Football Writer, South Africa
Football Writer, South Africa
Football Writer, Nigeria
Football Writer, Cameroon
Football Writer, South Africa
Mohamed Hamdan "Hemeti" Dagolo, a key military leader, has promised to abide by a power-sharing agreement with the opposition.
BBC News, Lagos
Some people tried to steal oil instead of rescue those trapped in the vehicle, witnesses say.
Femi Adeyemo of Arnergy, says solar energy could be one answer to Nigeria's numerous power cuts.
That's all from BBC Africa Live for today, we will now leave you with an automated service until Monday morning.
A reminder of today's wise words:
Quote Message: The heart can kill its owner but it will not survive." from Nuer/Dinka proverb sent by Athian Dut Wol in Juba, South Sudan
We leave you with this picture from our selection of some of the best images of the week of sheep from a livestock market in Somalia taken on the day before the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha:
BBC News, Lusaka
The Zambian government has refuted reports that it has been spying on its political opponents using technicians from Chinese company, Huawei.
The Wall Street Journal said on Thursday that the Chinese company helped African countries Uganda and Zambia to spy on political opponents and pro-opposition media.
Zambian government chief spokesperson Dora Siliya denied the allegations on her Twitter account, calling the WSJ article "malicious".
She later released a statement that said the Zambian government dismissed and condemned the allegations "in the strongest terms".
Ms Siliya said the government “cannot in any circumstances engage in illegal interception of communication of its citizens”.
Huawei has also denied the allegations.
A court in Nairobi has sentenced rugby players Alex Olaba and Frank Wanyama to 15 years in prison each after being found guilty of raping a woman, local media report.
“The complainant was traumatised hence a deterrent sentence is necessary," magistrate Martha Mutuku said according to Citizen TV.
The players have maintained that the sexual intercourse was consensual.
Their lawyer has said they will appeal the verdict, Standard media reports.
BBC Africa, Maputo
The Mozambican police have detained two people for vandalising the grave of a child born with albinism and stealing their bones.
The suspects were arrested after their vehicle was searched at a junction and some bags were found to contain human bones.
Days earlier, the police had been informed of the vandalism of a grave belonging to a child.
A police spokesperson said the suspects were caught with assistance from the relatives of the child.
There has been a spate of killings of people with albinism in East Africa in recent years, with their body parts used to make charms and potions by witch doctors.
Communities from Mbaise, Imo state, south-east Nigeria, have been celebrating their annual new yam festival.
This ceremony brings together traditional rulers from the district.
The chiefs bring out fat yams from their barns to mark the ceremony.
One of the kings, Mike Ndudiri, says the Mbaise people are known for massive yam plantations.
This year’s celebration saw several cultural displays including wrestling, dancing and drumming:
Yams are regarded as the chief of all crops and can be prepared in several ways: boiled, roasted, fried or pounded.
Four would-be assassins have been killed by the police in Mogadishu, Somalia's Deputy Police Commissioner Zakia Hussen has announced on social media.
The three men and one woman were planning to target the country's minister of education.
Last month, a bomb attack in the office of the Mogadishu mayor killed seven people, including the mayor.
Islamist militant group al-Shabab said it was behind the attack.
The group frequently carries out attacks in Mogadishu in an attempt to topple the government.
Al-Shabab has not commented on Ms Hussen's statement.
Ethiopia’s top high school student this year is Biruk Zewdu, who got the highest score in his final-year national exams.
“I was expecting a good result, but not at national level,” said Biruk, from Ayelech Degefu Memorial School in Bahir Dar in the Amhara Region.
“If someone studies hard and strives, it shows nothing is impossible,” he told BBC Amharic.
His mother seemed more overjoyed than the 19-year-old with his result, saying her efforts to pay school fees had borne fruit.
She told the BBC that her son was particularly interested in technology and dreamed one day of working for Nasa, the US space agency.
He also got a commendation from Ethiopia's former running champion Haile Gebrselassie, who owns the school, which was opened 19 years ago and named after his mother.
“Biruk can be an exemplar for his family, teachers and friends," he told local media.
"He has made a dream come true after 19 years."
There have been some protests about the results of some of this year’s exams - especially over the general knowledge paper, which was marked using the wrong multiple choice answer sheet.
But it is not believed this will make a difference to Biruk’s overall score.
The overall results decide if students qualify to go to university.
The South African woman who in 1997 was kidnapped from hospital as a three-day-old baby and brought up by another family has spoken out about her life for the first time.
The woman who Miché Solomon thought of for 17 years as her biological mother was jailed in 2016 for the kidnapping.
Speaking to South African channel eNCA, Ms Solomon says she still feels close to the woman who took her.
"What Levona did was wrong, but I wasn't abused... she really took good care of me.
"She was so desperate, and that proves to me of her unconditional love."
Ms Solomon was named Zephany by her biological parents Celeste and Morne Nurse and they never gave up the search for their kidnapped child.
Zephany was found after one of the Nurse family's other daughters started going to the same secondary school as her and noticed a similarity.
But Zephany - or Miché as she is now known - is not close to her biological parents.
"I want to make clear... we are still trying," she told eNCA.
She has now written an autobiography describing her experiences.