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Live Reporting

Dickens Olewe and Lucy Fleming

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  1. Scroll down for this week's stories

    We'll be back on Monday

    That's all from the BBC Africa Live page today - all our stories from Monday to Friday are below.

    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 Friday's wise words:

    Quote Message: The house of a person we love is never far." from Sent by Mokelifi Johnson ThankGod in Abuja, Nigeria
    Sent by Mokelifi Johnson ThankGod in Abuja, Nigeria

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    We leave you with our favourite shots from our picture gallery of Africa's week. An admirer of anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, whose funeral will be held in South Africa tomorrow:

    An admirer of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

    And a woman riding a motorbike through a market in the Nigeria city of Makurdi in Benue state:

    Woman riding a motorcycle
  2. Elephant orphan saver Daphne Sheldrick dies

    Famous Kenyan conservationist Daphne Sheldrick has died at the of 83, her wildlife charity has announced.

    Her daughter said in a statement that she had passed away on Thursday after a long battle with breast cancer.

    Angela Sheldrick added:

    Quote Message: Her legacy is immeasurable and her passing will reverberate far and wide because the difference she has made for conservation in Kenya is unparalleled."

    It said that she was the first person to successfully hand raise a milk-dependent newborn elephant and rhino, "knowledge that has seen more than 230 orphaned elephants saved in Kenya".

    The charity she started is world-renowned for the care it gives orphaned elephants.

    "She died knowing that she will continue to make a difference each and every day," her daughter said.

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  3. Koffi Olomide 'invited back to Kenya'

    Musician Koffi Olomide has announced that he will be performing in Kenya on 24 April, his first return after he was deported from the East African country in July 2016 for assaulting one of his female dancers.

    He said in a video message that he had been invited to perform at a high-profile national conference that brings together Kenya's 47 county leaders and is usually attended by the president and top government officials.

    The 61-year-old rumba singer has apologised several times for his behaviour in Kenya.

    In his promotional video for the upcoming tour - posted on YouTube - he tells his Kenyan fans, "I miss you so much, I love you."

    Watch the full video:

    View more on youtube
  4. DR Congo not 'chaotic'

    Refugee camp
    Image caption: DR Congo says UN has exaggerrated the crisis in the country

    The Democratic Republic of Congo says it has boycotted the donor conference in Geneva because it does not like to be portrayed as a failed state.

    The Congolese ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Zenon Mukongo Nga, told the BBC such an assessment made people angry.

    Quote Message: The level of humanitarian situation was raised to 'level three', the worst of all the levels in the world, meaning exactly that DR Congo has been compared to the countries where there is chaos, where the state has collapsed, where there is nothing working so far. And this drove people mad . "

    The UN says more than 13 million Congolese need humanitarian aid, calling it a catastrophic humanitarian crisis.

    But he said the UN did not have information about the real situation in DR Congo:

    Quote Message: We have our own figures which should be confronted with UN figures because, sometimes people are just sitting in their offices in Geneva, in New York, and they just get reports from each people who are on the ground. Sometimes they don't go really on the ground. We have people everywhere and the figures we have are the real ones."

    The Congolese government had wanted to discuss this discrepancy before the conference but that they did not find a common ground which was why the country was not participating, he said.

  5. Read the secret diaries of the Chibok girls

    Photos of the exercise book covers with the overlaid text
    Image caption: Two 40-page notebooks used as diaries survive

    It's the fourth anniversary tomorrow of the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls taken from their school in Chibok by Boko Haram militants.

    More than 100 of them remain in captivity, including Sarah Samuel, who wrote many of the entries in a diary smuggled out by her friend when she was released last year.

    The girls used exercise books, given to them for the Koranic classes they were made to attend, to chronicle some of their experiences.

    Photo of the diary
    Image caption: Sarah Samuel, who wrote many entries, is still held by Boko Haram

    Last year, journalist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani spoke to one of freed Chibok girls about how they managed to keep the diary a secret.

    Read her account of the Chibok diaries: Chronicling a Boko Haram kidnapping

  6. Congo crisis: Finding clean water is hard

    Catherine Byaruhanga

    BBC Africa, Kywangwali camp, Uganda

    Congolese arriving in Uganda
    Image caption: Many Congolese arriving in Uganda are fleeing ethnic violence in Ituri province

    More than 40,000 people from Democratic Republic of Congo have settled here in Uganda’s Kyangwali refugee camp since the beginning of the year, fleeing violence.

    These are some of 13 million Congolese the UN is trying to raise funds for at a donor conference in Geneva today (see earlier post).

    It can be hard to comprehend such large numbers.

    As we drove to meet some of the Congolese families in western Uganda, the mass of white tarpaulin tents just kept on going and going.

    Parents, children and grandparents can find themselves huddled in one of these small structures that they hurriedly put up.

    Finding fresh, clean water is difficult. Sanitation is not what it should be, providing an easy opportunity for diseases like cholera.

    It’s the tail end of an outbreak here that has killed more 40 people, with 2,000 others being treated in hospital.

    Refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo stand under a shelter with their food collected from the World Food Programme as it rains in the Kyangwali settlement in Uganda - 10 April 2018
    Image caption: Refugees at Kywangwali camp shelter from rain as they await food rations

    The majority of the people in Kywangwali are fleeing the ethnic clashes in Ituri province.

    Some tell me their attackers were friends and neighbours. No-one knows how many have been killed in the fighting - it’s still too dangerous to count.

    This is also not the first time many of them have fled – and some are giving up on the idea of going back.

  7. Algeria buries plane crash victims

    Rana Jawad

    BBC North Africa correspondent

    Aftermath of plane crash
    Image caption: The plane crashed in a field, avoiding a highway

    Funerals have been held in Algeria for some of the victims of Wednesday's plane crash.

    Most of the 257 people who died when the plane came down were members of the military and their families, who were travelling to another army base in the country.

    The deadly incident was Algeria’s worst air disaster in its modern aviation history.

    The aircraft came down in a field just after taking off from Boufarik military airport, west of the capital, Algiers.

    Witnesses and aviation experts say the pilot appeared to try and crash land in an unpopulated area.

    Some reported seeing a wing catch fire before the crash.

    In the days or weeks to come, the investigation is expected to shed some light on what caused the accident.

  8. Guard of honour for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

    Ahead of tomorrow's funeral for South Africa's anti-apartheid campaigner Winnie-Madikizela Mandela, people have been gathering at her home in Johannesburg to witness a guard of honour to pay tribute to her life.

    The BBC's Nomsa Maseko has shared these pictures:

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    Our correspondent says that traditions that will be observed include slaughtering of a cow, a ritual meant to appease the ancestors.

    She adds:

    Quote Message: Her body will be brought to the house where elders will welcome her and assure her that she is back home. Before nightfall a cow will be slaughtered to appease the ancestors who will receive her in the after life.
    Quote Message: The meat from that cow will be served to mourners after the funeral tomorrow."

    Click her to see an interactive timeline of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's tumultuous life.

  9. Al-Shabab defector 'given $15,000 reward'

    Abdi Dahir

    BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

    Al-Shabab militants
    Image caption: The militants are also known to give money to entice government soldiers to defect

    Somalia's south-western regional administration has given $15,000 (£10,000) to an al-Shabab defector, local media reports.

    He was reportedly an official in the Islamist militant group and came over to the government's side in January.

    He arrived in the regional capital Baidao in a vehicle with a machine-gun mounted on the back, which he handed over to the authorities.

    Al-Shabab often rewards government soldiers who defect to the militants' ranks by giving money equivalent to the price of their guns.

    During celebrations yesterday to mark the 58th anniversary of Somalia's national army, President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo reiterated his offer of an amnesty to those fighting for al-Shabab if they surrendered.

    He first declared the amnesty after his election last year and since then many al-Shabab fighters, some of whom were senior commanders, have surrendered.

    Read: Who are Somalia's al-Shabab?

  10. Lagos protests over state tax increases

    BBC Africa Business Report

    Residents in the Nigerian city of Lagos have been protesting about a controversial tax increase by the state government.

    Annual charges on property have been increased by more than 200% (although subsequently slashed by up to 50% for commercial properties).

    Nigeria continues to recover from recession and residents say that any increase will prove crippling for the city. Watch:

    Video content

    Video caption: Lagos protests over state tax increases
  11. 'No tithes, no heaven' pastor angers Nigeria

    Ogechi Obidiebube

    BBC Pidgin, Lagos

    Nigerian Pastor E A Adeboye
    Image caption: Pastor Adeboye is reportedly one of the world's richest clerics

    A video of esteemed Nigerian Pastor E A Adeboye admonishing Christians who do not pay tithes - the practice of giving 10% of their earnings to the church - has enraged some Nigerians on social media.

    In the recording, Pastor Adeboye can be heard saying to his congregation:

    Quote Message: Anyone who is not paying his tithe is not going to heaven, full stop.”

    Some of the tweeters wondered on what authority he was making his statement:

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    View more on twitter

    But a few others were in full support of the pastor:

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    View more on twitter

    Pastor Adeboye, who heads the Redeemed Christian Church of God - one of the biggest churches in Nigeria - has been listed by Forbes as one of the richest clerics in the world with a net worth of $130m (£91m).

    Tithing has become a heated topic here.

    Another respected pastor, Tunde Bakare, told BBC Yoruba earlier this year that tithing was not compulsory.

  12. Tusks from 90 elephants disguised as resin

    Mozambique's largest-ever ivory seizure

    Jose Tembe

    BBC Africa, Maputo

    More than 1.5 tonnes of ivory - equivalent to the tusks from 90 elephants - have been seized from a container in Maputo harbour disguised as resin and covered with recycled plastic bottles, custom authorities in Mozambique say.

    The cargo was due to be exported to Cambodia.

    Officials described the find the country's largest-ever seizure of elephant tusks.

    Fernando Tinga, spokesperson for the Maputo tax authority, says that they were detected thanks to scanners at the port.

    Quote Message: We did not find resin, which is what had been declared as the container’s export content. In one of the six containers, we found elephant tusks."

    Mr Tinga said the cargo was being shipped by a Mozambican company that specialised in the production of plastic.

    So far, no-one has been detained in connection with the case

    Image caption: Trade in ivory was banned in 1989 to save elephants from extinction
  13. DR Congo donor conference 'will fall short'

    Imogen Foulkes

    BBC News, Geneva

    People in a boat fleeing their homes in DR Congo
    Image caption: In the past two years, more people have been displaced in DR Congo than any other country

    The UN says it hopes to have raised $530m (£371m) by the close of today's pledging conference to ease the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (see earlier post).

    The UN has requested $1.7bn for DR Congo and aid officials say they did not hope to raise the full amount in Geneva.

    Nevertheless the expected $530n falls far short.

    DR Congo's government has boycotted the conference, saying the UN's estimation of 13 million people in need is an exaggeration.

    Read the BBC News story for more

  14. Nigeria's Amusan wins gold in 100m hurdles

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa Sport

    Oluwatobiloba Amusan of Nigeria celebrates winning gold with silver rmedalist Danielle Williams of Jamaica and bronze medalist Yanique Thompson of Jamaica

    Nigeria’s Oluwatobiloba Amusan has won gold in the women’s 100m hurdles ahead of two Jamaicans Danielle Williams and Yanique Thompson.

  15. Rwanda coach missing 'after toilet run'

    Rwanda's weightlifting coach at the Commonwealth Games has been missing since Tuesday after excusing himself to use the toilet, Rwandan chef de mission Nzabaterura Eugene has told The Australian.

    “He [Jean Paul Nsengiyumva] was at Carrara Stadium with an athlete for the competition there and before the end of the competition the coach went to the toilet and from then we realised he was not in the stadium or the [athletes'] village,” Mr Eugene is quoted as saying.

    “We had a chat to police and administration in the village. All of his stuff is in the room.”

    His disappearance is similar to that of 13 athletes at the Games, which are being held in the Gold Coast region of Australia.

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    The local authorities have revealed that more than 40 people, including athletes and journalist, have inquired about staying in Australia.

    They say they are expecting more desertions as the Games end this weekend.

  16. Somali football stadium bombed by al-Shabab

    Abdi Dahir

    BBC Monitoring

    A football at a stadium in Somalia
    Image caption: The militants have banned football in areas they control

    Four people watching a local football match in Barawe, a town in southern Somalia controlled by government forces, have been killed in an attack by Islamist al-Shabab militants.

    At least 10 others were also injured in the attack on Tabuuk Stadium.

    The al-Qaeda-linked group hid the device under the seats and says it was targeting Somali soldiers, but eyewitnesses said all the victims were civilians.

    Last month, al-Shabab ordered the closure of all football stadiums in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

    The UN-backed government told pitch owners not to obey, but more than 20 grounds have closed in the Karaan, Yaqshid and Heliwaa districts of the city.

    This latest attack could further worry players and ground owners from engaging in sporting activities.

    Al-Shabab already bans the playing of football and the watching of matches on TV in the areas it controls.

    Boys playing football in Mogadishu, Somalia
    Image caption: Football is popular in Somalia
  17. 'We make wooden sunglasses from offcuts'

    BBC Africa Business Report

    A small-scale manufacturer in Cape Town is taking recycled paper and offcut timber and turning them into over 80 varieties of wooden sunglasses.

    The BBC's Africa Business Report went along to meet the South African entrepreneur Alistair Barnes to find out more.


    Video content

    Video caption: 'We handmake wooden sunglasses from offcuts'
  18. Uganda’s Cheptegei wins second gold

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa Sport

    Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei with Canada's Mohammed Ahmed behind him

    Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei has won his second gold of the Commonwealth Games with victory in the 10,000m to go with his victory in the 5,000m race.

    He beat Canada’s Somali-born Mohammed Ahmed, who won silver, with Kenya’s Rogers Kwemoi claiming bronze.

    Cheptegei won silver at the World Championships in London last year behind Mo Farah.

  19. Semenya breaks record with another gold

    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa Sport

    Caster Semenya

    South African Caster Semenya has bagged another gold in the Commonwealth Games in Australia after winning the women's 800m final.

    She finished in one minute 56.68 seconds - two seconds ahead of Margaret Nyairera Wambui of Kenya in second and Natoya Goule of Jamaica in third - setting a Games record.

    She had already won the 1,500m women's final and also broke a Games record by clocking 4:00.71 seconds.

  20. Mozambique 'creating environment of fear'

    Mozambique’s failure to investigate recent killings and assaults of prominent critics is creating an environment of fear for activists, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said.

    Six activists told the US-based rights body that they were living in fear after receiving threatening messages for criticising the government.

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    In a statement, HRW highlighted the case of journalist and political commentator Ericino de Salema, who was abducted last month and found unconscious on a road outside the capital, Maputo, hours later.

    Mr Salema, who often takes positions critical of government policies on a leading TV show, said he had received threatening phone calls before his abduction on 27 March.

    He said the abductors said they had been sent to “teach him a lesson”:

    Quote Message: They beat my legs, arms, and knees with iron bars. I screamed until I had no more strength left. That’s when I went quiet… and they left me there.”

    Dewa Mavhinga, HRW's southern Africa director, said of the incident:

    Quote Message: Prosecuting the people who committed this crime will send a strong message to everyone, including in the security forces, who wants to create an atmosphere of fear.”

    The police investigations unit has publicly promised to investigate these cases, but HRW says it has not identified any suspects yet.