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Summary

  1. Zambian President Edgar Lungu re-elected
  2. Nigerian journalist wanted for 'Boko Haram links'
  3. Journalist says he is loyal to Nigeria
  4. South Sudan to consider UN protection force plan
  5. South Africa baby snatcher sentenced to 10 years
  6. National mourning in DR Congo after weekend massacre
  7. South African Wayde van Niekerk breaks 400m world record
  8. Get Involved: #BBCAfricaLive WhatsApp: +44 7341070844
  9. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Monday 15 August 2016

Live Reporting

By Dickens Olewe and Damian Zane

All times stated are UK

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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:

    Quote Message: The child who is sent by his father to steal, breaks down the door." from An Igbo proverb sent by Damasus Odinkaru, Orlu, Nigeria
    An Igbo proverb sent by Damasus Odinkaru, Orlu, Nigeria

    Click here to send in your own African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this photo of Kenya's Ezekiel Kemboi competing in one of the heats in the men's 3,000m steeplechase at the Rio Olympics in Brazil. 

    Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya competes in round one of the Men"s 3000m Steeplechase
  2. Wayde van Niekerk's journey

    South Africa's News24 has posted a video showing the life story of South Africa's world record breaking 400m runner Wayne van Niekerk.

    His mother Odessa Swarts recalls that Wayde was born prematurely and she was warned that the baby might only have 24 hours to live.

    He survived and as a child he became the second fastest under-10 in the country.

    Watch more about him here:

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    Ms Swarts was also a high-performing South African athlete.

  3. Rio 2016: African action later on Monday

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa Sport

    Nigeria basketball player
    Image caption: Nigeria have to beat Brazil in the basketball to have any chance of going through to the next round

    It's another busy night of sport in Rio, here are some of the events with an African interest to look out for: 

    Basketball

    • Nigeria will take on hosts Brazil and have to win and hope other results go their way to ensure they go through to the next round

    Boxing:

    • Morocco’s Achraf Kharroubi will fight Cuba’s Yosbany Veitia in the last 16 of the flyweight division 
    • Egypt’s Hosam Bakr Abdin is up against Mexico’s Misael Rodriguez in the quarter-finals of the middleweight division

    Handball:

    • Tunisia take on Croatia and have to win to stand any chance of progressing to the next stage
  4. Horrific accounts of attacks in South Sudan

    Horrific accounts of rape, pillage and killings have emerged weeks after fighting broke out between South Sudanese government forces and troops loyal to former Vice-President Riek Machar, the AP news agency reports

    Foreign workers and South Sudanese were targeted as soldiers loyal to President Kirr went on the rampage in the capital,Juba. 

    Despite repeated calls for help, UN troops did not respond to the desperate pleas despite being near the area of attack. 

    One survivor recounted a shocking and horrible choice by one of the soldiers: 

    Quote Message: Either you have sex with me, or we make every man here rape you and then we shoot you in the head."

    She was later raped by 15 men. 

    UN tank
    Image caption: Survivors say UN peacekeepers did not answer calls for help
  5. Champagne moment at Zambia's election centre

    Earlier, we posted the video of the presidential election result being read out at Zambia's election centre.

    In that short film the camera was pointed at the officials, but you could hear the chanting from Edgar Lungu's supporters in the background.

    The BBC reporter in the room has shared her film of the supporters themselves ready with a portrait and champagne (or some kind of bubbly).

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  6. Wife of jailed UK-Ethiopian activist worried about his life

    The partner of an Ethiopia-born British activist jailed in Ethiopia has made a heart felt plea for his release.

    Andargachew Tsege was kidnapped, it is believed that by Ethiopian operatives, while changing planes in Yemen two years ago.

    He was then taken to Ethiopia where he had been sentenced to death in absentia for his political activities against the state.

    Yemi Hailemariam writes in the Guardian that the recent action against anti-government protesters - in which Amnesty Intertnational says nearly 100 people died - has made her worried about her partner, who she calls Andy.

    Ms Yemi writes:

    Quote Message: All his family in the US and the UK can do is hope that Ethiopia’s government will be persuaded by its allies to end the killing, free Andy, and finally allow space for democracy in Ethiopia."
    Andargachew Tsege
  7. Rio 2016: Moroccan takes bronze in boxing

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa Sport

    Morocco’s Mohammed Rabii, who is the reigning world amateur champion, has won a bronze medal after he lost to Uzbekistan’s Shakhram Giyasov in the semi-finals of the welterweight division. 

    It is the first Olympic medal Africa has won at the boxing since 2008.

    Mohammed Rabii (MAR) of Morocco and Shakhram Giyasov (UZB) of Uzbekistan compete
  8. Rio 2016: Medal prospects for Africa

    Eritrea's Yemane Haileselassie (R) compete in the Men's 3000m heats
    Image caption: Eritrea's Yemane Haileselassie (R) competes in the men's 3,000m heats

    Several qualification rounds have just finished and there have been some good African performances.

    In the women's 200m Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou won her heat. She missed out on the 100m medals by a seven thousandths of a second - behind bronze medal winner Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. 

    In the men's 3,000m Kenya's Ezekiel Kemboi, will be the one to watch as he goes for a third Olympic medal. He won in 2004 and 2012. 

    Here's a list of who's qualified for the next stage:

    Women's 200m semi-finals Tuesday 01:00 GMT

    • Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou 
    • Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare
    • Ivory Coast’s Murielle Ahoure

    (Top 2 finishers in each of the three semi-finals go to final and two other fastest)

    Men's 3,000m final – Wednesday 14:50 GMT

    • Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya 
    • Soufiane Elbakkali of Morocco
    • Brimin Kiprop Kipruto of Kenya
    • Jacob Arap Tany of Uganda
    • Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya
    • Yemane Haileselassie of Eritrea
    • Hamid Ezzine of Morocco
    • Amor Ben Yahia of Tunisia
  9. 'Streets of Lusaka are green and white'

    The BBC's Nomsa Maseko has just told the BBC's Focus on Africa radio programme that the streets of Zambia's capital, Lusaka, are green and white - the colours of the governing PF party - in the wake of President Edgar Lungu's re-election.

    We've just been getting some photos of the celebrations:

    PF supporters celebrate
    PF supporters celebrate

    The main opposition UPND party says it will challenge the election result.

    Mr Lungu got just over the 50% threshold to avoid a second round run-off.

  10. Rio 2016: Kenyans react to Jebet's win for Bahrain

    Ruth Jebet of Bahrain celebrates after winning the women"s 3000m Steeplechase final

    Ruth Jebet's win in the 3,000m steeplechase has some Kenyans pondering what could have been.

    Jebet was born in Kenya but switched allegiance in 2013 to Bahrain.  

    Here's a sample of some of the comments: 

  11. Branchless banking arrives in Nigeria

    A Nigerian bank, which is not relying on bricks and mortar branches, opened for business today.

    The BBC's Umar Shehu Elleman in Lagos says the bank is the first of its kind in Nigeria.

    Sun Trust Bank, backed by billionaire Aliko Dangote, wants customers to use the internet and their mobile phone.

    Money can be taken out of ATMs at no charge.

    It does have a building in Lagos, but inside, as Heat Nigeria describes it, the inside resembles an airport  departure loung rather than a bank.

    It "is completely different, no kiosks or cashiers, signalling a total dependence on technology in its service offerings to the public".  

    Bank building
  12. Kenya-born Jebet takes gold in steeplechase

    Kenyan-born Ruth Jebet, who runs for Bahrain, has just won the 3,000m steeplechase at the Rio Olympics.

    She seemed to have a chance of breaking the world record but slowed down towards the line and just missed out.  

    She won in a time of 8 minutes 59.75 seconds.

    Kenya's Hyvin Jepkemoi came second, her compatriot Beatrice Chepkoech came fourth and Ethiopia's Sofia Assefa came fifth.

    Ruth Jebet crossing the line
  13. Zambia elections: Lungu supporters celebrate win

    Nomsa Maseko

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, has been brought to a complete standstill after President Edgar Lungu was declared the winner of last week's presidential election. 

    There are celebrations all over the city. Thousands dressed in the green and white of the Mr Lungu's Patriotic Front are celebrating on the street. 

    Some opposition parties, including Mr Lungu’s main rival Hakainde Hichilema, have described this election as a sham which does not reflect the will of the people.

    Lungu wins
  14. Zambia elections: Lungu supporters celebrate

    Supporters of Zambia's President Edgar Lungu have been celebrating his victory. The electoral commission announced that he had got 50.3% of the vote, avoiding a run-off against his close challenger Hakainde Hichilema who obtained 47.7%. 

    The BBC's Meluse Kapatamoyo has sent us these pictures of Mr Lungu's supporters reveling in the victory of their man: 

    Zambia elections: Lungu supporters celebrate
    Zambia elections: Lungu supporters celebrate
  15. ANC resolves to support Zuma despite election losses

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    South Africa's governing ANC has taken collective responsibility for the recent disastrous municipal elections. 

    It did not move to recall President Jacob Zuma.

    The party’s secretary-general Gwede Mantashe described the talks in the 86-member executive committee as “frank, rough, open and robust”.

    Mr Mantashe who is in charge of the day-to-day running of the governing party said: 

    “The NEC unanimously agreed to take collective responsibility for the poor performance of the ANC during the elections and resolved to take immediate and bold actions to address the weaknesses and shortcomings that led to the decline of our electoral support.”

    Some smaller opposition parties currently locked in coalition talks with the ANC demanded that Mr Zuma be removed if it wants their support.

    Mr Mantashe rejected this, saying: "We are prepared to take to the opposition benches if we have to.”

    There is no doubt the ANC is in decline. If its support continues to ebb away, it could even lose the 2019 general election, despite dominating every poll since 1994.

  16. Zambia opposition calls Lungu's win 'a coup against democracy'

    Zambia's main opposition candidate for president has said he would not recognise the result of the presidential election showing that President Edgar Lungu had won, RFI reports. 

    Hakainde Hichilema called the results "a coup on democracy." He said that the election did not meet the minimum requirement of a free and fair election. 

    Mr Hichilema said that he had raised electoral anomalies, especially in Lusaka, to the electoral commission and they had agreed that they will hold off the announcement until a verification of votes was done. 

    He accused Mr Lungu of colluding with the commission to go ahead with the announcement of the results. 

    He said Zambians now have to decide on how they want to proceed. 

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  17. Zambians congratulate Edgar Lungu

    The trendsmap website is showing that Edgar and Lungu are now trending on Twitter in Zambia as people share the news of the incumbent president's victory:

    Grab from trendsmap

    Some have been tweeting congratulaitons:

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    View more on twitter

    Mr Lungu's main rival Hakainde Hichilema will now challenge the result, but one of his supporters has been among those sending congratulations:

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  18. Zambia incumbent's small winning margin

    It was the first time in Zambia that a presidential candidate had to get over 50% of the vote in order to be declared the outright  winner without the need for a second round.

    The percentages for the two main candidates were:

    • Edgar Lungu 50.35%
    • Hakainde Hichilema 47.67%

    Mr Hichilema's party, the UPND, has accused the commission of fraud and its lawyer has told the Reuters news agency that it has started legal proceedings. 

    Edgar Lungu
  19. The moment Lungu was declared election winner

    A Zambian election monitoring group has put a video up of the moment that Zambia's President Edgar Lungu was declared the winner of Thursday's presidential election.

    You can hear the loud cheering of his supporters before the returning officer finishes his sentence:

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  20. Zambia's president passes 50% threshold - just

    A Zambian election monitoring site is tweeting comments from the electoral commission:

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    Mr Lungu needed more than 50% of the vote to be declared the outright winner - and he got over the threshold by less than one percentage point.