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By Dickens Olewe and Farouk Chothia

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  1. Scroll down for Friday's stories

    We'll be back on Monday

    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: No matter how far the town is, there is another one beyond it." from A Fulani proverb sent by Sofa Dominic, Kaduna, Nigeria.
    A Fulani proverb sent by Sofa Dominic, Kaduna, Nigeria.

    Click here and scroll to the bottom to send us your African proverbs.

    We leave you with a picture from our selection of some of the best photographs from Africa this week.

    It's a young fan of Team Cameroon smiling ahead of a women's preliminary volleyball match against Japan at the Olympics in Rio, Brazil:

    A young fan of team Cameroon smiling ahead of a women's preliminary volleyball match
  2. Rio Olympics: All the upcoming action

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa Sport

    Rio's Olympic stadium

    Men's 20KM Walk 17:30 GMT (approximately 1 hour 20 to complete for the winner)

    Kenya's Simon Wachira and Samuel Gathimba (African Champion)  

    Tunisia's Hassanine Sebei (African Silver medalist)

    South Africa's Lebogang Shange (African Bronze medalist) and Wayne Snyman

    Women's 1500m 3 heats from 23:30, 23:41, 23:52 GMT - includes African athletes

    Top 6 in each heat and next six fastest advance to semi-finals 00:30 GMT /Sunday evening in Rio

    Women's Hammer qualifying starts 01:10 GMT

    Senegal's Amy Sene

    Anyone over 72 automatic or best 12 advance to Monday's final

    Men's 400m Round 1 starts at  00:05 GMT 7 Heats: includes African athletes

    First three in each heat and next fastest three from all heats progress to 3 semi-finals on Sunday

    Men's Long Jump qualifying starts at 00:20 GMT:

    South Africa's Stefan Brits, Luvo Manyonga (pictured below), Rushwal Samaai

    8.15m automatic advance or at least best 12 to the final on Sunday

    Luvo Manyonga of South Africa competes in the Men's long jump final during day seven of 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships at Daegu Stadium on September 2, 2011 in Daegu, South Korea


    Men's 50m Freestyle:

    South Africa’s Brad Tandy into the final as the eighth fastest qualifier from his semi-final (Final is at 01:44 GMT)

    Men's 100m Butterfly:

    South Africa’s Chad Le Clos (pictured below) into final as second fastest qualifier from the semi-final – Michael Phelps also into that final looking for his 23rd Olympic Gold Final is at 01:12 GMT

    Chad Guy Bertrand Le Clos competes in a Men"s 100m Butterfly heat during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 11, 2016

    Women's 200m Backstroke:

    Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry into finals as sixth fastest qualifier from semi-finals – she is going for her eighth individual Olympic swimming medal – final is at 01:03 GMT

  3. Inside Gaddafi's former mansion

    Rana Jawad

    BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis

    Ouagadougou complex in Sirte

    A BBC producer has gained exclusive access to Ouagadougou complex in Libya's Sirte city after militias captured it from so-called Islamic State (IS) fighters who had used it as their headquarters.

    Ouagadougou complex

    The corridors and marble-clad halls where former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi hosted many African and Arab dignitaries are now littered with concrete debris and their walls pock-marked with bullet holes and mortar-shells.  

    Ouagadougou complex

    The name of the complex reflects the pan-Africanist spirit that Col Gaddafi championed before he was killed by Nato-backed forces in 2011, plunging the country into chaos. 

    Sirte was the site of the foundation of the African Union in 1999. The Sirte Declaration, as it became know, was a proud achievement for Col Gaddafi,

    Ouagadougou complex

    Today, militiamen are clearing the surrounding areas of mines, but are still threatened by snipers dispersed in residential districts of Sirte, the birthplace of Col Gaddafi.  

    Militiaman in Sirte

    The head of the anti-IS operation told the BBC that Sirte could fall within seven days. 

    The Americans started an air campaign last week, targeting IS militants in the city. Despite the air cover, the battle for control of the city is proving to be a deadly, painstaking, street-by street fight.

    Ouagadougou complex
  4. Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana makes Africa proud

    Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana next to the clock showing her world record

    People just can't get over Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana winning the 10,000m women's race and breaking the world record. 

    Here's a selection of their views on the BBC Africa Facebook page

    Quote Message: It was a great achievement. Proud of her. She lifted not only her country but Africa in general." from Ahmed Bougoudi
    Ahmed Bougoudi
    Quote Message: I always knew that Africa's first gold medal would come either from Ethiopia or Kenya. Now I'm right. Congrats Ayana! Congrats Ethiopia!! Congrats Africa." from Joe Ejiofor
    Joe Ejiofor
    Quote Message: Great job for Ayana, I wish her all the best, congratulations Africa."
    Quote Message: It's a great run which shows Ethiopia has got younger blood that fills the footsteps of the giants." from Kidist Ethenesh
    Kidist Ethenesh
  5. Ayana's win 'one of the greatest'

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa Sport

    Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia, gold medal, Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot of Kenya, silver medal, and Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia, bronze medal
    Image caption: Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia, gold medal, Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot of Kenya, silver medal, and Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia, bronze medal

    This will go down as one of the greatest long-distance running feats of all time. 

    Almaz Ayana ran alone at the front for most of the race and broke the 23-year-old world record by more than 14 seconds. 

    Ma Junren - the coach of the previous world record holder, China’s Wang Junxia - was sacked as the nation’s Olympic trainer after several of his athletes failed drugs tests, although Junxia never failed a test herself. 

    No-one had come with 22 seconds of that old world record since 1993. 

    Ayana adds Olympic gold to her World Championship gold in 5000m from last year and will be going for that title in Rio too, those heats begin on Tuesday.

  6. Vote counting continues in Zambia

    Mulungushi International Conference centre in the capital, Lusaka

    Zambians are eagerly waiting for the results of the elections that was held yesterday. 

    BBC's Focus on Africa Akwasi Sarpong is at the results centre in the capital, Lusaka. . 

    He is reporting live on Facebook from 15:30 GMT ahead of the presidential results expected to be announced tomorrow.  

    He sent us these pictures: 

    Mulungushi International Conference centre in the capital, Lusaka
    Image caption: Mulungushi International Conference centre in the capital, Lusaka
    Mulungushi International Conference centre in the capital, Lusaka
  7. Amazing run by Almaz Ayana

    Almaz Ayana looks on after winning the Women"s 10,000m during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 12, 2016

    Women's marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe has been commenting on Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana setting a new record in the 10,000m race with her time of 29 minutes 14.46 seconds.

    She said on BBC TV: 

    Quote Message: I'm not sure that I can understand that. When I saw the world record set in 1993, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. And Ayana has absolutely blitzed that time.
  8. Accused Namibian boxer banned from leaving Brazil

    2016 Rio Olympics - Boxing - Preliminary - Men"s Light Welter (64kg) Round of 32 Bout 121 - Riocentro - Pavilion 6 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 11/08/2016
    Image caption: Jonas (L) fought France's Hassan Amzile after his release

    Namibian boxer Junius Jonas, who is accused of attempting to sexually assault a maid at the Olympic village in Rio, will remain in Brazil in the custody of Namibia's military attache until he stands trial,  the southern African state's Olympic team manager Jesse Schickerling has told the BBC.

    He was released yesterday ahead of his lightwelter fight (64kg) fight against France's Hassan Amzile, which he lost.

    Brazilian police arrested him on Sunday after a maid alleged that Junius, 22, had grabbed her and tried to kiss her. She also accused him of offering her money to have sex.

    He has not yet appeared in court and has not yet pleaded.  

    Jonas Junius was Namibia's flag-bearer during the opening ceremony on Friday
    Image caption: Jonas Junius was Namibia's flag-bearer during the opening ceremony on Friday

    Mr Schickerling said that Jonas is a professional athlete but the case must have had a big impact on him. 

    He said that Jonas was not allowed to go into the Olympic village and would remain in the custody of the Namibian embassy. 

    Jonas will stand trial, and he expected the process to take a few months, Mr Schickerling added. 

    The incident has had a huge impact on whole team and they are all shocked that someone with Jonas' international experience has found himself in such a situation, he said.

  9. BBC chat on women advancing their careers

    BBC Africa is hosting a Twitter Q&A with @SheLeadsAfrica (SLA) about helping women advance their careers ( see earlier post).

    People have been contributing to the discussion with human resource expert Edleen B Elba from Sierre Leone:

    Quote Message: It takes a certain level of fearlessness. Be committed to your vision. Imperative to use resources, find support from Ekua Armah
    Ekua Armah
    Quote Message: Also by constantly experimenting on my ideas, I found better ways to go from idea to fruition." from Elizabeth Laiza King
    Elizabeth Laiza King
    Quote Message: Find someone to bounce ideas off - family, friend, colleague, mentor." from Edleen B. Elba ‏
    Edleen B. Elba ‏
    Quote Message: Work with those you aspire to be like - even if you are earning only a shilling at first." from Maria T. Ade
    Maria T. Ade
  10. BreakingRio Olympics: Africa's first gold as Ethiopian breaks world record

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa Sport

    Ethiopia's Ayana breaks 10,000m women's world record
    Image caption: Ethiopia's Ayana breaks 10,000m women's world record

    Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana has won Africa’s first gold medal at the Rio Olympics in the women’s 10,000m. 

    In an incredible race she also broke the world record – her time of 29 minutes 17.45 seconds beat the previous mark (29:31.78) by China’s Wang Junxia in 1993. 

    Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot took silver and Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba took bronze after winning the last two OIympic golds over 10,000.

  11. Why Simone Manuel's Olympic gold medal matters

    Simone Samuel
    Image caption: Despite her historic achievement, Manuel stressed she did not want to be known as "Simone, the black swimmer"

    Records, as the sporting cliche goes, are there to be broken, but while Simone Manuel's Olympic record time in the women's 100m freestyle final will eventually be surpassed, she achieved a first that no-one can take away.

    Touching home at the end of a remarkable race, Manuel became the first black female swimmer to win an Olympic gold. She said she hoped her victory would encourage greater diversity in her sport.

    She said: 

    Quote Message: This medal is not just for me, it's for some of the African-Americans who have been before me and been inspirations.
    Quote Message: I hope I can be an inspiration for others. This medal is for the people who come behind me and get into the sport."

    Read the full BBC story here

  12. Africa's record Olympian: How I made it to seven games

    Nigerian table tennis player Segun Toriola is competing at his seventh Olympic Games - an African record.

    He made his Olympic debut in Barcelona in 1992.

    Video content

    Video caption: Africa's record Olympian: How I made it to seven games
  13. Rio Olympics: South Africans fail again

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa Sport

    South Africa's Lee-Ann Presse and Kate Christowitz failed to clinch a medal in the final of the women's pairs in rowing as they finished fifth out of six.

    Gold was won by Great Britain’s Helen Glover and Heather Stanning as they defended their Olympic title. 

    New Zealand’s Genevieve Behrent and Rebecca Scown took silver and the bronze went to Denmark’s Hedvig Rasmussen and Anne Andersen.

  14. East Africa's doctors to be trained in the UK

    Anne Soy

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Radiotheraphy machine
    Image caption: Many cancer patients travel abroad for treatment

    Doctors in East Africa are to be offered specialist training in the UK to give them the skills to detect cancer early. 

    The scheme, which is funded by the East Africa Development Bank, aims to tackle the rising number of cases in the region. 

    In Kenya alone, about 28,000 are diagnosed with cancer every year - with many at a late stage. 

    About 600 doctors will be eligible for the training. They'll be selected from government hospitals that are away from urban centres. 

    Many cancer patients in East Africa have to travel abroad due to the lack of the necessary expertise, technologies or drugs. 

    The programme was designed by the governments of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda, the British and Royal School of Physicians.

  15. Rio Olympics: More bad news for Africa in rowing

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa Sport

    South Africa's James Thompson and John Smith just missed out on a medal in the final of the lightweight men's double skulls (average weight of the crew has to be a maximum of 70kg) as they finished fourth. 

    The South Africans were part of the lightweight four that won Olmypic gold in 2012. The race was won by France’s Pierre Houin and Jeremie Azou, the Republic of Ireland brothers Gary and Paul O’Donovan took silver while it was bronze Norway’s Kristoffer Brun and Are Strandli.

  16. Rio Olympics: South Africans fade in rowing

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa Sport

    South Africa's Kirsten McCann and Ursula Grobler faded in the final of the Lightweight women's double skulls  (average weight of the crew has to be a maximum of 57kg) and eventually finished fifth. 

    It was won by Netherlands crew of Ilse Paulis and Maaike Head, silver went to Canada Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee with China’s China Huang Wenyi and Pan Feihong taking bronze.

  17. More than 100,000 South Sudanese flee to Uganda

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    The UN refugee agency says about 110,000 people have fled to Uganda from South Sudan this year. 

    It said three-quarters of them had arrived since the renewed outbreak of fighting last month.

     Uganda is struggling to cope. In some cases, reception centres are accommodating five times more people than they were originally built for. 

    The UN said South Sudan's economic problems, with inflation running at 600%, were adding to the crisis.

    gandan citizens living in South Sudan pack their belongings on a bus at a closed market serving as a temporary camp as they wait to be evacuated by the Uganda People"s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldiers in Juba, South Sudan, July 15, 2016.
    Image caption: South Sudan saw a mass exodus of people after the fighting
  18. Reemergence of polio in Nigeria is a 'setback'

    Anne Soy

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Nigerian girl is vaccinated against polio during a mass nationwide polio

    Just when Africa was about to mark two years without a case of the wild polio virus, the debilitating disease is reported to have returned, this time in Borno State, north-eastern Nigeria.

    The disappointment was immediately clear.

    The Nigerian Health Minister Isaac Adewole described the discovery of two new cases as a setback.

    WHO's Regional Director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti said she was deeply saddened.

    But how could the virus have "disappeared" for two years before re-emerging?

    WHO said there was a possible low-level transmission during that period.

    But as long as children are vaccinated there is a good chance of it stopping the spread.

    Read: Nigeria to start emergency polio campaign