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Natasha Booty 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 today. BBC News Online will be following the developments in Kenya as we wait for the announcement from the electoral commission, please check there for the latest.

    This is the scene inside the hall where the commission chairman is due to speak:

    Inside announcement hall

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: A tree can only be bent while it is still young." from A Kinyakole proverb sent by Moses Mayegu in Kampala, Uganda
    A Kinyakole proverb sent by Moses Mayegu in Kampala, Uganda

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

    And we leave you with this picture of South African athlete Luvo Manyonga's gold medal-winning performance in the long jump at the World Championships, taken from our top African shots of the week:

    Luvo Manyonga at the World Championships in London
  2. Kenyatta supporters celebrate despite no announcement

    It's night-time in Kenya now and while we wait for the announcement from the electoral commission the supporters of incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta continue to celebrate.

    They believe Mr Kenyatta will be declared the winner.

    The BBC's Abdinoor Aden took these shots outside the convention centre where the supporters of the president's Jubilee Party are gathering:

    Man in Kenyatta mask
    Man celebrating
    People celebrating
  3. Still waiting in Kenya

    There have been several moments today when we've been expecting an announcement from Kenya's electoral commission and it hasn't come.

    And now is another one of those moments.

    We were promised an announcement at 19:30 local time (16:30 GMT), but there's no sign of it so far.

    Kenyans hold the national flag
  4. Kenya opposition casts doubt over election observers

    Just minutes from the latest announcement from Kenya's electoral commission on the presidential poll, the opposition says it will not be part of the process.

    International observers had praised the conduct of the election, but leading Nasa opposition member James Orengo cast doubt on their credentials. He criticised former South Africa President Thabo Mbeki, for Ghanaian President John Mahama and former US Secretary of State John Kerry.

    He also said that "going to court is not an alternative".

  5. Kenya opposition 'will not be party' to announcement

    One of the leaders of Kenya's opposition Nasa alliance, Musalia Mudavadi, has said on Kenyan television that the alliance "will not be party" to the announcement the election commission is about to make.

    He said Nasa's concerns had not been adequately addressed.

    Another leading member, James Orengo, has called the process a "disaster" and described the commission as an arm of the executive.

    Earlier in the week, Nasa called the election results that had been announced fraudulent.

  6. Ivorian sprinter's mother can't watch the final

    Alex Duval Smith

    BBC News

    Africa's fastest woman at the moment will have a continent gunning for her during the 200m final of the World Athletics Championships in London tonight.

    But as Ivorian sprinter Marie Josée Ta Lou goes for gold, her own mother will not be watching the television.

    ''I have a problem. I am a mother who wants her daughter to win. It's too hard for me,'' her mother Catherine Kouai Lou Zinvo told the BBC on the phone from Ivory Coast's biggest city, Abidjan.

    ''Her brothers, sisters, the whole family will follow the race. But I am too emotional. Some people prefer not to watch when they support someone.''

    Ta Lou won silver in the 100m last Sunday, missing out to Torie Bowie of the United States by 100th of a second. She dedicated that medal to her mother.

    Marie Josée Ta Lou
    Image caption: Marie Josée Ta Lou (left) won her semi-final last night

    The race is due at 21:50 local time (20:50 GMT).

  7. Kenyatta supporters confident of victory

    It's not only in Nakuru that supporters of Kenya's governing Jubilee Party are celebrating in anticipation of what they believe will be victory for their leader, Uhuru Kenyatta.

    Here are some of the scenes from the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi:

    KICC celebrations in advance
    KICC celebrations in advance

    The party faithful are gathered at the venue where President Kenyatta is due to make a televised address once the electoral commission makes an announcement, according his spokesperson:

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    The electoral commission is due to make an announcement very soon.

  8. Carnival atmosphere in Kenyatta stronghold

    People are coming out in the rain to dance in the streets of Nakuru town in Kenya's Rift Valley, our reporter Idris Situma says.

    He sent these photos of Jubilee Party supporters dressed in the party's trademark red, and says the celebrations are being led by Senator Susan Kihika and two MPs, David Gikaria and Ngunjiri Kimani:

    People on the streets of Nakuru
    People on the streets of Nakuru

    Nakuru is a stronghold for President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    The electoral commission is due to make an announcement in 25 minutes, but it is not yet clear if that will be the final result.

    Mr Kenyatta had a strong lead in the preliminary results.

  9. Gambia finance probe into ex-President Jammeh

    Laeila Adjovi

    BBC Africa

    In The Gambia, a commission in charge of investigating former President Yahya Jammeh’s finances has started its hearings.

    The country’s ministry of justice believes tens of million dollars of public money were siphoned off from state funds by the former leader during his 22-year rule.

    Three bankers and the director of the revenue service were questioned at the start of the public hearings.

    These aim to shed light on two issues, the mining activities of one of Mr Jammeh’s companies, and the alleged disappearance of taxpayer’s money.

    Yahya Jammeh and his wife during a visit to the White House in 2014
    Image caption: Yahya Jammeh picture with Zineb Yahya Jammeh, one his two wives, in 2014

    The commission of investigation was set up by the new government of President Adama Barrow in July.

    Its five members will look into allegations of abuse of power, embezzlement of public funds, and possible violations of the constitution.

    Earlier this year, $50m in assets, including 86 bank accounts and over 100 properties were seized from Mr Jammeh by the government.

    The charity of the former ruler, the Jammeh Foundation for Peace, is also under scrutiny.

    President Jammeh ruled The Gambia for 22 years until he lost the 2016 elections to Barrow. In January he fled the country and settled in Equatorial Guinea.

  10. Head of Kenya electoral commission to speak within hour

    It's been announced at Kenya's election tallying centre that the chairman of the electoral commission, Wafula Chebukati, will be making an address at 19:30 local time (16:30 GMT).

    No details were given about what it might be about.

    Image caption: Mr Chebukati's colleague Ezra Chiloba made the announcement
  11. Warlord Charles Taylor's ex-wife appears in court

    BBC World Service

    The ex-wife of the Liberian former president and warlord Charles Taylor has appeared in court in London via video link.

    Agnes Reeves Taylor has been charged with torture offences allegedly committed during the Liberian civil war, which began in 1989.

    Mrs Taylor, who is an academic based in east London, had her bail application rejected.

    Her former husband Charles Taylor is serving a 50-year prison sentence for war crimes.

    Hundreds of thousands of Liberians were people were killed in the civil war.

    Courtroom sketch of Agnes Taylor at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London
    Image caption: Courtroom sketch of Agnes Taylor at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London when she appeared there in June
  12. Fortunes made of fabric

    Distinctive purple togas made an ancient Moroccan kingdom a fortune.

    King Juba II sold the garments to the Romans, and the art of dyeing fabric and leather lives on to this day.

    The BBC's Zeinab Badawi visits a tannery in Morocco to see how its done:

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    Video caption: History of Africa: How a Berber king made a fortune from togas

    More from the BBC's History of Africa series.

  13. Diplomats huddle at Kenya election centre

    Diplomats started arriving at the election tallying centre in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, more than six hours ago. At that time, there was the expectation that the announcement of the presidential election result was imminent.

    It still hasn't happened, but ambassadors are still at the centre, and 20 minutes ago Kenya's Foreign Minister Amina Mohammed was seen briefing them in a huddle.

    Diplomats around foreign minister

    It is not clear if the announcement will be made today, and the electoral commission has up until Monday to publish the results.

  14. Quiet in suburb of Kenyan capital

    Eastleigh, the Somali-dominated suburb of Kenya's capital, Nairobi, is usually bustling on a Friday, but today the main street is unusually quiet, reports the BBC's Ahmed Adan.

    Quiet street

    Shops in the big Eastleigh Mall are also shuttered:

    Empty market

    Ahmed says that as Kenya still waits for the presidential election result people are staying at home, worried that violence might break out.

  15. South Sudan fighting over Pagak town

    Ibrahim Haithar

    BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

    South Sudan rebels have launched an offensive this morning to try and retake control of their main headquarters, Pagak, near the Ethiopian border, which was seized by the government on 6 August, reports say.

    “We attacked the area in the morning and clashes are still ongoing. The government forces are withdrawing from Pagak,” the rebel deputy spokesman Lam Paul told Amsterdam-based radio Tamazuj website this afternoon.

    Mr Lam said that heavy clashes rocked Pagak this morning as the rebels “launched a surprise assault on government forces in order to regain their main headquarters”.

    The government has confirmed that their forces in Pagak came under attack early this morning but say they repulsed the attack.

    “They returned back again and attacked us around 12:00 (09:00 GMT) but we repulsed them. We are now in Pagak town,” the government-appointed governor of Maiwut state Bol Ruach told Radio Tamazuj.

    According to the official five rebel soldiers were killed and four government soldiers were wounded during the clashes.

    South Sudan soldier
    Image caption: There has been a civil war in South Sudan since December 2013
  16. Egypt train crash 'kills 18'

    In Egypt, at least 18 people have died and 55 people were injured when two trains collided in the city of Alexandria, state television is reporting.

    The AFP news agency says that medics are at the scene according to pictures being broadcast.

  17. Kenya elections: Female senator victory confirmed

    In Kenya's Nakuru County, in the Rift Valley, voters elected Susan Kihika as senator with 89% of the vote - she is one of only three women declared to have won a seat in Kenya's upper house.

    The BBC's Idris Situma snapped this picture of her, in the blue jacket, when the result was formally announced earlier today:


    Earlier this year, Kenya's High Court ordered parliament to enact a law that will ensure women get at least a third of all elective seats.

    Many turned out to watch the official declaration:

  18. BreakingKenya opposition 'seeks access to IT servers'

    Kenya's opposition coalition, Nasa, has demanded access to the electoral commission's servers, the Reuters news agency reports.

    The opposition says it will accept the results found there, Reuters adds.

  19. Please stay patient - Kenya election commission

    Chief executive of Kenya's electoral commission Ezra Chiloba has pleaded for patience as the commission continues to check the results of Tuesday's elections.

    He said to applause: "It's [more] important to be accurate than to rush the process and make mistakes."

    Dignitaries have been gathering at the election tallying centre, known as Bomas, over the last few hours in expectation of a result.

  20. Kenyatta supporters gear up for Kenya announcement

    Supporters of the party of Kenya's incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta are gathering at the international conference centre in the capital, Nairobi.

    They're there for what they hope would be a victory rally:

    Jubilee supporters
    Woman holding Kenyan flags

    The election result announcement is expected soon.