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By Natasha Booty and Dickens Olewe

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  1. Carving out a space for black women photographers

    As a professional documentary photographer, Laylah Barrayn saw that talented black women photographers weren't getting the level of exposure they deserved.

    She decided to create an anthology to champion their work and bring it to a wider audience:

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    Video caption: A new anthology celebrates black women behind the lens

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  2. How does it feel to win the 2017 Komla Dumor Award?

    BBC Africa has been speaking to Amina Yuguda, a news presenter from northern Nigeria who has today been named the winner of this year's BBC World News Komla Dumor Award.

    She will start a three-month placement at the BBC in London this month.

    Watch the discussion below:

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  3. Nigeria reversal of Biafra terrorist label not surprising

    Tomi Oladipo

    BBC Monitoring's Africa security correspondent

    It's not surprising that the Nigerian army has changed its mind on last week’s announcement categorising the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob) as a terrorist organisation.

    At the time, there were quick calls for restraint from across the political divide, considering the history of ethnic tension in the country, as well as the Nigerian army’s human rights record in suppressing unrest.

    It was clear that senior politicians and government officials wanted to distance themselves from any violent action that would follow.

    In last week’s statement, the army did not indicate what course of action it would take against Ipob but it warned the public against joining the group.

    It has since stuck to this line, saying the announcement was only a message for public awareness – ‘a pronouncement’ and ‘not a declaration’.

    Semantics is often the culprit in the Nigerian army’s PR gaffes, of which we’ve seen a number in recent years, particularly in the fight against Boko Haram.

  4. Kenyatta supporters protest in Kenyan capital

    Supporters of Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta are currently protesting outside the Supreme Court in Nairobi.

    According to the privately-owned Daily Nation Twitter account, the supporters have gathered to accuse the Supreme Court judges of stealing "their victory".

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    The judges ruled by a majority to annul the 8 August presidential election saying that there were "irregularities and illegalities" in the conduct of the poll.

    The march comes hot on the heels of a story published in the Standard newspaper which alleges that two judges, Philemona Mwilu and Isaac Lenaola, who voted to annul the elections, met with lawyers for opposition leader, Raila Odinga, during the hearing of the case challenging Mr Kenyatta's win.

    The story, which is dominating conversation among Kenyans on Twitter, also says there are phone records to prove there was contact between the judges and opposition lawyers.

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    A local journalist is reporting that a petition has already been filed with the Judicial Service Commission, the body in charge of hiring and investigating judges' conduct:

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  5. African artistic talent on Twitter

    Thousands of artists have been sharing their work on Twitter with the hashtag #drawingwhileblack over the past couple of days.

    Here are some of our favourites:

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  6. Alleged assault victim challenges Grace Mugabe's immunity

    A South African model who was allegedly assaulted by Zimbabwe's First Lady, Grace Mugabe, in a Johannesburg hotel last month, is expected in court today to challenge the diplomatic immunity accorded to Mrs Mugabe.

    Ms Engels' lawyers, from lobby group Ariforum, want the High Court to review the immunity awarded by South Africa.

    Ms Engels alleges that she was hit by an electric cord while visiting Mrs Mugabe's sons.

    Mrs Mugabe disputes this, saying that Ms Engels was drunk and rowdy and tried to attack her.

    She also alleges in a deposition, seen by Reuters news agency, that Ms Engels sustained her injuries during a brawl at a night club.

    The model told BBC how she was attacked, saying that Mrs Mugabe "beat the hell out of me":

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    Video caption: Gabriella Engels: Grace Mugabe 'beat the hell out of me'
  7. US urges Ethiopia to investigate violence in Oromia and Somali regions

    Emmanuel Igunza

    BBC Africa, Addis Ababa

    A crying woman speaks to a reporter
    Image caption: At least 50,000 people have been forced from their homes

    The US has asked the Ethiopian government to conduct a "transparent investigation" into the recent killings of more than 55 people following ethnic clashes in the east of the country.

    Residents dispute the official numbers given by Ethiopian authorities, claiming that hundreds have been killed.

    At least 50,000 people have been displaced since the wave of violence erupted along the borders of the Oromia and Somali regions of the country.

    In a statement the US Embassy in Ethiopia said it was "disturbed" by the violence and asked the government to hold those responsible accountable. It added:

    Quote Message: On the local level, communities must be encouraged and given space to seek peaceful resolutions to the underlying conflicts.
    Quote Message: We believe Ethiopia’s future as a strong, prosperous, and democratic nation depends on open and inclusive political dialogue for all Ethiopians, greater government transparency, and strengthening the institutions of democracy and justice."

    Local officials from the Oromia and Somali regions have accused each other of using militias and regional security forces to carry out revenge attacks.

    The border conflict between the two regions is long-standing. A 2004 referendum to try and resolve it failed to ease tensions.

    Last week, Ethiopia’s prime minister ordered federal police to take over the patrol of main roads as the military continues a disarmament exercise in the area.

    A map of the region

    Read: What is behind clashes in Ethiopia's Oromia and Somali regions?

  8. Zimbabwe's main airport to be renamed after Mugabe

    A plan to rename Zimbabwe's main airport after President Robert Mugabe has got people talking.

    A letter advising the country's aviation authorities of the name change has been shared on Twitter.

    It says that Harare International Airport will be renamed R.G. Mugabe International Airport from 9 November 2017:

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    One Zimbabwean news site has already made the airport's planned name change its discussion of the day:

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  9. Nigeria's Amina Yuguda wins BBC World News Komla Dumor award

    Amina Yuguda
    Image caption: Amina Yuguda hails from Yola in north-eastern Nigeria

    A journalist from north-eastern Nigeria has won the third BBC World News Komla Dumor Award.

    Amina Yuguda is a news presenter on local network Gotel Television, where she has reported on high-profile news stories, including the Boko Haram insurgency.

    She will start a three-month placement at the BBC in London in September.

    The award was created to honour Komla Dumor, a presenter for BBC World News, who died suddenly aged 41 in 2014.

    Ms Yuguda said her win was a "huge honour":

    "I was overwhelmed with joy. Storytellers have always had an important role in Africa... this is what defines us. Today journalists are taking on that responsibility."

    Read more on the BBC News website.

  10. Scoutmaster busts Madagascar's menstruation myths

    Field in Madagascar
    Image caption: The field next to this one has courgettes - so women don't walk through it on their period

    Around the world menstruation is often a taboo subject, not least in Madagascar.

    The Malagasy word for period - fadimbolana - even means taboo.

    Over time, various myths have sprung up about what you can and can't do during your period.

    Women have been sharing these myths with the BBC's Clare Spencer.

    Karen said when she got her first period her aunt told her she must never make mayonnaise when she is on her period because it would curdle.

    Karen
    Image caption: Girl Guide Karen talked to her friend the Scoutmaster Lahatra about the mayonnaise rule

    Our reporter went to a farm where women told her that if you walk through a field of courgettes or pumpkins when you are on your period, the seeds would rot.

    There are myths that are damaging to your health too.

    Some women believe that if you wash during your period it will prolong your period.

    Not washing during your period can lead to infection.

    But change is coming from a surprising place - the Scouts.

    One Scoutmaster believes that to get rid of these myths you have to get rid of the taboo.

    Mr Lahatra believes that to get rid of the taboo boys, as well as girls, need to talk about periods.

    So he brings up the subject of periods at his scout camp.

    Watch the scouts' reaction:

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    Video caption: It's OK to make mayonnaise on your period
  11. Sierra Leone FA boss Johansen stands for re-election

    Isha Johansen
    Image caption: Isha Johansen is one of just two female FA presidents in the world

    Isha Johansen is to bid for re-election as Sierra Leone's FA president despite saying she suffered 'intimidation' and 'discrimination' during her first term.

    Johansen, who is Africa's only female FA president, took charge in 2013 and her reign has been blighted by controversy, infighting and the Ebola crisis.

    Ms Johansen told BBC Sport:

    Quote Message: I have decided to run for a second term in office, after careful deliberation.
    Quote Message: I would like to finish what I started. There is unfinished business.
    Quote Message: Considering Ebola took away two years and the remaining two years were marred with controversy, infighting, boycotts and all kinds of weird and wonderful antics by those who oppose my leadership, we have still managed to achieve quite a great deal."

    Ms Johansen lists an increase in coaches, both male and female, better playing surfaces and improved national teams among her feats.

    Read more on the BBC Sport website.

  12. Nigerian army 'denies calling Ipob a terrorist group'

    Nigeria's army chief has backtracked from the labelling of secessionist group, Indigenous People of Biafra, Ipob, as a terrorist organisation, the Vanguard news site reports.

    Lt Gen Tukur Buratai termed last week's announcement as a "pronouncement on Ipob":

    Quote Message: What the defence headquarters did was to make a pronouncement. It wasn’t a declaration per se. But this has given room for the right step to be taken. I think the government is doing the right thing."

    The military has been conducting a security operation in the south-east region against secessionist leader Nnamdi Kanu and his followers who are pushing for an independent state.

    The army raided Mr Kanu's home last week and arrested 67 of his supporters but denied that anyone was killed in the operation.

    It however said that firearms, Biafran flags and some money had been recovered from the premises.

    Nnamdi Kanu
    Image caption: Nnamdi Kanu wants south-eastern Nigeria to break away and create a state called Biafra

    The BBC's Tomi Oladipo reported last week that the declaration of Ipob a terrorist organisation would open the door for mass arrests and military operations against the group.

    He added that the Nigerian military might have underestimated the amount of support and sympathy Ipob has in the south-east of Nigeria and the problems their alienation could feed.

    Read more: 'Nigeria treats us like slaves' - but is Biafra the answer?

  13. Today's wise words

    Our African proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: He who doesn’t work also mustn’t eat. from Sent by Rivuzimana Leonce in Kayanza, Burundi
    Sent by Rivuzimana Leonce in Kayanza, Burundi
    Libyan men fish off the coast

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

  14. Good morning

    Welcome to BBC Africa Live where we will bring you the latest news from around the continent.