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By Natasha Booty and Farouk Chothia

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  1. Scroll down for this week's stories

    We'll be back on Tuesday

    That's all from the BBC Africa Live page for this week. Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.

    We hope you enjoy your Easter break, and please rejoin us on Tuesday.

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: The teeth of a dog do not lock together." from A Swahili proverb sent by Annie Jordan, Moshi, Tanzania
    A Swahili proverb sent by Annie Jordan, Moshi, Tanzania

    We leave you with this photo of a pig hanging over the seat of a bicycle, as a man returns to his village from a market in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Kasai region.

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  2. Our best stories this week

    Highlights from BBC Africa Live

    Here's our pick of the best stories of the week from across Africa and about Africans elsewhere in the world:

    Kanye West's longtime collaborator Virgil Abloh, 37, said he was "elated" when the French fashion house chose him to be their new menswear designer.

    Virgil Abloh
    Image caption: Virgil Abloh walked the runway of his Off-White label's Paris fashion show earlier this month

    The set of four casts weigh 20 pounds and are made of 99.999% pure gold, reports cryptocurrency news site CCN.

    Nelson Mandela
    Image caption: This is the first time artefacts of Mr Mandela have been sold in bitcoin

    The US government has announced that it is ending a programme that protects Liberian citizens who live in the country because their homeland is “no longer experiencing armed conflict”.

    The Liberian national flag
    Image caption: Liberia was founded by freed American and Caribbean slaves

    Botswana's outgoing President Ian Khama has been lavished with an unusual array of gifts on his farewell tour before he steps down on Saturday. They include:

    • Three cars worth more than $300,000 (£213,450)
    • 500 chickens
    • a pistol
    • a tractor
    • shares in Botswana’s main telecoms company.
    A composite image of President Ian Khama and a tractor
    Image caption: After 10 years in power President Khama can finally relax with some agricultural hardware
  3. Kenya's Miguna 'in limbo' in Dubai

    The Kenyan opposition figure at the centre of a row between the government and the judiciary says he is stuck in limbo at Dubai airport.

    In an interview with BBC Focus on Africa radio, Miguna Miguna said he had nowhere to eat, sleep or shower.

    Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga (C) of the National Super Alliance (NASA) is assisted by lawyer Miguna Miguna (L) and James Orengo as he takes a symbolic presidential oath of office in front of his supporters in Nairobi, Kenya January 30, 2018.
    Image caption: Miguna Miguna has been in trouble since taking part in opposition leader Raila's Odinga's mock presidential inauguration

    He was removed from Kenya on Wednesday night after being detained at Nairobi airport for 72 hours.

    This is the second time Mr Miguna has been deported.

    Three top Kenyan officials have been fined for ignoring a court order to release Mr Miguna, who was charged with treason after participating in a mock swearing-in ceremony for the opposition leader Raila Odinga.

  4. Tripoli's mayor captured in night-time raid

    Rana Jawad

    BBC North Africa correspondent

    A fighter from the Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn) militia aims his weapon during clashes with forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government near the Wetia military air base, as they fight for control of the area some 170 kilometres west of the capital Tripoli on December 29, 2014
    Image caption: Libya has been mostly lawless since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011

    Gunmen have seized the mayor of Libya's capital, Abdelraouf Beitelmal, in a night-time raid on his home.

    Sources close to the family told the BBC the gunmen shot at the house, and beat up the mayor's son with the butt of a Kalashnikov.

    In a statement, Tripoli’s municipality said it was suspending its work in protest over "abduction", adding that such incidents “threaten the establishment of the state and its civilian life",

    But the head of the investigations Bureau at the Prosecutor General’s office, Sediq AlSour, told the BBC that the mayor is in custody and is being interrogated.

    He declined to elaborate on the reason, saying his office is not responsible for what he called the mayor's detention.

    The incident underlines the continuing confusion and instability in Libya.

  5. South Africa FA backs Danny Jordaan over rape claim

    Danny Jordaan
    Image caption: Danny Jordaan is a prominent member of the governing ANC party

    The South African Football Association (Safa) has come out in support of its president Danny Jordaan over a charge of rape made against him.

    Singer Jennifer Ferguson accused Jordaan in October last year of raping her in 1994.

    On Saturday she decided to lay charges against him with the police, who are now obliged to investigate the matter.

    Mr Jordaan has said he will defend himself in court and has always denied the allegations against him.

    Thursday's statement from Safa is its first public backing of Jordaan since the news of the accusations were first made public.

  6. A gun, a tractor and cash: Botswana leader's farewell gifts

    A composite image of President Ian Khama and a tractor

    Botswana's outgoing President Ian Khama has received some unusual gifts on his extensive farewell tour, reports South Africa's Mail and Guardian news site.

    So far, it says, Mr Khama has been given "three cars worth more than $300,000 (£213,450), a bicycle worth $6,000, more than 1,000 cattle, 500-plus chickens and 200 or so sheep".

    The news site that that President Khama cabinet gifted him "a pistol, a ranch, a tractor and cash, and some especially generous members of the opposition handed him shares in Botswana’s main telecoms company".

    President Khama is to step down on Saturday after 10 years in power.

  7. Tiger Brand sued over listeria in SA

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria
    Image caption: The strain of listeria found in a factory is particularly virulent

    A class action lawsuit has been filed against a South African food company following an outbreak of the listeria disease.

    One of Tiger Brand's factories has been linked to the outbreak which has killed more than 180 people since the beginning of last year.

    The disease has been traced to certain types of processed meats.

    More than 900 people have been infected with listeria, which causes high temperatures, vomiting and diarrhoea.

    The United Nations says this outbreak is believed to be the largest ever worldwide.

  8. Curious cheetah joins safari group

    An American tourist was on safari with his step-uncle in Tanzania when a cheetah got into their vehicle.

    The unexpected visitor spent 10 minutes exploring before leaving to devour a gazelle...

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    Video caption: Up close: The moment a cheetah joined a safari
  9. Fury as newspaper offers 'bottle of wine' for sex abuse stories

    A screengrab of the tweet by Uganda's Daily Monitor news site

    Uganda's Daily Monitor newspaper has caused outrage on social media over a tone-deaf appeal for women to send in stories of sexual violence in exchange for the chance to win a "luxury bottle of wine".

    More than one in five women aged 15-49 have experienced domestic or sexual violence in Uganda, according to a government report published last year.

    But the newspaper says a recent report indicates a much higher number: 51% of Ugandan women will reportedly experience physical or sexual violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime.

    Earlier this month, a Ugandan MP was criticised for saying on national television that "as a man, you need to discipline your wife.

    "You need to touch her a bit, you tackle her, beat her somehow to really streamline her."

    The Daily Monitor has since apologised for "any misunderstanding" caused by their tweet and deleted it.

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  10. Deadly gun attack on hotel in Mali

    It happened in Unesco-protected Dogon Country

    Alex Duval Smith

    BBC Africa, Dakar

    Two people were killed and two injured in a suspected gun attack on Wednesday evening by militant Islamists against an emblematic hotel in Mali's Dogon region.

    Papa Napo, the owner of Hotel La Falaise at Bandiagara, told the BBC six gunmen arrived on three motorbikes at about 20:00 local time (21:00 BST) and opened fire.

    ''They shot a national guardsman at the door. He died later. The attackers fired in all directions. They did not say anything but we believe they were Islamists. My brother and one female member of staff were shot in the feet as they tried to escape," he said.

    ''The national guards, who are always in front of the hotel, killed one of the attackers. They prevented the Islamists from taking the body away with them,'' he added.

    The family-run hotel had no guests at the time of the attack. It opened in 2006 and is well-known to tourists who used to visit Dogon Country in large numbers.

    A Dingo tank of the Bundeswehr, the German armed forces, enters Camp Castor after returning from a trainings mission on March 6, 2017 in Gao, Mali
    Image caption: UN troops have been struggling to end conflict in Mali

    The area in central Mali is a Unesco World Heritage site, famous for its villages embedded in sheer cliffs.

    The attack happened just three days after Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga passed through Bandiagara on a national tour.

    Until the outbreak of conflict in Mali in 2012, Dogon Country depended on tourism. It now has high unemployment.

    In the past 18 months, as violence has spread to central Mali, there have been increasing reports of young men joining self-defence militias to take on militant Islamist fighters.

  11. Photos of Lagos lockdown for Buhari's visit

    Here's a photo of a quiet street in upmarket Victoria Island in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos, after the authorities ordered that major roads remain clear so President Muhammadu Buhari does not have any hassles while driving through the city:

    Empty streets are seen outside the Eko Hotel ^ Suites in Victoria Island in Lagos on March 29, 2018.

    Armed police reprimanded a motorcyclist trying to move past a blockade:

    Members of the police reprimand a man on a motorcycle trying to move past a blockade in Lagos on March 29, 2018.

    Mr Buhari opened a bus terminal, and also attended the 10th Colloquium held to celebrate the 66th birthday of the leader of the governing All Progressive Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu:

    President Muhammadu Buhari (L) and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu (2ndL) attend the Bola Tinubu Colloquium at the Eko Hotel ^ Suites in Lagos, on March 29, 2018.

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  12. Top Kenyan officials fined for contempt

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    A High Court judge in Kenya has fined Interior Minister Fred Matiang'i and police chief Joseph Boinnet 200,000 Kenyan shillings ($2,000; £1,600) for contempt of court.

    A similar fine was imposed on the head of immigration.

    Judge George Odunga ordered the money be deducted from the salaries of the three.

    He had on Wednesday ruled that the senior government officials should appear in court for sentencing, but they did not do so.

    He had earlier found them in contempt for failing to obey a court order to release detained opposition politician Miguna Miguna.

  13. Taiwan's president to visit Swaziland

    Swaziland's King Mswati III attends the launch of a campaign calling for his male subjects to get circumcised to curb the spread of HIV infection, on July 15, 2011, in Mankayane
    Image caption: Swaziland is ruled by an absolute monarch

    Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen will visit Swaziland, one of the island's few diplomatic allies, next month.

    China regards Taiwan as a rebel region, and insists that countries cannot have official relations with both China and Taiwan.

    As a result, only 20 countries still recognise Taiwan - two of them in Africa: Swaziland and Burkina Faso.

    This will be Ms Tsai's first visit to Africa since becoming president in 2016.

    It will mark the 50th anniversary of official diplomatic relations between Taiwan and Swaziland, which is ruled by sub-Saharan Africa's only absolute monarch, King Mswati III.

  14. Mourners and grave-diggers killed in Nigeria

    Haruna Shehu Tangaza

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    More than 60 people have been killed - including mourners and grave-diggers - in attacks by cattle rustlers on a village in northwestern Zamfara state since Tuesday, residents have told BBC Hausa.

    Police say they recovered only three bodies, but residents of Bawardaji village were adamant that the number of dead was more than 60.

    Bandits first attacked the village on Tuesday afternoon, killing at least 13 people, after getting information that a vigilante group was meeting to discuss how to confront them, the eyewitnesses said.

    Many other people escaped with gunshots into the bush and to neighbouring villages. Some of them died later, the residents said.

    The gunmen returned to the village on Wednesday and attacked a mass funeral procession as the community was preparing to bury its dead from the previous day's attack.


    The attack left 63 people dead. Dozens of people in the funeral procession as well as grave-diggers were killed.

    "We were at the cemetery digging graves to bury those [they killed earlier], only for us to see them come back in a convoy of motorcycles. We ran and they started shooting at us," one man said.

    "As I am talking to you now only three of us survived from among those who attended the funeral at the cemetery. Six people from my family [attended the funeral] and only I survived," he added.

    Another resident said of the 63 people killed in the attacks, 38 bodies were found in a bush.

    The attacks came less than a week after President Muhammadu Buhari visited the troubled state, and urged the security agencies to wipe out "criminality".

    Police denied knowledge of Wednesday's attack, and said they fought off the bandits when they raided the village the previous day.

    ''When the attackers first attacked the village, a joint team of police and military personnel was deployed there to fight them off. And they engaged them in a gun battle which forced them to flee into the bush. After chasing them, our men found three dead bodies of the villagers who were killed by the armed bandits,'' Zamfara police spokesman Muhammad Shehu said.

  15. Looted Libyan artefacts 'sold in Spain'

    Ancient objects looted from areas controlled by so-called Islamic State group in Libya have been recovered by police in Spain.

    Two experts in ancient art - both aged 31 - have been arrested in Barcelona. They are suspected of being part of an international ring that bought the artefacts from groups linked to IS and sold it.

    They face charges of membership in a criminal organisation, document falsification, smuggling and financing terrorism.

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    Video caption: Spain police seizes artefacts looted from IS areas
  16. Niger court orders reopening of 'subversive' TV station

    The national flag of Niger
    Image caption: The national flag of Niger

    A court in Niger has ordered the reopening of a private radio and TV network shut down by the government for carrying a "subversive message of revolt" at the weekend, AFP reports.

    It had been taken off air after when a banned demonstration over new taxes turned violent.

    The judge deemed the closure of the Labari radio and television station "illegal" and ordered security forces stationed outside the premises to leave.

    AFP reports that 23 people were arrested at the time including the owner of Labari - Ali Idrissa - who is also a rights activist. Among the others are opposition figure Nouhou Arzika, rights activist Moussa Tchangari and rights lawyer Lirwana Abdourahamane.

  17. Kenyan officials fail to turn in court

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Three senior Kenyan officials have failed to turn up in court where they were due to be sentenced for contempt.

    The interior minister, inspector general of police and head of immigration were charged after they ignored orders to release the opposition figure, Miguna Miguna.

    Main opposition leader Raila Odinga was in the packed public gallery to hear the sentencing.

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    Mr Miguna returned to Kenya this week after being charged with treason and deported to Canada.

    He was detained at Nairobi airport where he says he was beaten and drugged before being forced onto a plane to Dubai.

    There are growing tensions between the government and the judiciary, with court orders repeatedly ignored.

  18. Nigeria's escaped prisoners allege a senator gave them guns

    A map showing the location of Kogi state within Nigeria

    A senior Nigerian police officer has been removed from his post after six suspects escaped from police custody yesterday under his watch.

    Nigeria’s police chief says he ordered the senior officer’s removal from Kogi state police command for negligence and misconduct.

    Two of the suspects were caught with guns which they alleged were given to them by a Nigerian senator. The police has since declared the senator wanted and placed him on an Interpol watch-list.

    All six suspects have been remanded in police custody by a Nigerian high court.

    Their dramatic escape is an embarrassment for the police force, and prompted the police chief to remove other officers as well from the Kogi state command.

  19. Gay love story triumphs despite attempted ban

    Inxeba (The Wound) has won six awards at the South African Film and Television Awards, including Best Film, despite an ongoing campaign to have it banned from cinemas.

    Traditional leaders were furious at the film's portrayal of gay love against a backdrop of a rite of passage ceremony for young men from the Xhosa ethnic group.

    Watch footage from the award-winning film below and hear what the director and a cultural expert make of the backlash:

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    Video caption: Inxeba wins South Africa film award despite ban attempt
  20. Lagos on lockdown for Buhari visit

    Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 19, 201
    Image caption: President Buhari is on his first official visit to Lagos since taking power

    The authorities in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos have been strongly criticised for imposing a lockdown in the city today so that President Muhammadu Buhari can have a hitch-free visit - and open a bus terminal.

    The decision led to hundreds of commuters and workers stranded at bus stops, with many forced to walk as commercial buses were not operating.

    "I left home around 5:00 am to enable me get to work. I had to use alternative routes because the main road has been blocked," Ahmed Busari, a port clearing agent, told AFP news agency.

    There was also a strong security force presence on the streets.

    Former Aviation Minister Femi Fani-Kayode tweeted:

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    Lagos Information commissioner Kehinde Bamigbetan said the roads were closed to traffic "to ensure smooth, security-free visit of the president".

    This is Mr Buhari's first official visit to Lagos, which has a population of about 22 million, since he took office in 2015.

    Roads have been swept and painted in Nigeria's national colours of white and green, and flags of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party adorned all the routes where Mr Buhari's motorcade was set to pass through, AFP reports.

    Civil servants had also been given the day off, it adds.

    Apart from opening the bus terminal, Mr Buhari will also launch the construction of a $1.5bn (£1bn) deep sea port in Epe and tour the Eko Atlantic project, a new coastal city described as the "Dubai of Africa", AFP reports.