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Summary

  1. Forty charged in Lagos over alleged gay sex
  2. Ethiopia's parliament votes to end the state of emergency
  3. Senegalese musician detained for comments about the president
  4. Rwandans choose next president
  5. Nigerian government set to legalise mini-refineries in oil-rich Niger Delta
  6. Kenya pastor Gilbert Deya, who claimed he could cure infertility, sent home from UK
  7. Trump reportedly agrees to sell military surveillance planes to Nigeria

Live Reporting

By Natasha Booty and Damian Zane

All times stated are UK

  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: You can’t keep a yam and a knife in the same place." from A Bakweri proverb sent by Cheryl Nganje in Mannheim, Germany
    A Bakweri proverb sent by Cheryl Nganje in Mannheim, Germany

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

    And we leave you with this image from our pictures of the week of two wrestlers at the Francophone Games in Ivory Coast:

    Debe Blaise of Burkina Faso (right) takes on Niger's Garba Mourtala in the men's wrestling 66kg quarter-final on Thursday 28 July.
  2. Kenyan elections 2017: Get the facts here

    Polls suggest that the outcome of next week's presidential election in Kenya is too close to call.

    So who are the two men most likely to take the top job?

    Read our profiles of challenger Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta, on the BBC Africa website.

    Raila Odinga (L) and Uhuru Kenyatta

    We've been following the twists and turns of the political campaigns over the past couple of months, and you can find all our coverage of Kenya's general elections here.

    But for a round-up of the key issues, look no further than these eight things you need to know about the Kenyan elections.

    A woman handles ballot paper boxes
  3. Getting ready for the World Championships

    African athletes have been posting on Instagram in the build-up to the World Athletics Championships, which start in London tonight.

    Ghana sprinter Gemma Acheampong shared this picture from inside the stadium:

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    Botswana's Nijel Amos - one of the contenders for the 800m title - posted this image of his preparations:

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    And fans outside the stadium are also sharing in the excitement:

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    Read more: African athletes to look out for.

  4. Counting starts as voting closes in Rwanda

    The polls have shut for Rwanda's presidential election and votes are now being counted.

    It is widely expected that President Paul Kagame - in power since 2000 - will win a third term.

    "Generally the process went well. The process was peaceful and calm," Reuters news agency quotes the executive secretary of the electoral commission Charles Munyaneza as saying.

    Provisional results are expected at 21:00 GMT.

    Paul Kagame
    Image caption: President Paul Kagame is facing two challengers
  5. Kenya elections: Expert analysis in our final series podcast

    With four days to go before the Kenyan elections, many people still have a lot questions.

    Who will win the presidential race? Are the opinion polls to be believed? Is the the electoral commission ready? And what effect is fake news having on it all?

    Dickens Olewe discusses these topics with five political analysts in the final episode of BBC Africa's special weekly podcast, Kenya Election Watch.

    Listen here:

  6. Africa's chance to shine - again

    Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia celebrates after winning gold in the Women's 1500 metres
    Image caption: Genzebe Dibaba is aiming to defend her 1500m title

    The biennial World Athletics Championships are due to start in London tonight and Kenyans will be hoping for a repeat of the country's performance two years' ago in Beijing when they topped the medal table.

    But two South Africans, Wayde van Niekerk and Caster Semenya, could deliver the outstanding performances of the ten days of competition.

    Here are some of the stars to look out for:

    Men

    • Wayde van Niekerk (South Africa) is favourite to win both the 200m and 400m
    • Emmanuel Korir (Kenya) and Nijel Amos (Botswana) are set to vie for the 800m title
    • Daniel Wanjiru (Kenya) and Tamirat Tola (Ethiopia) are both favourites in the marathon
    • Julius Yego (Kenya) will be defending his world title in the javelin

    Women

    • Caster Semenya (South Africa) is likely to dominate the 800m
    • Genzebe Dibaba (Ethiopia) is defending her 1500m title and hoping to win 5000m gold as well
    • Almaz Ayana (Ethiopia) who smashed the world record at last year's Olympics is the favourite for the 10,000m
    • Edna Kiplagat (Kenya) is hoping to retake the marathon title she won in Moscow four years ago

    Van Niekerk has been talking to the BBC about his chances in London and his future:

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    Video caption: Van Niekerk on Bolt, belief & black cabs
  7. Celebrity author's spelling and grammar mocked on social media

    Bonang Matheba attends the John Paul Ataker fashion show during New York Fashion Week in September 2016.

    South African radio host and TV presenter Bonang Matheba has fallen foul of eagle-eyed social media users apparently taking instruction from the title of her new book, Bonang From A to B.

    Some people even broke out the red pen to pinpoint the multiple spelling and grammar errors in Ms Matheba's autobiography:

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    Ms Matheba's publishing house, BlackBird Books, has told South Africa's Times Live new site that it is wholly responsible for the errors - including incorrectly listing the author's birthday as 24 June when it is in fact 25 June.

    "I take full responsibility for what happened. The last thing I want is for black people to be accused of mediocrity and I should do better. It's on me as the publisher.

    "I ought to have done better," BlackBird Books Publisher Thabiso Mahlape said.

  8. Vote against Zuma would be like 'throwing a nuclear bomb'

    The chief whip of South Africa's governing ANC has issued a warning to any of his party's MPs contemplating voting in favour of next week's no-confidence motion against President Jacob Zuma.

    In a statement, Jackson Mthembu said that "voting in favour of this motion will be tantamount to throwing a nuclear bomb".

    "The removal of the president will have disastrous consequences that can only have a negative impact on the people of South Africa," he added.

    It is not yet clear if MPs will be allowed to vote in secret after Tuesday's no-confidence debate.

    All of the main opposition parties went to the Constitutional Court to ask for a secret vote, but the judges ruled that it is up to the speaker to decide.

    Jacob Zuma
    Image caption: President Zuma faces a no-confidence vote next Tuesday
  9. Kenya elections: ‘My age is a bigger barrier than my gender’

    Ms Silantoi

    Political newcomer Suzanne Silantoi Lengewa, 23, is running for a seat representing Nairobi in the Senate in next week’s election.

    She’s one of several young people hoping to be elected and says she chose to run as an independent candidate because “the main parties have divided us”.

    Ms Silantoi says that she was inspired to pursue a political career after an internship spent working with people who live in the slums exposed her to real-life challenges.

    She says campaigning has been a mostly positive experience: “I think because I come from a minority ethnic community people have been willing to hear me out.”

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    She has however had some challenging times on the trail:

    Quote Message: I don’t give bribes and that has at times infuriated some people, and I have had to run away from some of the campaign stops.
    Quote Message: I have also been told that I am young and should consider dropping out… It comes mostly from young people on social media.
    Quote Message: My age is a bigger barrier than my gender. People have a problem with how old I am. I get a lot more comments about it than I do condescending remarks about my gender."

    Ms Silantoi says if she is elected she will focus on improving services for Nairobi’s residents. Her campaign message calls for “restoring Nairobi to its former glory”.

    Her chances may appear slim, with a recent opinion poll placing her third in the race behind the Jubilee party's Johnstone Sakaja and Edwin Sifuna of the Nasa-affiliated ODM party, but Ms Silantoi says she will continue campaigning right up until Saturday’s official campaign deadline.

  10. Senegal still waiting for Sunday's poll results

    Alex Duval Smith

    BBC News, Senegal

    Woman closing ballot box
    Image caption: Senegalese voted for a new parliament last Sunday

    Voters in Senegal are still waiting to be told the final results of last Sunday's parliamentary election.

    The electoral commission and the interior ministry, who jointly organised the poll, claim there are several reasons for the delay.

    These include difficulties in transporting ballot boxes and officials, caused by the rainy season, and the fact that the election featured an unprecedented number of lists of candidates - 47 - which complicates the count.

    But opposition politicians, such as former president Abdoulaye Wade and the coalition supporting jailed Dakar mayor Khalifa Sall, claim foul play.

    The backers of Mr Sall, who is in jail awaiting trial on alleged charges of misspending city funds, claim the delay is evidence of ‘’a regression in democracy’’ in Senegal.

    Partial results are being issued day by day and yesterday it was announced that President Macky Sall’s ruling coalition, Benno Bokk Yaakaar (BBY), had won all seven of Dakar's parliamentary seats, scoring 53% of the vote.

    The mayor's party, Manko Taxawu Senegal, came second, just 2,700 votes behind.

    Abdoulaye Wade voting
    Image caption: Ex-President Abdoulaye Wade, 91, was among the candidates who wanted to become a member of parliament
  11. Pistorius back in prison after night in hospital

    South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, who was imprisoned for murdering his girlfriend, is now back in jail after spending a night in hospital.

    He was taken to hospital on Thursday for an undisclosed reason, but local media reported that he had been suffering from chest pains.

    "Oscar has been discharged and is back in prison," Reuters quotes a prison official as saying.

    The former athlete quickly rose to fame in the Paralympics, and made headlines when he became the first track and field athlete to compete in both the Paralympic and Olympic Games.

    But in February 2013, he shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp at his home, alleging that he had mistaken her for an intruder.

    His trial became the subject of widespread international attention, as he was initially cleared of murder in favour of a manslaughter charge, then convicted of murder on appeal in 2016 and given a six-year sentence.

    Oscar Pistorius
    Image caption: Pistorius was a global sporting icon before his conviction for the murder of his girlfriend
  12. Celebrating refugees in Uganda

    Patience Atuhaire

    BBC Africa, Kampala

    The diverse cultures of the 1.3 million refugees living in Uganda have been celebrated in the capital, Kampala, today with a food festival.

    Local NGOs that work with refugees got people to showcase their countries' dishes.

    The South Sudanese made steamed maize and cassava flour which is eaten with stew:

    Pot of food

    Ethiopians made a beef stew:

    Beef stew

    And the Somalis made their traditional bread:

    Somali bread

    And everyone was invited to tuck in:

    People taking food

    Including your correspondent:

    Plate of food

    According to the UN's refugee agency, UNHCR, out of the 1.3 million refugees in Uganda:

    • 970,000 are from South Sudan
    • 220,000 are from DR Congo
    • 38,000 are from Burundi
    • 35,000 are from Somalia
    • 35,000 are from elsewhere
  13. Zambian opposition leader charged with defaming president

    Kennedy Gondwe

    BBC World Service, Lusaka

    The leader of a Zambian opposition party, who was arrested yesterday, has been charged with defaming the president.

    Saviour Chishimba, president of the United People’s Party, was picked up at a privately-owned television station in the capital, Lusaka, where he had gone to record an interview.

    He was charged in connection with comments he made about the president during a press conference last month.

    Mr Chishimba has made no comment about the charges.

    He is now the second opposition leader in Zambia to currently be in detention.

    Hakainde Hichilema, who heads the country's largest opposition party, was arrested in April and is facing treason charges.

    Saviour Chishimba
    Image caption: Saviour Chishimba (left) was picked up outside a television station
  14. Rwanda's foreign minister and human rights chief spar on Twitter

    The head of New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has been slapped down on Twitter by Rwanda's foreign minister for his criticism of the country.

    Rwandans are voting today in a presidential election which is widely expected to be won by long-time incumbent Paul Kagame.

    HRW's boss suggested there was no real contest in the election:

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    The country's foreign minister chose some undiplomatic language in response:

    Ndera is the name of a Rwandan psychiatric hospital.

    Others have weighed into the debate with many supporting Ms Mushikiwabo:

    But some have been critical of the way the minister responded:

    Meanwhile, people are continuing to vote in Rwanda:

    People voting in Rwanda
  15. Severed head 'discovered in backpack in South Africa'

    Police in Durban are looking for the body of an unidentified man whose severed head was found in a backpack, news site IOL reports.

    It says that "two men have been arrested in connection with the discovery" and alleges that one man was attempting to sell the head to another for ritual use.

    IOL adds that "it is not clear who tipped off the police, but both [men] were arrested before the sale could take place".

    It reports that Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane of Durban police says officers are still trying to establish a full picture of what happened.

  16. Kenyan court sets date for ruling on 'miracle babies' pastor

    We reported earlier today that Gilbert Deya, the controversial leader of a London evangelical church, has been extradicted to Kenya where he appeared in court today on child trafficking charges.

    Mr Deya is charged with five counts of child abduction between 2002 and 2004.

    A Kenyan court ordered today that Mr Deya be remanded at Kamiti maximum security prison until 10 August, when a ruling will be made on whether or not he will be granted bail.

    Mr Deya has claimed over the years that he can deliver "miracle babies" to post-menopausal or infertile women.

    In 2004 his wife, Mary Deya, was arrested and charged in Kenya with stealing babies who were found at her house in an upmarket estate in Nairobi.

    Gilbert Deya
    Image caption: Gilbert Deya appeared in court today shortly after arriving in Nairobi from the UK this morning
  17. Kenya election puts strain on ethnically mixed couples

    Dickens Olewe

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Malaki Samson's family worry about his safety in a Kikuyu-dominated area
    Image caption: Malaki Samson's family worry about his safety in a Kikuyu-dominated area

    "Mommy, do you hate Raila or Uhuru?"

    Naomi Wangui and Malaki Samson were shocked by their young daughter's question about the two main candidates in Kenya's election, President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga.

    The question stunned Naomi and, even though she tried to explain to her daughter how political competition works, she was taken aback by her characterisation.

    "Hate is a strong word, even for a six-year old," Naomi said.

    "I think it's the perception she has picked from the TV stations who project political competition as a zero sum game, them versus us."

    Malaki is a Luhya, a community that chiefly supports the opposition, while Naomi is from the Kikuyu community of President Kenyatta, who is seeking a second term. .

    Mr Kenyatta and Mr Odinga, who is a Luo, have harnessed support from several ethnic communities and it has become part of Kenyan political culture to presume that people from allied ethnic groups automatically back them.

    These perceptions complicate the lives of mixed ethnicity couples.

    Manuel Mikewa and his family are planning to stay with his mother and other relatives
    Image caption: Manuel Mikewa and his family are planning to stay with his mother and other relatives

    Read the full story on BBC Africa.

  18. Senegal fails to send athletes to World Championships

    While Kenya will be hoping to repeat its 2015 performance of topping the medal table at the World Athletics Championships, Senegal already knows that it will not feature at all.

    That's because the country is not sending a single athlete to the games - thought to be the only African country to be in this position.

    Senegal is home to one of just three high-performance centres, backed by the athletics' world governing body IAAF, in the whole of Africa.

    It's located in Dakar, from where the BBC's Arwa Barkallah sent this report:

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    Video caption: Senegal fails to send athletes to World Championships
  19. Al-Shabab take control of strategic Somali town

    BBC World Service

    Somali militant Islamist group al-Shabab has taken control of the strategic town of Leego, on the main road between the capital, Mogadishu, and the town of Baidoa.

    They were able to move in after Somali troops and African Union forces left Leego.

    It was not immediately clear why they pulled out.

    In previous years, troops from the AU force, Amisom, had fought to defend the town.