic of Congo both won seats in a vote at the Caf congress in Cairo.

    This comes after Caf voted to remove an age limit on its officials, paving the way for Issa Hayatou to stay on as president.

    The President of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), Joseph Sepp Blatter (L) and the President of Confederation of African Football (CAF), Issa Hayatou and Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab attend the 37th CAF Ordinary General Assembly on April 7, 2015 in the Egyptian capital Cairo
  24. District still 'Ebola-free'

    Umaru Fofana

    BBC Africa, Freetown

    Sierra Leone says a nine-month-old baby who was officially pronounced to have died of Ebola in the eastern Kailahun district did not in fact die of the virus.

    The country's Ebola centre now says it "was a mistake" caused by the investigators who had collected a sample from the body. The outbreak in Sierra Leone started in Kailahun in May 2014, but it had gone almost four months without someone contracting the virus until the case of the baby. But now that record seems intact.

    People walking past a billboard reading "Stop Ebola" in Freetown. Sierra Leone
  25. Hostage arrives

    Alex Duval Smith

    Bamako, Mali

    Freed Dutch hostage Sjaak Rijke has arrived in Mali's capital, Bamako - his first public appearance since he was captured in 2011 by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in Timbuktu.

    French special forces freed him in northern Mali on Monday and he spent the night in Gao.

    Sjaak Rijke
    Image caption: Sjaak Rijke was pictured with French armed forces after his release in Mali

    He is due to meet Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

  26. Post update


    Guardian journalist Susanna Rustin tweets: "Around 90% of Ghana's children are now in school - I met some of them, and others who are missing out".

    Read her story in the UK Guardian.

  27. 'In this together'

    Kenyans will hold candlelit vigil later in Nairobi for the victims of the Garissa University attack.

    Poet Eric Otieno told BBC's Outside Source that he will be attendingas a sign of solidarity with his country's people.

    Eric Otieno

    He adds that, as a poet, he wants to be "a good face to people who read my work and let them know that we are in this together".

    "We need to fight terrorism not with religious malice but with maximum political understanding."

  28. Age limit scrapped

    Piers Edwards

    BBC Africa sport, Cairo

    The Confederation of African Football (Caf) have voted to scrap the age limit to be a member of their executive committee.

    The limit was 70 years old, but it was unanimously agreed to get rid of it.

  29. Post update

    Brian Hungwe

    BBC Africa, Harare

    Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is leaving today for a state visit to South Africa. His last state visit was 21 years ago when Nelson Mandela was South Africa's president. I understand that he will be looking for $2bn (£1.3bn) of budgetary support from South Africa.

    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe delivers a speech on February 28, 2015 during the celebration of his 91st birthday in Victoria Falls
  30. 'Africa backs Blatter'

    Piers Edwards

    BBC Africa sport, Cairo

    Confederation of African Football (Caf) President Issa Hayatou says African delegates will be voting for Sepp Blatter in next month's elections for Fifa president.

    That's bad news for Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein, Luis Figo and Michael van Praag, all of whom are at the Caf meeting in Cairo to drum up support for their own presidential bids.

    The President of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), Joseph Sepp Blatter (L) and the President of Confederation of African Football (CAF), Issa Hayatou (R) attend the 37th CAF Ordinary General Assembly on April 7, 2015 in the Egyptian capital Cairo
  31. Rally against ban

    Members of Burkina Faso's former ruling party are planning to demonstrate today against a draft law that bans some of the supporters of ousted President Blaise Compaore from running in October's presidential election.

    The national transitional council is due to discuss the electoral law at 16:00 GMT.

    President Compaore was overthrown in October 2014.

  32. 'Not to blame'

    Somali refugees in Kenya have responded to calls for the closure of their camps in Dadaab in north-eastern Kenya.

    Kenyan-Somali leaders in the area called on Monday for the camp to be shut, as part of efforts to stop al-Shabab attacks. They said terrorists had turned Dadaab into a place to plot attacks.

    But refugee leaders say they are also victims of insecurity and they should not be blamed for it. The deputy chairman of one of the camps Gelle Abdi told the BBC's Somali service that the refugees "did not come to Kenya to cause problems for its people. We came to Kenya to seek safety from the insecurity in our country.

    Students being driven away from Garissa University
  33. Football racism

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter has called for tougher punishment for teams and associations found guilty of racism.

    He has been speaking to the Confederation of African Football congress in Cairo.

    BBC Sport reports Mr Blatter is bidding to be re-elected in May and is expected to get support from across Africa. At the congress, he reminded African countries that Fifa has spent $700m (£470m) on football programmes across Africa.

    Fifa chief Sepp Blatter
  34. Zuma's jets

    South Africa's Eye Witness News reports "widespread criticism" over plans to buy three new VIP jets for President Jacob Zuma.

    Last week, the country's air force cancelled the backup helicopter previously provided to the president's family and friends, labelled by critics as the "Zuma Taxi".

  35. Garissa march

    The BBC's Bashkas Jugsodaay in Garissa, Kenya, reports that 2,500 people have marched in the town in a show of defiance against the militant Islamist group al-Shabab following its deadly assault on a local university.

    He says that Muslims and Christians took part in the march, vowing to remain united against the al-Qaeda linked militants.

    Students have also been marching in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

    An unidentified relative, center-right, grieves after identifying the body of one of those killed in the attack in Garissa, at the Chiromo Funeral Parlour in Nairobi, Kenya
    Image caption: It is the third day of national mourning in Kenya
  36. Foiled attempt

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    Parents of a 15-year-old girl are relieved to be reunited with their daughter after she was caught at Cape Town International Airport moments before boarding a British Airways flight on suspicion of planning to join Islamic State militants.

    According to the Minister of State Security Siyabonga Mahlobo the South African teenager was recruited through social media.

    The girl from Kenwyn cannot be named for legal reasons. She was released into her parents' custody. The authorities said she is not the first one adding that there had been other "possible recruitments".

  37. Airspace permission

    Somalia has said the coalition led by Saudi Arabia can use its airspace in its aerial campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

    Justifying the decision, Somali Foreign Minister Abdisalam Hadliye told the BBC's Somali service: "We are part of the Arab League and we have got a lot of citizens living in Yemen and we do not want any group to overthrow a legal government by force.

    "We support the Yemeni people and the coalition asked us for support and we have accepted."

    A black pall of smoke rises from an alleged weapons storage depot at a military camp of Houthi rebels following an airstrike of the Saudi-led alliance, in Sana'a, Yemen
  38. 21 years on


    The official Twitter handle of the Government of Rwanda tweets this picture with the message:

    "President #Kagame has just lit the Flame of Remembrance 'Urumuli Rutazima'. #Kwibuka21 #Rwanda"

    Paul Kagame lighting candle

    The memorial website Kwibuka is live streaming the commemorations on the 21st anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.

  39. Kruger clean-up

    South African journalist Kalden Ongmu is at the clean-up operation in Pretoria of the statue of Paul Kruger, a former South African president, which had paint thrown over it.

    People visit the defaced statue of Paul Kruger in Church Square

    Check the hashtag #PaulKrugerStatue for developments.

  40. Statue falls

    Vandalising old South African statues is becoming a bit of a trend in the wake of the controversy over the statue of Cecil John Rhodes at the University of Cape Town.

    The Economic Freedom Fighters, led by Julius Malema, has claimed responsibility for breaking an Anglo-Boer war memorial in Port Elizabeth, according to the South African website News24. A photograph shows the statue of a man riding a horse has been pushed off its saddle.

    Eyewitness News is reporting that the authorities in Pretoria will crack down on anyone damaging public statues. This is after a statue of Paul Kruger, South Africa's president in the late nineteenth century, was vandalised.

    Rhodes Must Fall campaigner
  41. 'We shall not forget'


    Kenya's The Standard newspaper tweets their front page:

    The Standard front cover
  42. #147notjustanumber

    Anne Soy

    BBC News

    There has been a hashtag trending on Twitter - #147notjustanumber in memory of the people killed in the Garissa attacks last week.

    Kenyans are angry. They feel the government has not done enough to ensure security, especially as there had been material circulating on social media warning about attacks.

    Unfortunately it looks like this is leading to profiling of Kenyans of Somali ethnicity - and there are many of them.

  43. Kenya mourns

    Emmanuel Igunza

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    It's the last day of national mourning in Kenya following the Garissa attack. It is also the day that some families might at last receive the bodies of their loved ones for burial preparations.

    Identification has been slow and traumatising for families.

    Kenya Red Cross staff assist a woman on April 6, 2015 at a funeral parlor in Nairobi after she viewed the body of a relative killed in the April 2 attack on a university in Garissa
  44. Lights out again

    Sammy Darko

    BBC Africa, Accra

    Power cuts are back in Ghana after the four-day Easter holiday.

    During the Easter break less electricity usage from industry and a boost in the gas supply allowed constant power to the nation and people enjoyed the uninterrupted power supply.

    But Ghana has returned to the previous situation of regular power cuts which has left many here wishing that every day was a holiday.

    Ghanaian woman lights a candle
  45. Displaced arrive


    UN assistant secretary-general Toby Lanzer tweets from South Sudan:

    "4,000 people have arrived @UNPeacekeeping #UNMISS base in #Malakal in the past 48 hours; a sign that all is not well in #UpperNile state."

  46. Nairobi march

    Ruth Nesoba

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    A march in Nairobi, following the deaths of 148 people in an al-Shabab attack in Garissa, is being organised by University of Nairobi students. They are trying to mobilise their colleagues in other universities across the country.

    It was due to start at 10:00 am (07:00 GMT) but has not started yet. They are hoping to get about 2,000 students.

    A relative consoles a woman after she viewed the body of her relative killed in Thursday"s attack on Garissa University College, at Chiromo funeral home in Nairobi, Kenya
  47. Facebook divorce

    In a landmark ruling, a New York court has granted a Ghanaian woman permission to serve divorce papers to her husband via Facebook. Ellanora Baidoo's lawyer, Andrew Spinnell, explained to Newsday's Nuala McGovern that her husband wouldn't reveal where he was living so he decided to serve the divorce papers on Facebook.

    The first time they served the papers he did not respond. But he did respond the second time, after the New York Daily News wrote a story about the issue.

  48. Lessons 'not learnt'

    Kenyan blogger Patrick Gathara talked to the BBC's Newsday radio programme about his latest post on security ahead of a march today in Nairobi.

    It argues that the Kenyan government has learnt nothing from the Westgate Mall attacks. Instead he says "it is still treating security challenges primarily as public relations problem".

    Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers arrive at a hospital to escort the bodies of the attackers to be put on public view, in Garissa, Kenya
  49. Post update

    Today's African proverb: A washerman does not harbour a grudge with the river. A Yoruba proverb sent by Bosun Oshodi-Glover, London, UK.

  50. Post update

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