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    The Women's Africa Cup of Nations kicks off in Morocco on 2 July.

  2. Petrol pumps running dry in Mozambique

    Jose Tembe

    BBC News, Maputo

    Two of the main petrol suppliers in Mozambique have stopped selling fuel.

    The supply at Puma and Vivo Energy pumps began dwindling two weeks ago.

    Fuel prices in Mozambique are regulated – and the firms have indicated they cannot afford to sell diesel or petrol until the government raises the pump price.

    According to the ministry that regulates the sector, the new prices should have been published 15 days ago.

    Petrol stations fear government debt may exceed the guarantees needed from banks to import the fuel.

  3. Sierra Leone knocks three zeros off its bank notes

    Azeezat Olaoluwa

    BBC News

    A money changer holds a bundle of Sierra Leone currency notes on a pavement in Freetown - 2018
    Image caption: These old 10,000 leone notes are equivalent to 10 new leone bills

    Sierra Leone has knocked three zeros off its banknotes with the launch of a new currency.

    The leone is being replaced by the “new leone”, so an old 10,000 leone note has the same value as a 10 new leone bill (the equivalent of just less than $1 or £0.60).

    Coins are also going to be re-introduced.

    According to Ibrahim Stevens, deputy governor of the Bank of Sierra Leone, the currency redenomination will not affect the purchasing power of the currency.

    But some are afraid their financial situation could worsen.

    Many scrambled to change their money into US dollars in the build-up to the official release of the new leones on Friday.

    A money exchanger in Freetown, Sierra Leone - 2018
    Image caption: Some have been anxious to exchange their old leones into US dollars

    Banks are expected to work till late into Friday evening in order to allow more people to change their cash.

    The West African country’s economy is unstable because of rising inflation, foreign exchange fluctuations and a huge dependence on imports.

    The prices of food items have more than doubled in the last six months.

  4. First Igbo translation of Quran published in Nigeria

    Ishaq Khalid

    BBC News, Abuja

    Muhammad Murtala Chukwuemeka holding the Igbo translation of the Quran

    The first translation of the Quran into the Igbo language has been published in Nigeria.

    It was launched at an event in the capital, Abuja, at the Ansar-Ud-Deen Mosque, where Muhammad Murtala Chukwuemeka told the BBC it took him five years to translate the sacred Islamic text into Igbo from Arabic.

    Igbo is primarily spoken in south-eastern Nigeria, where the majority of people tend to be Christians. Nigeria is Africa’s most-populous nation and has a mainly Muslim population in the north, with the south being largely Christian.

    However some members of the Igbo community follow other religions - and not all Igbos live in the south-east.

    Mr Chukwuemeka converted to Islam in 1989 and later studied to become an Islamic cleric.

    He says he has printed hundreds of copies of the Quran in Igbo as he wants to spread the “message of Allah” to his Igbo brothers and sisters.

    Muhammad Murtala Chukwuemeka holding the Igbo translation of the Quran

    The Quran has already been translated into Hausa and Yoruba - the two other most-widely spoken languages in Nigeria.

  5. Germany and Nigeria sign historic Benin Bronzes deal

    German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and Nigerian Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed
    Image caption: Germany's Annalena Baerbock and Nigeria's Lai Mohammed were among those who signed the deal

    Germany and Nigeria have signed an agreement to hand over ownership of more than 1,130 Benin Bronzes looted during colonial times that are held in several German museums.

    German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and Nigerian Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed were among senior officials who inked the deal in Berlin on Friday afternoon.

    Nigerian ambassador to Germany Yusuf Maitama Tugga told the BBC this means the immediate return of two works, which are being taken to the embassy and will be back in Nigeria "possibly as early as next week".

    The UK Guardian newspaper quotes Hermann Parzinger, the head of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, as saying: “The return is a milestone in the process of reappraising colonial injustice in the field of museum collections."

    The term Benin Bronzes refers to thousands of metal sculptures and ivory carvings made between the 15th and 19th Centuries and looted by British troops in 1897 from the West African kingdom of Benin, in modern-day Nigeria's Edo state.

    Many of these priceless stolen artefacts are held by museums across the world - and there has been a push in recent years to get them returned home.

    "It's a historic moment for us," Abba Isa Tijani, director of Nigeria's National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), told Germany’s Deutsche Welle news site ahead of the ceremony in the German capital.

    The Artnet website reports that many of the artefacts will be returned to Nigeria before the end of this year while some will remain on long-term loan at the Humboldt Forum in Berlin.

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  6. The Nigerian man who has fathered five sets of twins

    Faoziyah Saanu-Olomoda

    BBC Yoruba

    Ayopo Ogunleye and his children
    Image caption: Ayopo Ogunleye is now raising seven children on his own

    Ayopo Ogunleye, who has fathered five sets of twins, has become something of a local celebrity in western Nigeria.

    He told BBC Yoruba he was now bringing up his children alone in the Ado-odo area of Ogun state as his wife left years ago after her parents complained that she was having too many twins.

    Now in his 40s, he is raising seven children as the couple lost the first set of twins as infants and a boy from the last set also died.

    Mr Ogunleye said he had not been expecting twins the first time his wife conceived and was surprised when he was called from the hospital.

    “When I heard that my wife had given birth, I asked if it was a boy or girl, and they said I had twins.”

    This was a dream come true for him.

    “I had been praying about it from childhood, I gave thanks to God. I hugged my wife and congratulated her.”

    The Yoruba community, mainly found in western Nigeria, has one of the highest rates of twin births in the world.

    Twins are called “Ibeji” and culturally they believe they have to be followed by a single birth - known as “Idowu”.

    But Mr Ogunleye said each time his wife became pregnant, it was twins.

    “Second time twins, third time twins, fourth twins, fifth twins,” he said.

    The reason for having so many twins remains a mystery to him: he says he does not eat anything special or do anything differently to others.

    Despite the financial and physical constraints of raising so many children, he would like to have more and hasn’t ruled out marrying again.

    “Children are blessings from God,” he said.

    Additional reporting by John Alabi

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  8. Seun Kuti cancels Morocco show to mourn migrants

    Nigerian music star Seun Kuti has cancelled his performance in Morocco this weekend to mourn 23 sub-Saharan migrants who died last Friday trying to break into the Spanish enclave of Melilla, which neighbours the North African nation.

    “It pains me to say that my spirit has been completely broken and shattered by the events that happened,” the 39-year-old musician said in a video posted on Instagram.

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    The youngest son of the late pioneering Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti performed at the Glastonbury Festival last weekend with his father’s Egypt 80 band.

    The musicians were all meant to be heading to the Jazzablanca Festival in Casablanca for a performance this Saturday, but he said they had made a hard decision to cancel the engagement.

    “It isn’t possible for me in good faith or in good conscience to get on stage and party and have a good time when so many Africans have lost their lives,” he said.

    Between 1,500 and 2,000 migrants who had been camping in the Moroccan mountains surrounding Melilla descended on the city's border last Friday hoping to scale the border fences and therefore reach Spanish territory.

    In the chaos that followed, many of them were crushed between the six-metre-high fences and Moroccan border guards, who used tear gas and batons on the migrants.

    “Somebody has to mourn them. We have to mourn our own and for that reason I cannot find it in me to be at Casablanca. I am really sorry,” Kuti said.

    The UN has called for an independent inquiry into the deaths of the 23 migrants. The Spanish prime minister has blamed people traffickers for the deaths.

    A message accompanying Kuti’s video said: “May the souls of the departed find rest with the ancestors.”

  9. Museveni rival granted bail weeks after arrest

    Patricia Oyella

    BBC News, Kampala

    Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye pictured in 2017
    Image caption: Kizza Besigye has run for the presidency four times

    Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye has been granted bail following his arrest on 14 June.

    The 66 year old was detained as he urged his supporters in the capital, Kampala, to protest against the high cost of living.

    It happened a few hours before the country’s president presided over the reading of the budget.

    He and activist Samuel Lubega were both charged with inciting violence. They must return to court on 29 July for the next hearing in their case.

    Dr Besigye launched the People’s Front for Transition - a coalition of political parties and activist groups - last year, several months after President Yoweri Museveni won a sixth term in office.

    Kizza Besigye being arrested in 2016
    Image caption: Dr Besigye has been arrested on numerous occasions since entering opposition politics

    The 81-year-old president has managed to stay in power since 1986 and has defeated Dr Besigye on four occasions.

    Dr Besigye - who used to be Mr Museveni’s personal physician - has been arrested on numerous occasions since going into opposition politics.

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  10. Six people sentenced to death by Nigerian courts

    Ishaq Khalid

    BBC News, Abuja

    Photo a handcuffed person in person - generic shot
    Image caption: Death sentences are rarely carried out in Nigeria

    Six people have been sentenced to death in Nigeria in two separate cases.

    In the mainly Muslim state of Bauchi, an upper Sharia court sentenced three men to death by stoning after they were found guilty of homosexual acts against children.

    A court official told the BBC those convicted included two young men and another in his 70s.

    The judgement was passed on Wednesday in the town of Ningi but details are just emerging.

    During the hearing the men had no legal representation and pleaded guilty. They do have the right to appeal against the judgement within one month.

    The local commander of the Islamic police, a force known as the Hisbah, told the BBC the men were arrested in May in the village of Wada after they were accused of abusing two boys whom they had lured with dates and coconuts.

    Bauchi is among around a dozen states in northern Nigeria where Sharia is practised along with the country’s secular laws.

    In the second case in neighbouring Plateau state, a secular court on Thursday sentenced three men to death by hanging or lethal injection.

    They had been convicted of stabbing a young man to death during a dispute among people celebrating Christmas in 2015.

    The lawyer for the convicted men told the BBC they planned to appeal.

    Death sentences are rarely carried out in Nigeria. Instead, those on death row are usually detained in prison indefinitely.

    For a condemned person to be executed in Nigeria, the death penalty must be approved by the governor of the state where it is handed down.

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