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Summary

  1. Nearly $7bn stolen by Nigerian officials and businessmen, minister says
  2. Millions at risk of hunger in southern Africa following drought, WFP says,
  3. Morocco arrests Belgian man of Moroccan descent linked to Paris attacks
  4. Gabon recalls ambassador to France over comments about Bongo election
  5. Kenya searches for missing soldiers in Somalia
  6. Burkina Faso and Mali to join forces in anti-terror fight
  7. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Monday 18 January 2016

Live Reporting

By Naziru Mikailu and Damian Zane

All times stated are UK

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

    Today’s African proverb: "Don't fear planting cassava in a field full of spear grass." A ‪#‎Lango‬ proverb sent by Martin Okwir, Lira, Uganda.

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  2. Nigeria thrash Niger at Chan championship

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa Sport

    Nigeria beat their neighbours Niger 4-1 in the African championship Chan in Rwanda.

    Moses Okoro opened the scoring for Nigeria just after half-time, before Elvis Chisom Chikatara, coming on as a substitute in the 57th minute, scored a hat-trick. 

    Niger’s goal was scored by Adje Zakari Adebayor.

    Some Nigerien fans turned up for the match in Kigali.

    Niger fans

    Earlier in Group C Guinea scored late to grab a 2-2 draw with Tunisia.  

  3. Kenya's tourism minister floats to the ground

    Kenya Tourism Minister Najib Balala has been skydiving as part of an effort to promote tourism in the country.

    Kenya has suffered a dip in visitors following security problems.

    The BBC's Ferdinand Omondi captured Mr Balala as he gently floated down on to the beach at coastal town of Watamu.

    Kenya parachutist landing
    Kenya parachutist landing
  4. Al-Qaeda 'names' Burkina Faso hotel attackers

    Burkina Faso attack

    Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has named three militants who it says carried out last week's hotel attack in Burkina Faso, killing 29 people.

    AQIM's statement - carried by monitoring group SITE - said Ouagadougou's four-star Splendid Hotel was a "den of global espionage".

    The statement has not been independently verified.

    AQIM is based in the Sahara Desert between Mali, Niger and Algeria and has attacked West African countries.

    This was its first attack on Burkina Faso.

    Read the full BBC story here

  5. Tax avoidance costing the continent billions

    The charity Oxfam has said in a new report that the 62 richest billionaires in the world now have as much wealth as poorest half of the global population.

    One of the big issues that prevents redistribution of wealth that the report identifies is tax avoidance, and the Guardian newspaper estimates that $14bn (£10bn) of tax revenue is lost to Africa because money is being held in offshore tax havens.

    Graph indicating wealth of richest 62 people in the world

    "Instead of an economy that works for the prosperity of all, for future generations, and for the planet, we have instead created an economy for the 1%," Oxfam's report says.  

    Read more in the BBC News story.

  6. Sierra Leone identifies Ebola contacts

    Sierra Leone has identified 28 high risk contacts in the country's north after a new Ebola case emerged last week, officials said, the Associated Press news agency reports.

    About 109 contacts had been found, and three known contacts were missing, the Coordinator of the Office of National Security, Ishmael Tarawallie, said.  

    A person who died last week in the north of the country was tested positive to the deadly virus.

    The country was declared free of the virus on 7 November, and the region as a whole was cleared when Liberia was pronounced Ebola-free on Thursday.  

    Close to 4,000 people have died of Ebola in Sierra Leone, and 11,000 people across the region, since December 2013.

    Ebola
    Image caption: The Ebola outbreak killed 11,300 people, mostly in West Africa
  7. 'Whose turn is next' for attack in West Africa?

    Yayi Boni in Ouagadougou

    Benin's President Boni Yayi has been on a visit to Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou, in the aftermath of Friday night's attacks by Islamist militants in which at least 29 people died.

    Speaking for the west African regional group Ecowas Mr Yayi said that "we're not going to just sit on our hands. We will react and respond."

    The attack in Ouagadougou followed a similar attack in Mali in November.

    "The question is, whose turn is it next?" Benin's president asked. 

    Meanwhile, forensic experts have been investigating the two attack sites:

    Forensic expert at attack site

    Photographers have also been capturing images of what was left behind at one of the attack site, the Capuccino cafe.

    Cafe remnants
  8. South Sudan may shut down oil production

    BBC Monitoring

    Janet Onyango

    South Sudan may have to shut down oil production in its Upper Nile State and switch off the pipeline unless Sudan agrees to reduce transit fees it charges South Sudan, independent Paris-based Sudan Tribune website reports

    The website quotes a memo by South Sudan's Petroleum and Mining ministry as saying: "We are left with no option at the moment rather than to shut it down because it's not feasible. We cannot sell the oil at [a] loss". 

    Currently, Sudan is charging South Sudan $25 per barrel to allow oil to transit through its territory, while the global price of oil has dropped close to that price. 

    South Sudan produces 160,000  barrels a day. 

    The transit fees have been a bone of contention between the two countries ever since South Sudan became an independent country in 2011.

    South Sudan oil facility
    Image caption: South Sudan's government gets most of its income from oil exports
  9. Southern Africa drought could cause more problems

    The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) is warning that the impact of the drought in southern Africa could get a lot worse.

    Earlier, we reported (see 13:03 entry) that the WFP is saying that about 14 million people are currently facing hunger there.

    But the WFP's David Orr told the BBC's Focus on Africa radio programme that this figure is a result of last year's drought.

    Looking ahead, he said, "those numbers could rise dramatically" because of the current problems caused by the El-Nino weather system.

    Impact of drought in Botswana
  10. From street child to top teacher in Mali

    An enterprising teacher from Mali Youchaou Traore has founded a school for children from families who can't afford education - and the exam results are very good.

    It's quite an achievement for someone who spent a lot of his childhood begging on the streets and didn't start his own schooling until he was 13.

    Mr Youchaou told BBC Outlook's Matthew Bannister that his life changed dramatically when he was just five years old:

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    Video caption: Youchaou Traoré now runs one of the most successful schools in Mali.
  11. Nigeria football team bus attacked

    A bus carrying players from Nigeria's football league champions, Enyimba, has been attacked by robbers in the central part of the country. 

    A tweet from the club said no-one was injured in the incident:

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    Armed robbery is common in Nigeria. 

    Last year, five Kano Pillars players were injured when their entourage was attacked by gunmen on their way to a football match.

  12. Mine kills six Niger soldiers

    At least six Niger soldiers were killed on patrol when their vehicle hit a mine in the Diffa region - frequently attacked by Boko Haram militants from neighbouring Nigeria, officials said, AFP news agency reports. 

    "An army vehicle ran over a mine causing deaths and injuries but we do not have the exact figures," Abari El Hadj Daouda, the mayor Kabalewa town where the incident happened on Saturday, told AFP.

    Local media reported that six soldiers were killed, with five to seven others wounded.

    The UN said there were at least 74 attacks last year by Boko Haram Islamists in the region.

    Nigerien soldiers
    Image caption: Nigerien soldiers are part of an international force fighting Boko Haram
  13. Turtle power in Kenya

    Images from a camera strapped onto the shell of a turtle have been live broadcast for the first time, the organisers of the event say.

    The BBC's Ferdinand Omondi, in the Kenyan coastal town of Watamu, captured the moment when a turtle was released after being trapped in a fishing net.

    Watch the video here:

    Video content

    Video caption: First-ever live turtle-cam broadcast
  14. Kenyan police seize $693m worth of fake cash

    BBC Monitoring

    Janet Onyango

    Kenya's privately-owned Capital FM is reporting that police have discovered a cache of $693m (£485m) in fake notes in a house in the capital, Nairobi.

    Two men, one from Cameroon and the other from Niger, have been arrested in connection with the seizure that the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett described as "huge". 

    He also said that a further 369 million fake euros were discovered, along with equipment used to make fake notes.

    Pile of cash
  15. Niger and Nigeria to face off

    Fans are taking their places for the big derby match - Niger v Nigeria - at the Chan football championship, which is organised by the Confederation of African Football for locally-based players.

    It's due to kick off in Rwanda's capital, Kigali.

    The BBC's Yves Bucyna snapped this Niger fan finding his place:

    Football fans

    The earlier match - between Tunisia and Guinea - ended in a 2-2 draw.  

    Yves also snapped the Guinea fans during the match:

    Football fans
  16. Nigeria politicians 'stole $6.7bn' in seven years

    Nigerian politicians allegedly stole $6.7bn (£5bn) in public funds in seven years, information minister Lai Mohammed said, the AFP news agency reports.

    State governors, ministers, business leaders, public officials and bankers diverted the money between 2006 and 2013, he told reporters in the capital, Abuja.

    President Muhammadu Buhari was elected in March largely on a promise to tackle corruption.

    He has accused his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, of leaving the treasury "virtually empty" and vowed to recover what he said were "mind-boggling" sums stolen from the public purse.

    Several senior officials of Mr Jonathan's government have been arrested in relation to the alleged diversion of $2bn meant to buy weapons to fight Boko Haram militants. They denied the accusations.

    Nigeria ruling party billboard
    Image caption: President Buhari won election largely on a promise to tackle corruption

    Last week, the president ordered 20 former military chiefs and officers to be investigated over alleged arms procurement fraud.  

    Mr Mohammed said tackling corruption was central to their administration but added that it involved everyone. 

    ""This is Nigeria's war... The situation is dire and the time to act is now," he added.

  17. Morocco detains someone linked to Paris attacks

    Reuters news agency is quoting a Moroccan statement saying that the authorities there have arrested someone directly linked to last November's attacks in Paris.

    It says that a Belgian national of Moroccan origin has been detained.

    At least nine people are believed to have been directly involved in the attacks which killed 130 people.

  18. UN experts to help former Boko Haram captives

    A team of United Nations human rights experts are in Nigeria to try to help women who have been freed or escaped from the Islamist group Boko Haram. 

    The experts are looking at ways to assist the women's rehabilitation and reintegration into society.

    On Friday President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a new investigation into the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok by Boko Haram nearly two years ago.

    The military has freed hundreds of captives in recent months, but it is still not clear where the Chibok girls are or whether they are alive.

    Group of rescued people
    Image caption: The military rescued more than 300 captives in one action last October
  19. Remembering Komla Dumor

    Ghanaians have been reflecting on the life of countryman and former BBC presenter Komla Dumor who died two years ago today at the age of 41.

    He was one of the main presenters on BBC World News television when he died, and he was already a big personality in Ghana.

    His funeral was held in the grounds of Ghana's state house.

    Joy FM, the radio station where Komla worked in Ghana, asked people for their thoughts...

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    ...and listeners responded.

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  20. Senegal's president wants less time in office

    Senegalese President Macky Sall has announced plans to reduce the length of time the head of state can stay in office. 

    Under the present constitution, a Senegalese president can serve two seven-year terms, but Mr Sall wants that to be cut to two five-year terms - a pledge he made when campaigning for office. 

    The proposals are expected to be put to a referendum, but a date has not yet been decided. 

    Mr Sall said he would stand for re-election next year, five years after he was elected president, instead of 2019, the date under the current constitution. 

    Macky Sall
    Image caption: President Macky Sall was elected in 2012