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Summary

  1. Zimbabwe to set up remittance system amid cash crisis
  2. Ethiopian woman 'executed for killing child' in Saudi Arabia
  3. SA student leader threatens to make country 'ungovernable'
  4. Ethiopian film star seeks asylum in US
  5. Dismay as Fifa disbands anti-racism task force
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  7. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Monday 26 September 2016

Live Reporting

By Hugo Williams and Farouk Chothia

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: If you kill a frog in a well, you kill the community." from A Twi proverb sent by Napoleon Dotse Woka, Senchi Ferry, Ghana.
    A Twi proverb sent by Napoleon Dotse Woka, Senchi Ferry, Ghana.

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

    And we leave you with this picture of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, in full military fatigues, welcoming King Abdullah of Jordan on the tarmac at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport: 

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  2. Uganda rugby team returns home as African champions

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa Sport

    Ugandan players celebrate with the sevens cup

    Uganda's rugby players showed off some hefty silverware at Entebbe Airport earlier today on their return from the Rugby Africa Sevens championship in Kenya.

    Their remarkable tournament run saw them beat top seeds Kenya and Zimbabwe en route to the final against Namibia, which they won 38-19.

    The Rugby Cranes’ coach Tolbert Onyango said:.  

    Quote Message: It has been long coming and the boys have finally done it after many years."

      By virtue of finishing in the top two positions, Uganda and Namibia will represent the continent at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong next March, where they will have a chance to book their place at the World Seven’s series for 2017- 2018.   

  3. 'Deadly al-Qaeda-suspected attack' in Mali

    Armed men in Mali's ancient city of Timbukutu have killed a soldier and his cousin, an army spokesman is quoted by the Associated Press news agency as saying. 

    No group has said it carried out the attack, but a local leader said it bore the hallmarks of an attack by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, AP reports.

    On Tuesday, the International Criminal Court (ICC) is due to sentence Islamist militant Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi for destroying cultural sites in Timbuktu in 2012. 

    Read: Why we know Timbuktu

    This file photo taken on June 6, 2015 shows a girl walking along the surrounding wall of the Djingareyber Mosque in Timbuktu,
    Image caption: Timbuktu was once a renowned centre of Islamic learning
  4. Somalia elections 'to start next month'

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    The electoral commission in Somalia says elections, which were meant to have started on Saturday, have been delayed for a month. 

    The process to choose a new parliament and president will take several weeks. Some 14,000 delegates will elect a lower house, and regional states will choose the upper house.

    The two houses will then elect a president for a new four-year term at the end of November, instead of October as originally planned. 

    See earlier post for more details

  5. SA university to poll students over protest

    Students from the University of Witswaterand shout slogans and hold placards at the end point of a protest march for free high education outside Confederation of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) on September 23, 2015 in Johannesburg
    Image caption: Protesters say they cannot afford to pay fees

    South Africa's University of Witwatersrand says it will run a poll later this week to see whether students and staff want classes to resume.

    It will ask the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to orgainise the poll and verify the result. 

    Protesting students have disrupted classes since last week as part of their campaign to demand free tertiary education. 

    See earlier posts for more details

  6. Style queens and kings out in force at Afropunk

    Fashionistas were out in force in London at the weekend as the Afropunk Fest came to town.

    People at AfroPunk

    The festival - which started in Brooklyn, USA in 2005 - is a celebration of alternative black culture.

    It's the first time it had been in London, but in the past decade it's become well known for the eclectic fashion on display.

    People at AfroPunk
    People at AfroPunk
    People at AfroPunk
  7. Ethiopian 'executed' in Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia has executed an Ethiopian woman convicted of killing a Saudi child, the interior ministry has said, AFP news agency reports. 

    It was the 124th execution in the kingdom this year, according to an AFP tally. 

    Zamzam Abdullah Boric was put to death in Riyadh after being convicted of slitting the girl's throat and leaving her "in the bathroom until she died", the ministry is quoted as saying.

    The statement did not give the Ethiopian's occupation or motive for the crime. 

    Many foreigners work in Saudi Arabia, often as domestic helpers. 

    They complain of being treated badly by their employers and of being falsely accused of crimes in a country where the justice system is not seen as impartial. 

  8. 'Excrement' thrown at South African university

    Excrement is reported to have been smeared on a building at a South Africa's University of KwaZulu-Natal, as student protests against a proposed increase of up to 8% in tuition fees continue, the university said in a statement.

    The protest forced the cancellation of a lecture and test at its campus in Pietermaritzburg city, the university added in a statement posted on its Twitter account. 

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    Universities across South Africa have been hit by protests, with students demanding free education. 

    The public broadcaster, SABC has reported that the cars of two staff members have been torched at the University of Pretoria. 

    See earlier posts for more details

  9. 'Drinking beer' to fit in as an African woman in tech

    Hundreds of events are due to take place this week under the banner of Women In Tech Africa, a movement that aims to improve female representation in the technology industry. 

    Businesswomen Ethel Cofie has been speaking to the BBC's Newsday programme about the challenges facing African women trying to forge a career in the IT sector.

    She started her career as a software developer in the UK, where she says she had to teach herself to drink beer to keep up with her mainly male colleagues. 

    She says she modified her behaviour in other ways as well:

    Quote Message: I dressed down just so I could fit in. There was a lot of who I was that I hid so that I would be accepted and have my work show through."

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    Video caption: The challenges facing African women in the tech industry
  10. Rush to withdraw money in Gabon

    Long queues have formed at bank counters and cash points in Gabon's capital, Libreville, as people try to withdraw money amid fears that political instability could hit country following disputed presidential elections, reports BBC Afrique's Charles Stephane Mavoungou from the city. 

    Some people expressed frustration that they were unable to withdraw cash, with one teacher saying: 

    Quote Message: Bankers no longer want to release the cash, because they know the situation is unstable and the economy is at a risk of a slow-down."

    Some shops in Libreville are also running out of good as families stockpile essential items, our correspondent adds.

    queue outside a bank in Gabon
    Image caption: There were also big queues on Friday outside banks in Libreville
  11. African bank to pump $4.1bn into Nigeria

    The African Development Bank says it is considering giving Nigeria $4.1bn (£3.1bn) over the course of 2016/2017 to help it boost its power and agriculture sectors, as well as for infrastructure development, Reuters news agency reports.

    The bank's president, Akinwumi Adesina, made the announcement during a visit to Nigeria, which has been hit by a recession.

    This picture taken on February 2, 2006 shows a man loading vegetable on a bike at Buruku, in Kaduna State. Nigeria on April 13, 2014 jumped ahead of South Africa as the continent's biggest economy after the re-calculated results of national output were announced.
    Image caption: The government wants to strengthen the farming sector to reduce its reliance on oil money
  12. Everyday Africa – a portrait of a continent

    The media has often been criticised for oversimplifying its portrayal of Africa - it's either a rising powerhouse or a continent of misery. 

    One group of Africa-based photographers want to change attitudes with their new book, called Everyday Africa. 

    Photographer Peter DiCampo has been speaking to the BBC's Newsday programme about the philosophy behind the project:

    Quote Message: It's not about glossing over headlines, it's about adding context."

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    Video caption: The beauty, complexity and diversity of life in Africa through a photographer's lens

    We've shared a few of their most popular posts below, but you can check out the full selection on their Instagram feed:

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  13. Zimbabwean remittance scheme 'laudable'

    Brian Hungwe

    BBC Africa, Harare

    Reuters
    Image caption: Zimbabweans have been protesting that their money has become worthless

    With Zimbabwe's sources of revenue drying up, the government is now focusing on remittances from the diaspora in an attempt to ease the cash crunch that many people are facing. 

    Exporting firms are in decline, and the manufacturing sector has shrunk by 90%. 

    The government has now come up with a Diaspora Remittances Incentive Scheme which comes into effect next month. 

    The aim is to encourage remittances to be sent through regulated firms, with the government pledging a bonus payment of 5%, to be split between the receiver and the transfer agent - though it is unclear how it will finance the scheme.

    While the scheme is laudable, it reveals a level of desperation as the country struggles to boost revenue inflows. 

    Foreign direct investment remains low, mainly because of unfavourable investment laws and property rights violations. 

    With fears around the move to introduce so-called bond notes, a local version of the US dollar, many are sending money through unreliable and unsafe methods. 

    There are an estimated three million Zimbabweans abroad, many of them in neighbouring states like South Africa. 

    Many of them have taken to giving cash to people who are crossing the border to deliver it on their behalf, which can be an unreliable approach. 

  14. Tanzanians flock for free medical check-ups

    Sammy Awami

    BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

    Thousands of residents in Tanzania's commercial capital Dar es Salaam have been queuing, many since dawn, for a free medical check-up today. 

    The initiative, which began running over the weekend, was extended for a further day to due to high demand. 

    Many people told me they couldn't miss the opportunity for the free service. 

    Long queue winds back from the tent in the sun

    The tricky thing is what happens if health problems are spotted. 

    People queue outside the tent

    There is no free healthcare service in Tanzania and few people have private health insurance. 

    Elderly people are supposed to receive free treatment, but the policy has not been implemented smoothly.

    Group of women wearing headscarves sit in the shade outside
  15. Protesters shut down SA universities

    South African students against a  government proposal to increase tuition fees by up to 8% have forced the closure of the University of Pretoria and the Tshwane University of Technology, local media reports. 

    The University of Pretoria said it would remain shut until 10 October because of concerns about the safety of staff and students, the reports add. 

    See earlier post for more details

  16. Fifa official defends closure of anti-racism task force

    Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura, FIFA Secretary General talks during day 1 of the Soccerex Global Convention 2016 at Manchester Central Convention Complex on September 26, 2016 in Manchester, England
    Image caption: Ms Samoura is to present Fifa's first Diversity Award later today

    Fifa secretary-general Fatma Samoura has insisted that the world football body is taking the fight against racism "very seriously", despite its decision to disband an anti-racism task force, the Associated Press news agency reports. 

    Speaking at the Soccerex global football conference, Ms Samoura, a Senegalese national, said: 

    Quote Message: The taskforce had a specific mandate, which it has fully fulfilled. Its recommendations have now been turned into a programme and a strong one.''

    Ms Samoura will present Fifa's first Diversity Award at the convention in Manchester city in the UK later today:

    Quote Message: My presence here is a demonstration that Fifa has a zero tolerance policy against discrimination. Not only racism but any kind of discrimination including violation of human rights."

    Read the full BBC Sport story here

  17. Ethiopian actor's defection will make a 'big impact'

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Znah-Bzu Tsegaye
    Image caption: The actor was in weekly soap opera Sew Le Sew on state television.

    Ethiopian actor Znah-Bzu Tsegaye's decision to go into exile will make a big impact in the country. 

    He has starred in popular Ethiopian films and soap operas, and is a household name in the country. 

    He said it was sad that the security forces used bullets to respond to people's demands for their rights. 

    Human rights groups say hundreds have been killed and thousands arrested during fierce crackdowns on the protests. 

    But the Amhara and Oromo, the two biggest ethnic groups in Ethiopia, continue to push for change. 

    They say power is concentrated in the hands of an elite dominated by members of the Tigrayan ethnic group, who only make up about 6% of the population. 

    Mr Znah-Bzu is the latest high-profile Ethiopian to flee. 

    During the Rio Olympics, the Oromo marathon runner, Feyisa Lilesa, decided not to return home after making an anti-government gesture as he crossed the finish line to win a silver medal.

    See earlier post for more details

  18. The man behind the new African-American museum in Washington

    The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture has opened its doors in the US capital Washington DC. 

    President Obama attended the official opening ceremony on Saturday, saying: 

    Quote Message: This national museum helps to tell a richer and fuller story of who we are"

    The vast new building that house the museum's collections was designed by British architect David Adjaye, who was born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents. 

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    Explore the museum's collection online

  19. Boko Haram 'kills Chadian forces'

    Vincent Niebede

    BBC Afrique, Ndjamena

    Chadian Army soldiers drive to Bandikao as they conduct a rescue mission on November 13, 2006 in Bandikao Village, 90 Km south of Goz Beida, Chad.
    Image caption: Chad is part of a regional force battling the militants

    Four Chadian soldiers were killed and six wounded after militant Islamist group Boko Haram attacked their base on the northern border with Niger at the weekend, a Chadian military source has told BBC Afrique. 

    Seven of the militants were killed when troops returned fire, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.  

    Last year, Chad joined the fight against Boko Haram, which launched its insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria in 2009, amid fears that it could destabilise the entire region.

    Female suicide bombers killed at least 23 people and wounded more than 100 in an attack on a police station and a market in Chad's capital, Ndjamena, in July 2015. 

    Read: Life with Boko Haram

  20. Somalia parliamentary vote delayed

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    MPs place their hands on copies of the Koran as they are sworn in
    Image caption: MPs need to be elected and sworn in befop

    The process to choose a new parliament in Somalia has been delayed. 

    Some 14,000 delegates were supposed to elect an upper and lower house at the weekend, but no voting took place. 

    No official reason has been given, but reports from Somalia say there are unresolved disputes about how the process should work. 

    The two houses are due to elect a president at the end of next month.

    Plans to hold a one person, one vote election were shelved due to ongoing insecurity in the country, and a battered infrastructure.