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  1. Chad claims victory over rebels after president's death

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    The military in Chad has claimed victory against northern rebels following weeks of fighting.

    The conflict against Libya-based rebels threw the country into a crisis when President Idriss Déby died after being wounded on the frontline last month.

    The military takeover under the leadership of Mr Déby’s son has been condemned by the opposition and civil society groups leading to protests.

    Sunday's victory parade was aimed at boosting the popularity of the Chadian military at a time of great uncertainty in the country.

    Some people in the capital N'Djamena cheered as soldiers returned from the frontline in a column of tanks and armoured vehicles.

    Journalists were shown dozens of captured rebels at an army base.

    But it's worth remembering that weeks ago we were told the rebel group Front for Change and Concord in Chad (Fact) had been defeated - only for fighting to resume.

    It's not clear if the Libya-based rebels still have the capacity to be a threat to the military council now running the country.

    In recent weeks protests demanding a return to civilian rule have been violently broken up by the security forces.

  2. Church leader accuses Ethiopia of 'Tigray genocide'

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Abune Mathias, the powerful head of Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church
    Image caption: Abune Mathias said his earlier attempts to speak out had been censored

    The powerful head of Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church has accused the government of committing genocide against the Tigrayan people.

    In his first public comments since the war began in Tigray six months ago, Patriarch Abune Mathias said the government was working day and night to destroy the region.

    "God will judge everything," he said. "I don't know why they want to wipe the people of Tigray off the face of the earth."

    Ethiopia’s federal authorities have denied genocide and insist they are targeting Tigray’s regional leadership, not civilians.

    The patriarch, himself a Tigrayan, said his earlier attempts to speak out had been censored. He was speaking from his home in the capital, Addis Ababa.

    He lamented the desecration of ancient Orthodox monasteries and said massacres had been carried out on church grounds.

    His comments were made in a video that was reportedly recorded last month before being smuggled out of Ethiopia by Dennis Wadley, who runs the US-based organisation Bridges of Hope.

    "He shared with me that he was under unofficial house arrest," Mr Wadley told BBC Newshour on Saturday.

    "I said if you want to get your message out I can record it and I will take it... So, with about 10 seconds of thought, he just sat quietly and he said 'I'm ready' - and I hit record.

    "What has been released to the world was not written down.. it was just the honest thoughts from his own soul."

    The Ethiopian government told the BBC that the patriarch's statement was "a Church matter" in which "the state does not intervene".

    More on the Tigray crisis:

  3. Ten injured in protests against Chad military rule

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Chadian demonstrators carry banners with anti-France slogans as they demonstrate in N'Djamena on Saturday.
    Image caption: One person was wounded by a live bullet

    Activists in Chad say at least 10 people have been injured and 15 arrested during protests in the capital, N'Djamena, on Saturday.

    Police fired tear gas and one person was wounded by a live bullet.

    A coalition of opposition parties called for the demonstrations against the recent military takeover following last month's battlefield death of President Idriss Déby.

    Protestors denounced what they called a monarchy following the naming of Mr Déby's son as president.

    The transitional military council says it will hold elections within eighteen months, but the opposition wants a civilian in charge.

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    That's all from the BBC Africa Live team for now - there will be an automated 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.

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    And we leave you with this shot from Lagos in Nigeria of a girl mulling her next chess move - it's one of our favourites from the past week:

    A girl playing chess in Lagos, Nigeria
  6. Kelechi Iheanacho prompts Igbo culture love-fest

    Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho, who plays for Premier League football side Leicester City, has been responsible for the phrase “for the Igbo culture” trending in the West African nation.

    He used the tag line when he retweeted a photo of his football shirt - showing his name, which has tonal marks below the first and last letters, indicating how to pronounce them in Igbo - which is primarily spoken in south-east Nigeria.

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    This prompted people to post other images celebrating Igbo culture.

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    However it also drew some criticism from those who see it as divisive to side with one ethnic group.

    Africa's most-populous country is home to more than 300 ethnic groups and three dominant ones: the Igbo in the south-east, the Yoruba in the south-west, and the Hausa in the north.

    The BBC Igbo service's Chiagoze Nwonwu also notes that for purists, Iheanacho should really be spelling his name like this "Iheanachọ", without the dot under the first I.

    He says in Igbo the name is broken down as "ihe a na-achọ", which means "what is being sought".

  7. Late Zulu queen's will names her son as next leader

    Nomsa Maseko

    BBC southern Africa correspondent

    Prince Misuzulu ka Zwelithini (centre) at his mother's burial on Friday
    Image caption: Prince Misuzulu ka Zwelithini (centre) at his mother's burial on Friday

    The last will and testament of the late regent of South Africa's Zulu nation, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini-Zulu, has been read to the royal family.

    She has named her first born son Prince Misuzulu ka Zwelithini to ascend the throne.

    Queen Dlamini-Zulu died unexpectedly last week and was buried earlier on Friday in a private ceremony in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province.

    She was appointed regent of the country's largest ethnic group in March following the death of her husband King Goodwill Zwelithini.

    The queen's death, at 65, has triggered a bitter family feud and a power struggle over the succession.

  8. Shay Lia - Djibouti’s musical 'first lady'

    DJ Edu

    This Is Africa, BBC World Service

    Shay Lia
    Image caption: Shay Lia, who grew up in Djibouti, has lived all over the world and is currently in Montreal

    When you grow up in Djibouti, with camels outside your school and nomadic uncles who bring you goats (big ones) as presents, the world of heavy-hitting American politics is likely to feel a long way away.

    But if you are Shay Lia, a woman of the world who has lived in Djibouti, Tunisia, Ivory Coast and France, then anything is possible.

    And that includes having one of your tracks, Good Together, chosen by Michelle Obama, the former US first lady, for her Spotify playlist.

    “Honestly, I felt speechless. And my favourite is Michelle, it’s not Barack. I’m sorry”, she told This Is Africa.

    “Also, it was part of the podcast and it was the first time we were able to hear more of herself, hosting a show, talking about many topics, and I’ve connected with a lot of the things she was saying. It helped with PR and no, I didn’t talk to her. I wish.”

    You could say that Ms Obama’s choice makes Lia Djibouti’s musical “first lady”. But remarkably, the political connections don’t end there.

    Lia’s uncle was Djibouti’s prime minister and her father worked as one of his right-hand men.

    “I just knew that my dad was doing something serious and that he was very respected. I felt very protected. Even walking to school, the men who guard the house, they would be like, ‘Hey…your dad is OK?’ And I could continue and walk the whole city. Everybody knew who I was. No threats. It was not like that at all.”

    Lia is now based in Montreal, Canada, and has just released a remix of her track Irrational, featuring a guest vocal from a member of Nigeria’s musical elite, Adekunle Gold.

    But she retains the influence of her formative years living on the Horn of Africa.

    “I think Djibouti shaped the person that I am more than my sound,” she says.

    “I’m not impressed by money. It’s more about the values, ethics and stuff like that.”

    And she learned that particular lesson from her extended family in Africa.

    “They’re nomads. At seven years old you kind of judge them, you don’t know any better. You think, ‘Oh, this poor man.’ My dad would be like, ‘That’s your uncle. And he’s going to offer us a goat, and you’ve got to say thank you because it’s a big one.’”

    Shay Lia: a musician with incredible stories to tell. No kidding...

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

  9. Electricity to remain off in northern Mozambique

    Jose Tembe

    BBC News, Maputo

    More than 25,000 people in northern Mozambique are going to be without electricity for the foreseeable future.

    Mozambique’s Electricity company, EDM, blamed insurgents for the problem.

    It said these customers were from five districts in the central and northern regions of Cabo Delgado province where the power infrastructure had been vandalised by the Islamist militants in recent attacks.

    Gildo Marques, EDM’s Cabo Delgado director, said it was too dangerous for engineers to access the area to know the true extent of the damage to power lines and transformers.

    The five districts without electricity are Muidumbe, Mueda, Nangade, Palma and Mocímboa da Praia.

  10. Anger in Guinea over night-time prayer ban

    Noel Ebrin Brou

    BBC News

    A decision by the authorities in Guinea to ban overnight prayers during the last 10 days of Ramadan has led to clashes.

    The decision was taken to stop the spread of Covid-19 in the mainly Muslim West African nation.

    One person died and two more were reportedly wounded on Wednesday night.

    Critics say the ban is unfair as schools are still open.

  11. Pensioner in BBC Africa Eye film dies without pension

    Yemisi Adegoke

    BBC Africa Eye, Nigeria

    Efika Cletus Lafin, a pensioner who featured in a BBC Africa Eye investigation into corruption in Nigeria's pension system, has died, according to residents in his village.

    He was one of several retired Nigerians who spoke to the BBC about being declared "ghost pensioners", which resulted in their pension payments not being paid out.

    Mr Cletus Lafin told the BBC he had tried to prove that he was alive by travelling to Calabar, the capital of his state, Cross River, five separate times.

    But when the film was released on Monday his pension payments had not resumed.

    The film, which has sparked widespread discussion across the country about the inefficiency in the pension system, also featured some retired people who said they had been forced to pay bribes in order to receive their money.

    A number of Nigerians have gone online to share their own experiences of pension payments being denied, including about pensioners who have died before their pension payments were paid out.

    The film also explored the pension packages available to Nigerian politicians, some of whom are entitled to billions of naira and multiple cars and homes.

    Cross River state government has made no comment on the findings of the film.

    Watch the full report featuring Efika Cletus Lafin:

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    Video caption: Retirement Hell: Why many Nigerian pensioners are denied access to their pensions