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Evelyne Musambi and Basillioh Mutahi

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  1. Twitter boss posts Nigerian flag as protests held

    Twitter boss Jack Dorsey
    Image caption: Jack Dorsey is the CEO of Twitter, which has been banned from Nigeria

    Twitter boss Jack Dorsey has tweeted the Nigerian flag in what local media have interpreted to be support for the Saturday protests against poor governance and the suspension of the microblogging platform.

    Mr Dorsey's tweet attracted comments from Nigerians who are using virtual private networks (VPN) to access the app.

    Twitter is in discussions with the Nigerian government after it was banned in the country on 5 June.

    The ban came after the app deleted President Mohammadu Buhari's tweet but the presidency said the ban was not connected with that action.

    Nigerians on Saturday took to the streets to demonstrate over poor governance, lack of democracy and the Twitter ban.

    Police fired teargas at the protesters and several were arrested, according to local media.

    Saturday's protests were the first since the #EndSARS ones against police brutality that went on for weeks.

  2. Zambia president assures public after collapse

    President Edgar Lungu
    Image caption: President Edgar Lungu is seeking re-election

    Zambia's President Edgar Lungu has assured citizens that he is well after collapsing while attending a public event.

    He was presiding over the national defence day on Sunday when "he experienced sudden dizziness" in the capital, Lusaka.

    Secretary to the Cabinet Simon Miti issued a statement saying that the president “is well and has continued to discharge his duties".

    Dr Miti said President Lungu recovered immediately after the incident.

    The president had a similar health incident in 2015, which the presidency said was because of an "oesophagus condition".

    President Lungu is seeking re-election in the 12 August polls.

  3. Monday's wise words

    Our African proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: You cannot determine where your feet will land." from A Tonga proverb sent by Michael in Livingstone, Zambia.
    A Tonga proverb sent by Michael in Livingstone, Zambia.
    An illustration of feet

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

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    Video caption: Migrants face robbery, extortion and starvation

    Every year tens of thousands of migrants risk it all on the perilous journey from Ethiopia to Saudi Arabia.

  5. Soldiers killed in Ivory Coast ambush

    Ivorian soldiers drive on the back of a vehicle outside the International Academy for Combating Terrorism (AILCT) in Jacqueville in Ivory Coast on June 10, 2021.
    Image caption: The attack comes two days after a new counter-terrorism academy was inaugurated in Abidjan

    Three security personnel have been killed in an ambush on a military patrol in northern Ivory Coast, near the border with Burkina Faso, the army has said.

    Two soldiers and a police officer died when their vehicle hit an explosive device, security sources say.

    Four others were wounded in the attack, which was the second in the region in a week.

    On Monday an Ivorian soldier was killed in an attack by gunmen on the town of Tougbo.

    Islamist militants have been waging an insurgency in Burkina Faso and Mali for many years and security officials fear an expansion of their operations further south to countries such as the Ivory Coast.

    The attack on Saturday evening comes two days after a counter-terrorism academy was inaugurated in Abidjan to help tackle the jihadist threat in the region.

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    Video caption: Nigeria Twitter: How the ban is affecting small businesses

    Some Nigerian entrepreneurs who use Twitter to promote their businesses are recording reduced sales.

  7. Scroll down for this week's stories

    We'll be back on Monday

    That's all for now from the BBC Africa Live page team for now. There will be an automated BBC News feed until we're back on Monday morning.

    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 our wise words of the day:

    Quote Message: Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable." from A Tshiluba proverb from the Democratic Republic of Congo sent by Patrick Kasenge in Oregon, the US
    A Tshiluba proverb from the Democratic Republic of Congo sent by Patrick Kasenge in Oregon, the US

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this image from our selection of Africa's best photos of the week of a marching band in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, taking a break:

    People from a marching band resting on the grass
  8. Covid vaccine body ‘set up with colonial mindset’

    BBC Focus on Africa radio

    Woman holding a vial
    Image caption: Africa has been struggling to get hold of Covid-19 vaccines

    The organisation set up to distribute coronavirus vaccines to poorer nations was established with a “very colonial mindset”, a top African Union (AU) official has told the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme.

    Dr Ayoade Alakija, who is the co-chair of the AU’s Vaccine Delivery Alliance (Auvda), was speaking on the eve of the G7 summit where world leaders are expected to announce vaccine donations to countries that are struggling to cover their populations.

    “The initial problem with [Covax] is that it was not inclusive, it was a very colonial mindset as it was set up,” she said.

    “They did not come and ask us Africans, they did not come and ask our leadership, they didn't come and ask our people, 'What would you like?'”

    Had that been done, Auvda would have said it wanted to vaccinate between 60% and 80% of Africa's population, Dr Alakija said.

    But Covax seemed to think that covering 20% of the population was enough, she said. The global vaccine sharing scheme was “not the sole solution”.

    “I think that has been the root cause of our inability so far to purchase our own vaccines, to source our own vaccines, is the fact that we were being told that Covax is enough. 'You stay there and let Covax deal with your needs.'”

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  9. 'I sing for children caught in Cameroon's crazy war'

    DJ Edu

    This Is Africa, BBC World Service

    Tzy Panchak
    Image caption: Tzy Panchak says the secessionist conflict in Cameroon's two English-speaking regions has been tough for his fans

    When I asked Tzy Panchak if he had been affected by the instability in Anglophone Cameroon, I had no idea that my question would bring such a heartfelt and moving answer.

    I could have anticipated perhaps that this successful musician would have relocated to Douala in the Francophone region because it is a much bigger city than any on the Anglophone side, but Tzy moved there not because of better facilities, but to feel safe.

    “It’s been really really difficult because our fans are back there struggling, some are in the bush, it’s been really tough.”

    Tzy Panchak’s hometown is Kumba. In October last year, men with guns and machetes attacked a school and killed half a dozen children between the ages of 12 and 14.

    “I had a concert on the same day they killed those children, so I was actually on my way to Kumba and the show promoter called me and said, ‘Bro, have you heard? They just killed children in school, there was a shoot-out.’ I asked if any of them had survived, he said, ‘Yes." I said, ‘Take me to the hospital.’”

    Tzy consoled injured children some of whom had jumped from multi-storey buildings, comforted bereaved parents and paid medical bills. As soon as he returned home he went to studio and wrote a song dedicated to the children. He called it I Am Kumba.

    The singer told me:

    Quote Message: I grew up in that place, I went to school there, I got my opportunities from Kumba. I think they deserved a fair and equal opportunity too, they didn’t deserve to die like that just because they wanted an education. I’m very emotional right now."

    And this is not all:

    Quote Message: I lost my Dad because of this crazy war. On 17 April the ambulance refused to carry him from Kumba to Douala because they were scared, so he died. I wrote a song for him too.”

    In a twist of fate, the last time Tzy saw his father was in February when he went to Kumba again to do a concert to help the town heal from the school attack.

    “He came on stage, I was surprised, like wow, I said, ‘Thank you very much, I love you.’ He said, ‘I love you too’ - and that was the last moment we had together. Thank God I went home that day.”

    You can hear more from Tzy Panchak on This is Africa this Saturday, on BBC World Service radio and partner stations across Africa, and you can listen online here.

  10. Mauritius to reopen to vaccinated tourists

    Yasine Mohabuth

    Port Louis, Mauritius

    Beach in Mauritius
    Image caption: Tourism is a key part of the Mauritian economy

    Mauritius is set to reopen its borders to vaccinated tourists from 15 July, but visitors will still have to quarantine for 14 days.

    From 1 October all vaccinated tourists who have a negative Covid test will be allowed on Mauritian territory without any restrictions.

    The borders were first closed more than a year ago.

    Tourism is an important part of the Indian Ocean archipelago's economy and many hotels have been closed for months while others have been used as quarantine centres.

    The government's announcement follows the acceleration of its vaccination campaign.

    The tourist authority said that frontline workers in the tourism industry have been prioritised to get the jab.

    Mauritius has recorded 1,566 Covid-19 cases with 265 active local cases and registered 18 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

  11. LGBT activists arrested in Ghana win bail

    A group of 21 lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender-diverse activists who were arrested last month while attending a conference in southern Ghana have been granted bail.

    They are charged with "unlawful assembly", and at the time of their arrest were accused by police of sharing books and flyers with titles including "Coming out" and "All about Trans".

    Human Rights Watch said in 2018 that queer Ghanaians "suffer widespread discrimination and abuse both in public and in family settings".

    There is no law in Ghana that says being LGBT is illegal, but same-sex relationships are criminalised.

    Last week the UN called for the group's immediate release, saying "all evidence available points to the fact that they were detained while they were peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association."

    The group' previous bail application had been denied. Their case will now be heard at a later date, Citi Newsroom reports.

    Watch:

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    Video caption: Members of Ghana’s LGBT community speak out about anti-gay discrimination
  12. Fears for Rwandan fugitive arrested in Mozambique

    BBC Great Lakes

    Cassien Ntamuhanga
    Image caption: Before his arrest and escape, Cassien Ntamuhanga used to run the Amazing Grace radio station in Kigali

    Fears are growing that a Rwandan journalist who sought asylum in Mozambique may have been illegally deported back home.

    Cassien Ntamuhanga, who had sought safety in the southern African country after escaping from prison in Rwanda in 2017, was detained on 23 May on Inhaca Island off the coast of Mozambique’s capital, Maputo.

    The 39-year-old used to run a Christian radio station in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, that was not afraid to criticise government policies.

    In 2014 he was arrested and later convicted of terrorism offences and sentenced to 25 years in prison - on what he says were trumped up charges.

    He famously escaped from a high-security jail in central Rwanda three and a half years ago - and during his time in Mozambique has set up a political movement in exile, the Rwandan Alliance for the National Pact (RANP).

    Earlier in May, he was sentenced in absentia to another 25 years in prison for allegedly planning terror attacks on Rwanda.

    “We are still trying all ways to be in touch with Cassien. Unfortunately, nothing yet,” his lawyer in Maputo, Simao Henrique Buque, has told the BBC.

    After his detention in May, the media in Rwanda reported that he was likely to be deported.

    Cléophas Habiyaremye, the Rwandan refugees’ representative in Mozambique, says this would be illegal as Rwanda and Mozambique have no extradition treaty.

    “In this case it is a decision to be taken by courts, and not police,” he told the BBC, adding that the journalist was still a registered asylum seeker.

    Rwanda’s ambassador to Mozambique, Claude Nikobisanzwe, has dismissed allegations by the RANP that the Rwandan government has been involved in Mr Ntamuhanga’s recent arrest.

    He told the private paper Canal de Mocambique such accusations were “fake news”.

    The police in Mozambique have not yet responded to the BBC’s request for comment.

    A number of prominent government critics have been killed in and outside Rwanda in recent years and others jailed. The government has denied involvement in their deaths.

    Kizito Mihigo
    Image caption: Popular gospel singer Kizito Mihigo was arrested with Cassien Ntamuhanga in 2014

    Mr Ntamuhanga was arrested in 2014 alongside gospel singer Kizito Mihigo, who was given a 10-year sentence. The pair had often put on shows together and other Christian events.

    Kizito, as he was popularly known, had drawn ire for a song that suggested that everyone killed during the 1994 genocide should be remembered whether they were ethnic Hutus or Tutsis.

    The singer was pardoned by the president in 2018, but was arrested two years later for allegedly trying to leave the country illegally and was found dead in his cell a few days later.

    A government investigation found he had taken his own life, but many dispute this.

  13. Namibian TV anchor Jessica 'will be live again'

    There's been a lot of speculation about the future of Namibian broadcaster Jessica Kaimu.

    A clip of an on-air mix up with her fellow host Elmarie Kapunda on national NBC TV got a lot of attention.

    Kaimu appeared to snap at Kapunda when she handed over to her for the sports bulletin, saying: “No. We are not going to do that. You’re just going to greet me and say, 'Take it away.'”

    Her colleague responds: “Jessica, we are live.”

    The clip has been been trending in Namibia and South Africa:

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    So have the pair still got jobs?

    The Namibian newspaper says it has the definitive answer from Kaimu - better known to us as Jessica.

    "I did not lose my job. As a matter of fact, I am in my office working right now,” she is quoted as saying.

    The Nambian also spoke to NBC board chairperson Lazarus Jacobs.

    “There is absolutely nothing wrong with what they have done. It's normal, it can happen to the best news organisation in the world. There is no reason for them to be dismissed,” he said.

  14. Where are our children? Somali mothers ask

    Somali women during the demonstrations

    Dozens of Somali mothers took part in demonstrations asking the government to bring back their children who they say were being trained in Eritrea.

    The mothers told BBC Somali that they have not heard from their children.

    Somalia's Information Minister Osman Abukar Dubbe said the youths were still being trained in Eritrea and that they would return after the training ended.

    Parents of the recruits had expressed concern after reports that Somali soldiers were involved in the fighting in Ethiopia's Tigray region.

    Eritrea’s Information Minister Yemane Meskel has dismissed allegations that Somali troops fought with Eritrean troops in Ethiopia.