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  1. Nigerian villages hit by deadly 'Fulani raiders'
  2. Forty one abducted Ethiopian children 'found in South Sudan'
  3. Mother of rescued Kenyan baby found dead
  4. Funeral service for Congolese rumba star Papa Wemba
  5. Human Rights Watch calls for inquiry into 'mass grave' found in Mozambique
  6. Requiem mass for Kenya's former First Lady Lucy Kibaki
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That's all from the BBC Africa Live page today. Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website

A reminder of today's wise words:

A hungry man should never be left alone in the granary"

A Luo proverb sent by Odhiambo Okoth in Nairobi, Kenya

We asked you what you thought the proverb meant and Louis Abdallah Omenda on the BBC Africa Facebook page said a hungry man may go into the granary, get confused and start eating or carry everything away. Sam Oosa suggested it was about keeping away from temptation.

And we leave you with this photo of 1,109-carat diamond pictured today at Sotheby's in New York. Found last year in Botswana will be auctioned next month in London and is estimated to sell for more than $70m (£48m).

A model holds the 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona diamond at Sotheby's in New York, the US

'Suspended sentence' for SA Gumtree 'baby sale' mother

A 20-year-old woman in South Africa has received a five-year suspended sentence for trying to sell her child for 5,000 rand ($380; £250) on advertising website Gumtree, South Africa’s News24 website reports.

“She was sentenced to a period of five years imprisonment, which was wholly suspended, as well as correctional supervision,” a National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson, Natasha Kara, is quoted as saying.

The mother was arrested last year after a police agent posed as a buyer.

Ms Kara said the woman admitted that she had decided to sell the child when her boyfriend stopped paying child support after he found out that the child was not his.

Advert in Gumtree
The first advert was removed and her second was labelled "baby car seat"

Burundi's Jean-Baptiste Bagaza was 'tough and controversial'

Prudent Nsengiyumva

BBC Great Lakes

Colonel Jean-Baptiste Bagaza, who has died aged 69 (see post 10:12 post), was a controversial figure in Burundi politics.

The former Burundian president is credited for improving the country’s economy, infrastructure and the manufacturing industry during his 11-year rule from 1976-1987.

But he was also known for taking tough and unpopular measures.

Just before he was toppled from power, Mr Bagaza banned all public prayers on weekdays. Some Catholic priests were arrested for defying the order.

Mr Bagaza was also a staunch critic of the current government.

He had been made a senator for life and had accused President Pierre Nkurunziza’s government of failing to stop the violence in Burundi.

But despite his open condemnation of the president’s decision to run for a third term last year, Mr Nkurunziza praised his opponent for his achievements.

Colonel Jean-Baptiste Bagaza in 1984
Jean-Baptiste Bagaza died at a hospital in Belgium

Is the hunger for romance in northern Nigeria a good thing?

Women and girls in northern Nigeria have a voracious appetite for romantic fiction that is taking on conservative attitudes in this largely Muslim region.

People have been debating on the BBC Hausa Facebook whether the romance novels are good for literacy or they are seen as immoral? 

Here are some of the responses we have been getting:

The modern Hausa novels are important in the lives of the Hausas. They teach the young men how to be romantic with their girlfriends."

Atiku Dan Yarbawa Barbarejo

I truly don't see their use in promoting education, they are only good for spoiling the values of the teenage boys and girls."

Alhaji Kasimu Jaredi
A girl reading a Hausa novel

They are proper and very significant, due to the fact that they keep our women, especially those in the rural areas, engaged."

Abbas Yahaya Dutsen Wai-Sueky

These books are great, because they teach us a lot, and entertain us."

Ahmad Yahya

Hausa romantic novels are not in line with our customs, because most of them teach love in the language of the Westerners and Indians​."

Shehu Adamu Rijau

Read the full BBC article by Isa Sanusi here: Romantic novels teach Nigerian brides about love

Quote from an author reading "I give more attention to women's issues, like marriage, polygamy and education"

Should Nigeria's many preachers be licensed?

Isa Sanusi

BBC Africa, Abuja

An evangelist's poster in Nigeria
Christian pastors often promise miralces and Muslim scholars sometimes claim magical powers

Kaduna’s no-nonsense governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai wants all preachers to be licensed.

He has introduced a bill to the state parliament to tame what officials say is the proliferation of religious sects and ministries. 

Kaduna has a Muslim majority but also has a large Christian population - and has witnessed conflict between rival religious and ethnic groups. 

But many Christian pastors and Islamic scholars in the northern Nigerian state are now united in their opposition to the proposed law. 

Such regulation may become the norm across the north after governors from many northern states gave it their backing at a meeting last week - but it would have to be passed by each state assembly before it became law. 

The market is so flooded with preachers that they compete by advertising with posters, billboards and in the classified sections of newspapers.

Most of them promise miracles - "Fifteen-year chest pain cleared out via anointing" and "Five years barrenness destroyed” - are some of the examples.

Some say that the inability of successive governments to provide basic social services often pushes Nigerians of all religious persuasions to resort to miracles for help. 

Newspaper of an evangelist church in Nigeria

Big art festival gets under way in Uganda

Patience Atuhaire

BBC Africa, Kampala

Uganda's DOA DOA art festival

Kampala is going to be full of rhythm for the next three days as the Ugandan capital hosts the DOA DOA arts festival.

It kicks off in a few hours time with traditional music and dance as well as pop music, hip hop, reggae and poetry to savour.

It's a regional festival that also brings together artists from neighbouring Kenya and Tanzania.

To catch the 15 performing artists and groups you need to head to the Uganda National Theatre and the Uganda Museum. 

Other events will be hosted in selected bars and nightclubs - as a way of attracting new audiences.

Looking for atheists in Ghana

It's time to welcome back our satirical strand - What's Up Africa. In recent weeks the team have been in Ghana where they've been looking at atheism.

You may remember that earlier this year a group of Kenyan atheists said they'd suffered "blatant discrimination" after the authorities refused to register their society.

Their application was turned down because of concerns that registration could affect the "peace... and good order" in the country.

The hashtag #withoutgod went viral - so we sent "Pastor" Ikenna Azuike to investigate the state of atheism in Ghana.

What's Up Africa: Looking for atheists in Ghana

Kenya's 'gay anal tests' challenged

Two men who say Kenyan police forced them to undergo anal examinations to prove they had had gay sex have launched a court case, calling for the tests to be declared unconstitutional.

They allege they were also made to take tests for HIV and hepatitis following their arrest in February 2015 on suspicion of homosexual activity.

Homosexual acts are illegal in Kenya, punishable by up to 14 years in prison.

The High Court in Mombasa has given government lawyers a week to respond.

"Under international law, forced anal examinations are a form of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment that may amount to torture," rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.

Read the BBC News story for more.

Gay men kissing in Kenya
Most religious groups in Kenya are strongly opposed to homosexuality

Nairobi building collapse: Mother of rescued baby girl found dead

Emmanuel Igunza

BBC Africa, Nairobi

The mother of the six-month-old child who was rescued yesterday from the rubble of a building four days after it collapsed has been found dead in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

Her body was discovered a few metres from where the baby girl was rescued.

Her daughter, Dealeryn Saisi Wasike, was reunited with her father hours after her rescue. She has no physical injuries.

Dealeryn Saisi Wasike being treated in hospital - 3 May
Dealeryn was found alive on Tuesday morning

At least 80 people are still missing following the collapse of the six-storey buiding on Friday night, but rescuers are still hopeful of getting more people alive.

The military, which is leading the efforts, says it expects to finish clearing the debris by the weekend, but their efforts are hampered by lack of access to one side of the building which is near a river bank.

Dozens of families have been camping at the site, waiting for news of their loved ones.

The buildings' owners have pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.

See our 13:33 post for more details

River near the building that collapsed in Nairobi, Kenya

Sudan's 'excessive use of force' condemned

James Copnall

Africa editor, BBC World Service

Thirty-nine prominent organisations and individuals from Sudan and other countries have written an open letter condemning what they say is the use of excessive force by the Sudanese authorities.

They say at least nine people, including a child, have been killed this year as security forces break up peaceful demonstrations. 

The signatories of the letter also called on authorities to take urgent steps to ensure justice and accountability for the victims and their families.  

There have been numerous protests in Sudan in the last few months, including in universities. 

Sudan's government has always denied that its security forces commit abuses. 

Nigeria remembers football legend Yekini

People in Nigeria are marking the fourth anniversary of the death of the country's football legend Rashidi Yekini, with #Yekiniliveson trending on Twitter in the country.

Yekini, who scored Super Eagles' first-ever goal at the 1994 football World Cup in the US, died on 4 May 2012. 

Tweeters have been remembering the striker, who also played for Portuguese side Vitoria de Setubal:

I remember watching him play as a lil boy. 94 was when I fell inlove with football #YekiniLivesOn

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Rashidi Yekini (23 October 1963 – 4 May 2012) #YekiniLivesOn #WeRememberYekini
Rashidi Yekini (23 October 1963 – 4 May 2012) #YekiniLivesOn #WeRememberYekini
Rashidi Yekini (23 October 1963 – 4 May 2012) #YekiniLivesOn #WeRememberYekini

Rashidi Yekini (23 October 1963 – 4 May 2012) #YekiniLivesOn #WeRememberYekini

May your gentle soul rest in place. The great jersey number #9 African Footballer of the Years.#YekiniLivesOn

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Villagers 'hacked to death' in eastern DR Congo

At least 16 people have been killed in a village in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to UN and local officials, AFP news agency reports.

The attackers, armed with machetes and axes, stormed a village in the Beni region of North Kivu province on Tuesday evening, a local official said.

"The enemy managed to get past army positions and kill peaceful residents in their homes, slashing their throats," Bernard Amisi Kalonda told AFP. 

No group has said it carried out the attack but Ugandan rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), have long been active in the region.

Egyptian activist jailed months after being freed

Sanaa Seif
Sanaa Seif was released from jail late last year after a presidential pardon

A court in Egypt has sentenced prominent activist Sanaa Seif to six months in prison in absentia for insulting the judiciary.

Seif was summoned by the public prosecutor on suspicion of inciting protests in April against President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi for handing over two islands to Saudi Arabia.

She did not attend the summons, which the court deemed an insult.

The 22-year-old said she was handing herself in now because she had no energy left to appeal and the authorities were determined to jail her.

Seif was jailed in 2014 for demonstrating against an anti-protest law and released after a presidential pardon late last year.

She is the sister of the well-known activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, who has been in prison since February last year.

Crowds line the streets for Papa Wemba's funeral cortege

People lining the street in Kinshasa, DR Congo

Hundreds of people are lining the streets to see Papa Wemba's cortege pass by in Masina, a suburb of DR Congo's capital, Kinshasa.

The BBC's Horaci Garcia filmed them in slow-motion.

Crowds await Papa Wemba's cortege in DR Congo

The funeral for the Congolese rumba rock star was held earlier at the Notre Dame Cathedral in the city.

He is to be buried at a cemetery called Metropole, about 5km (three miles) from Kinshasa.

Grave prepared for the body of Papa Wemba

Julius Malema's EFF MPs 'dragged out of parliament'

Members of South Africa’s left-wing opposition leader Julius Malema's party have been forcefully removed from parliament.

Journalists tweeted that several Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs were ejected:

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Their removal comes ahead of an address by President Jacob Zuma, his first since last week's High Court ruling that he should face corruption charges over a 1999 arms deal.

The EFF members of parliament have a habit of interrupting his speeches.

South Africa's New24 website says they were chanting "You're an embarrassment to yourself and your party. Jacob Zuma leave the house", before they were ejected.

Nairobi collapse: Painstaking rescue mission

The BBC's Emmanuel Igunza has videoed rescue workers still hard at in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, at the site of the collapsed building (see 13:33 post).

It's painstaking work.

The six-storey residence came down in heavy rain last Friday, killing at least 26 people - and officials say another 90 are still missing:

Kenya building collapse: Rescue efforts continue

Requiem mass for Kenya's former first lady

Anthony Irungu

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Lucy Kibaki's coffin, Nairobi, Kenya

Dignitaries and members of the public turned up in large numbers for the requiem mass of Kenya’s former First Lady Lucy Kibaki this morning.

People attending Lucy Kibaki's funeral in Nairobi, Kenya

Many had to follow the proceedings via big screens set up outside the Consolata Shrine Catholic Church in the capital, Nairobi.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga were among those mourning with the family of former President Mwai Kibaki.

People attending Lucy Kibaki's funeral service in Nairobi, Kenya

During the service, Mrs Kibaki was hailed as a dedicated matriarch, a staunch advocate of the rights of less privileged people and a candid defender of human dignity.

She will be laid to rest on Saturday in Othaya, in the central county of Nyeri.

Priests performing the mass at Lucy Kibaki's funeral in Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi collapse: Building owners released on bail

Wanyama wa Chebusiri

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Samuel Karanja Kamau and four other co-owners of a building that collapsed in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, on Friday have been released on bail that was set at $5,000 (£3,500) each. 

They pleaded not guilty to charges of manslaughter.

The magistrate said there were no sufficient reasons to detain the suspects. The prosecution had wanted to detain them for 21 days to allow time to complete their investigations.

The six-storey residence came down in heavy rain, killing at least 26 people and government officials say 90 others are still missing.

City authorities say the building had been earmarked for demolition after it was declared unfit for human habitation.

Scene of collapsed building in Nairobi
Rescue workers today are still searching through debris

Abducted Ethiopian children: 41 found 'safe and well'

James Copnall

Africa editor, BBC World Service

Forty one of more than 100 Ethiopian children abducted in a cross-border raid last month have been found safe and well in South Sudan, the country’s presidential spokesman has told the BBC. 

Officials were working to get the children reunited with their families in Ethiopia’s western Gambella region, Ateny Wek Ateny said. 

The children were kidnapped by members of South Sudan’s Murle community, who have previously been accused of carrying out cattle raids and stealing children to raise as their own. 

Those who have been located are in the hands of Murle chiefs, Mr Wek said. 

Ethiopian forces are still in South Sudan to assist in the search for the other missing children, he said, adding that they had not fired any shots.

Map of South Sudan and Ethiopia

Mali and Guinea to play in Toulon tournament

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

Mali and Guinea have found out who they will play at this year’s Toulon tournament in France - an annual invitational event for under-age sides. 

This year Japan, Mexico and Portugal are preparing for the Olympic football tournament in Rio, which is open to under-23 sides while England are sending an under-21 side.

Mali will begin against the Czech Republic on 18 May before taking on Mexico four days later and then face hosts France and finally Bulgaria in Group A. 

Guinea are in Group B and begin against Paraguay on 19 May and then play Portugal two days later before their final two matches against England and Japan. 

The winners of each group will meet on Sunday 29 May in the final.

Singer Angelique Kidjo wins human rights award

Angelique Kidjo won the best world music album of the year at this year's Grammys in Los Angeles

Benin's Grammy Award-winning musician Angelique Kidjo, along with three African youth activist movements, has been awarded the 2016 human rights award  for standing up to injustice by Amnesty International.

Kidjo and Senegal's Enough is Enough (Y'en a marre), Le Balai Citoyen from Burkina Faso and Lucha from the Democratic Republic of Congo have shown "exceptional courage," the rights group said.

They "have all proved themselves to be bold advocates for human rights, using their talents to inspire others", Salil Shetty, Amnesty's secretary-general, said in a statement.

Kidjo is also known for her prominent campaign for freedom of expression and work against female genital mutilation.

The musician has now joined a list of famous people who have won the Ambassador of Conscience Award, including South Africa's first black President Nelson Mandela and Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

Watch this BBC news video on the rise of youths activists in DR Congo.

Analysis: Why are South Africans burning schools?

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News, Johannesburg

A burnout school in Limpopo province, South Africa

Earlier we reported that eight schools in northern South Africa had been burnt down by demonstrators (see 11:13 post).

Protests in South Africa have a history of becoming violent – this largely stems from the years of white minority rule when angry residents would destroy state-owned property to show their disapproval.

More than 20 years since the country's hard-won democracy and it seems that sentiment has not been lost. 

People are often so frustrated at what they say is the slow pace of getting basic services like house, electricity and water - that they resort to vandalism.

But these actions have been criticised by the government as protesters often destroy much-needed property such as schools, libraries and even clinics.

In that end, those same communities are then left worse off, the government says.

Analysis: Which group is behind 'anthrax plot'?

Alastair Leithead

BBC Africa correspondent

Kenyan police say they have foiled a "large-scale" biological attack using anthrax, by an East African terror group with links to the so-called Islamic State (IS).

But yesterday’s statement from the inspector general of police gives no detail as to the group’s name, or evidence for its affiliation to IS.

A group calling itself “Jahba East Africa” has recently emerged and pledged an oath of allegiance to the Islamic State group, but it is not known if they are connected to this “foiled terror plot” as police described it.

There is a split within the Somalia-based Islamist group al-Shabab over allegiance to either al-Qaeda or IS.

Photos of Mohammed Abdi Ali, Nuseiba Mohammed Haji and Fatuma Mohammed Hanshi
Kenya National Police Service
Mohammed Abdi Ali, Nuseiba Mohammed Haji and Fatuma Mohammed Hanshi have been arrested in connection with the alleged anthrax plot

While there are thought to be some IS-linked militants fighting in Somalia, Emmanuel Kisiangani from the Institute for Security Studies in Nairobi believes it is unlikely they would target Kenya.

“I cannot discount the idea they would be recruiting for Syria, but in targeting Kenya I don’t see any connection, even remotely,” he said.

Mustafa Ali, an expert in conflict resolution and violent extremism in Kenya, said an anthrax attack in Kenya was “less likely, but then it was less likely the US would be attacked in that way in 2001”.

He said the aim of IS is to create terror anywhere they are able to carry out attacks.

Read the BBC News story for more.

Deadly Fulani herdsmen attack in Nigeria

At least 10 people have been killed after suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked two villages in the northern Nigerian state of Zamfara, the BBC Hausa service is reporting.

Residents of Madaɗa and Ruwan Tofa say dozens of attackers stormed the villages early this morning on motorcycles. 

Nomadic herders from the Fulani ethnic group and farming communities often clash for control of land and water.    

Police have not yet commented on the incident which comes amid a growing anger in the country over the recent upsurge in attacks blamed on cattle raiders.

Hundreds have been killed in past few months, prompting President Muhammadu Buhari to order the security forces to crack down on the herdsmen.

The Nigerian military is today holding a meeting with representatives of Fulani ethnic group in the capital, Abuja, to find a solution to the crisis.

A Fulani herdsman
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The Fulanis deny they are responsible for the violence

Who are the Fulanis?

The Fulanis are believed to be the largest semi-nomadic group in the world and are mainly based in West and Central Africa.

In Nigeria, there are two types: The semi-nomadic herders and those who live in the city.

Unlike the more integrated city dwellers, the nomadic groups spend most of their lives in the bush and are the ones largely involved in these clashes.

They herd their animals across vast dry hinterlands, something that often puts them at odds with many communities, especially farmers who accuse them of damaging their crops.

However, the Fulanis have sometimes been attacked and have their animals stolen by bandits, prompting reprisal attacks.

The conflict has been going on for about two decades, but following the upsurge in attacks this year the government is under increasing pressure to take steps to curb it.

Protesters torch schools in South Africa

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News, Johannesburg

A burnout school in Limpopo province, South Africa

South African police are on high alert after eight schools were torched and badly damaged by protesting residents in Limpopo province overnight.

The residents of Vuwani and Livubu villages are angry about a decision to put the schools under a new district authority.

This so-called rezoning is being done to help municipal authorities provide basic services by spreading out their budgets.

But the residents believe this will further delay them getting government housing and water.

The violence brings to 13 the number of schools destroyed in recent days, leaving hundreds of pupils without a place to learn.

Sapeurs mourn Papa Wemba in style

Among the mourners for Papa Wemba at Notre Dame Cathedral in Kinshasa (see 10:54 post) are members of the Society of Ambianceurs and Elegant Persons (Sape), known as Sapeurs.

Style is everything to the sapeurs - and the ever-fashionable Papa Wemba was their leader.

BBC Afrique's Poly Muzalia snapped some of them in front of the church:

Sapeurs outside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Kinshasa
Sapeurs outside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Kinshasa
Sapeurs outside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Kinshasa

Read more about Congolese Sapeurs and What made Papa Wemba so influential.

Funeral mass for Papa Wemba

A funeral mass is being held in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, for the music star Papa Wemba.

Known as the king of Congolese rumba, the 66-year-old died after collapsing on stage in Ivory Coast on 24 April. He will be buried later today.

The BBC's Poly Muzalia sent some photos from the city's Notre Dame Cathedral which is thronged with mourners:

Notre Dame Cathedral, Kinshasa
Outside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Kinshasa
Inside Notre Dame Cathedral in Kinshasa
Inside Notre Dame Cathedral in Kinshasa

Kenyatta mourns ex-first lady Kibaki

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has described the country's former first lady Lucy Kibaki as a great leader who was committed to improving the lives of Kenyans.

Mr Kenyatta has been tweeting at the start of a requiem mass being held for Mrs Kibaki who died last week.

See 09:04 entry for more details

It is a sad day for all of us as we remember the life of the Late Mama Lucy Kibaki.

It is a sad day for all of us as we remember the life of the Late Mama Lucy Kibaki.

Kenya has suffered a tremendous loss and more so her family, relatives and friends.

Kenya has suffered a tremendous loss and more so her family, relatives and friends.

Yet, even as we mourn, we celebrate her virtues of leadership & commitment to improving the wellbeing of Kenyans.

Yet, even as we mourn, we celebrate her virtues of leadership & commitment to improving the wellbeing of Kenyans.

Former Burundian president dies in Belgium

Prime Ndikumagenge

BBC Africa, Bujumbura

Colonel Jean-Baptiste Bagaza in 1984

One of Burundi's former presidents, Colonel Jean-Baptiste Bagaza, has died at the age of 69 in hospital in the Belgian capital, Brussels.

He came to power in a coup in 1976 and ruled until he was deposed in 1987.

Much of the country's infrastructure and industry was built up during this time and it was one of the most stable periods in the country's post-independence history.

Current President Pierre Nkurunziza tweeted his "condolences to his family and all Burundians" in French:

C'est avec très grande tristesse que j'ai appris la disparition du Président Bagaza. Condoléances à sa famille et à tous les burundais.

Africa's only dope-testing lab suspended

South Africa's Doping Control Laboratory has become the fourth lab to have its accreditation suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) in the past month.

Bloemfontein joins Beijing, Moscow and Lisbon in being prohibited from carrying out any Wada-related anti-doping activities.

The decision leaves 31 Wada-accredited labs in the world, but none in Africa.

Wada said the laboratory may apply for reinstatement before 30 September.

All four suspended labs can appeal about the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Read the BBC Sport story for more.

Bottles in a laboratory

Nigeria billionaire 'loses' $400m within weeks

Nigerian billionaire Femi Otedola has lost more than $400m (£280m) of his personal fortune in the last nine weeks after stock price of his Forte Oil company crashed by 43%, the US-based Forbes magazine reports.

Forte's share price has dropped to 193 naira ($1, £0.66) from 342 naira in late February after recording consistent daily losses in recent weeks, it added.

The magazine quoted a source at Forte Oil as linking the drop in the company’s share price with massive sell-offs of bonus shares by some of the company’s retail investors.  

In March, Forbes estimated that Mr Otedola had been worth $1.6bn, but that had now dropped to $1.2bn, it said.

picture taken on 18 May, 2006 shows Femi Otedola, head of Forte Oil, in Lagos, Nigeria.
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Otedola is one of Nigeria's richest persons

Call for Mozambique 'mass grave' inquiry

Mozambique should urgently act on reports of a mass grave found in the central province of Sofala, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said.

Last week, Deutsche Welle and Lusa news agency reported the discovery in the area of Canda in Gorongosa district.

Residents said they had counted between 100 to 120 bodies in a hole once used as an open-pit gold mine; journalists who visited the area saw at least 15 bodies scattered in the bush near the alleged mass grave, HRW said.

The US-based rights group's Africa researcher tweeted:

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The region has recently been affected by clashes between the Mozambican army and gunmen of the Renamo opposition party.

Kenya building collapse death toll rises

Emmanuel Igunza

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Kenya building collapse
Dozens of people are still feared trapped under the rubble

Three more bodies have been retrieved from the rubble of a six-storey building that collapsed in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, on Friday. 

This brings the number of fatalities to 26. At least 93 people are still missing five days after the building collapsed under heavy rains.

A six-month-old girl was rescued from the debris on Tuesday.  

Two brothers who are believed to be the owners of the building and three government officials were arraigned in court over the incident yesterday. 

Their bail application will be heard this morning. 

'Wear yellow' to mourn Kenya's former first lady

Lucy Kibaki in 2003

A requiem mass is being held for Kenya’s former First Lady Lucy Kibaki, who died last week of an undisclosed illness in London.

Dozens of leaders, including President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto, are attending the funeral mass, the Daily Nation reports.

Interior Permanent Secretary Karanja Kibicho has told people to don yellow ribbons in her honour until she is buried on Saturday.

“Fellow Kenyans, we are reminded that Mama Lucy loved bright colours. Therefore, the Kibaki family has identified the yellow ribbon as a symbol of the celebration of Mama Lucy,” Kenya’s Capital News quoted him as saying.

“Members of the public who wish to stand by the roadside as the convoy meanders through the road to pay their last respects are welcome to do so."

Kenya's NTV is covering the service:

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A hungry man should never be left alone in the granary"

A Luo proverb sent by Odhiambo Okoth in Nairobi, Kenya
Children trying to get into a granary in Ivory Coast

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