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  1. Scroll down for Wednesday's stories

    We'll be back tomorrow

    That's all from the BBC Africa Live page today after Donald Trump's stunning victory in the US presidential election. 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: Our African proverb of the day: A small plate goes and a small plate returns. " from A Shona proverb from Zimbabwe sent by Francis Muzofa, Windhoek, Namibia
    A Shona proverb from Zimbabwe sent by Francis Muzofa, Windhoek, Namibia

    Click here to send your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this photo of a little girl playing with water her mother has just drawn from the pond in Ghana:

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  2. Liberia's leader 'worried' about Trump presidency

    Liberia's president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf addressing a UN general assembly.

    Liberia's President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says she is disappointed that Hillary Clinton did not win the US elections.

    In an interview with the BBC, Africa's first democratically elected female president said: "We are extremely saddened by this missed opportunity on the part of the people of the United States to join smaller democracies in ending the marginalisation of women. 

    "However, Liberia has a long and historical relationship with the United States and we expect the good relationship to continue."

    USA first lady Michelle Obama (L) looks on as she visits a woman education program in Monrovia on June 27, 2016.
    Image caption: US First Lady Michelle Obama visited Liberia in June to promote education

    Though Ms Sirleaf is worried about existing agreements between the US and her country, she concedes it is too early to say what Mr Trump's presidency will mean for Africa.

    "I'm worried about trade deals for Liberia, for Africa, I'm worried about investment and the special programmes that have been put in place by President Obama and by President George Bush before him. 

    "And we just don't know what the new policy towards Africa will be under a Trump administration. We'll have to wait and see. Obviously, we are concerned but we have to just give him the benefit of the doubt."

  3. Five things you need to know about Ilhan Omar

    Ilhan Omar giving a speech

    Ilhan Omar, 34, has made history by becoming the first Somali legislator in the United States in the US

    Here are five things you need to know about her:  

    • Left Somalia at the age of eight after a civil war broke out
    • Lived for four years in a refugee camp in Kenya
    • Moved to the US at the age of 12
    • The only English words she knew then were "hello" and "shut up"
    • Has become highest-ranking Somali to be elected to office in the US 

    In her victory speech, Ms Omar, a Muslim, told her supporters: 

    Quote Message: Many of you used to say we wish you a success but tonight we have the victory and independence. This became possible because of your hard work. You put your trust in us – that we can win. From day one of this campaign Somali men have been standing by my shoulder. They believed the history we are making will have an impact on their daughters”
    Ms Omar celebrates her win
  4. Shell shutsdown oil station

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Now for some other news... Oil giant Shell says it has shut down one of its flow stations in Nigeria's Delta region due to a protest at the facility. 

    Demonstrators at the Escravos station said this was their eighth day of protest against the lack of good roads, electricity and water supplies. 

    Militants demanding a greater share of Nigeria's oil wealth have attacked a number of pipelines in recent days. 

    A pipeline carrying crude oil from Shell's Forcados terminal has been sabotaged three times in the past week. 

    Militancy in the Niger Delta has increased since President Muhammadu Buhari was elected last year.

  5. Clinton: 'We must accept result'

    Hillary Clinton says that, despite the disappointment of losing, "I still believe in America - and I always will."

    She also says the peaceful transfer of power is a cornerstone of US democracy, and urges her supporters to approach the Trump presidency "with an open mind".

    Mrs Clinton added: "We must accept this result. Donald Trump is going to be president. We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead."  

  6. Hillary Clinton breaks silence

    The defeated Democratic candidate has made her first comments since accepting defeat in the US presidential election.

    Hillary Clinton says she has congratulated, and offered to work with, President-Elect Donald Trump.

    "I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans," she says.

  7. Trump 'must emulate Mandela'

    Former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan (R) stands next to Nelson Mandela at the fifth annual Mandela Lecture in Johannesburg, 22 July 2007.
    Image caption: Mr Mandela formed the group, chaired by ex-UN chief Kofi Annan, in 2007

    The Elders, a group set up by South Africa's first black President Nelson Mandela to promote peace and human rights, has issued this statement on Mr Trump's victory:

    Quote Message: Following the presidential election in the United States, The Elders believe that the ideals, magnanimity and empathy of their founder, Nelson Mandela, offer a model of ethical leadership for the new Administration.
    Quote Message: As Mandela said at his trial under the apartheid regime in South Africa in 1964: 'I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities'.”

    The group is chaired by former UN chief Kofi Annan who added: 

    Quote Message: Mandela’s words remind us all that effective leadership requires vision, humility and openness; they provide a model for all heads of state and government to follow worldwide.”

    Read: Trump's 'not my president'

  8. Countdown to BBC African Footballer of the Year 2016

    On Saturday the five nominees for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2016 will be revealed and voting will open.

    The names will be announced in a live show on BBC World TV and BBC World Service radio, starting at 18:00 GMT.

    Fans of African football worldwide will be able to vote via the BBC African football website from 18:50.

    Voting will close at 18:00 on Monday, 28 November and the winner revealed live on Focus on Africa TV and radio on Monday 12 December at 17:35.

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    Video caption: Countdown to BBC African Footballer of the Year
  9. Trump, Clinton and Idi Amin

    Donald Trump has been declared the winner of the US presidential race after winning more than 270 electoral votes. 

    His challenger Hillary Clinton, however, leads him in the popular vote - she has 59,299,381 votes nationally, to Trump's 59,135,740 — a margin of 163,641, NPR reports

    She is set to become the fifth US presidential candidate to win the popular vote but lose the election, the report adds. 

    A tweeter has shared a GIF of the late Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, assuming the reaction of a stereotypical African leader, to the news:

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  10. Museveni reminded how long he's been in power

    Yoweri Museveni, in power since three decades, gestures as he speaks during a press conference at his country house in Rwakitura, about 275 kilometres west of the capital Kampala on February 21, 2016.
    Image caption: Mr Museveni has ruled Uganda since 1980

    A tweeter has reminded Uganda's long-serving ruler Yoweri Museveni about how many US presidents he has worked with. 

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     That was in reaction to a congratulatory tweet Mr Museveni, 72, sent to Mr Trump, 70.   

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    Read: The arrogance of power

  11. Trump praised for 'outstanding' victory

    Ghana's President John Mahama has tweeted on Donald's Trump's landslide victory in the US presidential election: 

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    Senegal's President Macky Sall also congratulated Mr Trump, saying the West African state "plans to continue its strong ties with the USA".  

    Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila said that Mr Trump's had achieved an "outstanding" victory and he was "ready to work with the president-elect to strengthen the ties of friendship and cooperation". 

    DR Congo was due to hold presidential elections this month but they were controversially postponed, opening the way for Mr Kabila, in power since 2001, to remain in office. 

     DR Congo's security forces have repeatedly broken up protests demanding that Mr Kabila step down

    Flares are launched by DR Congo Police forces during a demonstration in Goma on September 19, 2016.
  12. Kenyans say Trump's win 'not fair'

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    Residents of US President Barack Obama's ancestral village in western Kenya have expressed displeasure following Donald Trump's victory. 

    As American voters were casting their votes, residents of Kogelo village in western Kenya held a mock vote in which Hillary Clinton beat Mr Trump:

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    Following Mrs Clinton's defeat, some residents have been giving their reaction to KTN, a local TV station: 

    Quote Message: I feel the elections were not really fair. Clinton should have won, she had more votes in Kogelo compared to the United States." from Steven Okungu
    Steven Okungu
    Quote Message: I am not happy with it any more because I was expecting Hillary Clinton to be the winner of this election due to our brother Barack Obama who was supporting her. " from William Odhiambo
    William Odhiambo
  13. Highlights from US election

    man reaches for the New York Post newspaper featuring president-elect Donald Trump"s victory, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in New York
    • Trump has won 278 electoral votes so far - he needed 270 out of 538 for victory
    • Winning Florida, Ohio and North Carolina cleared the way for his triumph
    • Trump told America: "It is time for us to come together as one united people"
    • Clinton phoned Donald Trump to concede
    • Republicans have kept control of both the Senate and House
  14. Kenyan troops leave South Sudan

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Let's look at some news away from t he US election... The first group of Kenyan troops serving with the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan has arrived home. 

    A defence spokesman said a total of about 1,000 soldiers would be be flown out in batches over the coming days. 

    Last week, Kenya said it would withdraw all its forces from South Sudan after the Kenyan commander of the UN mission was sacked. 

    A UN inquiry found the peacekeepers failed to respond to an attack on a hotel during fighting in the capital, Juba, in July.

    Watch: South Sudan conflict explained

  15. Buhari congratulates Trump

    Nigeria's president - a Muslim - has congratulated Donald Trump on his shock victory over Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House: 

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    Nigeria's is a major oil producer, but has seen a drop in exports to the US.

  16. Trump win: Bad for African trade and aid?

    Workers of a foreign-owned textile factory sew on machines during their shift on September 1, 2015 in the factory on the outskirts of Matsapha, Swaziland.
    Image caption: The trade deal Agoa it seen as a vital economic lifeline for Africa

    Leading South African foreign affairs correspondent Simon Allison has been giving his perspective on what Donald Trump's victory means for Africa. 

    He writes in the Daily Maverick publication:  

    Quote Message: Trump doesn’t like trade deals, especially ones that he thinks are weighted against America. The African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) is a prime example: It’s designed to give African countries easier access to US markets by scrapping import duties on certain goods.
    Quote Message: Non-oil exports from Africa to the US, under the auspices of Agoa, have now reached $4.1bn (£3.3bn), which makes it a vital economic lifeline for the continent. Chicken farmers aside, South African businesses have been among the major beneficiaries of the trade deal, but how long will a Trump administration maintain this tax-free access to US markets?
    Sudanese dockers unload a US aid shipment organised by the US Agency for International Development and the World Food Programme at Port Sudan on the Red Sea coast, on May 5, 2016.

    On aid, he writes:

    Quote Message: Trump is not a fan of foreign aid, and America’s extensive aid programme is likely to suffer significant cuts. So what, some might say; aid is always a controversial topic, with the jury still very much out on whether it does more harm than good.
    Quote Message: Nonetheless, in the short term, expect cuts to key infrastructure and healthcare programmes across the continent, with no other foreign donors likely to step in to fill gaps.
    Members of the South African Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community take part in the annual Gay Pride Parade at Durban's North Beach as part of the three-day Durban Pride Festival in Durban, on June 27, 2015

    On gay rights, Simon writes: 

    Quote Message: It’s already difficult to be gay in Africa, and life is only likely to get harder under Trump, who is opposed to gay marriage in the US. This stance is likely to embolden African leaders who have persecuted LGBT communities in their own countries, such as Yoweri Museveni’s Uganda. Even South Africa voted this week to scrap a United Nations gay rights watchdog.
    Quote Message: The trend in Africa is already negative when it comes to gay rights; a Trump administration certainly won’t try very hard to halt this trend, while his very public stance against gay marriage may even accelerate it."

    You can read the full article here

  17. TB Joshua mocked as Pinocchio

    Nigerian pastor TB Joshua speaks during a New Year's memorial service for the South African relatives of those killed in a building collapse at his Lagos megachurch on December 31, 2014.
    Image caption: The televangelist has a huge following across Africa

    Prominent Nigerian televangelist TB Joshua's name is the second-most trending topic on Twitter in the West African state after he wrongly "prophesised" victory for Hillary Clinton in the US presidential election.  

    At least 40,000 tweets have been shared using his name.

    Tweeters have have been mocking him: 

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  18. Trump in 'gracious exchange' with Clinton

    Republican president-elect Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to the crowd during his acceptance speech at his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City.

    Donald Trump had a "gracious exchange" with Hillary Clinton and a "warm conversation" with Barack Obama, according to Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway.

    Conway told ABC and NBC News that Clinton's top aide, Huma Abedin, called her late on Wednesday night and connected Clinton and Trump. 

    Abedin said Clinton "congratulated him for his victory", and he called Clinton "very smart" and praised her "tremendous campaign". 

  19. Opposition arrests in Sudan

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Away from the US.... A Sudanese opposition party says its leader has been arrested, bringing to at least 10 the number of senior opposition figures detained in the past two days. 

    The head of the Sudanese Congress Party, Omar Al-Digair, was picked up by security forces at his home in Omdurman, near the capital Khartoum. 

    Opposition parties have been calling for protests against last week's subsidy cuts which led to a 30% increase in the price of fuel. 

    There were deadly protests in Sudan three years ago when the government reduced fuel subsidies.