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  1. Tanzania rapper told to get degree before criticising government

    Roma Mkatoliki

    Tanzania's Arts and Information Minister Harrison Mwakyembe has dismissed a new song by rapper Roma Mkatoliki which criticises the government, saying the musician "lacks the academic credentials" to question state policies.

    "You can criticise but you should have the knowledge and education to qualify to be a critic. You can't citicise someone like me, for example, if you have primary school education. I have four degrees," Mr Mwakyembe told journalists.

    Roma, whose real name is Ibrahim Mussa, is known for his political activism - his new song is called Anaitwa Roma, Swahili for "They call him Roma".

    In it he lambasts the government's decision last year to deploy the army to buy cashew nuts from farmers as a way of trying to force middlemen to increase their prices. The policy, critics say, did not work.

    Roma also criticises President John Magufuli's push to revive the national airline Air Tanzania, saying it would have been better to improve healthcare.

    He also criticises Tanzanians for not joining a call for protests against President Magufuli's policies.

    The music video has got more than 500,00 views and 3,000 comments since it was uploaded on YouTube three days ago.

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    Many of his fans are praising him but some are worried about his safety, telling him to be careful.

    The musician was kidnapped and held for three days, along with other artists, in 2017.

    He told journalists after he was freed that he had been tortured.

  2. UK peer to testify at SA corruption inquiry

    Andrew Harding

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    Peter Hain
    Image caption: Lord Hain has been campaigning against corruption in South Africa

    UK companies, which helped facilitate massive state corruption in South Africa, are still failing to take adequate steps to prevent money laundering and other crimes.

    That is what Lord Peter Hain will tell a corruption inquiry in South Africa's main city, Johannesburg, later on Monday.

    Lord Hain - a former anti-apartheid activist - will be giving evidence at the inquiry into a multi-billion dollar corruption scandal.

    Some famous global brands have been linked to South Africa’s giant corruption scandal.

    Companies like KPMG, Bain, and McKinsey have had to sack local staff or pay back money, after getting caught up - in some cases, unwittingly - in a plot to divert state funds into the hands of local politicians and their friends.

    Lord Hain will tell the inquiry, headed by South Africa's Deputy Chief Justice Ray Zondo, that the UK is not doing enough to confront its own role in the scandal.

    He will say UK banks that may have been used to launder money are still hiding behind client confidentiality rules.

    And he will argue that the UK's Serious Fraud Office does not have sufficient funding to investigate and clamp down on a global surge in financial crimes.

    The inquiry is busy exposing the high-level corruption that flourished in South Africa during the era of former President Jacob Zuma.

    But getting any money back, putting people on trial, and extraditing suspects who have fled the country, is all proving a lot harder.

  3. France returns historical sword to Senegal

    BBC World Service

    enegal President Macky Sall (R) receives the sword El Hadj Omar Tall from French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe at the Palace of the Republic in Dakar, Senegal, on Novamber 17, 2019.
    Image caption: French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe returned the sword to Senegal's President Macky Sall

    France has restored to Senegal the sabre of a 19th Century Islamic scholar and ruler, as part of a commitment to return to its former West African colonies significant items of their cultural heritage.

    In a ceremony in Senegal's capital Dakar, the French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe handed over the curved iron, brass and wood sword in its leather sheath to Senegal's President Macky Sall.

    The artefact originally belonged to the revered West African leader Umar Saidou Tall, who led an anti-colonial struggle against the French.

    Some of his descendants were present at the ceremony.

    Mr Philippe said it was "the first step" in a project aimed at returning more Senegalese artefacts currently in French museums.

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    Quote Message: The paste can also strangle the owner who ground it. from A Kakwa proverb sent by Taban Chaplain and Kose Bilali, both from juba, South Sudan
    A Kakwa proverb sent by Taban Chaplain and Kose Bilali, both from juba, South Sudan
  5. Kenyan mother fights off an eagle attacking her children

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    Video caption: The incident happened in a remote pastoralist settlement

    The incident happened in a remote pastoralist settlement

  6. Protest city shunned by most Algerian candidates

    Ahmed Rouaba

    BBC News

    Algerian presidential candidates Azzedine Mihoubi (L), Abdelmadjid Tebboune (2nd-L), Ali Benflis (3rd-R), Abdelaziz Belaid (2nd-R) and Abdelkader Bengrina (3rd-L) during a press conference  in Algiers - 16 November 2019
    Image caption: The five candidates are seen by some as part of the same ruling elite that has ruled Algeria for decades

    Campaigning has officially started for the 12 December presidential election in Algeria - but on the first day all but one of the five candidates chose to stay away from the capital, Algiers - the city where opposition to the poll is strongest.

    Opposition activists have dismissed the contest, arguing that those in the running are part of the same ruling elite headed for two decades by former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who was forced to resign in April aged 82 amid massive street protests.

    Demonstrators march during a protest against the country's ruling elite and rejecting the December presidential election in Algiers - 15 November 2019
    Image caption: Demonstrations have continued since Mr Bouteflika's resignation as people call for sweeping reforms

    But army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah, the de facto man in charge of the country, has insisted the polls go ahead as soon as possible.

    The two front-runners are Ali Benflis and Abdelmadjid Tebboune - both former prime ministers.

    Mr Benflis started his campaign in the western city of Tlemcen, hometown to the Bouteflika family, where he was booed.

    Mr Tebboune, along with candidates Azzedine Mihoubi and Abdelaziz Belaid, headed south the meet voters in the North African nation's Saharan provinces, where the protests have been much less intense.

    The only candidate to appear in the capital was Abdelkader Bengrina, a former minister:

    Abdelkader Bengrina

    He stood in front of the post office, where the protesters gather every Friday calling for a boycott of the election, to speak to his supporters for a short time.

  7. ‘Militants killed’ in Burkina Faso sex slave raid

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    A Burkinabe soldier on guard in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso -  September 2015
    Image caption: Security forces in Burkina Faso have been under pressure as militant attacks increase

    The army in Burkina Faso says it has killed 32 armed men - described as “terrorists” - during two operations in the north of the country, the first of which resulted in the freeing of many women who were being kept as sex slaves.

    The first offensive took place in Yorsala forest where the military said it killed 24 armed men during several hours of fierce fighting in which one soldier died.

    Eight other suspected militants were killed in Bourzanga, where large quantities of arms and ammunition were seized, the army said.

    Islamist violence is on the increase in the West African nation.

    These two military offensives come less than a month since nearly 40 employees of a Canadian mining company were killed in an ambush.

    Hundreds of people have died and nearly half a million have fled their homes since the unrest began in 2015.

  8. Google may help Gambia get street numbers

    Ade Daramy

    Letter from Africa, The Gambia

    The Gambia is home to thousands of streets, yet few of them have a name, or even a street number.

    It’s a conundrum that inspired me to write an article for the BBC this year with headline: The art of drawing your address.

    It described the frustration of giving directions in The Gambia, and the difficulty of simple tasks like filling out an address on forms.

    A map giving directions for an address in The Gambia
    Image caption: People often have to draw their addresses on forms in The Gambia

    There was quite a reaction both locally and internationally to my piece – but it seemed to make little difference on the ground.

    Last week, one of my colleagues spent 35 minutes on the phone trying to direct a policeman to his house in order to thwart a burglary.

    So imagine my delight at reading a recent tweet from Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC), saying that a team from Google had visited a few days ago to discuss “an innovative street addressing system”.

    “A team from Google Plus Codes visited the Deputy Mayor, Musa Bah, and KMC staff to share their ideas for launching a unique numeric-based address system for residents of Kanifing,” it said.

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    KMC is where my office is based - and it is the most densely populated urban area in the small West African nation.

    Nearly a quarter of the country’s population live in the KMC. The city of Serekunda, which is in KMC, has 10 times the population of the capital, Banju..

    I dare to dream: You will soon be able to write to me at an address!

  9. By Oluwashina Okeleji

    Football Writer, Nigeria

    Imama Amapakabo

    Imama Amapakabo defends his position as Nigeria's U-23s coach after the team missed out on a chance to compete in the 2020 Olympic football tournament.

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  10. SA union threatens aviation sector strike

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    SAA workers and union members sing and dance during a picket protest outside OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg - 15 November 2019
    Image caption: Unions say SAA workers are tired of being made scapegoats for successive management failures

    The union behind the two-day strike at South African Airways (SAA) has threatened to shut down the whole aviation sector after talks with the state-run carrier ended without a deal.

    SAA was forced to cancel hundreds of flights on Friday and Saturday, saying the crippling strike action cost it 50m rand ($3.4m, £2.6m) a day.

    The National Union of Metalworkers said it was now consulting with other airlines about a possible second strike.

    The union has filed a court application to have the technical board of SAA declared "delinquent".

    Workers are demanding an 8% pay rise and want the airline to drop plans to cut more than 900 jobs.

    SAA has operated at a loss for the past eight years and has been kept afloat by successive government bailouts.

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    Video caption: Igbo community in Liverpool: 'Like a home from home'

    Liverpool's Igbos are working to rebuild their community centre.