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Summary

  1. Banned Kenyan lesbian love story premiers at Cannes
  2. Burst dam kills dozens in Kenya
  3. Somali militants kill woman 'for marrying 11 times'
  4. Nigeria shuts down codeine cough syrup firms
  5. Bride marries days after crocodile bites her arm off
  6. Zambian library apologises for 'half naked' rule
  7. Ebola reported in DR Congo
  8. Grace Mugabe's assault immunity challenged
  9. SA mosque attackers slit victims' throats

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Scroll down for this week's stories

    We’ll be back on Monday

    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.

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: It is the path opened by the needle that the thread follows." from A Yoruba proverb sent by Azuka Omonuwe, Lagos, Nigeria
    A Yoruba proverb sent by Azuka Omonuwe, Lagos, Nigeria

    And we leave you with this shot of a traditional military parade in Libya. It's one of our favourite pictures of the week.

    Libyan dressed in traditional costumes
  2. Kenyan director ‘saddened’ by film ban

    Wanuri Kahiu
    Image caption: Wanuri Kahiu appeared on the red carpet in Cannes last night

    The director of the first Kenyan film to debut at Cannes has said she is "incredibly sad" her film cannot legally be seen in Kenya because it has been banned for promoting homosexuality.

    Wanuri Kahiu has noted the irony of the ban.

    Quote Message: Censorship actually brings more attention to a project than anything else".

    But said she was "disappointed" by the decision, despite it drawing international attention to her film.

    Quote Message: This film was made by Kenyans for Kenyans. No-one else will understand the nuances, the language, the landscape and the behaviour as much as Kenyans will. So while the ban has brought extra support and publicity, I would take a Kenyan audience watching the film over that."

    Read more on the BBC News website.

  3. Attacked Ethiopian referee unconvinced of safety

    Footage of attack on pitch
    Image caption: Referee Iyassu Fente, who was attacked by players and coaches, is not convinced things will change

    The Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) and the country's Match Officials and Commissioners Association agreed on Thursday to resume league matches.

    However Iyassu Fente, the referee who was assaulted prompting the suspension, is not convinced things will change.

    Fente was attacked by players and coaches after awarding a disputed goal during a league game last month.

    "The league is to kick off and we are yet to see the culprits being punished," he told BBC Sport.

    "The officials' association demanded some measures to be taken and the federation has promised to sort out things - but these are just words.

    "I have not seen any measures until now.

    "Psychologically I am hurt to the level that could prompt me to quit my job as a referee. I need to contemplate on things before I start handling games."

    Read more on the BBC Sport website.

  4. Nigeria arrests 92 beggars

    Bara'atu Ibrahim

    BBC Newsday

    Children beggars

    Authorities in Nigeria's north-west Kano state have arrested 92 beggars for disobeying a law on street begging in the state.

    Most of these beggars are children between the ages of nine and 16, and mostly come from neighbouring states.

    The Hisbah - religious leaders who control the of observance of Islamic principles in the state - have said the beggars will be returned to their parents.

  5. Nigeria security forces kill 20 in shootout

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    At least 20 suspected bandits were killed by Nigerian security forces over the past 24 hours in what the military has described as clearance operations in the troubled Adamawa and Taraba states.

    A combined team of the army and police killed 10 suspected bandits in Taraba while the Nigerian army killed another 10 armed suspects in Adamawa, in the north-central region.

    Troops recovered motorcycles, ‎guns, rounds of ammunition and ‎one cutlass.

    Nigerian police displayed some of the corpses at Jalingo police station.

    Recently, nearly 60 villagers were massacred by bandits in the northern part of Kaduna state.

  6. Critics verdicts on banned Kenyan lesbian love story

    Rafiki
    Image caption: The cast of Rafiki were snapped on Cannes red carpet last night

    The US film critics' verdicts are out for the banned Kenyan love story that received a rousing applause at Cannes film festival yesterday.

    Kenyan authorities banned the film Rafiki for promoting homosexuality.

    And that ban, the critics seem to agree, led to much hype around the film.

    But beyond backing the homosexual storyline, the film critics weren't entirely complimentary of the film itself.

    Variety's Guy Lodge says the scripting is clunky, the acting is great but the thing that is really noteworthy above anything else is the ban:

    Quote Message: At home, where homosexuality remains a criminal offense, 'Rafiki' has been slapped with a ban for its positive representation - a state of affairs that makes this lively, brightly performed film impossible not to celebrate, even as its decidedly conventional script skimps on richer dramatic opportunities."

    Screen Daily's Allan Hunter also mentions the hype - which he says "generated a considerable weight of expectations". But he adds he was not disappointed - taking time to applaud the acting:

    Quote Message: Charismatic performances by Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva make you believe in the characters and invest in the romance. When harsh reality inevitably intrudes on their dream love, the emotional impact is all the deeper."

    And it's faint praise from Vanity Fair's Richard Lawson:

    Quote Message: The Kenyan government’s attempt to muffle the film has had the opposite effect here in Cannes... The film about half delivers on that buzz, serving as a fine showcase for two talented young actresses but narratively stalling out as it tells a familiar story."
  7. 'It's not just a shoe, it's a piece of royalty'

    Banker-turned-shoemaker Fred Deegbe says his custom-made shoe brand, Heel the World, is about more than just selling shoes.

    The BBC's Africa Business Report went to Accra, Ghana, to find out more.

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    Video caption: 'It's not just a shoe, it's a piece of royalty'
  8. Kenya satellite successfully launched

    A Kenyan satellite has been launched into space for the first time.

    The satellite which was developed and assembled by the University of Nairobi with assistance from Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency was launched from the International Space Station.

    The nano-satellite which is not much larger than a coffee cup is expected to help with mapping, monitoring of the coastline and the fight against illegal logging in Kenya.

    People gathered in an auditorium at the University of Nairobi to watch the launch:

    The nano-satellite was launched from the International Space Station
    Image caption: The nano-satellite was launched from the International Space Station
  9. WHO records Lassa fever retreat in Nigeria

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has said Nigeria is no longer at the "critical phase" in dealing with the Lassa fever outbreak.

    The organisation said in a statement that only a handful of cases had been recorded in the past six weeks.

    View more on twitter

    A total of 423 confirmed cases including 106 deaths have been recorded so far this year.

    Director of emergencies in Africa, Ibrahima Socé Fall, congratulated Nigeria but added, "we cannot let our foot off the pedal. We must use the lessons learnt to better prepare at risk countries in our region to conduct rapid detection and response.”

    Lassa fever is a viral infection, primarily transmitted to humans through contact with food or household items contaminated with rodent urine, faeces, or blood.

  10. Zimbabwe president called 'face of old order'

    Zimbabwe's opposition leader Nelson Chamisa has complained that the country's president has not brought change to the country since taking over from Robert Mugabe's long stay in power.

    Nelson Chamisa was speaking to BBC HardTalk when he made the accusation about President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

    "He has refused to be the face of the new order. In fact, he has chosen to be the new face of the old order," Mr Chamisa said.

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    Video caption: Mnangagwa is 'new face of the old order', says Chamisa
  11. Support plan for Patel dam victims

    The Kenyan government has made an appeal to its citizens to take part in a fundraising campaign to help those left homeless by Wednesday's deadly floods, local media reports.

    At least 2,000 people have been left homeless after a dam burst in Solai town, north-west of the capital, Nairobi.

    Authorities say at least 45 people were killed and dozens others are missing.

    Reports say 70 million litres of water rushed downstream towards the homes below.

    View more on twitter
  12. Zambian wins prestigious literary award

    JAMES DAVIES
    Image caption: Kayo Chingonyi received the prize from Swansea University Fellow Michael Sheen

    The International Dylan Thomas Prize has been won by a Zambian-born British poet described as having an "original and distinctive voice".

    Kayo Chingonyi, 31, scooped the £30,000 ($40,000) prize from a six-person shortlist.

    The Swansea University-backed award is the world's biggest literary prize for writers under 39.

    Mr Chingonyi's entry was his poetry collection Kumukanda which explored black masculinity and rites of passage for young black men in Britain.

    The prize is on offer for the best literary work published in English, including poetry, novels, short stories and drama.

    "I'm staggered," said Mr Chingonyi.

    Read the full story on the BBC website

  13. Morocco will still build stadia if it loses World Cup bid

    Stadium
    Image caption: The design for the World Cup final stadium in Casablanca has already been drawn up

    Morocco will complete many of the plans in its 2026 World Cup bid even if it does not host the finals.

    The Moroccan bid is up against a joint one from USA, Mexico and Canada.

    Hicham el Amrani, Morocco's bid chief, insisted its plans will carry on even if they lose the vote.

    "We'll carry on the projects because it is for the good of our country and continent, not only to host the World Cup," he told BBC Sport.

    New motorways and new high speed trains are planned.

    They also plan to build nine new stadia.

    Fifa's members are choosing the 2026 host in a vote on 13 June.

    Read more on the BBC Sport website.

  14. Two Britons 'kidnapped in DR Congo'

    The UK Foreign Office is investigating reports that two Britons have been kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Local media say a female wildlife ranger - who was with the two Britons - was killed.

    The attack happened just north of the city of Goma in the Virunga National Park.

    The area is known for its mountain gorillas but there have been many killings and kidnappings in recent years.

    The national park is known for its mountain gorillas
  15. Somali investigation of military raid deaths

    BBC World Service

    The Somali government says it is investigating reports that five civilians were shot dead in a military raid involving American troops.

    Elders near the town of Afgoye, close to the capital Mogadishu, said those killed during a military operation on Wednesday night were farmers.

    An official from the Lower Shabelle region said the military operation was meant to target al-Shabab militants who had been based at a farm for a long time.

    A spokesman for Somalia's security ministry said it was not clear whether US soldiers were involved in the raid.

  16. Inventor makes coat to protect seeds

    The seed has been reinvented to make it more resilient.

    So-called seed balls are seeds coated in a charcoal shell to stop them being eaten by insects.

    They survive in the dry season and when the rain comes, it washes away the charcoal and the seeds can germinate.

    The organisation behind the invention, Seedballs, hopes the invention will help combat deforestation in Kenya.

    Teddy Kinyanjui, co-founder of Seedballs Kenya, has even persuaded helicopter charter companies to keep bags of seedballs under the seats so passengers throw them down to the ground.

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  17. Freed Somaliland poet posts celebratory selfie

    Somaliland poet Nacima Qorane, who was released on Monday after a presidential pardon, has posted a selfie on Twitter celebrating her release.

    Ms Qorane was a couple of weeks into her three-year jail sentence, for performing a poem calling for re-unification of the self-declared republic of Somaliland and Somalia.

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    Pressure groups in Somaliland said Ms Qorane's basic human rights had been violated.

    Somaliland self-declared independence in 1991, but is not recognised internationally.

    The territory is home to about 3.5 million people.

  18. Patel dam 'was not illegal'

    The manager of Patel dam has blamed bad weather and loose boulders for cracking the water reservoir.

    The dam burst on Wednesday sending water downstream in Solai town in Kenya, killing at least 41 people. Dozens are still missing.

    Vinod Jayakumar told Citizen TV that the dam has been in operation for more than 20 years and others dams in the farm have been operating for much longer.

    Mr Jayakumar sent condolences to the family adding that the company has been giving out food and clothes to survivors.

    He added that locals should pray, "that there won't be more rain".

    Watch his full interview:

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  19. Ghana's speaker 'to resign if MPs introduce gay bill'

    Akwasi Sarpong

    BBC Africa

    Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament Aaron Mike Oquaye says he will resign if lawmakers introduce a bill to legalise homosexuality in Ghana.

    “If anybody should bring such a thing to parliament and I have to preside over that I will rather resign than subscribe to this delusion,” Mr Oquaye told Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana current affairs programme on Thursday.

    There are currently no plans to introduce such a bill but gay activists having been asking MPs to consider it.

    UK's Prime Minister, Theresa May, recently urged Commonwealth nations including Ghana to overhaul “outdated" anti-gay laws and said the UK "deeply regrets" its role in the legacy of violence and discrimination.

    Watch Mr Oquaye's full interview:

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  20. All set for Kenya's satellite 'lift off'

    People have gathered at an auditorium in Kenya's University of Nairobi to watch the live launch of a locally-assembled satellite to space.

    The 10cm cube satellite described as a nano-satellite was built by funds from Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency(JAXA).

    Japan provided the $1m (£720,000) funding and the platform for construction but it was Kenyan hands that did the building.

    The satellite will be used observe farming trends and to monitor the country’s coastline.

    It will be deployed from the International Space Station at 11:00 GMT.

    The BBC's Ferdinand Omondi has snapped this picture of the gathering at the auditorium.

    People at an auditorium in Nairobi University