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Summary

  1. Daniel Kaluuya thrills fans at Black Panther premiere
  2. Some believe albino body parts have magical properties
  3. Al-Shabab militants admit bombing Somali soldiers
  4. Cape Town may become first major city to run out of water
  5. Australia's warning to Commonwealth Games athletes
  6. Nigeria attack took place last month in Adamawa state
  7. Liberian citizenship restricted to black people only

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By Flora Drury and Mirren Gidda

All times stated are UK

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    That's all from BBC Africa Live today. Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or check the BBC News website.

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  2. Everyone's talking about Daniel Kaluuya's outfit

    It's normally women's outfits at premieres that get people talking.

    But it was Oscar-nominated Daniel Kaluuya's choice of clothes that caught people's eye when he stepped out on the red carpet in Los Angeles on Monday.

    Kaluuya, who was promoting his new film Black Panther, chose to don a traditional Ugandan kanzu - much to the delight of many on social media.

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    And Kaluuya, the son of Ugandan immigrants, was not the only one to turn heads.

    After all, the invite requested "royal attire" - and from the looks of the pictures, no one disappointed.

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  3. Zambia police hunt 'gay couple'

    Zambia's police spokesperson has appealed to the public to share information about two women believed to be in a same-sex relationship, news site Zambia Reports says.

    A picture of the two women has been circulating on social media.

    However, it is not entirely clear why police have decided the pictures suggest they are in a same-sex relationship.

    The deputy health minister Hamisi Kigwangalla warned last year those who advertised homosexual activities online would be targeted.

    Ester Katongo said the police's cybercrime unit have launched an ongoing investigation.

    Same-sex relationships are illegal in the country, with those found guilty risking jail time of up to 14 years.

    Ms Katongo said, should the two women be found guilty, the sentence would not be less than seven years.

  4. UN alarmed by rise in DR Congo refugees

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Congolese people carry their belongings after they crossed the border from the Democratic Republic of Congo to be refugees at Nteko village in western Uganda on January 24, 2018
    Image caption: People have also been crossing into Uganda

    The UN's refugee agency UNHCR says it is alarmed by an escalation of violence in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    In one week more than 1,200 people have fled by boat to Tanzania - most of them women and children.

    More than 7,000 arrived in Burundi after Congolese government soldiers launched attacks against a rebel group earlier this month.

    The UNHCR says most have fled their homes in South Kivu Province because they were stuck between the two fighting groups.

    There have also been reports of forced recruitment.

    The UN mission in Congo is the world's largest, with some 18,000 troops at a cost of more than $1bn a year.

    Last weekend a Pakistani peacekeeper was killed by rebels in an ambush. In December, in Congo's north Kivu province, 14 Tanzanian peacekeepers were killed and dozens wounded in another rebel attack.

  5. Tunisian journalists' union plans strike against press crackdown

    Tunisian protestors shout slogans in front of the military tribunal in Tunis on January 20, 2015 during a trial of Tunisian bloger and journalist Yassine Ayari.
    Image caption: Tunisians demonstrate during the 2015 trial of blogger and journalist Yassine Ayari who was accused of defaming officials

    The National Union of Tunisian Journalists is planning a strike to protest what it calls "a systematic, fierce campaign" against press freedom and journalists in Tunisia.

    Freedom of expression has suffered in the country, with police given "a free hand in dealing with journalists and subjecting them to physical assaults in a blatant manner", the union's president Neji Bghouri told the radio station, Shems FM.

    Bghouri added that his organisation has documented cases of police asking journalists to reveal the content of their recordings.

    The union has also received complaints from journalists about police placing them under surveillance, Bghouri said.

  6. Odinga is not the only politician to "inaugurate" himself...

    Wanyama wa Chebusiri

    BBC Africa

    President of the opposition party Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) Etienne Tshisekedi attends a signature agreement with main opposition parties of the Democratic Republic of Congo on June 10, 2016
    Image caption: Etienne Tshisekedi declared himself president of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2011

    It may seem audacious to simply declare yourself president, but Kenya's Raila Odinga is not the only African leader to take matters into his own hands.

    Take, for example, the Ugandan opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye, a perennial rival of President Yoweri Museveni.

    Two years ago, he released a video shot in a secret location in which he inaugurated himself a day before Mr Museveni took office.

    It didn't go down well. He was arrested and charged with treason and is currently on trial.

    Five years earlier, in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, Etienne Tshisekedi came second to current leader Joseph Kabila.

    He decided to organise his own “swearing in” at home after an initial attempt to have him inaugurated at the Martyr stadium in the capital Kinshasa failed. He was later put under house arrest.

    In Nigeria, Moshood Abiola declared himself president when Sani Abacha was in power in the early 1990s.

    This was after he had visited many Western countries, seeking their support against Abacha’s regime. He was arrested and charged with treason and jailed for four years.

    In 2016 in Gabon, opposition leader Jean Ping declared himself president and called for a recount of votes, which confirmed that the incumbent President Ali Bongo had won. However, Ping maintained that “the whole world knew that he was the president”.

  7. South Africa: Eskom profits down 34%

    The Koeberg Nuclear Power Station
    Image caption: Eskom also owns South Africa's only nuclear power station

    South Africa's state-owned power company has released figures showing its profits are down by 34%.

    Eskom's figures also showed a worsening cash position, a fall in asset values and a gap of 50% between the funding it needs, and the funding it has.

    The struggling company has received a number of government bailouts, but is also implicated in a corruption scandal involving South Africa's president, Jacob Zuma.

    There are allegations that certain contracts relating to Eskom were given to government allies, instead of being properly tendered out.

    Eskom dominates the electricity market in South Africa and exports power to some of the country's neighbours.

    But in recent years, the size of its debts have regularly been cited by credit ratings agencies as a threat to South Africa's economic stability.

    Last month, the company elected a new board, prompting hopes that its fortunes can be reversed.

  8. Could onions help the fight against TB?

    It sounds unlikely, but Dr Cynthia Danquah, of the school of Pharmacology at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, is looking into the possibility.

    Listen to her speaking to Focus on Africa below:

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    Video caption: Researchers believe onions' antibacterial properties could aid in existing antibiotic treatments.
  9. Al-Shabab militants bomb Somalian soldiers

    A Somali soldier stands guard next to the site where Al Shebab militants carried out a suicide attack against a military intelligence base in Mogadishu on June 21, 2015
    Image caption: Somali soldiers have intensified operations against Al-Shabab in the past few days

    Al-Shabab militants have claimed responsibility for a bomb which targeted Somalian soldiers in Boosaaso District, north-eastern Somalia.

    The soldiers were travelling by truck between the Boosaaso and Galgala mountains when the bomb went off, according to local media.

    It's not yet known whether anyone died in the attack.

    In the past few days, Somalian forces have increased operations against al-Shabab and the so-called Islamic State.

    On Monday, an Al-Shabab attack killed four soldiers in the Bay region, southern Somalia.

  10. Odinga's 'resistance movement' illegal, says minister

    Beverly Ochieng

    BBC Monitoring

    Supporters of the Kenyan opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) and its leader Raila Odinga hold up a placard that reads "Baba (Odinga) Resist" during Odinga"s "swearing-in" ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya, 30 January 2018

    The Kenyan Minister for Internal Security Fred Matiang'i has declared the opposition National Resistance Movement (NRM) an organised criminal group, the privately-owned Daily Nation newspaper has reported.

    "Matiang'i declared [the] National Resistance Movement an organised criminal group quoting Section 22 of the Prevention of Organised Crimes Act, 2010," the mass-circulation newspaper said on its official Twitter account.

    The group's leader, Raila Odinga, had earlier today sworn himself in as the "people's president" in the capital Nairobi. You can read our earlier posts on that here, and our BBC Africa colleague's analysis here.

    Separately, the government shut down major television and radio stations to prevent them from broadcasting the event live.

  11. Grave robbers steal albino body in Zambia

    Kennedy Gondwe

    Lusaka

    Albino children take a break on January 25, 2009 in a recreational hall at the Mitindo Primary School for the blind, which has become a rare sanctuary for albino children
    Image caption: Some people believe albino body parts will bring wealth (stock image)

    Suspected "ritual killers" in Western Zambia have exhumed and stolen the body of an albino, reports the state owned Times of Zambia.

    Police have so far caught one suspect and are hunting for two others, the paper adds.

    The suspected grave robbers are believed to have exhumed the body of an albino person, who was buried in 2016.

    The newspaper did not say whether the person was male or female, or how old they were when they died.

    However, it said that relatives of the deceased noticed on Sunday that the grave had been tampered with and reported the matter to the police.

    Police instituted investigations and found that the casket together with the body, were missing.

    Western Province Police Commissioner Charles Lungu said investigations revealed that the deceased was buried on 4 August, 2016.

    Ritual killings in Zambia are less common than in some other African countries, but in common with those areas, some Zambians believe albino body parts can be used for rituals to create wealth.

  12. Aubameyang 'arrives' at Arsenal

    Gabonese football star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's move to Arsenal seems to be inching closer with reports that he has arrived at the club's training ground.

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    BBC Sport reported yesterday that Arsenal had reached a £60m deal with Borussia Dortmund for the forward.

    It however added that the deal was being held up as the German club was still looking for a replacement for the striker.

    Stay with us as we will be monitoring the developments.

  13. Protests over death of Senegalese fisherman

    Laeila Adjovi

    BBC Africa, Dakar

    Fishermen sail by a pirogue (back) at the port of Saint-Louis 14 September 2006
    Image caption: Protests broke out in Saint-Louis (pictured in 2006)

    In Senegal, hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets of the northern town of Saint-Louis, after a fisherman was killed by Mauritanian coastguards.

    Police fired tear gas to disperse the crowds in Saint-Louis, as angry protestors pillaged and torched shops owned by Mauritanians. At least three police officers were injured.

    It came after coastguards reportedly opened fire on a Senegalese fishing boat that entered Mauritanian waters on Saturday night.

    A 19-year-old fisherman from Saint-Louis subsequently died from gunshot wounds.

    The Senegalese fisheries ministry condemned the killing and President Macky Sall called for an investigation.

    Since the expiry of fishing agreements between the two neighbouring countries in 2016, there have been several incidents between Mauritanian coastguards and Senegalese fishermen.

  14. Analysis: A political statement - not an inauguration

    Dickens Olewe

    BBC Africa

    Raila Odinga
    Image caption: Mr Odinga's swearing-in was a publicity stunt

    Opinion is divided on the implications of opposition leader Raila Odinga's "swearing-in" today.

    Some say the event was pointless, while others see it as a symbolic development which could force President Uhuru Kenyatta to talk to his political nemesis.

    The latter point of view has some credence, being that Kenya has always boxed itself into political standoffs which - eventually - give way to compromises.

    But even the most ardent optimist would admit that Mr Odinga’s swearing-in pushes the country into uncharted territory.

    The event itself was a stunt, devoid of any seriousness. It was more about making a political statement than inaugurating a country’s leader.

    Mr Kenyatta will, however, see it as an act undermining his authority. The attorney general had already warned Mr Odinga would be committing treason, but will the government risk plunging the country into further crisis by arresting the opposition leader?

    Mr Odinga, on the other hand, will relish being placated by his self-declared honorific, "people’s president". Other than that, it is unclear what he has gained from the swearing-in.

    In fact, he seems to have been abandoned by other opposition leaders, who skipped the event.

    Of course, the lasting effect of today’s event might not be Mr Odinga’s swearing-in at all, but the state enforced media shutdown which will no doubt be a stain on President Kenyatta’s legacy.

  15. Nigerian footballer returns to Russian club

    Ahmed Musa of Leicester City looks on during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Crystal Palace at The King Power Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Leicester, England

    Nigerian footballer Ahmed Musa has returned to his former club CSKA Moscow.

    Mr Musa joined the UK team Leicester City in August 2016 for $23m (£16m), a club record.

    He scored five goals during 33 matches, but has only played for Leicester once this season, during the Carabao Cup.

    Leicester City has agreed to loan him back to CSKA Moscow until the end of the season.

    CSKA Moscow fans have been previously accused of directing racist abuse against black players.

  16. Big game hunter shot and killed in South Africa

    A lion relaxes on the banks of the Luvuvhu river at the Pafuri game reserve on July 21, 2010 in Kruger National Park, South Africa
    Image caption: Pero Jelenic was hunting lions when he died

    A big game hunter has been killed by a stray bullet during a trip shooting lions in South Africa.

    Pero Jelenic, a 75-year-old man from Croatia, was hit as he tracked captive-bred lions near Setlagole, in the country's north-west province.

    Charlize van der Linden, a spokesman for South Africa's police, told News24 that Mr Jelenic had already killed one lion when he was fatally injured.

    He was taken to Vryburg hospital but couldn't be saved, she said.

    “A case of culpable homicide has been opened, and police are also investigating charges of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition," Ms van de Linden added. "At this stage it is not clear who fired the fatal shot that killed Mr Jelenic. Our investigations are ongoing.”

    Slavko Pernar, a friend of Mr Jelenic's, told the Croatian newspaper Jutarnji List that he was a "passionate hunter" who had leased his hotel in order to travel the world, hunting animals.

    Every year hundreds of lions are bred in captivity across South Africa for the purpose of being placed onto private game reserves for hunting.

    It is a controversial practice, with some lions left to grow up in small enclosures and easily shot by hunters.

    Supporters of captive breeding argue it contributes to conservation.

    Read more: Are lion hunters in South Africa shooting tame animals?

  17. Kenyan opposition leader calls himself president on Twitter

    A screengrab from Raila Odinga's Twitter account
    Image caption: Raila Odinga is declaring himself president of Kenya on Twitter

    Raila Odinga, the leader of Kenya's opposing NASA Coalition, has declared himself the country's president on his Twitter account.

    The move comes soon after Mr Odinga was sworn in as "the people's president" in Uhuru Park, Nairobi.

    His title, which Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta considers treasonous, is a reference to Mr Odinga's belief that he was the rightful winner of last year's presidential election.

    Kenyan authorities shut down TV stations to prevent live coverage of Mr Odinga's swearing-in event, which was attended by thousands of people.

    Speaking earlier to Kenyan broadcaster KTN, Mr Odinga said the media ban "confirms we have descended to the level of Uganda", which stopped media coverage during elections in 2016.

  18. Odinga: 'Today is a historic day for Kenya'

    Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition takes a symbolic presidential oath in front of his supporters in Nairobi, Kenya January 30, 2018

    Raila Odinga, the Kenyan opposition leader, has told supporters they have freed themselves from "dictatorial leadership" after swearing himself in as "the people's president".

    Thousands of people had gathered to see his "inauguration" in the Kenyan capital Nairobi's Uhuru park.

    He and his followers dispute the results of last year's election, which was won by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    After taking the "oath", Mr Odinga spoke to the crowd, telling them:

    Quote Message: Today is a historic day in our country of Kenya... Kenyans have taken the step of freeing themselves from the autocratic and dictatorial leadership which resulted from the stealing of votes... We had said earlier, when they vote, we shall vote. When they count, we will count. When they tally, we will tally. When they throw, we will throw. When they steal, we will steal. When they declare, we will declare. When they swear in, we will swear in. Today we have fulfilled our pledge with the people of Kenya."

    The result of the August general election was annulled following allegations of irregularities.

    Mr Kenyatta won a re-run in October, but Mr Odinga did not take part.

    Mr Kenyatta's government had warned today's ceremony amounted to treason, and banned live broadcasts of the event.

  19. Malian jihadist group claim January attacks

    The al-Qaeda linked group Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM) has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks in Mali this month.

    JNIM's media arm al-Zallaqa has said the group was responsible for two large-scale attacks on military bases which took place on 27 and 28 January.

    On 27 January, gunmen killed at least 14 soldiers in an early morning assault on a military camp in Soumpi village, Timbuktu.

    A day later, gunmen killed at least three soldiers in an attack on a military post in the town of Menaka.

    In addition to claiming its members were behind the attacks, JNIM has also said it carried out an IED attack on UN peacekeeping troops on 12 January.

    Since its formation in March 2017, JNIM has tended to target Malian, French and UN troops.

    The group's latest statements were released via al-Zallaqa's channel on the messaging app Telegram.

    Malian police forces deploy to block a group of demonstrators (not in picture) marching towards the French Embassy in Bamako, to protest against the continued presence of the French Forces in Mali, on January 10, 2018.
    Image caption: The jihadist group JNIM has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks in Mali, some against security officials
  20. Cape Town's 'Day Zero' pushed back

    A child in Masiphumelele informal settlement collects drinking water from a communal municipal tap in Cape Town, South Africa, 30 January 2018

    Capetonains water-saving measures have brought the South African city an extra four days until the taps are shut off.

    "Day Zero" - the day the city officially runs out of water - has been moved from 12 April to 16 April, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader DA leader Mmusi Maimane said.

    According to News24.com, he congratulated residents on their efforts:

    Quote Message: This is crucial progress, and I offer my thanks and congratulations to all residents who have joined in this campaign to Defeat Day Zero with such commitment. Their efforts have shown fruit. We have started to push back Day Zero, and we can defeat it altogether if we keep going."

    Cape Town is in the midst of its worst droughts for a century, with dam levels at just 26.3%.

    It is at risk of becoming the first major city to run out of water entirely.

    Residents have been told to restrict their water usage to just 87 litres per person for the past few weeks. That amount lowers to 50 litres per person from tomorrow.

    Read more about what life is like for Capetonians here: 'My wife doesn't shower any more'