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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 this week, but 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 Friday's wise words:

    Quote Message: Out of the same womb come both a killer and a healer." from A Kikuyu proverb sent by Jacob Dior Macueng in Rumbek, South Sudan.
    A Kikuyu proverb sent by Jacob Dior Macueng in Rumbek, South Sudan.

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this image from our selection of the best photos of the week of an Ethiopian veteran dancing during a welcoming ceremony for two locks of hair belonging to Emperor Tewodros II:

    Man in a military uniform
  2. Jammeh 'stole $360m from The Gambia'

    Yahya Jammeh getting on a plane
    Image caption: Yahya Jammeh was forced from power after he refused to accept the results of the December 2016 election

    Gambia's former President Yahya Jammeh stole $362m (£278m) during his 22 years in power, Reuters news agency reports quoting the justice minister.

    Abubacarr Tambadou has been speaking to reporters about the conclusions of an investigation that involved speaking to 253 witnesses.

    "This is a staggering amount of money that could have had significant impact on the lives of the ordinary people of this country," Reuters quotes Mr Tambadou as saying

    "Instead, it was money used to satisfy the pretentious and delusional lifestyle of an egotistic megalomaniac, acts that were both unconscionable and criminal."

    Mr Jammeh came to power in a coup in 1994 but was forced out in 2017 after refusing to accept that he had lost an election to Adama Barrow.

    He is currently in exile in Equatorial Guinea and has not commented on the allegations.

    Earlier in the week, a report by the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project said the former president had stolen nearly $1bn of public funds.

  3. Kenya incinerates thousands of sub-standard condoms

    Wycliffe Muia

    BBC Monitoring

    The authorities in Kenya have destroyed $100,000-worth (£76,800) of Fiesta condoms, the Pharmacy and Poisons Board announced on Twitter. This comes after they after failed quality tests.

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    Last year, the health ministry recalled Fiesta Stamina and Fiesta Big Black condoms on grounds that they were sub-standard.

    "The batch for Fiesta Stamina failed freedom from holes test while that for Fiesta Big Black failed thickness test," a statement quoted by Citizen TV in November said.

  4. Cyclone Idai: Search and rescue operation ends

    Jose Tembe

    BBC Africa, Maputo

    People on a roof top
    Image caption: People had to be rescued from rooftops and trees

    Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi has announced that the search and rescue operation to find survivors from Cyclone Idai, which hit two weeks ago, is now over.

    Speaking from the port city of Beira, where the cyclone made landfall on 14 March, the president said: "The team remains vigilant on the ground and ready to intervene whenever the situation demands."

    Mr Nyusi said a new phase in the recovery operation was beginning to help those affected and rebuild the education, health, energy, transport, industry and trade sectors, which were all devastated by the cyclone.

    The authorities in Mozambique say that 493 people died as a result of Cyclone Idai.

  5. Somali who died in blast 'was deported from US'

    Ibrahim Jama

    BBC Somali, Nairobi

    Ahmed Salah
    Image caption: Ahmed Salah fled to the US because of xenophobic attacks in South Africa, his friend says

    A Somali man, Ahmed Salah, who was killed in a bomb blast in the capital, Mogadishu, on Thursday had been deported from the US in 2017, his friend Khalif Xayir told BBC Somali.

    Mr Salah, who is survived by his wife and two children, had been forced to return to Somalia after his application for asylum in the US had been rejected, Mr Xayir said.

    The Somali embassy in Washington DC had facilitated his deportation and had insisted that Somalia was safe, Mr Xayir added.

    Mr Salah was among at least 11 people who were killed when a car bomb went off in a busy area of Mogadishu.

    Mr Xayir described Mr Salah as a good person who made his way to the US after fleeing xenophobic attacks in South Africa - where he had lived - in 2015.

  6. Tear gas fired at Algeria protest

    BBC World Service

    Algeria protesters

    Police in the Algerian capital, Algiers, have fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters.

    They'd gathered for the sixth week running to demand the resignation of the ailing president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

    With many waving the national flag and chanting, and with cars sounding their horns in support, the crowds said they wanted the departure of the whole of what they called "the system".

    This includes the head of the army, Lt Gen Ahmed Gaed Salah, who this week said the 82- year-old president should be declared unfit to rule.

    Algerian protesters
  7. Liberian widow gets $500 after radio plea

    Jonathan Paye-Layleh

    BBC Africa, Monrovia

    In Liberia, Sarah McCauley-Weah, a 63-year-old widow who has for a long time been trying get hold of her late husband’s $15-a-month pension, has received almost $500 (£384) from members of the public who heard of her plight after she phoned into a local radio station.

    She told The Costa Show, a popular daily breakfast program on Monrovia's Roots FM, that she had been shuttling between government departments for months to try and get hold of the pension.

    "I have been going up and down, up and down," she lamented.

    Immediately, host Henry P Costa ordered the station's accountants to release some money to the caller. This kicked off what turned out to become a fundraiser and in no time, the show had raised close to $500 for Mrs McCauley-Weah.

    "Ooh, I thank them [the donors] very much," she told the BBC.

    "I thank God for them, for coming to my rescue and for even giving me food to eat."

    Like current President George Weah (no relation), Mrs McCauley-Weah's late husband, Sylvester Weah, played for the national footballer team, The Lone Star, before moving on to work for the National Security Agency.

    She said life has been difficult for her and the family since the death of her husband in 2009.

    "I am going to use the money to buy bags of charcoal to sell wholesale and earn some money to try to build a little house," Mrs McCauley-Weah said.

  8. Burundi bans BBC journalists

    The authorities in Burundi have banned all journalists from working for the BBC and the Voice of America in Burundi.

    The National Council of Communications said it was forbidden for any journalist, Burundian or foreign, to provide directly or indirectly any information to the broadcasters.

    It described as a lie a BBC documentary broadcast last year about killings by the security forces in a secret house in the capital, Bujumbura.

    The Burundian authorities said the documentary violated media law.

    The BBC has previously said it stands by its journalism.

    It has condemned the ban, calling it "a serious blow against media freedom".

    "We believe it is vital for people around the world to have access to impartial, accurate and independent journalism, including the 1.3 million people in Burundi who currently rely on BBC News," it said in a statement.

    BBC broadcasts have already been suspended in Burundi for the past year.

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    Video caption: Burundi: Inside the Secret Killing House
  9. Nigerian separatist dismisses calls for his re-arrest

    Uche Akolisa

    BBC Igbo, Lagos

    Nnamdi Kanu
    Image caption: Nnamdi Kanu was released on bail in 2017

    Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of a movement calling for a separate state of Biafra in south-east Nigeria, has described a warrant for his re-arrest as “a travesty of justice”.

    In 2015, Mr Kanu, who heads the Indigenous People Of Biafra, was charged with "criminal conspiracy, intimidation and membership of an illegal organisation" - charges that could amount to treason.

    He was released on bail in 2017 after spending more than 19 months without trial on treason charges.

    But his re-arrest was ordered after he failed to attend a court hearing.

    Mr Kanu, who spoke on Thursday night during a live broadcast on Radio Biafra, the online broadcaster he runs, said: “We have broken no laws. We have done no wrong.”

  10. Huge turnout at anti-Bouteflika protest

    Hundreds of thousands of Algerians are taking part in a sixth anti-government protest.

    Algeria protesters

    With faces painted in the national colours, they've gathered for a sixth week in the capital, Algiers, to mock their president, the frail, elderly Abdelaziz Bouteflika, and the elite which governs through him.

    Man in a Bouteflika mask
    Protesters holding flag
  11. Has East Africa ruined World X-Country?

    Has East African dominance ruined both interest and participation in the World X-Country Championships?

    BBC Sport Africa's Caroline Wachira has been finding out ahead of Saturday's event in Aarhus, Denmark.

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    Video caption: Has East African dominance ruined the World X-Country?
  12. Making YouTube work for African artists

    With more than 400 hours of new content uploaded onto YouTube every minute, African artists are now going the extra mile to make sure they cash in on the world's largest on-demand music audience.

    Mr Eazi is one of the biggest names in Afrobeats - he's a singer, songwriter and entrepreneur whose music is a fusion of Nigerian and Ghanaian influences.

    He spoke to BBC Africa's Emeline Nsingi Nkosi about the lack of copyright protection and industry infrastructure for artists on the continent, and how he uses YouTube to grow his audience and his brand.

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    Video caption: How African artists like Mr Eazi use YouTube to build an audience
  13. Cameroon goalkeeper extends contract with Ajax

    Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana

    Cameroon goalkeeper André Onana has signed a one year extension with Ajax Amsterdam which will keep him there until June 2022, according to the Dutch club.

    Onana, who turns 23 on 2 April, had previously extended his deal with Ajax in May 2017.

    He has been a transfer target for several European clubs having played 25 Eredivisie league games this season and starred in the European Champions League where the Dutch side will face Juventus in the quarter-finals.

    "I like to play and here I have the opportunity to play and that's why I extend my contract," Onana told the club's official website.

    "Ajax did so many things for me and that's why I extend my contract. For me it's important to give something back.

    "It was a difficult decision but when you're a young player, it's important to choose game time, not only going to a big club when you're not going to play.

    "I am happy to be here and I hope to win more titles," Onana added.

    Read more: Cameroon goalkeeper extends contract with Ajax

  14. Algerian protests: Is it too little too late for the regime?


    Ahmed Rouaba

    BBC News

    Algerian protester
    Image caption: A protester holds up a sign saying he wants the army chief to leave power as well as the president

    Opposition parties in Algeria were not impressed by the suggestion of Army Chief of Staff Lt Gen Ahmed Gaed Salah to trigger article 102 of the constitution, which allows for a president to be declared unfit for office and removed.

    Many Algerians say this applies to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has rarely been seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2013.

    The Movement for the Society of Peace, the main Islamist party, said removing Mr Bouteflika "does not guarantee free and transparent elections and a democratic transfer of power".

    Abdallah Djaballah, leader of the Adala Party rejected Lt Gen Salah's call, saying that "triggering article 102 does not satisfy the protesters’ demand which is the immediate departure of the entire regime".

    The majority of the protesters who have taken to the streets for a sixth successive Friday are young people who are not involved in party politics and say they want a new system of government, not simply someone replacing the ailing president.

    Algerian protesters
  15. Is this the world’s tiniest church?

    Efforts are under way in Uganda to have a tiny chapel listed as the world’s smallest church in the Guinness Book of Records.

    The building called the Chapel on Biku Hill, in the north of Uganda, is built of stones and can only accommodate three people, including the priest.

    Newsday’s Ben James spoke to Simon Peter Siima, the office manager of Prime Safaris, who knows the church well.

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    Video caption: There is only room for three people inside, including the priest
  16. Algerian protesters continue call for president to go

    BBC World Service

    Algerian protesters

    Thousands of Algerians are gathering in Algiers for the sixth successive Friday of mass anti-government protests.

    They will be the first since the elderly and sick president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, lost the support of both the army and his own party.

    Both this week called for the 82-year-old head of state to be declared unfit to rule.

    Some protesters have been camping outside the main post office, the city landmark that has been the epicentre of the demonstrations.

    They are calling for the departure of not just the president but also an entire generation of Algerian political leaders, including those who would be in line to succeed him.

    Algerian protesters
  17. Kenya prisoners want more than 1 US cent a week

    Mercy Juma

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Prisoners silhoutted
    Image caption: The prisoners say they deserve more than $0.01 a week

    In Kenya, lawyers acting on behalf of prison inmates have gone to court to get prisoner pay rates reviewed. They were last set in 1979.

    The prisoners are pushing for an increase on the 1 US cent a week they are currently earning.

    Only prisoners who demonstrate exemplary conduct qualify for the pay.

    The prisoners are employed making furniture and other goods which are then sold for the benefit of the prison service.

    Their accumulated earnings are given to them on their release.

    In court papers, the commissioner-general of prisons defends the current rate of pay, pointing out that the prisoners are not engaged in a form of employment where remuneration is expected to be fair.

    He denies the prisoners are effectively being used as slave-labour.

    The commissioner also argues that the objective of prison labour is solely to train convicted prisoners with relevant skills and knowledge to enable them to reintegrate well into society upon release.

    Magistrates were due to rule on Friday but have instead said they will issue a written judgement. No date has been set for the judgement.

  18. Nigerians import pizza from London, minister says

    Nigeria's Agriculture Minister Audu Ogbeh has said that some Nigerians are ordering pizza from London and getting it flown into the country.

    He made the comments on Tuesday at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, while talking about why the country imports so much.

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    He said:

    Quote Message: Do you know, sir, that there are Nigerians who use their cellphones to import pizza from London; they buy in London and bring it on British Airways in the morning to pick up at the airport.
    Quote Message: It is a very annoying situation and we have to move a lot faster in cutting down some of these things.”

    Mr Ogbeh did not offer any evidence.

    Nevertheless, Nigerian social media users have not been able to resist commenting. Some have been wondering how to arrange delivery:

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    @Nwankpa_A has posted some classic gifs:

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    One of his posts even merited a response from British Airways:

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    The BBC is trying to contact the agriculture minister for further comment.

  19. Cyclone Idai: Sharp rise in cholera cases

    BBC World Service

    Medicas scrubbing beds
    Image caption: Medical workers are getting cholera treatment centres ready

    The government of Mozambique says the number of confirmed cases of cholera linked to Cyclone Idai has risen sharply to 139, all of them in the devastated port city of Beira.

    Thousands more are being treated for diarrhoea, an early symptom of cholera, which has killed at least two people.

    The World Health Organization says its first objective is to control the outbreak.

    It's awaiting nearly one million doses of cholera vaccine, which will be administered next week.

    But the UN children's fund, Unicef, says there's little time to prevent the spread of opportunistic diseases, given prevailing conditions which include contaminated stagnant water.

    The cyclone killed more than 450 people, battering not only Mozambique but also neighbouring Malawi and Zimbabwe.

  20. Boeing Ethiopia crash probe 'finds anti-stall device activated'

    Debris from Ethiopian Airlines flight 302
    Image caption: The Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed shortly after take off on 10 March

    Officials probing the 10 March crash in Ethiopia of a Boeing 737 Max have preliminarily concluded that a flight-control feature automatically activated before it crashed, the Wall Street Journal says.

    The newspaper, citing unnamed sources, says the findings were relayed on Thursday at a briefing at the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

    The flight-control feature is meant to help prevent the plane from stalling.

    Thursday also saw what is thought to be the first lawsuit filed on the crash.

    The Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) flight-control feature was also implicated in a fatal crash by Lion Air flight in Indonesia last year.

    Together, the two crashes have claimed 346 lives.

    The Wall Street Journal says the preliminary findings from the "black box" recorders of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 are subject to revisions according to the people briefed on the matter.

    A preliminary report from Ethiopian authorities is expected within days.

    Read more: Ethiopian Airlines crash: Six charts on what we know