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Dickens Olewe and Damian Zane

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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 this week. 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: Even the colours of a chameleon are for survival not beauty." from Sent by Leonard Katulushi, Zambia
    Sent by Leonard Katulushi, Zambia

    Click here to send us your African proverbs

    And we leave you with this photo from our pictures of the week of a Mali supporter as his team played an away World Cup qualifying match against Ivory Coast.

    .Mali fan
  2. President Buhari's comments 'were a joke'

    The spokesperson for Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has come to his defence after he came in for criticism for saying that his wife "belongs to my kitchen".

    He urges people to see it as a joke, and says he has promoted many women:

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    Muhammadu Buhari
  3. Buhari comments: The president's detractors and defenders

    We posted the video of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari saying that his "wife belongs to my kitchen" on the BBC Africa Facebook page, and the comments keep rolling in.

    There's a lot of criticism:

    Quote Message: Why is he educating his daughter, she will belong to another man's kitchen. We are already struggling with men disrespecting women and a president added to this. Who will respect the wife?" from Adu Amani
    Adu Amani
    Quote Message: Mr Buhari was saying this in the presence of a woman - Angela Merkel, one of the most powerful politicians on the planet. And guess what, he has gone cap in hand to beg for her assistance, not for the bedroom or kitchen, but for combating terrorism." from Chijioke Festus Ome
    Chijioke Festus Ome

    But some have gone to Mr Buhari's defence:

    Quote Message: He was not talking about all women. He has appointed women as cabinet ministers and many more position in his government. Why are you misunderstanding his words. This is not a policy statement it is purely personal and concerns only his wife." from Amadu Alusine
    Amadu Alusine
    Quote Message: He said 'wife' not 'women'. A woman's place as wife and mother is primarily in the kitchen. Every other thing is secondary. " from Anna Takang
    Anna Takang
    Aisha and Muhammadu Buhari
  4. Senegal opposition clash with police

    Nadege Sinarinzi

    BBC Africa, Dakar

    Senegal opposition clash with police

    Opposition members in Senegal have clashed with police during a rally held in the capital, Dakar. 

    They had gathered to demand more transparency in the management of natural resources as the country will soon become an oil and gas producer. 

    Police confronted the group after they refused to adhere to orders to end the protest at the national television’s headquarters instead of the interior ministry's office. 

    The opposition alleges that President Macky Sall’s brother has ties with a company involved in oil exploration. He has denied any wrongdoing. 

    The opposition is also criticising the government for "taking the country backward" since Mr Sall took office in 2012.  

    Senegal opposition clash with police
  5. The future of Africa's maritime safety

    Heads of state from across the continent are arriving in Togo tonight for a summit on maritime security. 

    They are expected to sign the Lome charter on Saturday, an agreement which is aimed at helping African countries keep their waters safe. 

    The BBC Africa security correspondent Tomi Oladipo is in Togo and takes a look behind the scenes of the meeting:

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    Video caption: African maritime security conference
  6. 'Why are we shocked by Buhari's comments?'

    Looking at the continuing reaction to the remarks by Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari who said his wife "belongs to my kitchen" we came across a series of tweets from a Nigerian radio and TV presenter.

    She says she's not surprised by what she heard:

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  7. The potential of Ethiopia's teff production

    Ethiopia's staple grain has long been touted as the next super food to tickle the palates of western consumers.

    But there have been a few things getting in the way of Ethiopia taking advantage of the potential of the health benefits of the gluten-free grain, the Guardian reports.

    Fears that its export could affect the local market, especially in times of drought, has stalled its development in the past.

    But now its cultivation in Ethiopia is expanding, the Guardian says.

    The only concern now is whether Ethiopian farmers can compete with the teff growers who have sprung up in other countries.

    Woman making injera
    Image caption: A batter made from teff is used to produce Ethiopia's staple injera - a thick pancake-like bread
  8. Reactions to Buhari: 'Blunder', 'not appropriate', 'disgusting'

    We posted the video of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari saying that his wife "belongs to my kitchen" on our @BBCAfrica Twitter account.

    There has been a lot of criticism in response:

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    But some have come out to defend the president:

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    President Buhari and Chancellor Merkel
    Image caption: President Buhari was speaking during a press conference in Germany
  9. Thuli Madonsela: South Africa's corruption crusader

    When Thuli Madonsela's daughter asked her over breakfast how it felt to be "South Africa's biggest tell-tale", the public protector just smiled.

    It was an understated reaction from the woman likely to go down in history as the person who rattled President Jacob Zuma more than any other figure in contemporary South Africa, exposed the growing fissures in the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and went from being a shy trade unionist to an internationally feted global leader.

    Ms Madonsela's inquiries over her years in office as public protector have led to the sacking of some of the most senior figures in the country.

    Today, was her last day in the job.

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    South African Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela
  10. Young Zamalek fans send message to team

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa Sport

    South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns host Zamalek of Egypt tomorrow afternoon in the first leg of the African Champions League final. 

    Mamelodi are looking for their first continental title and have already beaten the Egyptians twice in the group stage of this year’s tournament.

    Zamalek are in their first continental final since 2002 when they won their fifth African Champions title.

    And if they needed any inspiration then maybe this message of support from a children’s cancer hospital in Cairo should do just that – “The Heroes of 57357 [hospital] are waiting for the White Knights of Zamalek - to win the African Champions League for the sixth time for them.”

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  11. President Buhari in his own words

    We now have the clip of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari saying that his wife "belongs to my kitchen".

    You can watch for yourself:

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    Video caption: Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari: My wife Aisha belongs to my kitchen
  12. 'You've fallen short Mr President'

    The reaction has been swift on the BBC Africa Facebook page to the response of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari to the BBC interview with his wife.

    Mr Buhari said:

    Quote Message: I don't know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room."

    On the tape from the press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel he can be heard chuckling before he made the remark.

    But people don't seem to be taking it as a joke:

    Quote Message: What is the difference between Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria and Donald Trump of America? They feel women are inferior." from Simon Joash
    Simon Joash
    Quote Message: You've just fallen short... Everyone has got the right to express herself or himself the way they want, no matter where they are... Admit your failures and give change a chance." from Kur Awan Kur
    Kur Awan Kur
    Quote Message: Mr Buhari, when your wife was campaigning for you, was she campaigning in the kitchen and bedroom?" from Bassey BigBa Ekpenyong
    Bassey BigBa Ekpenyong
  13. Sudanese women launch online campaign against hijab

    Patrick Kihara

    BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

    A group of Sudanese women are engaged in a Facebook campaign to denounce regulations that penalise them for failing to wear a hijab.

    The anonymous activists are opposed to what they term as “legal, social and religious coercion” to compel women to wear the attire.

    Through their Arabic language Facebook page, Sudanese Women Against Hijab, the activists who come from different backgrounds and “streams of thought”, have embarked on a campaign of defiance against the garb. 

    The page, which has about 26,000 likes, was founded in December 2015.

    The proponents also say the campaign is supported by both religious and secular women who “believe that the veil is a personal conviction and should not be imposed on women”.

  14. President Buhari: My wife belongs to my kitchen

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has responded to the BBC interview with his wife, Aisha, where she questioned his leadership.

    Mr Buhari is on a state visit to Germany and reacted to the interview during a joint press briefing with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

    The AP news agency says he laughed it off and said:

    Quote Message: I don't know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room."

    Mr Buhari also said that he has much more political experience, AP reports.

    Quote Message: So I claim superior knowledge over her and the rest of the opposition, because in the end I have succeeded. It's not easy to satisfy the whole Nigerian opposition parties or to participate in the government.''
    Muhammadu Buhari
  15. SA Finance minister reacts to fraud allegations

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says he will not give a submission for review of his fraud case because “he does not have any confidence that the National Director of Public Prosecution’s (NDPP’s) ability or willingness to afford him a fair hearing”.

    This is according to a statement issued by the minister’s lawyers. 

    Minister Gordhan denies the charge of fraud based on him approving early retirement for a senior employee of the South Africa's revenue service.

    He said that the charges against him are “political mischief”.

    Here's the full statement:

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  16. Farewell to South Africa's chainsaw wielder

    South Africa's top satirical cartoonist has been documenting the work of South Africa's chief corruption buster Thuli Madonesla over the last seven years.

    She's been at the centre of some of the biggest stories in the country - not least her investigation into how improvements to President Jacob Zuma's private home, in Nkandla, was paid for.

    She ruled that Mr Zuma had "unduly benefitted" from the use of taxpayers' money.

    Ms Madonsela is stepping down today, and here is Zapiro's tribute:

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    She is currently giving her final press conference, and a BBC reporter is tweeting from there:

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  17. Who is the woman behind the criticism of President Buhari?

    The BBC interview with Nigeria's First Lady Aisha Buhari has been garnering a lot of attention.

    Not least because she warned her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari, that she may not back him at the next election unless he shakes up his government.  

    But who exactly is Mrs Buhari? We have this brief handy guide:

    • Born on 17 February 1971 in north-eastern Nigeria's Adamawa state, Aisha Buhari is the granddaughter of the nation's first Minister of Defence, Alhaji Muhammadu Ribadu.
    • She married Muhammadu Buhari in 1989. They have five children together, a boy and four girls.
    • In 1995 she opened the Hanzy Spa, northern Nigeria's first beauty parlour, in Kaduna State, after obtaining a Diploma in Beauty Therapy from the Carlton Institute in the UK.
    • She published the book "The Essentials of Beauty Therapy: A Complete Guide for Beauty Specialists" in 2014.
    • She is an advocate of human rights and has donated money to help the families of victims of Boko Haram after more than 250 girls were kidnapped by the militant group in 2014.
    • She caused upset in Nigeria last year after appearing in public wearing an expensive-looking watch, which led some to ask whether she was undermining Mr Buhari's "man of the people" image.
    • Mrs Buhari was also criticised on social media for attempting to shake hands with the Alaafin of Oyo, a leading chief of the Yoruba people.
    All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari's wife, Aisha casts her ballot
  18. South Africa's corruption buster bids farewell in final press conference

    We've just posted about the congratulatory tweets for South Africa's Public Protector Thuli Madonsela as she steps down today.

    She has been praised for her role in fighting corruption in the country.

    Ms Madonsela is about to give her valedictory press briefing, where she is expected to release the findings of some of her last investigations.

    But her report on the political influence of some business people believed to be close to President Jacob Zuma will not be presented. A court process has halted its release.

    Eyewitness News is streaming the briefing:

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  19. SA's tweeters pay tribute to Thuli Madonsela

    We have been reporting  about the last day in the office for South Africa's Public Prosecutor Thuli Madonsela. 

    In one of her last duties she had been expected to release her report today into allegations that the wealthy Gupta family influenced the appointment of ministers last year in what has been dubbed "state capture". 

    But the release of the interim report has been blocked by a legal challenge from President Jacob Zuma. 

    Ms Thuli famously investigated President Jacob Zuma for using public funds for renovation in his private home, knows as Nkandla. 

    Mr Zuma was ordered to refund $464,600 (£380,000). 

    Tweeters have been paying tribute to her: 

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  20. Uganda - global hotspot for entrepreneurs

    As the bastion of global capitalism, the US might seem like the world's most entrepreneurial country but a recent survey - which ranked countries in terms of the percentage of the adult population engaged in entrepreneurial activity - showed it is actually Uganda.

    However, with only a few of the businesses that are created, surviving, and even fewer thriving, the BBC's Nancy Kacungira went to Uganda to find out where the lasting opportunities are for the nation's budding business owners:

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    Video caption: Uganda's entrepreneurial prowess