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  1. Magufuli wins Tanzania presidential election
  2. Nigeria publishes Boko Haram most wanted list
  3. Kenya to shut down hundreds of NGOs
  4. India pledges billions of dollars of soft loans to Africa
  5. Email stories and comments to - Thursday 29 October 2015

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A reminder of today's wise words: "If sin persists for a year it becomes tradition." An Igbo proverb sent by Ike Emeka in Lagos, Nigeria.

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We leave you with this photo of supporters of Tanzania's Chama Cha Mapinduzi party celebrating the victory of their presidential candidate John Magufuli in the main city Dar es Salaam.

People celebrate after the ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) candidate John Magufuli was named president-elect by the National Electoral Commission in Dar es Salaam, on October 29, 2015

Analysis: The task ahead for Tanzania's next president

Ruth Nesoba

BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

A woman walks past an election billboard after ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) candidate John Magufuli (pictured on the billboard) was named president-elect by the National Electoral Commission in Dar es Salaam, on October 29, 2015

John Magufuli is celebrating his 56th birthday so the presidency is a perfect gift for him.

He was never a CCM insider and confounded many when he was elected as the ruling party's presidential candidate.

As works minister in the outgoing government, Mr Magufuli was reputed to be a no-nonsense, results-driven politician.

He campaigned for the presidency on a platform of hard work, and will now have to tackle some big problems facing Tanzania.

This includes constant power outages, and corruption - an issue which led to more people abandoning the long-ruling CCM party than ever before.

Joining a French patrol in the CAR

On Friday, the BBC's Newsday programme will be broadcasting live from Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, which has been in turmoil since a coup by mainly Muslim Seleka rebels in 2013. 

A recent upsurge of violence in the capital has displaced a further 40,000 people from their homes. 

Newsday's Julian Keane joined a patrol of French peacekeepers out on the streets of the capital:

Click here to listen live to Newsday from 05:00 GMT (or after the broadcast). 

Eto'o raising money for Boko Haram victims

Cameroonian footballer Samuel Eto'o is fronting a charity which aims to help the victims of Boko Haram attacks in his own country as well as elsewhere in the region, the UK's

Guardian newspaper reports.

"What we want is for people to become more sensitive and aware of the problem that we have in west Africa," the article quotes Eto'o as saying.

He is raising money to send to refugee camps in Nigeria and Cameroon.

The Boko Haram insurgency in north-east Nigeria and elsewhere in the region has displaced more than two million people.

Samuel Eto'o
Samuel Eto'o helped Cameroon to two Africa Cup of Nations titles

Documentary spotlights treatment for mental illness in Africa

Al Jazeera has tweeted about its documentary Out Of The Shadows, focusing on the mental health activists bringing treatment to people in rural West Africa and other developing parts of the world:

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UN peacekeepers released in South Sudan

The UN peace keeping mission in South Sudan says 20 of its soldiers have been released after they were held for a day by more than 100 armed men believed to be affiliated to a rebel group.

The UN says that the peacekeepers were on a barge that was carrying fuel, weaponry and equipment and the fuel has been looted.

Twelve local contractors who were on board are still being held by the rebels.

Analysis: Tanzania's president-elect delivers big defeat to opposition

Zuhura Yunus

BBC Swahili

John Magufuli shows his inkyfinger after voting
Mr Magufuli (L) won on a promise to tackle corruption and unemployment

John Magufuli has lived up to his nickname, "The Bulldozer", by demolishing Mr Lowassa in the battle for the presidency.

This is a big blow for Mr Lowassa - a former prime minister who defected from governing CCM party just a few months ago to run for the top job.

Four opposition parties put their faith in him, uniting for the first time to field a single candidate. But it was not enough to end the CCM's grip on the presidency since independence in 1961.

Mr Lowassa is convinced he won and the question now is: Will he continue to challenge the result, or throw in the towel?

CCM supporters have been celebrating the victory
CCM supporters have been celebrating Mr Magufuli's victory

Read the BBC story for more

Barcelona debut for Cameroon's Kaptoum

Cameroonian midfielder Wilfrid Kaptoum made his first team debut for none other than European champions Barcelona on Wednesday night.  

The 19-year-old played in the Copa del Rey as an under-strength Barca were held by third-tier minnows Villanovense. The first leg tie ended nil-nil.

Barecelona posted tweeted about the landmark, with this video of him in action for the youth team:

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President Buhari's cabinet approved

Nigeria's senate has now approved the list of 36 names that President Muhammadu Buhari had proposed for his cabinet.

Today's senate session to look at the last names on the list was very stormy according to the BBC Chris Ewokor in the capital, Abuja.

He says that this was because of a row over the former Rivers state governor, Rotimi Amaechi - who is not popular with opposition senators.

Now that the list has been approved, the senate president said the cabinet members should now live up to expectations:

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President Buhari

This will be President Buhari's first cabinet since he was sworn in five months ago.

African Standby Force nearly ready to go

Tomi Oladipo

BBC Africa security correspondent

An African army that can quickly respond to crises on the continent is about to become a reality, 13 years after its conception.

From January 2016, the African Standby Force (ASF) will be able to intervene in cases of war crimes, genocide or crimes against humanity if an African Union member state requests assistance or if the AU itself considers the situation serious enough.

It will also be able to provide humanitarian assistance and undertake peacekeeping and observer missions, although any deployment would be subject to donor funding.

The BBC's Karen Allen attends an ASF field training exercise in South Africa

Senegal arrests two imams over 'Islamist threat'

Abdourahmane Dia

BBC Africa

Senegalese authorities are stepping up efforts to prevent the spread of radical Islamist ideology.

In the past two weeks, two imams have been arrested over allegedly making comments in sermons that could pose a threat to national security.

The authorities have so far not commented on the arrests, but the family of one of the imams, as well as the local association of preachers, have denied that the preachers were involved in any attempt to destabilise the country.

Senegal - where more than 90% of the people are Muslim - has not experienced any Islamist-inspired violence, but the government thinks it is a possibility.

Mugabe: UN treats African countries 'like dwarfs'

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has called for UN reform during a speech in India, saying African nations have been treated as "underdogs" and looked down on like "dwarfs" by the permanent members of the UN security council, the local Economic Times website reports

Mr Mugabe made the comments at the India-Africa Forum Summit, which more than 50 African leaders are attending in the capital New Delhi. 

President Mugabe (L) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) launch commemorative stamps for the India-Africa Forum Summit
President Mugabe (L) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) launched commemorative stamps for the summit

Read the full BBC story on the summit

Should schools teach children in their mother tongue?

There's debate among teachers, students and parents in Ghana at the moment about what language to teach children in. 

Ghana's Education Minister Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang wants children there to be taught in local languages - that is to say their mother tongue - rather than English, which is the national language.

She says children find it difficult to progress in school because they are taught in a language that they cannot relate to. At the moment it's just a proposal, but what do Ghanaian teachers think about the idea?

Junior high school teacher John Djiedjorm has been sharing his views with BBC Newsday: 

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Tanzania's next president: John Magufuli

Not familiar with Tanzania's new president-elect? Here are some key pointers:

John Magufuli, CCM party's presidential candidate in Tanzania - July 2015
John Magufuli is known as "The Bulldozer"
  • Aged 56, was works minister in the government of outgoing President Jakaya Kikwete
  • Nicknamed "The Bulldozer" for driving a programme to build roads across the country
  • Has promised change and to improve on the pace of progress laid down by the previous CCM government
  • Pledged to end power shortages and exploit Tanzania's natural gas discoveries
  • "My government will put emphasis on fighting corruption, job creation and industrialisation," he said before the vote.

Dancing and singing from Tanzanian victors

The BBC's Robert Kiptoo is outside the headquarters of Tanzania's ruling CCM party and has been filming party supporters celebrating the victory of their candidate in Sunday's presidential election:

Tanzania celebrations

Tanzania's 'time for unity'

January Makamba, Tanzania's deputy minister of communication, has been tweeting about the ruling CCM party's victory in the presidential poll:

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Tanzania's president-elect

Tanzania's ruling CCM party has been tweeting following the victory of its candidate John Magufuli with 58% of the vote, according to official results:

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Tanzanians 'robbed' of correct result

Abdallah Safari - vice president of Chadema, one of the party's in Tanzania's opposition coalition - has rejected the results of the presidential poll which showed John Magufuli from the ruling CCM party as the winner.

He told the BBC that the tallying system used by the electoral commission was "not proper" and that Tanzanians "have been robbed of their victory".

Meanwhile Mr Magufuli's supporters have been celebrating on the streets of the main city Dar es Salaam:

CCM supporter
CCM supporter

European Union observers

said that the elections were "generally well organised" but "with insufficient efforts at transparency from the election administrations."

Observers from the African Union and southern African regional body SADC said that the elections had largely been "free and fair", despite all groups raising concerns over the subsequent annulment of the Zanzibar vote.

Tanzania's Magufuli wins by more than two million votes

The breakdown of the official result in Tanzania's presidential poll:

  • John Magufuli from CCM got 8,882,935 votes or 58.46%
  • Edward Lowassa from Ukawa got 6,072,848 votes or 39.97%
  • Turnout was 67%

Security presence around Tanzania opposition offices

A BBC reporter in Dar es Salaam has seen police and security vehicles near the offices of the main opposition coalition:

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It's just been announced that the ruling party candidate John Magufuli won Sunday's presidential election.

The main opposition candidate Edward Lowassa earlier announced that he had won.