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  1. Uganda bans employment of housemaids in Saudi Arabia
  2. Tunisia imposes night-time curfew after unemployment protests
  3. Ghanaians on social media use red to protest about price hikes
  4. Somali general says Kenya warned of 'looming attack'
  5. Ethiopian runners win gold at the Dubai Marathon
  6. Email stories and comments to - Friday 22 January 2016

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By Clare Spencer and Lucy Fleming

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    We'll be back on Monday

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

    A reminder of today's wise words: 

    Quote Message: The oldest man in a family and a midwife do not tell everything they know from A Somali proverb sent by Abdirahman Djibouti in Cape Town, South Africa.
    A Somali proverb sent by Abdirahman Djibouti in Cape Town, South Africa.

    Click here to send your African proverbs

    And we leave you with a photo from our week in pictures of a dancer in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, celebrating Chinese new year.

    Zimbabwean dancer during Chinese New Year Celebrations in Harare.
  2. Mombasa customers 'prefer female barber'

    The BBC's John Nene has sent in these pictures of one barber going against the grain in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa:


    Ann Wambui is part of an unusual, but growing group of female barbers. 

    Her customer Tony told the BBC that her gender makes a difference to him:

    Quote Message: Men are rough by nature so they use a lot of force when shaving such that you feel some of them are strangling you

    In comparison, he feels Mrs Wambui shaves him with a lot of care. So much so that, even though he has a shaver at home, he comes into the salon.

    Mrs Wambui told us she's heard similar compliments from other customers:

    Quote Message: Men tell me they really feel cool when I shave them
  3. A million 'likes' for BBC's Salim Kikeke

    The BBC's Salim Kikeke has reached a milestone.

    The BBC Swahili TV presenter has just received his millionth Facebook "like":

    Screengrab of a Facebook page

    Hongera Salim!

  4. Free food leads to Nigeria school stampedes

    Nurah Ringim

    BBC Hausa, Kaduna

    Rigasa primary school near Kaduna, Nigeria

    There have been stampedes at junior schools here in Kaduna state in northern Nigeria since the local government introduced a free school meal for all pupils this month. 

    It has led to a huge influx in students.

    This is a school in Rigasa, near Kaduna city, where Red Cross workers are always at hand to treat those hurt in the rush to get food:

    Red Cross worker helping a child at a school in Rigasa, Nigeria
  5. Was Red Friday just a middle class thing?

    We reported earlier that Ghanaians frustrated with price hikes are wearing red today. 

    Here are a few of their stories.

    We're not sure if Mr Sarpong's outfit is in solidarity with people feeling the pinch or people feeling the love for Arsenal football club:

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    Meanwhile Kenny Amedeka says on Facebook that the protest hasn't made an impact on him:

    Quote Message: Nothing of such nature is happening in Ghana. This Red Friday thing is just a hashtag by a bunch of middle class guys on Facebook

    And lawyer Korieh Duodo tweeted this picture - about which we will not comment:

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  6. Nigeria Boko Haram escapees face stigma

    Nigeria should increase efforts to help women and children freed from captivity by Boko Haram militants, three UN human rights experts have said after a five-day visit to the north-east. 

    They were facing stigma and were often ostracised and rejected as a result of their captivity, the experts reported.

    Urmila Bhoola, the rapporteur on slavery, told the BBC’s Muhammad Kabir Muhammad In Abuja that it was also important that the women and girls living in camps were given enough food – three meals a day - which she said did not seem to be happening at the moment. 

    One girl living in a camp told her that when she found her sister after escaping from the insurgents, she was told to go away as she was "the wife of Boko Haram".

    Dainius Puras (l), Urmila Bhoola (c) and Maud de Boer-Buquicchio (l)
    Image caption: UN experts Dainius Puras (l), Urmila Bhoola (c) and Maud de Boer-Buquicchio visited displacement camps in the north-east
  7. Nigerian businesses close after foreign currency limits


    The Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprise told the BBC that some of their members have shut up shop because they can’t import enough supplies.  

    They are having difficulty buying products after the central bank limited daily foreign cash withdrawals to $300 (£209) a day as an attempt to stabilise their currency, the naira.

    One toy shop owner, Amaka Ezekwugo - whose business is still running - explained to Africa Business Report that in her case she had to buy products from abroad because the toys aren't made in Nigeria.

  8. Small children 'murdered by LRA rebels'

    International prosecutors at The Hague have accused former Ugandan rebel Dominic Ongwen of ordering forced marriages and detailing the murders of small children by Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) fighters.

    It is the second day of a hearing to decide whether the LRA commander should face trial for 70 war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    Observers and lawyers have been tweeting through the day:

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    Proceedings have been adjourned until Monday.

  9. Mugabe's no-show at Harare airport

    Brian Hungwe

    BBC Africa, Harare

    There was a heavy media presence at Harare's International Airport today for the anticipated arrival of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe - due back from his Christmas and New Year break.

    But it was announced that his plane, expected to arrive from Dubai, was delayed for an unspecified reason.

    Instead, journalists were able to witness the arrival of Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo for a state visit.

    Mr Obiang - Africa's longest-serving leader - was welcomed with a garland of flowers and traditional dancers:

    President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo wearing a garland at Harare Airport (L)

    But this has not put a stop to speculation about Mr Mugabe's health - which is what prompted so many journalists to come out to the airport hoping to see the 91-year-old returning home.

  10. Sierra Leone gets laboratory for quick Ebola tests

    Umaru Fofana

    BBC Africa, Freetown

    A $1m (£698,000) research laboratory for infectious diseases officially opens today in northern Sierra Leone.

    Funded by Cambridge University, it is hosted by the University of Makeni and allows for fast detection and diagnosis of Ebola.

    This is the lab that carried out the sequencing of the recent Ebola outbreak in Magburaka after a 22-year-old woman died of the virus.

    Her relatives, who washed her body - something that can spread Ebola - are in quarantine. One other person has tested positive so far.

    The new laboratory at the University of Makeni
  11. Eagles do battle in Rwanda

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa Sport

    Nigeria's Super Eagles missed the chance to seal a place in the quarter-finals of the African Nations Championship (Chan) in Rwanda as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Tunisia in Group C. 

    Elvis Chikatara scored his fourth goal in two football matches as he gave Nigeria the lead after half-time before Ahmed Akiachi equalised for the Carthage Eagles – with his third in two matches.

    Nigeria are still top of the group with four points while Tunisia now have two. 

    At the moment Guinea are facing Niger in the other Group C game.

  12. Somali beach shooting: 'I lost three friends'

    Freelance journalist Hussein Mohamed has lost three friends in the attack on a well-know beach in Somalia's capital last night.

    He told the BBC's Outside in Somalia about the raid - Mogadishu's worst this year - and why Lido beach is so popular:

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    Video caption: Twenty killed in attack by al-Shabab militants on a beach-front restaurant in Mogadishu
  13. Algerian TV stations mushroom

    At least 46 independent television stations have started in Algeria in just four years in aftermath of the Arab Spring. 

    It's all a big difference to when BBC Arabic's Rachid Sekkai was going up in Algeria when there was just one channel to choose from.

    He said state TV then showed a mix of Japanese cartoons, Dallas and an Algerian clown who presented a popular education show.

    Now, for the first time, TV channels are making shows on social issues - taking cameras on to streets and into homes. 

    But, as he explained to BBC's Fifth Floor, new regulators have asked at least six of these channels to close. Click here to listen to the programme.

    People watching TV in Algiers in 2012
  14. Somali attack: 'I saved boy from the beach attack'

    Mohammed Dhaaley
    Image caption: Mr Dhaaley drove the 10-year-old to the hospital

    Somali Mohamed Dhaaley has been sharing on Facebook how he saved a 10-year-old boy from al-Shabab's attack at Mogadishu's Lido beach last night:

    "The boy, who was with his sister, got lost during the attack," he said 

    He explained that he found the child, who he did not know, with a chest wound.

    So he and his friend him to hospital and during the drive, the young boy said:

    Quote Message: Uncle, I will never forget you if I survive this, thanks for saving my life

    They later found the boy's mother and sister. Somalis have been widely sharing the Facebook post.

  15. Sudan reduces South Sudan oil pipeline fee

    Russell Padmore

    Business correspondent, BBC News

    Sudan has agreed to reduce the fees it charges neighbouring South Sudan to transport oil through its network of pipelines. 

    Both countries have been at loggerheads over the charges, which have threatened to undermine the resumption of South Sudan's oil industry after the recent conflict. 

    South Sudanese soldiers overlook the shutting down of the Petrodar oil concession during a shutdown on oil production by South Sudan, on January 29, 2012.
    Image caption: Petrodar oil concession was one of the oil production plants closed in 2012

    When South Sudan gained independence it also gained most of the lucrative oilfields, however it still needs to use the network of pipes through Sudan to export the crude oil. 

    The transit fees have been a contentious issue, but the charge of about $24 a barrel, when oil is trading about $30 a barrel has virtually wiped out any profits for South Sudan. 

    Revenues from oil exports are the main driver of the economy for the government in Juba, which is now relying on investment from mostly Chinese companies to rebuild its energy industry. 

    It has not been revealed how much of a cut in the transit fees Khartoum has agreed to.

  16. Uganda bans employment of housemaids in Saudi Arabia

    Uganda has announced a ban on the recruitment and deployment of housemaids to Saudi Arabia.

    A letter from the Ministry of Labour to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed disappointment that an agreement from in July intended to stop human trafficking hadn't worked. 

    Uganda's news site The Independent says the ban follows an audio recording circulated on social media on Monday of Ugandans in Saudi Arabia who alleged that they were being tortured and were stuck in a prison.

  17. Zanzibar opposition yet to confirm participation in election

    Tulanana Bohela

    BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

    Zanzibar's electoral commission chairman, Jecha Salim Jecha, may have announced a date for the election re-run (see 14:20 post) but there is a possibility it could be a one-horse race as the main opposition party has not yet decided if it will participate.

    CUF's spokesman Ismail Jussa told the BBC a meeting will be convened to decide.

    Last week, its leader, Maalim Seif Sherrif, warned that a rerun could lead to chaos and called for the electoral chairman to step down.

    Mr Jecha's decision to annul the October vote was criticised by international observers.  

    For the 20 March poll, the electoral commission has stated that no campaigning will be allowed.

    Pemba CCF posters 11 January 2016
    Image caption: CCM's Campaign posters for October's cancelled election were still plastered all over Pemba, one of the semi-autonomous archipeligo's islands, earlier this month
    Red white and blue decorations for the CUF were also still on the streets
  18. Zanzibar election date set for 20 March

    Tulanana Bohela

    BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

    Zanzibar is to hold a re-run of its elections on 20 March, its electoral commission has announced.

    The semi-autonomous archipelago held a vote in October - when national elections were held in Tanzania - but the results were annulled before they were formally announced.

    The opposition main opposition CUF party said it had won.

    The boss of Zanzibar's electoral commission cited fraud when he cancelled the vote.

    Talks to resolve the situation between the CUF and the ruling CCM Zanzibar party have been fractious.

    Bunting in Wete, Pemba, Tanzania, 11 January 2015
    Image caption: Bunting for for both parties from October's election was still up throughout Zanzibar's Pemba island earlier this month