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Summary

  1. At least three killed in blast at camp in Nigeria
  2. Burundi's army chief of staff survives assassination attempt
  3. Arrests in Egypt gold bar heist
  4. Ghana's Andre Ayew wins EPL player of the month

Live Reporting

By Hugo Williams and Damian Zane

All times stated are UK

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  1. Scroll down to read Friday's stories

    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.

    Today's African proverb: "Don't let others prepare the camel for you that's needed to fetch water if they will not take that camel to the well." A Somali proverb sent by Ali Ahmed, Kenya.

    To send in your African proverbs click here and scroll to the end of the page.

    We leave you with this image from our gallery of pictures of the week.

    It shows South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa getting up close and personal with the skull of a new human-like species discovered in a burial chamber in South Africa.

    South Africa Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, kisses a reconstruction of Homo naledi"s face during the announcement made at Maropeng Cradle of Humankind in Magaliesburg, South Africa, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015
  2. Ethiopia's Cannes Festival hit comes home

    The director of the first Ethiopian film to make the cut for the Cannes Film Festival in France says he was more nervous about showing it to a home audience in the capital, Addis Ababa, than at the prestigious French event.

    Yared Zeleke describes his film Lamb as "a celebration of being Ethiopian".

    It follows the story of a young boy, Ephraim, who is sent by his father to live with his extended family far from home.

    Ephraim's best and only friend is a lamb called Chuni, but his uncle wants to slaughter the lamb for a forthcoming religious festival.

    A scene from the film Lamb - boy and his goat
    Highlands of Ethiopia
    Image caption: Foreign audiences were apparently surprised at how green the Ethiopian highlands were

    So how did the film go down with a home audience? Journalist James Jeffrey said that after the screening, there was applause, but not the standing ovation, as there had been with some foreign audiences.

    The inside of the Ethiopian National Theatre starts to fill before the premiere of Lamb

    "I liked how it told the sort of story you can come across in life but never see in a movie," 33-year-old Daniel Meles said after the screening.

    "It was also a good reminder that although Ethiopia is changing a lot, in the countryside there is still a reality far removed from the city," he added.

    Helen Kassa, 25, a media firm employee, said she enjoyed the subtle way it dealt with social matters.

    "Food security, gender inequalities, urban migration - that is brilliant to spark your thought processes without making concrete statements," she said.

    Find the full story by James Jeffrey from Saturday at bbcafrica.com

  3. Debate over Springboks continues

    The South African rugby squad attended a farewell celebration in Johannesburg before flying off to the rugby world cup in England.

    There has been controversy over the make-up of the team - known as the Springboks - with eight black players named in the 31-man squad.

    People on Twitter have been commenting on the farewell photo:

    But the country's sports minister released a video message urging everyone to back the team.

    "We are a proud nation, irrespective of our differences," Fikile Mbalula said.

    View more on twitter
  4. Live broadcast from African arts festival

    Focus on Africa radio is broadcasting live from the Africa Utopia Festival at London's Southbank Centre at 17:00 GMT (just over 45 minutes from now).

    Presenter Audrey Brown will be joined in conversation by Sengalese legend Baaba Maal and will also have live music from Kenyan singer-songwriter Maia von Lekow. Click here to listen live or to catch up afterwards.

    Africa Utopia poster at southbank
  5. Ethiopian New Year wishes

    Ethiopians are sharing greetings on Twitter as they get ready to celebrate New Year's Day tomorrow.

    They're welcoming in 2008 - the Ethiopian calendar is more than seven years out of sync with the one used in much of the rest of the world.

    And a newspaper in the capital Addis Ababa has been having a look at the local livestock market:

  6. Three cleared in Ghana judicial scandal

    Sammy Darko

    BBC Africa, Accra

    One of the lower court judges in Ghana accused in a corruption scandal has been cleared of wrongdoing (see earlier post at 16:22).

    Frank Addo Ashitey has been cleared as he was incorrectly identified on a video allegedly showing judges taking bribes.

    The video evidence was gathered by journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and now one of the judges, Mr Addo Ashitey, is demanding an apology.

    Meanwhile 14 of the court judges accused of asking for bribes are challenging their suspension and the investigation.

    Correction 12 September 2015: This post has been amended to make clear that only one lower court judge, not three, has been cleared because of mistaken identity, following a statement released by the chief justice on the evening of 11 September naming all the judges implicated.

  7. Burundi government condemns assassination attempt

    Prime Ndikumagenge

    BBC Africa, Bujumbura

    Burundi's defence ministry has just released a statement on what happened during the assassination attempt on the army chief of staff Gen Prime Niyongabo this morning.

    Two attackers, three soldiers and one civilian were killed and seven people were injured.

    A statement said that ''those who planned the attack had no other objective than to destroy the cohesion of the Burundi defence force which resulted from a successful integration in 2005''.

    The statement also called on soldiers to remain calm and united wherever they are.

    A portrait of General Adolphe Nshimirimana, a former Burundian security chief and a close ally of President Pierre Nkurunziza, is seen at the Catholic church during his burial in Bujumbura August 22, 2015
    Image caption: The statement also referred to the killing of Gen Adolphe Nshimirimana in August
  8. Accused Ghana judges reject corruption investigation

    Sammy Darko

    BBC Africa, Accra

    Fourteen out of 22 of the lower court judges in Ghana accused of asking for bribes in the country's biggest-ever judicial scandal, have challenged the ongoing investigation as well as their suspension.

    All 22 judges implicated by a Ghanaian investigative journalist have been suspended pending the outcome of the investigations.

    The judges say the judicial council does not have the power to investigate them and that the procedure being used is wrong.

    The judges are challenging their suspensions on the grounds that they have not been found guilty of any offence.

    writ from court showing names of those
    Image caption: The 14 judges have filed a writ to challenge the investigation
  9. Kenya launches new al-Shabab offensive

    Kenya's security forces have begun a new operation aimed at flushing out al-Shabab fighters from the forest areas near the border with Somalia.

    The Somalia-based jihadist group has carried out a number of attacks inside Kenya including an assault on Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall in 2013 in which 67 people died.

    Interior Minister Joseph Nkaisserry says that militants are using the dense Boni forest for cover as they prepare for attacks, the AP news agency quotes him as saying.

    Kenyan soldier in front of Garissa sign
    Image caption: Al-Shabab fighters killed 148 people when they attacked Garissa University College in April
  10. Arrests after Egypt coin heist

    The Egyptian security forces have arrested several suspects in theft of a large amount of gold and silver from the finance ministry's coinage department.

    The interior ministry says the main suspects are a plumber and an employee at the department, who helped him break in.

    gold bars
    Image caption: The ministry says thieves got away with 31 gold and four silver bars.

    Questions have been asked over why the robbery, which happened four days ago, was only discovered on Thursday.

    Much of the gold is reported to have already been sold to jewellers in Cairo.

  11. Ghana's Ayew welcomes award

    Andre Ayew of Swansea City and Ghana has welcomed winning the Premier League Player of the Month award for August.

    He has scored four goals and has six assists as well:

  12. Liberia's goalkeeper gives praise

    When the final whistle went at last week's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Monrovia, Liberian goalkeeper Saydee Swen fell to his knees to celebrate their 1-0 win against Tunisia.

    Liberia"s goalkeeper Saydee Swen celebrates their victory after the African Cup of Nations 2017 qualifying match between Liberia and Tunisia at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia, Liberia, 05 September 2015.

    This is just one of the images in our gallery of some of the best pictures of the week.

  13. Kenyan 'gynaecologist' accused of raping patients

    A Kenyan man accused of posing as a gynaecologist and allegedly raping women in his clinic after sedating them has appeared in court in Nairobi.

    A national manhunt started after video footage broadcast on Kenyan TV appeared to show an unidentified man assaulting an unconscious woman on a clinic bed.

    Mugo wa Wairimu denied the allegations and said the report was an evil plot by his enemies.

    Kenya's Medical Practitioners' Board says he is not a registered doctor.

    The BBC's Odhiambo Joseph in Nairobi says the court was told that releasing Mr Wairimu might endanger his life because of growing public outrage. Read the full BBC story here

  14. Your views - Africa's population boom

    there are two million more children in nigeria than the whole of the EU

    With Africa's population estimated to double to 2.5 billion by 2050, we asked you what impact you think this population boom could have on the continent. Here are some responses to our Facebook and Twitter posts:

    Ogbu Martin Ndubuisi in Nigeria:

    "That means more poverty, more hunger, more illiteracy, more unemployment and what have you, because Africa lacks visionary leadership to take advantage of such population increase, unlike China and India."

    Stevie Wamtendere Patrick in Malawi:

    "Africa is not Europe. Even if the population doubles by 2050, it doesn't matter. Some of you are your own worst enemies. Why don't you see the population boom as an opportunity to explore talents and build a modern Africa?"

    Griffin Edward:

    "I ask our leaders to critically think of these implications and come up with a strategy to combat this like putting deliberate policy to limit children\family"

    Victor Egerega:

    "Developed countries should share free contraceptives to African countries and not financial aid."

    Debo Ogedengbe:

    "More migrants for Europe to deal with. If there's still a Europe by 2050."

  15. New deal for Nigeria's Ighalo

    A Super Eagle's striker has signed a new deal with Premier League side Watford:

  16. Attack on displaced persons camp in Nigeria

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    At least three people have been killed in a blast at a camp for people displaced by the Boko Haram conflict in northeast Nigeria, the police say.

    People were thrown into confusion as many scampered for safety when the explosion happened in a warehouse.

    This is the first attack on a camp for displaced people in Nigeria.

    Nigeria army on patrol
    Image caption: Nigeria's army is currently fighting Book Haram in north-east Nigeria
  17. Ex-Nigeria VP reacts to Yola blast

    Nigeria's former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has given his reaction after reports of at least two people killed in an explosion at a camp for displaced people in the north-eastern town of Yola. 

  18. London's African cultural feast

    BBC Africa's Helene Daouphars has been tweeting from the Africa Utopia festival at London's Southbank Centre, a two-day celebration of "art and ideas from Africa that are changing the world". 

    BBC Focus on Africa radio will be broadcasting live from the festival at 17:00 GMT, bringing all the best coverage of the musicians, poets and writers who are attending. Here's the link if you want to listen live, or catch it later. 

    Kenyan songwriter Maia Von Lekov, who blends jazz, funk, folk and blues, is on the stage already:

    View more on twitter

    You can watch a previous performance by Maia below:

    View more on youtube
  19. Analysis: Burundi army chief assassination attempt

    Prime Ndikumagenge

    BBC Africa, Bujumbura

    Targeted attacks on key army leaders seem to have become the modus operandi of a group yet to disclose its identity.

    Unlike amateurish shooting heard at night during June in neighbourhoods opposed to President Pierre Nkurunziza's third term in office, these attacks carry the mark of the well-trained.

    The attempt this morning on the army chief Prime Niyongabo's life happened at rush hour in the heart of the capital.

    The assassination in August of a senior general - Adolphe Nshimirimana - happened in broad daylight at a busy road junction in the city.

    In both cases, witnesses spoke of attackers in military fatigues and using vehicles in army colours.

    Army officers carry the casket of Lt Gen Adolphe Nshimirimana during his funeral in Bujumbura, Burundi - Saturday 22 August 2015
    Image caption: Gen Adolphe Nshimirimana was killed on 2 August when his car was attacked by rockets

    Could there be some split within the army? Many may be tempted to think so given the failed coup backed by several generals who opposed the third term in May.

    Gen Niyongabo and Gen Nshimirimana were key in quashing that putsch. Are some of the plotters who managed to flee behind these attacks? It is difficult to know unless they come out to say so - and the army is likely to remain reticent about possible divisions in its ranks.

  20. Getting ready for Ethiopia's new year

    Ethiopians are getting ready for tomorrow's new year when they'll be ushering in 2008 - the Ethiopian calendar is more than seven years out of synch with the one used in much of the rest of the world.

    The BBC's Emmanuel Igunza snapped this picture of vendors selling the traditional new year flower adey abeba.

    Vendors selling Adey Abeba

    It blooms at this time of year and you can pick up a bunch 10 birr ($0.50).

    Donkey laden with grass

    You can also buy long grass which is put on the floor during the celebrations.

  21. Explosion at camp in north-east Nigeria

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    There are reports of a bomb blast at a camp for internally displaced persons in Yola, the capital of the north-eastern Adamawa state.

    Map of region

    Emergency services have confirmed the blast and said police have cordoned off the area, but could not give any details of casualties at the moment.

    The people are in the camp after fleeing the Boko Haram violence which has affected the region.

  22. Tackling radicalisation in Nigeria

    Jailed militant Islamists in Nigeria have taken up football as part of a government de-radicalisation scheme.

    Ex-Boko Haram members play football in prison in Nigeria

    They've been talking to the BBC's Will Ross when he went to meet them in prison.

    A former Boko Haram member being treated at a football training session in Nigeria

    One former Boko Haram fighter told our reporter that when he talked to imams who visited him in prison he realised that "all that I had been doing was a mistake. So now I'm looking at how to start my life afresh".

  23. Most Zambia miners' jobs 'safe'

    Zambia's Mopani copper mines will be keeping hold of most of its employees even though there's a plan to suspend copper mining, a source has told the Reuters news agency.

    The low copper price and electricity shortages in Zambia are making it uneconomic to mine the metal at the moment.

    Reuters reports that Mopani has a plan to invest in the mine to improve its efficiency.

    There's been concern in Zambia - the continent's second largest copper producer - over possible job losses at Mopani.

  24. Using 'doggybacks' to train pets in Kigali

    "There is no job without risk," says Daniel Bagaragaza, one of a group of young entrepreneurs who have set up a dog training business in the Rwandan capital Kigali.

    Some of the dogs the team train are dangerous and occasionally the trainers get bitten, Daniel told Yves Bucyana, BBC Great Lakes service reporter, when he went to see them in action.

    dog on a trainer's back

    The young people say they can make around $100 ($65) for each dog, with training lasting up to two or three months.

    Daniel says they get different kinds of requests from dog owners. Some ask them to change their dangerous dogs into kind pets, while others actually want them to be made more aggressive.

    dogs hanging out in a park with their trainers

    The dogs are taught short commands, mainly in English and German.

    dogs on leashes with their trainers
  25. Nigeria lifts ban on oil tankers

    Nigeria has lifted a ban, imposed in July, on 113 oil tankers from transporting crude oil from the continent's largest oil producer.

    The state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it has secured guarantees that the vessels would not be used for illegal activities.

  26. Burundi attackers 'captured'

    Prime Ndikumagenge

    BBC Africa, Bujumbura

    Following the failed assassination attempt on Burundi's army chief of staff Gen Prime Niyongabo a military source has told me that four of the attackers were captured - two were wounded and two were unharmed.

    The source said one of the attackers was killed and three bodyguards were also killed - lower figures than had earlier been reported.

    Images circulating on social media show three people at the scene in military uniform who are either dead or wounded but it is difficult to establish if they were the attackers or those who were part of the general's motorcade.

    Burundian soldiers walk near a burning barricade erected by protesters - April 2015
    Image caption: The capital has experienced political unrest since April
  27. South Africans urged to back Springboks

    Despite the recent controversy over the racial make-up of the South African rugby squad for the upcoming World Cup, the country's sports minister is getting behind the Springboks.

    He's tweeted a poster urging the whole nation to support the players who are leaving for England today:

    Last month, the small Agency for New Agenda party failed in a court bid to prevent the squad from taking part in the World Cup.

    It accused rugby authorities of racial bigotry, and said the squad - with eight black players - did not represent South Africa, where the overwhelming majority of people are black.

  28. Ayew trending in Ghana and Nigeria

    Tweets about Ghana's Andre Ayew are getting a lot of attention in Ghana and Nigeria after he was named Premier League player of the month:

  29. How will a population boom change Africa?

    The United Nations estimates that Africa's population will double to 2.5 billion by 2050. About 400 million of these people will live in Nigeria alone.

    What impact do you think this population boom will have in Africa? And are you already seeing changes in your country? Get in touch with your views using the hashtag #BBCAfrica.

    Chart showing population growth forecasts from the UN for the world and Africa

    The UN forecasts that the number of people living in Africa will double in the next 35 years. Nigeria, the fastest-growing nation, is expected to become the third-largest country in the world by 2050.

    By the end of the century, almost 40% of the world's population will live in Africa.

    Two baby girls, the first children conceived through in vitro fertilization in Kenya

    Click here to listen this week's episode of The Inquiry: How Will A Population Boom Change Africa?

  30. Burundi assassination attempt 'meticulously planned'

    The attackers who tried to kill Burundi's army chief of staff General Prime Niyongabo were dressed in army uniforms, a security source has told the AFP news agency.

    The source added that the would-be assassins were serving soldiers and that the attack was "meticulously prepared".

    Seven people were killed in the assassination attempt, including two of the attackers, AFP reports.

    The police have said that they are pursuing the other attackers.

  31. Memorial for Mau Mau revealed

    A memorial to Mau Mau fighters, who led a rebellion against British colonial rule in Kenya in the 1950s, is due to be unveiled on Saturday in the capital Nairobi. The first photos of it have been released today.

    The memorial has been funded by the UK government, as part of a deal announced in 2013, which also pledged payouts totalling £20m to Mau Mau fighters who had been tortured by British colonial forces.

    shows a memorial in honour of victims of torture during the colonial era in Nairobi ahead of an unveiling ceremony

    A sculpture beside the memorial plaque shows a woman bringing food to a male Mau Mau freedom fighter.

    Thousands of people were killed during the Mau Mau revolt.

    A worker puts the final touches on a memorial in honour of victims of torture during the colonial era in Nairobi on September 7, 2015 ahead of an unveiling ceremony on September 12

    The UK government recognised Kenyans were tortured and has said it "sincerely regrets" the abuses that took place.

    A picture shows a plaque at a memorial in honour of victims of torture during the colonial era in Nairobi
  32. Apart from Syrians, who else is fleeing to Europe?

    The focus of reporting on the refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe has been on the people fleeing the situation in Syria, but there are still a large number coming from elsewhere, the UK's Guardian newspaper reports.

    Half of the 380,000 who have crossed this year are Syrian according to the UN's refugee agency but those coming from elsewhere include:

    • 30,400 from Eritrea
    • 15,200 from Nigeria
    • 11,400 from Somalia
    • 7,600 from Sudan
    Migrants after being picked up by coastguard
    Image caption: Many of those crossing the Mediterranean are rescued from unseaworthy vessels
  33. Sudan government angered by UK ambassador comments

    BBC Monitoring

    The world through its media

    Sudan's ministry of foreign affairs summoned the UK ambassador Michael Aron on Thursday, reports the Sudan Tribune newspaper.

    They are objecting to his statements on the situation in Darfur and debt relief.

    Screen grab from newspaper

    Ambassador Aron told al-Meghar al-Siyasi newspaper that it is "impossible to cancel Sudan's debt as the government spends 70% of the budget on security and military functions and not on health, education and other sectors".

    He also told the newspaper that the government does not want diplomats to travel to Darfur "which means that the security situation is not suitable".

  34. Cameroon soldiers get their salaries

    Cameroonian soldiers who have been protesting over not receiving their salaries for peacekeeping duties in the Central African Republic are now being paid, reports the BBC's Jean David Mihamle in Yaounde.

    Cameroon soldiers marching
    Image caption: Hundreds marched to the prime minster's office on Wednesday saying they were owed months of back pay.
  35. 'Seven killed' in Burundi failed assassination

    Seven people were killed during the failed assassination attempt on Burundi's army chief of staff, the AFP news agency reports.

    It quotes Deputy Police Chief Gen Godefroid Bizimana as saying that two attackers, four bodyguards and a female police officer were killed.

    A third attacker was arrested, he added.

  36. Premier League award for Ghana's Ayew

    Swansea City striker Andre Ayew has been named August's Barclays Premier League Player of the Month.

    Swansea duo Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew
    Image caption: Gomis (left) and Ayew have helped the Swans make a strong start to the season

    Ghana captain Ayew, 25, has scored three goals as the unbeaten Swans sit in fourth place with eight points from their opening four games. Read the BBC story

    Andre Ayew
    Image caption: Ayew scored on his Premier League debut against Chelsea
  37. Assassination attempt on Burundi general

    Prime Ndikumagenge

    BBC Africa, Bujumbura

    The army chief of staff in Burundi survived an assassination attempt in the capital Bujumbura early this morning, according to police.

    Gen Prime Niyongabo was heading to his office when men armed with guns and rockets attacked his motorcade just before 07:00 local time.

    Troops on the streets of Bujumbura. 13 May 2015
    Image caption: There was a failed coup attempt in May in Burundi

    The attack happened on one of the busiest roads to the city centre from the south of the city.

    Several people may have been killed including civilians but details are yet to emerge.

    A senior army general was killed earlier last month in similar circumstances.

  38. Wise words

    Today's African proverb: "Don't let others prepare the camel for you that's needed to fetch water if they will not take that camel to the well." A Somali proverb sent by Ali Ahmed, Kenya.

    Camel at a well

    To send in your African proverbs click here and scroll to the end of the page.

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