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Summary

  1. Internet shutdowns cost Africa millions
  2. Uber has 1.8m active users in Africa
  3. Popular SA talk radio host reveals he has cancer
  4. Zimbabwe's #ThisFlag pastor acquitted of disorderly conduct charges
  5. Cameroon announces closure of sea and land borders with Nigeria
  6. Militants kill at least eight Somali government soldiers
  7. Famine in Lake Chad region averted
  8. Nigeria senate approves death sentence for kidnappers
  9. Kenya's police watchdog investigates videos of officers assaulting students
  10. Police break up protests in Zimbabwe

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By Paul Bakibinga and Dickens Olewe

All times stated are UK

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    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:

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    And we leave you with this photo from our pictures of the week of a woman looking at an exhibit during the opening of Africa's biggest modern art gallery in South Africa's coastal city of Cape Town.

    A woman looks at an exhibit in the main hall of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art in Cape Town on September 22, 2017.
  2. An alternative air safety video?

    This week on the What's Up Africa series satirist Ikenna Azuike takes on the British Airways' crew member who recorded an anti-Nigerian rant on Snapchat.

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    Video caption: What's Up Africa: An alternative air safety video?
  3. Two suspected Boko Haram militants killed by Nigerian army

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    The Nigerian army says its troops have killed two suspected Boko Haram fighters in Borno state, in the northeast.

    The troops who were responding to a distress call intercepted the suspected militants who were riding on 14 horses in Malamti village in the Guzamala local government area.

    In the ensuing gun battle, two of the suspected Boko Haram fighters were killed while two soldiers were wounded. The other militants escaped.

    The army said it recovered two AK 47 riffles and several rounds of ammunition including one hand grenade.

    Although the number of attacks have reduced, the Islamist militants are still active in the northeast where over 20,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in the seven year bloody insurgency.

  4. Burundi radio station suspended for criticising government silence

    A radio station in Burundi is being taken temporarily off air for criticising the government over the killings of dozens of refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), its director has told AFP news agency.

    Eddy Claude Nininahazwe, who is also the editor of CCIB FM+, says that earlier this month the station aired an editorial critical of the authorities for their silence after the "massacre" of over 30 Burundian asylum seekers who were shot during a demonstration in DRC.

    The 15 September incident left one soldier dead.

    However, the government controlled National Council of Communication ( NCC) said the broadcast went against professional ethics as well as the laws governing the press.

    NCC ordered the station to be shutdown for three months with effect from Monday.

    Mr Nininahazwe has condemned the suspension, saying the station had broken no law, AFP reports.

  5. Dozens of Togolese seek refuge in Ghana

    Thomas Naadi

    BBC Africa, Accra

    The political unrest in Togo is beginning to send ripples into neighbouring Ghana.

    Several groups of more than 300 Togolese men, women and children have arrived in Chereponi, Bunkpurugu, and other border towns in northern Ghana.

    Reports say that security agencies are taking them through security and health screenings.

    Ghana’s disaster management authorities has been providing them with shelter and food.

    Some of the asylum seekers also have relatives in Ghana who are offering them support.

    The National Coordinator of the Ghana Refugee Board, Tetteh Padi, says they are closely monitoring developments at the border towns to provide the needed assistance.

    He indicated that more refugees could cross the border if the unrest in Togo continues.

    Protesters have been calling on President Faure Gnassingbé, who has been in power since 2005, to step down.

    He became president after the death of his father, Gnassingbé Eyadema, who had been at the helm for 38 years. Protesters are calling for the end of the "Gnassingbé dynasty"

    Protesters gather in a road during a rally held by a coalition of opposition parties in Lome on September 21, 2017
    Image caption: There have been protests in Togo against Africa's longest dynastic rule
  6. Odinga 'ready for presidential election re-run'

    Raila Odinga
    Image caption: Mr Odinga has also been pushing for changes in the voting system

    Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga, who has been warning that he plans to boycott the 26 October presidential election re-run, has said that he would be willing to take part after all, privately-owned Daily Nation reports.

    Mr Odinga however said that that he would only take part in the election if President Uhuru Kenyatta's Jubilee party drops plans to change the electoral laws.

    The opposition leader says that the planned changes, which include prioritising manual management of the election at the expense of the electronic system, would weaken the existing electoral laws.

    Mr Odinga said the two bills the Jubilee Party has tabled in the National Assembly were “retrogressive”.

    He said the changes were akin to changing rules of a game at half time:

    Quote Message: We do [not] want someone who changes the rules in the middle of the game. There is no need to change the goalposts when the Supreme Court has already implicated the IEBC [the electoral commission].”

    The Supreme Court annulled Mr Kenyatta's win in the 8 August election saying that there had been "irregularities and illegalities".

    The opposition coalition Nasa has been pushing for changes in the voting system warning that it would only take part if its demands are not met.

  7. Nigerian authorities 'still looking for abducted senior police officer'

    Ishaq Khalid

    BBC Africa

    Authorities in Nigeria say they are still looking for a senior police officer and his driver who were abducted on Wednesday in the northwestern state of Kaduna.

    Initial reports had said that the Deputy Commissioner of Police Emmanuel Agene was abducted along with his wife but a police spokesman in the state has told the BBC that the senior police officer was seized by gunmen with his driver not his wife.

    They were travelling to neighbouring Zamfara state when their vehicle was ambushed in a notorious forest area.

    The police spokesman says security agencies are making efforts to track down the abductors.

    There have been high profile kidnappings in Nigeria including of former ministers, diplomats and expatriates in the past.

  8. Internet shutdowns cost Africa millions

    BBC World Service

    A new report has found that government shutdowns of the internet have cost sub-Saharan Africa nearly $250m (£186m) since 2015.

    The study by The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa said internet disruptions undermined economic growth and affected the delivery of critical services.

    At least 12 sub-Saharan African countries have shut down the internet ahead of elections or during protests.

    The report said Ethiopia alone had lost more than $120m by disrupting internet services during anti-government protests.

    Internet cafe
  9. Zimbabwe's #ThisFlag pastor acquitted of disorderly conduct charges

    Shingai Nyoka

    BBC Africa, Harare

    A Zimbabwe court has today acquitted #Thisflag protest movement leader, Evan Mawarire, of disorderly conduct and promoting public violence charges.

    The prominent government critic was arrested in June during a protest by university students.

    Mr Mawarire had been accused of taking part in a public gathering with the intention of committing public violence.

    He said in his defense that he had been invited to address University of Zimbabwe medical students who were protesting against increase in tuition fees.

    Mr Mawarire, who has been arrested four times in the last year, still faces a separate and more serious charge, for encouraging the public to subvert the government following last year's protests.

    He has denied the charges.

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  10. Mohamed Kallon out to boost Sierra Leone coaching

    Former Leone Stars captain Mohamed Kallon is aiming to improve coaching back home in Sierra Leone after he acquired his Uefa A License coaching qualification.

    It is the second highest coaching qualification given by European football's governing body.

    The 37-year-old aims to earn his Uefa Professional License in 2019 and ultimately return home to share his experience and knowledge.

    The ex-Inter Milan and Monaco striker is currently working with the academy teams at Major League Soccer club Houston Dynamo in the USA.

    "I intend going back to my country and continent and impart the knowledge acquired over the years to the young coaches as well as the young athletes whose sole aim is to succeed in their careers," Kallon told BBC Sport.

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    Mohamed Kallon
    Image caption: Sierra Leone's former Monaco striker Mohamed Kallon says he is aiming to earn his Uefa Professional Coaching License in 2019
  11. Football star Arthur Masuaku commits to playing for DR Congo

    Stanley Kwenda

    BBC Africa

    West Ham left-back Arthur Masuaku says he feels proud to play for the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Masuaku recently chose to commit his international football career to DR Congo, instead of France, his country of birth.

    "My parents are from there. It's my country, even if I was born in France," said Masuaku who was also eligible to play for France at a senior level having represented the country at junior levels.

    The 23-year-old said he is now looking forward to contributing towards DR Congo's quest for a place at next year's World Cup in Russia.

    "It's a great honour to represent my country," said Masuaku.

    DR Congo play Libya next week in Monastir, Tunisia, in a crucial World Cup qualifier before finishing their campaign against Guinea at home next month.

    The Hammers player became the latest footballer eligible to play for a European nation to commit his future to the Central African country.

    Others are former Newcastle United player Kevin Mbabu now with Young Boys Berne in Switzerland, Tanguy Ndombele of Amiens in France and the 24-year-old Middlesbrough striker Britt Assombalonga.

    Arthur Masuaku of West Ham United in action during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Watford at the Olympic Stadium on September 10, 2016 in London, England.
  12. When does cultural borrowing turn into cultural appropriation?

    Blankets from Lesotho are at the centre of controversy in the fashion world, with some arguing that powerful people are appropriating them for their own benefit.

    At a home in a quiet suburb of Cape Town city, fashion designer Thabo Makhetha shows me her latest collection.

    Originally from Lesotho, she uses traditional blankets from the small landlocked country to make modern garments, including trendy capes, coats, trousers and skirts.

    The blankets are known as Basotho blankets, after the people of Lesotho.

    Made from thick wool, their intricate and colourful patterns each tell a different story of the Basotho people's history. They wear them as shawls at special events and give them as gifts.

    Read the full story on the BBC Website.

    Do make sure to join BBC Africa's Mayeni Jones today at 19:00 GMT on the BBC World Service for this month's Africa Debate which asks "Can you trademark culture?

    Model
    Image caption: Thabo Makhetha uses traditional blankets from Lesotho to make clothes
  13. SA court overturns murder conviction of 'black widow'

    Pumza Fihlani

    BBC News

    The highest court in South Africa has overturned the murder conviction of Thandi Maqubela - the so-called ‘black widow’.

    Ms Maqubela was sentenced to 18 years in prison by the Western Cape High Court for killing her estranged husband judge Patrick Maqubela.

    He was found dead in an apartment in 2009.

    State prosecutors had however failed to definitively prove to the court that Mr Maqubela had died from being suffocated.

    Ms Maqubela, 62, who had graced news headlines in colourful headscarves and designer sunglasses throughout the trial, has always denied that she killed her husband.

    In her evidence she said her husband may have died of natural causes.

    In a ruling on Friday the appeals court said that based on medical facts presented, the trial court had been wrong to rule that the cause of death was not conclusive that “an unlawful killing wasn’t the only reasonable inference that could be drawn”.

    At the time she was also found guilty of falsifying her late husband's signature on his will, nine months after his death, and committing fraud by possibly benefiting from it.

    She was sentenced to 3 years for these charges and they still stand.

    Thandi Maqubela
    Image caption: Thandi Maqubela had been sentenced to 18 years in jail
  14. Uganda police boss accuses opposition MPs of plotting anarchy

    Gen Kale Kayihura
    Image caption: Gen Kale Kayihura planned security involvement in Uganda's parliament

    Uganda's Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, has been explaining the reason why members of the security entered parliament on Wednesday, the state-owned New Vision is reporting

    More than 20 opposition MPs were forcefully ejected from parliament after they defied the speaker's orders to leave the building.

    The legislators had been trying to prevent an MP from the governing NRM from tabling a motion seeking to introduce a bill that could lead to the removal of a presidential age limit clause in the constitution.

    It is believed that if the upper age limit of 75 years is removed President Yoweri Museveni will be free to stand for a sixth term.

    According to the New Vision Gen Kayihura alleged that the MPs who were arrested, were planning to burn the parliament building:

    Quote Message: They had planned to burn parliament using vehicles which they park in the basement. That is why we advised the Speaker not to allow any vehicle in underground parking.
    Quote Message: We could not allow only 25 MPs who were suspended, to bring parliament, which has over 400 MPs to a stand-still"

    The evicted MPs were charged with inciting violence.

  15. Police break up protests in Zimbabwe

    Police in Zimbabwe have fired tear gas to break up protests in the capital, Harare, against the worsening economic crisis, the AFP news agency reports.

    Demonstrators led by the anti-government pressure group Tajamuka (We Are Agitated) demanded the resignation of central bank chief John Mangudya over severe cash shortages.

    Promise Mkwananzi, spokesman for Tajamuka, told AFP by telephone that, " we demonstrated against the worsening economic and fiscal crisis in the country. "

    Traders closed their shops as anti-riot police patrolled the streets.

    Local publication NewsDay has shared a video of police shooting at protesters:

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    Zimbabwe in 2009 abandoned its own currency in favour of the US dollar and other major currencies due to hyperinflation.

    Last year it introduced "bond notes", a parallel currency pegged to the US dollar, but recent price rises in basic goods such as cooking oil and sugar have revived fears of another inflation boom.

    In 2016, a series of large street protests against the economic crisis under President Mugabe were halted by a security crackdown.

    Watch: Could new currency spell disaster?

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    Video caption: Zimbabwe bond notes: Could new currency spell disaster?
  16. Al-Shabab attack happened hours after AU troops withdrew from area

    Tomi Oladipo

    BBC's Africa security correspondent

    The attack by al-Shabab militants on a Somalia government military base in the town of Barire happened just hours after African Union troops withdrew from the area.

    The militants claim that they killed 17 soldiers stationed at the base- about 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of the capital, Mogadishu.

    The jihadist group used suicide car bombs in the attack, which were followed by gunmen, a tactic it has used in previous attacks on military contingents.

    It claims to have taken control of the base and seized military vehicles.

    The Somali National Army (SNA) has been working with regional forces to counter al-Shabab’s hold on the country.

    The US has also stepped up its involvement – with at least 13 airstrikes in the past four months.Yet the security situation remains fragile.

    On Thursday a car bomb killed at least seven people and wounded dozens outside a restaurant in the capital Mogadishu.

  17. Haftar asks for support to stop migration from Libya

    Khalifa Haftar
    Image caption: Haftar is visiting Rome and Paris to bolster his stature as a key player in international efforts to stabilise the country.

    Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar has asked European countries to aid his forces with helicopters and drones to fight migration from the war-wracked country, the AFP news agency is reporting.

    Mr Haftar, who is on a visit to Rome and Paris, commands forces that control much of the east and south of Libya.

    He told the Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera, that his soldiers needed the military equipment to tackle the migration crisis:

    Quote Message: When it comes to controlling the southern border, my forces can supply the personnel but you Europeans must send help - drones, helicopters, night vision and vehicles."

    Former colonial power Italy has been the strongest backer among Western allies for the UN-recognised government of national unity - which is based in the capital, Tripoli and sees Haftar as an arch foe.

    Mr Hafrar told the publication that he had presented his plans to Italian Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti and that she had "already accepted a training programme for our soldiers in Italy".

    Ms Pinotti, however, told parliament that she did not take sides in the dispute between the rival governments, saying that Italy wanted "a united and peaceful Libya and we are ready to work with all those who intend to work peacefully for the unity of the country".

    Profile: Libya's military strongman Khalifa Haftar

  18. Russia donates military helicopters to Mali

    BBC World Service

    Russia has given two military helicopters to Mali following a petition signed by millions of Malians asking for Russian support in the fight against Islamist insurgents.

    Russia said more military equipment would follow.

    The Group of Malian Patriots -- who organised the petition said Mali's security forces and the United Nations peacekeeping mission were incapable of restoring stability in the north of the country.

    More than half of Mali was captured by Islamist, secessionist and other rebel groups in 2012.

  19. S.Africa court 'cannot compel Zuma to set up commission of inquiry'

    BBC World Service

    A High Court in South Africa has ruled that it cannot compel President Jacob Zuma to set up a commission of inquiry into alleged influence-peddling in his government.

    The opposition Democratic Alliance asked the court to force Mr Zuma to set up a commission to investigate allegations that the powerful Gupta business family had influenced the appointment of ministers.

    Mr Zuma argued that the Public Prosecutor had no right to ask him to set up a commission as this was the president's prerogative.

    Both Mr Zuma and the Guptas deny the allegations.

    South African President Jacob Zuma speaks at a memorial lecture after unveiling a statue of struggle veteran Harry Gwala in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, on 6 August, 2017.
  20. Uber has 1.8m active users in Africa

    Uber app
    Image caption: Uber says the service has allowed people to have flexible working hours

    Data from ride-hailing app Uber says that South Africa and Kenya are its most lucrative markets in Africa, Kenya's Business Daily reports.

    South Africa ranks first with 969,000 active riders, while Kenya in second place, has 363,000 active users.

    Both countries have experienced violent protests against Uber, mostly by taxi drivers, who accuse it of unfair competition.

    The company launched its operations on the continent four years ago.

    The data which was released by the company on Thursday says there are 12,000 and 5,000 Uber drivers in South Africa and Kenya, respectively.

    Uganda and Tanzania have 48,000 and 53,000 active riders respectively, with each country signing-up 1,000 drivers.

    Ghana and Nigeria have 140,000 and 267,000 active riders respectively with about 7,000 drivers using the Uber app in Nigeria while Ghana has 3,000.

    The data shows that there are 1.8 million active Uber users in Africa.

    Uber's General Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, Alon Lits, said the service has allowed people to have flexible working hours:

    Quote Message: Drivers love being as flexible as they like; earning what they want, when they want to supplement their income."