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  1. Scroll down for Friday's stories

    We’ll be back on Monday

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

    Until then, you can 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: You can’t get anything from an empty-handed person." from A Fur proverb from Darfur in Sudan, sent by Órré Poor in Uganda
    A Fur proverb from Darfur in Sudan, sent by Órré Poor in Uganda

    And we leave you with one of our favourite photos taken this week, showing a family walking along a beach in Senegal:

    A young family stroll down the beach in Saly, Senegal, on Saturday.
  2. Teni asks the Giant of Africa to step up

    DJ Edu

    This Is Africa


    There is no doubt Teni is one of the biggest stars in African music right now.

    She has just released her debut album, Wondaland, a collection of 17 songs tackling topics including family, sex, body image and police brutality.

    Surprisingly, it goes against the current vogue and contains only one collaboration with another big-name artist, the single For You which features fellow Nigerian, Davido.

    “It was my first album so I just wanted to give the fans me. And then my next project, I already have collaborations.”

    Although Wondaland was recorded over two years in seven cities across four continents, the pandemic’s lockdowns allowed Teni to apply the finishing touches.

    The title speaks to the 28-year-old’s love of theme parks, specifically Disney, and fittingly, for someone with the nickname “The Entertainer”, there is one theme Teni wanted to bring to the fore.

    “I just wanted to create something fun, something exciting. Something that made me feel like I was in Disney again.”

    But on a rollercoaster of a record, it is not all sweetness and light. Teni spent time out on the streets for October’s violent #EndSARS protests and found the experience disturbing.

    “People came out to protest and you’re bringing out guns? What happened to speaking to them? What happened to solving problems? People are crying. People are tired! It is sad,” she told This Is Africa.

    “Is there ever going to be a change? Are we ever going to see a country that works?”

    Her experience has been channelled into songs such as FBI and Black, the latter a luscious piano-led ballad awash with a rousing string arrangement that gives the album an uplifting climax.

    “Everyone deserves to be treated equally. We need to look at ourselves as one race, love ourselves and be our brother’s keeper,” she explains.

    “Nigeria, we need to change. We’re the Giant of Africa. We should be the ones leading," she says.

    You can hear more from Teni on This is Africa this Saturday, on BBC World Service radio and partner stations across Africa.

  3. Kenyan diplomat mourns Prince Philip

    Kenya's High Commissioner to the UK has been paying tribute to Prince Philip in an interview with the BBC's Focus on Africa programme.

    Manoah Esipisu called the late prince "a great man who was well cherished".

    Mr Esipisu - who once worked at the Commonwealth Secretariat - said the prince was "affable" when he met him.

    "He talked about his life as a guy who had arrived in Kenya as a prince with Princess Elizabeth at the time, and left with his wife as having become the Queen in 1952," he said.

    "He also talked about his work with the Duke of Edinburgh Awards which encourages service among young people," Mr Esipisu said, adding that:

    "We also remember him also as a symbol of family values because he was always supporting Her Majesty’s work with the Commonwealth."

  4. Lungu sends condolences to British people

    Zambia's President Edgar Lungu has sent his condolences to Queen Elizabeth II following the death of her husband Prince Philip.

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  5. Buhari mourns Prince Philip - a 'global icon'

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has paid tribute to UK's Prince Philip, calling him a "global icon".

    He said the Commonwealth will remember the prince "for generations to come".

    In a statement Mr Buhari also called the Duke of Edinburgh "a great man" and hailed his "enormous contributions" to philanthropic activities and charities, especially those dealing with wildlife conservation and youth development.

  6. Former African leaders mourn Prince Philip

    The former leaders of Botswana and Liberia have been sharing their tributes to the UK's Prince Philip, who died earlier on Friday aged 99, with our colleagues at Focus on Africa.

    Former Liberia President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, said the news was "a very sad event" adding that she will remember him as "accommodating":

    Quote Message: I met him during the period of the presidency of William Tolbert of Liberia, who had been invited by the Queen. He was so stately, so accommodating, the warmth that he was able to convey in those short moments of being able to greet him, just gave me reassurance that I was in the presence of greatness. It just makes you feel so good, it makes you feel so welcome."
    Quote Message: So for all of us who had that opportunity, we are very saddened to see him pass on. We convey our best wishes to Her Majesty the Queen as she continues her duties without him by her side.”

    Former Botswana President, Ian Khama, said Prince Philip's death was a loss for the Commonwealth.

    Quote Message: When people talk about the royals, I don’t think they quite understand what it takes, what it means to be able to carry out that role and the duties that comes with it. For me that’s what I admire so much about him and the Queen.
    Quote Message: This is a loss not just for the Queen and the Royal family but I think for the UK and the Commonwealth. He was one of a kind, he had a mind of his own and he spoke it. I admired him and the Queen and the way they carried their duty. It’s going to be very difficult for those who come after him to be able to carry out the same functions in the way he did.”
  7. Eswatini monarchy mourns Prince Philip

    Eswatini's royal family has send a message of condolences following the passing of Prince Philip.

    "[He] earned the affection of generations in the UK, across the Commonwealth and the world," one of the tweets shared by the kingdom's foreign ministry said.

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  8. Cameroon health workers suspended over corruption

    Guy Bandolo

    BBC News

    Two health workers in Cameroon have been suspended for three months without pay after an investigation looking into corruption and extortion claims against them.

    The suspension comes at a time when the ministry of public health is facing questions about how huge sums allocated to fight the spread of coronavirus have been spent by the ministry.

    Health Minister Dr Manaouda Malachie told MPs that the suspension of the two was renewable.

  9. Violent clashes ahead of Benin election

    A child holds a campaign poster with photographs of incumbent Benin President Patrice Talon (R on poster) and running mate Mariam Talata
    Image caption: A child holds a campaign poster with photographs of incumbent Benin President Patrice Talon (R on poster) and running mate Mariam Talata

    Officials in Benin says one person has been killed as the security forces clashed with protesters ahead of Sunday's presidential election.

    Health workers said six others were wounded by gunfire in the town of Save, where demonstrations have been held for several days.

    The authorities accused the protesters of starting the violence, saying the security forces were assaulted by drugged and armed youths.

    The opposition says President Patrice Talon has hijacked the poll as most of his opponents have been blocked from running.

    The government denies the charges.

  10. Kenyatta mourns Prince Philip the 'great man'

    Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has paid tribute to UK's Prince Philip who has died aged 99.

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    Quote Message: His Royal Highness Prince Philip has been a towering symbol of family values and the unity of the British people as well as the entire global community. Certainly, we mourn a great man who cherished and worked for peaceful co-existence of the human race"
  11. Okonjo-Iweala mourns Prince Philip

    The head of the World Trade Organization has sent her condolences following the death of the UK's Prince Philip.

    Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala praised the duke for founding the Earthshot Prize council, an environmental award that she is involved with.

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  12. Passengers burnt alive in DR Congo bus crash

    At least 40 people were burnt alive after a bus carrying flammable cargo crashed and burst into flames in Democratic of Congo's province of Kwilu, east of the capital Kinshasa, officials say.

    The region's Governor Willy Itshunda told local media that out of 31 survivors, nine were seriously injured in Thursday's accident near Kiwawa village, some six hours from the capital where the bus was headed.

    Despite it being unlawful to transport flammable material on passenger vehicles, the law is rarely enforced.

    DR Congo's lack of roads and the poor state of public service vehicles also increase the chances of deadly accidents.

    Of the 20,000 km (12,000 miles) of DR Congo's road network, only 10% is paved.

  13. Zimbabwe and Tanzania leaders mourn Prince Philip

    Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has sent condolences following the death of Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband, who has died aged 99.

    "My deepest condolences to the people of the United Kingdom," Mr Mnangagwa tweeted.

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    Tanzania's President Samia Suluhu Hassan has also sent her country's "most profound condolences" to the Queen, the Royal Family and the people of the UK adding in a tweet: "We stand with you during this difficult time of loss and mourning."

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    Prince Philip "passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle", Buckingham Palace announced on Friday.

    The Duke, who was the longest-serving consort in British history, had returned to Windsor Castle on 16 March after spending a month in hospital.

  14. Bobi Wine surrenders bulletproof car for 're-evaluation'

    Ugandan politician Bobi Wine has taken his bulletproof luxury vehicle to the tax body offices for re-evaluation.

    The High Court had dismissed an application from the politician seeking to block the assessment.

    The Uganda Revenue Authority had said it undervalued the vehicle not knowing it was bulletproof.

    Bobi Wine's legal team took the car to the tax authority offices on Friday.

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    The opposition politician - whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi - lost to President Yoweri Museveni in January's controversial election.

  15. Gunmen kill 11 Nigerian troops

    Ishaq Khalid

    BBC News, Abuja

    Nigerian army

    The Nigerian military has said 11 army personnel including a commander - who had been declared missing after an ambush in the central state of Benue - have been found dead.

    The bodies, some charred, were found in Konshisha area of the state, the army spokesperson told the BBC

    He described the attack as a ‘’heinous crime’’ adding that efforts are underway to track down the perpetrators.

    There have been reports that troops have fired indiscriminately killing a number of civilians in response to the attack on soldiers.

    The Nigerian military has denied the allegations.

    It’s not yet clear who killed the security personnel and why but like many parts of Nigeria, Benue state has been grappling with ethnic violence, clashes between herders and farmers and activities of armed criminal gangs.