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Lucy Fleming and Clare Spencer

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    We'll be back on Monday

    That's all for today from the BBC Africa Live page. Listen to the Africa Today podcast and keep up-to-date with stories from across the continent on the BBC Africa news website.

    A reminder of today's wise words: If the hunter comes back with mushrooms, don't ask him how his hunt was. A Ghanaian proverb sent by Okwir Daniel in Lira, Uganda.

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this photo of a man as he crosses the dried Bokaa Dam near Botswana's capital, Gaborone, which is part of our Africa's week in pictures gallery.

    A man crosses the dried Bokaa Dam with a donkey cart on the outskirts of Gaborone on 14 August 2015 in Botswana.
  2. Nigeria basketballers looking victorious

    The group A match between Uganda and Nigeria at the Afobasket championships is drawing to a close - and it looks like Nigeria will be victorious.

    Afrobasket Uganda v Nigeria - 21 August 2015

    The score is 88-54. If they do win, it will be their second victory.

  3. UN chief 'to visit Nigeria'

    UN chief Ban Ki-moon is to visit Nigeria, arriving on Sunday, the AFP news agency is quoting a foreign ministry statement as saying.

    He will have talks with President Muhammadu Buhari and will also lay a wreath at the UN headquarters in Abuja, which was bombed by Boko Haram militants four years ago, it says.

    Anti-terrorist squad of the Nigeria police inspects the scene of the bomb blast at the United Nations building on August 27, 2011, in Abuja
    Image caption: More than 20 people died in the UN headquarters attack in Abuja
  4. Big game hunting is big business in South Africa

    This is an antelope auction in South Africa, where breeding animals for hunting is big business:

    Antelope auction

    And the full house just shows that the game industry is thriving in the country.

    Ranch owner Tebogo Mogashoa told the BBC's Africa Business Report that an investment of $10m (£6.3m) can see returns of up to 30% a year.

    He thinks the industry will grow further, even after the outrage that followed the killing of Cecil the Lion in neighbouring Zimbabwe.

  5. Can Zimbabwe's women footballers make it to Rio?

    Can the Zimbabwean women's team qualify for the Olympics in Rio next year?

    With Ivory Coast's withdrawal from Sunday's third round second-leg match away to Zimbabwe, they may have a chance.

    Ivory Coast and Zimbabwe failed to play their third-round match
    Image caption: Ivory Coast had been handed a walkover in the first leg when Zimbabwe failed to make the match because of a lack of funds

    But Fifa wants assurances over the Zimbabwe squad's funding difficulties - read the BBC Sport story for more.

  6. Why does so much artistic talent come from Soweto?

    Music, dance and drama from Soweto in South Africa are all making their presence known at this year's Edinburgh International Festival.

    To find out why the a township outside Johannesburg has become such a rich source of arts, BBC Africa's Kim Chakanetsa spoke to Nkululeko Vilakazi, the founder of the music group Soweto Afro Pop Opera.

    "Soweto remains a revolutionary settlement, starting from the uprisings in 1976. If we have to find a new revolution in terms of the arts I think Soweto must lead," he said.

    Although the place was created to provide labour to Johannesburg when gold was discovered, it "cannot" be defined by this, he added.

    "We have come so far to become the entertainers".

    Soweto Afro-Pop Opera
    Image caption: All members of Soweto Afro Pop Opera are classically trained
  7. Tanzanian food sellers defy ban amid Cholera outbreak

    Sammy Awami

    BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

    Street food vendors in Tanzania's commercial capital Dar es Salaam are defying a government order to stop selling food on the roadside:

    Street vendors

    Yesterday, the regional commissioner Said Meck Sadick issued the order in an effort to contain a cholera outbreak.

    The infection has killed at least four people since last week and at least 50 people in the city have been admitted to hospital with r acute diarrhoea and vomiting.

    Road side food vendors
  8. Guinea-Bissau worries Nigeria

    Zenaida Machado

    BBC Africa

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has said he is deeply concerned by the unfolding political situation in Guinea-Bissau following the dismissal of Prime Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira.

    President Jose Mario Vaz has appointed Baciro Dja as his new prime minister, against the wishes of the ruling PAIGC party which still backs Mr Pereira for the post.

    It has described the move as a "constitutional coup".

    Baciro Dja
    Image caption: Baciro Dja has gone against the wishes of his party by accepting the PM post

    This is a serious development.

    While the President Vaz believes his actions are above board, regional leaders and the international community are clearly concerned that this might worsen the political crisis in a country prone to coups.

    Crucial to the country's future will be:

    • How Mr Pereira reacts Mr Dja's appointment, who went behind the wishes of the ruling party in accepting the post of prime minister
    • And what the regional grouping Ecowas and African Union do to mediate an end to the crisis.
  9. Weekend in jail for Mandela's grandson

    One of Nelson Mandela's grandsons is going to spend the weekend in jail, now that the 24-year-old's bail application has been postponed until Tuesday.

    He is accused of raping a teenager in the toilets of a bar in the South African city of Johannesburg earlier this month. (see earlier post 13:23)

    The BBC understands that he will argue that it was consensual sex and that he did not know that his accuser was underage since the pub did not allow under-21s on its premises.

    Under South African law, sex with someone under 16 is classed as rape whether consensual or not.

    Earlier, the family of the alleged victim said that Mr Mandela's ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, sent her bodyguard to dissuade them from pressing charges.

    The Mandela family has not commented on the allegation.

  10. Is belly dancing dying out in Egypt?

    Two belly dancers were arrested last month in Egypt with "inciting debauchery" because they were wearing outfits which were too revealing.

    The BBC's Ranyah Sabry told the Fifth Floor programme that Egypt has a law stipulating specifically how much flesh a belly dancer can show.

    She added that the two dancers also were part of a move away from traditional belly dancing, towards a a faster, more sexual dance.

    Belly dancing outfits in Cairo, 2012
    Image caption: The rules on how much flesh can show are set out in law

    So it could be the end for a dance which some believe was used as early as the Pharaonic times to prepare women for child birth.

  11. Ugandan children's book tackles sexual abuse

    Patience Atuhaire

    BBC Africa, Kampala

    This illustrated children's book about sexual abuse is being launched in Uganda today:

    The Bad Touch book cover

    It's a fictional story which teaches children how to recognise and reject sexual abuse.

    The Ugandan author of the book, Lillian Butele Kelle said she was abused by a family friend from the age of seven.

    "As a victim of child sexual abuse myself I have used the pain that I have endured all my life towards something positive and empower children to not have to go through the same things that I did," she told me.

    She says the book is meant to be read out loud to children by their parents.

    Though not openly talked about traditionally, child sex abuse is increasingly getting attention here.

    Most of the cases before Ugandan courts involve accusations of defilement - when an adult abuses a child.

  12. Mali basketballers victorious

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa sport

    At the Afrobasket in Tunisia, Mali were victorious in the opening match - their first win of the tournament - beating Gabon 78-54.

    For Gabon, it's not looking good as they have have now lost both their matches so far in group C - but they can't get knocked out in the first round.

  13. Retreating Boko Haram 'burying landmines'

    Nigeria's military has just released an update on their offensive against Boko Haram in north-eastern Borno state, saying they have cleared several more areas.

    But in some areas, the Islamist militants have been burying landmines as they retreat - and two soldiers were killed, Col Sani Kukasheka Usman said in a statement.

    Two other soldiers were also critically wounded in the mine field in the advance towards Dikwa town, he said.

    Nigerian soldiers patrol in the north of Borno state - 2013
    Image caption: Nigeria's army has been given a three-month deadline to defeat Boko Haram
  14. AU soldiers in Somalia 'to face charges' over wedding shooting

    Robert Kiptoo

    BBC Africa, Kenya

    The head of the African Union (AU) force in Somalia says three of its soldiers are being charged in connection with the killing last month of seven people in the port town of Merca.

    Maman Sidikou apologised at a press conference in Kenya's capital, Nairobi:

    Maman Sidikou

    "I would like to offer sincere and profound condolences to the families of those who lost their lives," he said.

    According to the campaign group Human Rights Watch, AU troops from Uganda opened fire on a group attending a wedding party after their convoy was bombed.

    Head of Uganda forces in Somalia, Samuel Kavuma
    Image caption: Head of Uganda's forces in Somalia, Samuel Kavuma (pictured), and other commanders were also at the briefing

    There is going to be a two-week investigation to decide whether the soldiers, whose nationality was not disclosed, be charged with negligence or murder.

    The soldiers will then face a court martial.

  15. Sierra Leone's last Ebola patient to be discharged

    The BBC's Umaru Fofana tweets that there are big plans to mark Sierra Leone's last Ebola patient being discharged:

  16. How Boko Haram treat journalists

    This week an audio message emerged of Nigerian-based Islamist militant group Boko Haram's leader Abubakar Shekau, in which he denies he has been replaced.

    So the BBC's Fifth Floor discussed how the group's media strategy compares to that of the Taliban.

    The BBC's Jimeh Saleh, who comes from Boko Haram birthplace Maiduguri, says they have issued blanket warnings to journalists saying they would target people who they perceive to report lies.

    "So at some point almost every journalist in Nigeria was really afraid to report on Boko Haram."

    In contrast, Dawood Azami of BBC Afghan said the Taliban have a website and once even advertised a vacancy working on the site.

    This screen grab taken on 25 September 2013 from a video distributed through an intermediary to local reporters and seen by AFP, shows a man claiming to be the leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau, flanked by armed men.
    Image caption: Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has made several video messages but the last one is only in audio
  17. Mandela's grandson's case postponed

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    The bail application of one of Nelson Mandela's grandsons who is accused of rape has been postponed to 25 August.

  18. Mugabe competes at Afrobasket

    Today's matches at the Afrobasket Championships in Tunisia have just started with Gabon taking on Mali in group C.

    All those on court today have already played one game - here's a list the day's other fixtures:

    • Uganda v Nigeria - group A at 16:00 local time (15:00 GMT)
    • Egypt v Cameroon - group C at 18:30 local time (17:30 GMT)
    • Tunisia V Central African Republic - group A at 21:00 local time (20:00 GMT).

    And the results from yesterday's late games are:

    • Algeria 87 v 67 Zimbabwe - group D
    • Senegal 77 v Morocco 71 - group B
    Senegalese basketball player - 20 August 2015
    Image caption: Senegal beat Morocco by six points

    The Zimbabwe team included Robert Mugabe Jr, better known as Tinotenda in basketball circles, the son of the country's president - who played for just over five minutes against Algeria. He didn't manage to score and the team lost by 20 points.

    Robert Mugabe (L), Robert Mugabe Jr (C) and Grace Mugabe (R)
    Image caption: Robert Mugabe Jr (C) was a champion basketballer at school and plays in Dubai where he studies
  19. One of Nelson Mandela's grandsons charged with rape

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    A grandson of late former South African President Nelson Mandela has appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court today, where he was charged with rape.

    Wearing a brown jacket and tight dark trousers, the 24-year-old man, who may not be named until he has pleaded, stood in the dock as Magistrate Pieter du Plessis explained that evidence presented during his bail application may affect a later trial.

    He is accused of raping a 15-year-old girl in the toilets of a restaurant in a popular Johannesburg suburb on 7 August.

    Nelson Mandela pictured in 2007
    Image caption: Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison fighting white-minority rule and served one term as president

    Through his lawyer, the accused indicated he wanted to proceed with his bail application.

    Family members who supported him in court were one of Nelson Mandela's daughters, Makaziwe, and two of his other grandchildren, Ndileka and Nadaba.

    The case has been adjourned until this afternoon to enable the defence to obtain more paperwork.

  20. Chelsea's Mikel Obi 'available for Nigeria team'

    John Mikel Obi
    Image caption: Mikel has not always had the best relationship with the Super Eagles

    Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi is still available to play for Nigeria's Super Eagles, according to the his representative John Shittu.

    New Nigeria football coach Sunday Oliseh said he did not put him in the team because he wasn't answering his phone.

    However, John Shittu insisted to BBC Sport that the player did want to play for his country in next month's 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier againt Tanzania.

  21. South Sudan news blackout

    A Juba-based journalist tweets about a news blackout that has been declared to raise awareness about the restrictions on press freedom in South Sudan and to demand a full investigation into the shooting dead of a reporter on Wednesday night:

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  22. Senegal calls up West Ham's Sakho

    West Ham striker Diafra Sakho has been called up by Senegal for the first time since he missed the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations tournament, when he said he had a back injury.

    But he then raised eyebrows because while the tournament was proceeding, he played for his English Premier League club.

    Diafra Sakho
    Image caption: Will the 25-year-old choose club over country again?

    He is now set to face Namibia in a 2017 Nations Cup qualifier on 5 September.

    For more, see the BBC Sport story

  23. Author Doris Lessing trailed by MI5 for 20 years

    The late Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing was spied on by the UK security services for more than 20 years over suspicions of her communist sympathies, newly declassified records show.

    Lessing's movements were documented between 1943 and 1964 by MI5 both in her homeland in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, and in England.

    Doris Lessing
    Image caption: Lessing moved to Britain in 1949 and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007

    It was her anti-racism stance as well and her Communist Party membership that worried MI5. She was particularly vocal about the poor treatment of black Africans.

    "Her communist sympathies have been fanned almost to the point of fanaticism owing to her upbringing in Rhodesia, which has brought out in her a deep hatred of the colour bar," a note in her MI5 file reveals.

    "Colonial exploitation is her pet theme and she has now nearly become... irresponsible in her statements... saying that everything black is wonderful and that all men and all things white are vicious."

  24. Kenya's Pastor Ng'ang'a freed on bail

    Controversial Kenyan televangelist James Ng'ang'a has been released on 500,000 Kenyan shilling ($4,800, £3,080) cash bail.

    He has spent two nights in detention and has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving - which he denies.

    James Ng'ang'a arriving in court in Limuru, Kenya - 20 August 2015
    Image caption: Pastor Ng'ang'a preaches to huge congregations and says he is able to heal people

    The pastor also denies allegations that he tried to cover up that he was behind the wheel when a car crashed head-on with another car, killing a woman in July.

    A campaign on Twitter led police to investigate the allegations - and his name is again trending in Kenya.

    His co-accused, two policemen and a man who came forward as the driver, were also given bail by the court in Limuru.

    Kenyan papers are also reporting that the preacher's home in the upmarket Nairobi suburb of Karen was burgled last night - and according the Standard the robbers escaped with electronic goods and an "unknown amount of cash".

  25. Ghanaian front pages mourn reporter

    Ghanaian newspapers are mourning the death of reporter Samuel Nuamah, who died in an accident involving the president's convoy.

    Daily Graphic newspaper
    Daily Guide front page

    The newspaper Mr Nuamah worked for said it had extended coverage and tributes on their inside pages:

    The Ghanaian Times front page
  26. Congolese warlord in university appeal

    A Congolese warlord convicted of using child soldiers is appealing to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for early release, saying he wants to go to university.

    Thomas Lubanga in an ICC courtroom - 21 August 2015

    Thomas Lubanga, who is making his appeal before three judges at The Hague, became the first person to be convicted by the ICC in 2012 and was sentenced to 14 year in prison.

    He told the judges that he wanted to research the causes behind ethnic violence.

    Lubanga was the leader of an ethnic Hema militia which was active in the Ituri region of north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo more than 10 years ago.

    What was a local struggle for control of land and resource became a battle between the Hema and Lendu communities, in which an estimated 50,000 people died and hundreds of thousands were made homeless.

  27. 'I learned javelin from YouTube'

    Julius Yego

    Julius Yego beat the Kenyan record for the longest distance throwing javelin.

    He told the BBC that it was at that point that he decided to get some pointers from YouTube.

    "Then I thought maybe I should go and watch what these guys are doing, the gym exercises and the leg exercises."

    It worked: He went on to become the Commonwealth champion and African record holder.

    And he will be competing in the World Athletics Championships, which starts in Beijing on Saturday.

  28. 'No Nigerian 100m men sprinters'

    Kenyan sports journalists tweets ahead of the start of this weekend's World Athletics Championships in China:

    View more on twitter
  29. Mozambique selling 70 state firms

    BBC Africa producer tweets about the latest announcement from Mozambique’s Institute for Management of State Holdings (IPEGE), which manages state-owned businesses:

    View more on twitter
  30. Medical supplies running out in Ghana

    Sammy Darko

    BBC Africa, Kumasi

    Doctors in Ghana have been striking for more than three weeks. This hospital in the city of Kumasi, one of the country's largest, is a ghost hospital as the majority of patients have been discharged:

    the Komfo Anokye Teaching hospital in Kumasi in the Ashanti region

    Meanwhile, private and church-run hospitals, like this one run by the the Seventh Day Adventist church in Kumasi, are feeling the pressure:

    The Seventh Day Adventist church hospital in Kumasi the capital of Ashanti region

    The health service administrator of the hospital, Solomon Baajobo, told me they are running out of drugs because of the increase in patients:

    Solomon Baajobo

    "The attention we give to patients is reducing but we are still trying to keep up with standards," Mr Baajobo added.

    On Monday, there will be another attempt to restart negotiations between the government and doctors after they broke down completely earlier this week.

  31. Zanzibar's musical festival cancelled

    Zanzibar's popular music festival has been cancelled because of a lack of funding.

    Isabella Novella from Mozambique performing in 2015
    Image caption: It is estimated the festival brings in millions of dollars to the island

    Sauti za Busara, meaning "sounds of wisdom", is East Africa's most popular international musical festival, held every February.

    For the past 12 years, it has attracted thousands of visitors from all over the world to the Tanzanian island.

    "We set ourselves the target to raise $200,000 (£127,200) before July, when we hoped to announce dates for Sauti za Busara 2016," said festival promoter Yusuf Mahmoud.

    But so far only $42,000 has been raised, he said.

    Selling tickets for Sauti za Busara was never a problem, "but these only cover 30% of festival costs", he added.

  32. 'Air Force One' spotted in Kenya

    It's nearly a month ago that Barack Obama flew off on Air Force One after his visit to Kenya, but the US president's has not been forgotten.

    The BBC's Peter Njoroge snapped this photo along the road to the Kenyan town of Limuru this morning:

    A truck with the a sign reading "Air Force One" in Kenya
  33. Ghana presidential convoy crash kills reporter

    Sammy Darko

    BBC Africa, Accra

    A journalist in Ghana's presidential convoy has died in a bus accident.

    Ghanaian Times Newspaper reporter Samuel Nuamah was in a bus of about 20 journalists travelling behind the president's vehicle when the accident happened.

    crashed bus

    A witness told Ghana's Joy FM radio station that it was possible that the bus's tyre had burst.

    The convoy was returning to the capital, Accra, from a presidential visit to the Volta region.

  34. Sierra Leone reward to find 'gang-rape killers'

    Umaru Fofana

    BBC Africa, Freetown

    Sierra Leone's government has offered a $1,000 (£640) reward for information leading to the arrest of a gang suspected of raping and killing a girl.

    The body of Hannah Bockarie, a teenage sex worker, was found last week on a beach in the capital, Freetown, with sand stuffed in her mouth.

    Last night, women's rights activists held a candle-lit vigil for her:

    Messages left on a Freetown beach during a candle-light vigil for murdered teenager

    The brutal way in which she was killed has shocked many people, especially after images of her body were circulated on social media.

    Activists have responded by launching an "I am Hannah" campaign.

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