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  1. Scroll down for Friday's stories

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    That's all from BBC Africa Live for today, we will now leave you with an automated service until Monday morning.

    Or you can keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast.

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: If your mother-in-law does not know how to sit, then you should know how to look." from Sent by Kanchebele Jonathan, Lusaka, Zambia, and Asuk Sampson, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
    Sent by Kanchebele Jonathan, Lusaka, Zambia, and Asuk Sampson, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

    Click here and scroll to the bottom to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this picture of South Sudanese model Adut Akech getting a massive hug from modelling royalty Naomi Campbell. It's one of our favourite pictures of the week.

    Adut Akech and Naomi Campbell.
  2. Ghanaian schoolchildren join global climate strike

    Thomas Naadi

    BBC Africa, Accra


    Ghanaian schoolchildren have added their voice to the global strike to demand action is taken about climate change.

    About 100 students have been marching in the Ghanaian capital, Accra.

    Protest leader Helen Awuku said they want the government to implement climate resilient policies and adhere to its international obligations to minimise the impact of climate change on vulnerable communities.

    Campaigners say rising sea levels, caused by climate change, has sped up coastal erosion, which has destroyed people's homes on Ghana's coast.


    Millions of people are joining a global climate strike led by schoolchildren.

    The strike was sparked by the 16-year-old Swedish campaigner Greta Thunberg, who is attending the New York protest after crossing the Atlantic by boat.

  3. Thousands of Algerians protest despite army chief's warning

    Thousands of Algerians marched in the capital, Algiers, on Friday demanding that the head of the army, Lt Gen Ahmed Gaid Salah, be sacked.

    They turned out despite Lt Gen Salah's order for police to seize vehicles bringing protesters to the city.

    Algerian protesters take part in a demonstration against the country"s army chief in Algeria"s capital Algiers on September 20, 2019,

    On Wednesday, he said that the vehicle ban was needed to counter "certain parties... with bad intentions", who were exploiting freedom of movement to "disturb the peace of civilians", AFP reports.

    Algerian protesters take part in a demonstration against the country"s army chief in Algeria"s capital Algiers on September 20, 2019

    Former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned amid protests against him in April.

    Lt Gen Salah has argued that the country needs an election as soon as possible to replace him.

    Algerian protesters take part in a demonstration against the country"s army chief in Algeria"s capital Algiers on September 20, 2019
    Algerian protesters take part in a demonstration against the country"s army chief in Algeria"s capital Algiers on September 20, 2019

    Interim President Abdelkader Bensalah announced on Sunday that those elections will happen on 12 December.

    But this is a contentious issue.

    Opposition campaigners have argued that the people who were in power alongside the ex-president should not organise the election. That includes Lt Gen Salah.

  4. The challenges of keeping babies at market

    Aboubakar Famau

    BBC Africa, Dodoma

    Female market traders at Sabasaba market in Dodoma, Tanzania
    Image caption: The rough and ready language of the market place is not always suitable for children

    Tanzania's Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan has been travelling around the country with a mission to make markets safer for children.

    She is concerned because female market traders bring their children to their workplace but markets are often characterised by bad behaviour and obscene language, which can be directed at women and children.

    Female traders at Sabasaba market, one of the biggest and most famous markets in the capital, Dodoma, told me about some the problems they face.

    Martha Pascal, a mother of a one-year-old:

    Martha Pascal
    Quote Message: I know there are challenges of staying with a child at a market place but I have no-one to leave my daughter with at home."

    Irene Muhanza, a carrot seller, admits it is risky to have children around because of speeding handcarts and motorcycles:

    Irene Muhanza
    Quote Message: I’m forced to keep my child on the table the whole day. Sometimes I attend to my customers while my child is in my lap. She’s often a distraction but I have no other option.”

    Children here do not officially go to school until they are seven years old.

    In the afternoon the market gets even busier, when schoolchildren who have finished classes come to join their mothers.

    They often play together - and some can be seen doing their homework.

  5. Ebola survivors with immunity help new patients

    People who have survived Ebola are now helping patients who have just contracted the virus in the outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, reports AFP news agency.

    The survivors have developed immunity so have the benefit of not having to wear the protective clothing with the patients, reports AFP.

    Viannay Kambale, 31, pictured, now works with patients at an Ebola treatment centre.

    Viannay Kambale

    One of the reasons this outbreak has been so bad is because of mistrust of outsiders.

    Survivors have been helping build the trust - including a 35-year-old doctor who only gave AFP his first name, Maurice.

    He told AFP that he contracted the virus while caring for a patient in July 2018 before the outbreak was officially confirmed and then passed it to his wife.

    Both survived and Maurice is now the head of the Ebola survivors association for the response to the outbreak.

  6. Kenyan security guards filmed beating up woman

    Victor Kenani

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Kenyan human rights activist Wanjeri Nderu has tweeted footage of county security guards beating up a woman who is thought to be trader.

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    A source has confirmed to the BBC that the assault happened in the town of ‎Kitengela in Kajiado County, about 30km (18 miles) south of the capital, Nairobi.

    The person who recorded it says when the security guards noticed her filming them using her mobile, they turned on her - beat her up and confiscated one her phones.

    The Kajiado county government says it is investigating the matter.

    The area where the assault happened is in a market area in the town that the county authorities are trying to refurbish.

    Traders have been complaining that the project is taking too long, and some have been coming back to set up stalls by the roadside.

  7. George Clooney warns on South Sudan corruption

    New report links global corporations to rampant corruption in South Sudan

    US actor George Clooney in a press conference in London on 19 September 2019
    Image caption: Film star says state plunder is the motive of conflict in world's newest country

    A new report on the South Sudan conflict has called for investigations into alleged links between its government officials and foreign companies who are accused of profiting from the war.

    The research by The Sentry, an organisation co-founded by film star George Clooney and John Prendergast, names individuals and businesses - including foreign oil companies - which it says have plundered the resources of the country.

    It also calls on international regulatory authorities to trace and monitor the private financial transactions of top South Sudan state officials.

    "They use the international financial system to move proceeds of their financial crimes. We can work directly with governments and banks to close those avenues off, actually freeze and seize those assets, so that it creates a real level of accountability to these kind of crimes," the film star told BBC's Newsday.

    "Corruption is the driving force for these atrocities," Mr Clooney added.

    The Sentry co-founder Mr Prendergast said the conflict in South Sudan would only abate once there is a "consequence for looting".

    Increased surveillance would pressure banks to stop doing business with suspected war profiteers, Mr Prendergast told Newsday.

    "Kenyans want the Kenyan banking sector to be the financial one-stop shop for the entire region so they have to open themselves up to the international regulatory authorities. But they are terrified that if they get a bad grade from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) their whole banking sector is going to suffer. That's a significant counterweight and gives us a chance to do something real," he said.

    The government of South Sudan is yet to respond to the research by The Sentry.

    The world's newest state is grappling with a six-year civil war that has killed tens of thousands of people and forced four million people from their homes.

    President Salva Kiir and exiled leader of the opposition Riek Machar are in fresh talks to form a unity government, after the collapse of a peace agreement signed last year.

    A group of UN experts has warned that the country risks being plunged back into full-scale conflict if hardliners are allowed to sabotage the peace agreement.

    Listen to the full BBC Newsday interview with George Clooney and John Prendergast below.

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    Video caption: "Corruption is the driving force behind these atrocities"
  8. Kenya climate strike: 'I can't help but be aware'

    Ayan Farah, a campaigner in Kenya's capital Nairobi writes:

    Ayan Farah
    Quote Message: Living in sub-Sahara, I can't help but be aware of the glaring effects of climate change. More and more we find ourselves facing extreme iterations of weather. Longer, hotter, drier months followed by short but intense periods of rain.
    Quote Message: We're fluctuating between drought and floods in ways we're not prepared for. We're living in such dire and extraordinary times that we only have a few years to turn this around.
    Quote Message: Mitigating the damage we have wrought, for me, means recognising that what we've been doing doesn't work.
    Quote Message: We have to shift our economic, social and political focus towards concrete solutions for the climate emergency.
    Quote Message: I'm participating in the climate strike because I feel like we need to remember how to be a community again. We need our president to know that we want and expect him to honour the pledge he made to make Kenya 100% renewable by 2020."
  9. Journalist accused of illegal abortion denied release

    BBC Monitoring

    The world through its media

    Moroccan activists hold the poster of Hajar Raissouni, a journalist charged with fornication and abortion, during a protest outside the Rabat tribunal, Morocco September 9, 2019.
    Image caption: Activists, pictured earlier this month, have been protesting outside the court

    A Moroccan court has refused an appeal for the temporary release of a journalist accused of having a late-term, voluntary abortion.

    The journalist Hajar Raissouni was arrested and detained last month as she left a clinic in Morocco's capital Rabat.

    The 28 year old denies the charges - saying said she had gone to the clinic to treat internal bleeding.

    She works for Akhbar Al-Yaoum, a paper critical of the government so the case has sparked intense debate about press freedom and civil liberties in the predominately Muslim North African nation.

    The Moroccan judiciary insisted in a statement that her detention had "no links whatsoever to her profession".

    A woman who has had an abortion can be punished with a prison term of between six months and two years and a fine, says Amnesty International.

  10. Somali militant leader's message proves he is alive


    Ibrahim Aydid

    BBC Monitoring

    Ahmed Diriye, the leader of Somalia’s militant al-Shabab’s group, has released his first message since the Somali army alleged that he had died of cancer in June last year.

    Analysis of the 20-minute audio clip, released by the group’s media wing, shows that it was recorded between 22 August and 17 September 2019.

    Mr Diriye, who took over the leadership of the al-Qaeda-linked group in 2014 after Ahmed Abdi Godane was killed in a US air strike, spoke on various topics.

    The main aim of the message, delivered with energy, seemed to be to prove that he was still alive.

    The jihadist leader, thought to be in his 40s, mentioned al-Shabab’s killing of the mayor of the capital, Mogadishu, and the recently concluded and controversial elections in southern Jubbaland.

    He also commented on the contentious maritime border dispute between Kenya and Somalia, due to be heard soon by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), saying al-Shabab would not accept any verdict by a foreign court.

    Al-Shabab is still able to launch major attacks on the capital and other major towns despite being pushed out of them by the African Union and Somali government troops in recent years.

    Scene of an al-Shabab attack in Mogdishu, Somalia - March 2019
    Image caption: Al-Shabab is still able to launch devastating attacks in the capital

    The Somali military, which is often helped by US drone strikes, has recently launched a major offensive against the group in southern and central areas, which remain under the militants’ control.

  11. Senegal climate marchers want change 'right now'

    Franck Noudofinin

    BBC Africa, Dakar

    Climate change activists in Dakar, Senegal, holding up placards

    More than 200 schoolchildren and students have gathered in Senegal's, capital, Dakar, for the climate strike.

    Many of the young people taking part in the suburb of Rufisque are carrying signs which say, "Legui Legui", which in the local Wolof languages means: "Right Now".

    Senegal is particularly vulnerable to climate change.

    Climate change activists marching in Dakar, Senegal

    It it is already experiencing "desertification" - the persistent degradation of dry land ecosystems by human activities and climate change.

    The UN predicts more than 50 million people will be forced to leave their homes by 2020 because their land has turned to desert.

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  12. Mozambique children die after playing with explosive

    Jose Tembe

    BBC Africa, Maputo

    Three children have died in a blast in Mozambique after they started playing with an explosive they had found.

    It is believed that the children didn't know what the explosive was.

    The children found the explosive device in Tete, in the west of the country.

    Two other children were seriously injured and are being treated in hospital.

    It is not clear why the explosive was on the ground and the police have opened an investigation.

  13. Mali protesters kill 'unwanted' police chief

    A police chief in Mali's central Ségou region has been killed by protesters who were calling for him to resign, the authorities have confirmed.

    Issiaka Tounkara, head of police in the town of Niono, died on Thursday when protesters torched the police station.

    “A horde of people armed with projectiles of all kinds ransacked the station and attacked the staff,” a statement from the security ministry said.

    Police officers at the station fled after firing warning shots and efforts to repulse the crowd failed. One protester also died.

    The demonstrators were angered by the return of the police chief, who had been working in another region, the MaliJet news website reports.

    Some residents also accused him of having links with bandits, the AFP news agency reports.

    "Since his appointment, there have been more motorcycle thefts, robberies and looting," alleged one protester.

    According to MaliJet, the row was triggered by a police operation to check vehicle stickers in the town.

    Mali is grappling with chronic insecurity and lawlessness, despite recent ceasefire deals, fuelled by the presence of armed groups in the region.

    A map of Mali
  14. Nigerian climate protests prove to be a mixed bag

    Mayeni Jones

    BBC News, Lagos

    Despite climate change being a very real threat for many people living in Nigeria, the turn-out at the protest in the country's largest city is low.

    There are currently around 30 protesters at the event in Lagos, each carrying a placard warning of the dire consequences of rising global temperatures:

    Climate change protesters in Lagos, Nigeria

    Lagos is a coastal city and sea levels are rising, but many people live in abject poverty so climate activism is not top of their priority list.

    Most people are too busy hustling to make a living to protest.

    But in the capital, Abuja, it's a very different story.

    Hundreds of people have turned out for the strike, many wearing green Action Aid t-shirts:

    Climate change protesters in Abuja
    Image caption: Protesters in Abuja, the Nigerian capital

    Several protesters carried a large sign which reads: "There is no climate justice without gender justice."

    Seye Adegbpye, 37, at the Lagos protest told the BBC:

    Seye Adegbpye
    Quote Message: I'm here today because this is important, we have 12 years to turn things around.
    Quote Message: I’ve lived in Lagos 20 years and in that time I’ve noticed that every year water levels get higher and flooding here gets worse and worse.
    Quote Message: The city is also getting hotter and hotter.
    Quote Message: Even though there aren’t many of us here today, I’m hoping our government will hear our requests and implement policies such as increasing the number of trees that are planted around the city."
  15. Mozambique sugar mill strike hits 20th day

    Jose Tembe

    BBC Africa, Maputo

    Woman carrying sugar near Maputo
    Image caption: The mill near Maputo turns sugar cane into sugar

    A strike over pay at a Mozambican sugar mill hits the 20-day mark on Friday.

    About 500 workers at the Maragra sugar mill near the capital Maputo are demanding a 30% increase in pay.

    Their employers have agreed to a 20% increase but that was rejected by their union.

    The workers in the factory, which turns sugar cane into sugar, are arguing that they should be paid in line with other factory workers, which is higher than wages for those working in the sugar cane fields.

    But their employer says the company is having financial problems and can’t afford to meet the workers’ demand.

    The bulk of the 4,000 workers have remained at work.

  16. Ethiopia's godfather of jazz honoured by France

    Sammy Maina

    BBC Monitoring

    Mulatu Astatke
    Image caption: Known for playing the vibraphone and conga drums, the 75-year-old musician has performed around the world

    Mulatu Astatke, the godfather of Ethiopian jazz music, has been awarded France's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters).

    He was honoured at a ceremony, presided over by French Culture Minister Franck Riester, in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.

    "Few artists are able to embody in the eyes of the world a musical genre so strongly rooted in a national culture. Mulatu Astatke is one of them,” Mr Riester tweeted in French.

    He later posted a clip of Mulatu playing with French jazz violinist Théo Ceccaldi in Addis Ababa:

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    Born in the southern town of Jimma in 1943, Mulatu received his musical training in London, New York and Boston, where he fused jazz and Latin sounds with traditional Ethiopian music.

    Ethiopian scales have five notes and in Western music there are 12 - Mulatu combined the two to create Ethio-jazz

    Known for playing the vibraphone and conga drums, he has performed around the world.

    The 75-year-old musician has worked with Ethio-jazz groups such as the Walias Band and the Australia-based Black Jesus Experience. He has also collaborated with English collective The Heliocentrics.

    The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres was established in 1957 in France to recognise of significant contributions to the arts and literature.