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  1. Welcome to the BBC's new Africa Live page
  2. Nigeria awaits results after crucial poll
  3. Trevor Noah to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show
  4. Ten feared dead in Burundi landslide

Live Reporting

By Lucy Fleming and Farouk Chothia

All times stated are UK

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Good night - we'll be back tomorrow

And that's it for our first day of the BBC Africa Live page. The

Africa Today podcast, with a round-up of the latest news from the continent, will be available to download from 18:15 GMT.

For the latest on the Nigerian election results, visit - and we leave you with this photo from the northern city of Kano of an indigo fabric dyer using pits said to have been in use for more than 500 years.

A fabric dyer at the Kofar Mata dye pits in Kano, Nigeria - 30 March 2015

Ouaga rock festival ends

Rock music isn't the most popular genre in Africa, nonetheless, the eighth Ouagadougou Rock Festival in Burkina Faso's capital has just concluded,

reports Sasha Ganking for BBC Focus on Africa.

Tear gas in Nigeria

Tear gas was fired in Nigeria's southern oil city of Port Harcourt earlier during a protest by supporters of opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari over alleged voting irregularities in the tightly contested presidential election.

A Nigerian soldier stands next to a tear gas canister as it sprays gas into traffic during a protest by members of the All Progressives Congress against alleged voting irregularities in the presidential election in Port Harcourt (30 March 2015)

Coming up on Focus

Tune into

BBC Focus on Africa radio at 17:00 GMT for the latest on Nigeria's election. The programme also has an interview with Lesotho's renowned culinary chef Ska Mirriam Moteane and a report from Leslie Goffe in New York on Trevor Noah's appointment to The Daily Show.

Egypt kicks off

Egypt's premier football league has resumed after a seven-week break because of the Zamalek disaster in which 20 fans died in February. Zamalek won its game against Dakhleya 2-0.

'Golden voice'

Tanzanian broadcaster Charles Hilary is leaving the BBC after nearly 10 years. He is admired by millions across East Africa as the golden voice of sport.

BBC Africa editor Solomon Mugera recalls how in April 2009, when Charles strolled into a restaurant in Dar es Salaam the clattering of cutlery and clinging of glasses went silent for a second and then the room erupted "into a deafening applause".

Charles Hilary

"They cheered. Charles had just arrived from Tanzania's lake town of Mwanza, a day after successfully completing a five-day special broadcast that gripped millions in East Africa. Why? It was 30 years since Tanzania kicked Uganda's Idi Amin Dada out of power and into exile." And BBC Swahili had organised for the sons of the two leaders to meet.

SA union leader sacked

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

South Africa's main trade union federation, Cosatu, says it has sacked its general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, following a unanimous vote by its top leadership body. Cosatu has been hit by a power struggle between rival factions.

Swing to Buhari?


The Economist Intelligence Unit's Africa team has been

tweeting on the results from Nigeria's presidential election: "So far vote much as expected. Definite swing to Buhari, but unclear if enough to unseat Jonathan. #Nigeriadecides"

Ferdinand Omondi

BBC Africa, Mombasa

A court in Kenya has granted police 20 more days to detain three young women without charging them. They were recently arrested along the Kenya-Somalia border on suspicion that they may be training to be suicide bombers.

Suspended minister turned away

Suspended Kenyan government Felix Kosgei was turned away when he presented himself at the offices of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission in the capital, Nairobi, earlier today, reports the BBC's Robert Kiptoo from there.

Officials told Mr Kosgei there was no case pending against him, and asked him to return on Thursday, our reporter says.

He was among

four government ministers suspended at the weekend after being named in a report be the commission.

Thousand 'likes' for Obama

Followers of BBC Africa on Facebook have given a thousand "likes" in an hour to the news that US President Barack Obama is to visit Kenya in July, his first trip to the country since being elected to the White House.

Screen grab from BBC Africa's Facebook page

This has been accompanied by a lot of positive comments but also by negative reaction which runs from "He's too late" and "It will just cause us traffic jams" to "US influence is unwanted".

Mr Obama's father was a Kenyan, and there were wild celebrations in the country when he won the 2008 US election.

'Political interference'

US Under-Secretary for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, has told the BBC's Andrew Harding that the complaints about political interference in the collation of votes in Nigeria's presidential election come from private individuals around the country, and involve both main parties.

Men read newspaper headlines at a street side news stand in Lagos, Nigeria, 30 March 2015
Full results are expected by Tuesday

'Is Trevor Noah single?'

Buzzfeed has compiled tweets from people reacting to the news that Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show. Many tweeters in the US asked, "Who is Trevor Noah?", while others, attracted by his good looks, speculated on whether he was single.

South Africans responded with pride that one of their own will be making Americans laugh.

Trevor Noah's 'illegal birth'

Nomsa Maseko

BBC News, Johannesburg

Trevor Noah is the son of a black South African woman and a white Swiss man. His parent's relationship was illegal, under South Africa's then-apartheid system, at the time of his birth in 1984.

His mixed-race heritage, experiences of growing up in Soweto and observations about race are the leading themes in his comedy.

Trevor Noah

Last year, he became the first African comedian to perform on Jay Leno's The Tonight Show in the US and made his debut as an international correspondent on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show, offering an outsider's perspective on life in America.

Nigeria results tally


Ibrahim Shehu-Adamu

BBC Africa, Abuja

tweets about the breakdown so far from Nigeria's election: "Results from 8 states and the FCT so far: APC - 2,302,978 PDP - 2,322,507"

Indomitable Lions victorious


Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

tweets: "Monday international friendly results: Thailand 2-3 #Cameroon - Cameroon were 2-0 down. Belarus 0-0 #Gabon."

Clinton Njie of Cameroon (R) vies for the ball with Kroekrit Thawikan of Thailand (L) during their friendly soccer match at Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, 30 March 2015

Aliyu Tanko

BBC Hausa, Abuja

We've a long wait until the next results are announced by Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec). So far, out of 36 states, eight have been declared, plus the results for the Federal Capital Territory.

'Healing through laughter'

South Africa's Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthetwa has welcomed Trevor Noah's appointment to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.

Trevor Noah

"Over the years Mr Noah has proved that laughter is the best medicine and has helped our country and its people to find healing through laughing at themselves," he said in a statement.

Nigeria result break

Nigeria's electoral chief Attahiru Jega has left the hall where election results are being announced. According to

Inec's twitter feed the gathering will reconvene at 20:00 local time (19:00 GMT).

'Staff held captive'


Aliyu Tanko

BBC Hausa, Abuja

tweets about Nigeria's election results: "Over 70,000 votes cancelled in Nasarawa [state] due to disruption, staff held captive until rescued by soldiers. #Nigeriadecides"

'Mudslides' in DR Congo

BBC Monitoring

UN-sponsored Radio Okapi in the Democratic Republic of Congo is reporting deadly mudslides after heavy rains in the east of the country over the weekend. It said 14 people had died and "many hectares of farmland have been devastated and enormous loss of property registered" in South Kivu's Fizi region with "cattle, farms and whole schools carried away up to Lake Tanganyika". In neighbouring Burundi,

10 people are missing in landslides.

First Nigeria results

The first results from Nigeria's presidential elections are in. President Jonathan has so far won three states and Gen Buhari four, according to

results announced by Inec, the electoral commission. The Abuja Federal Territory, which includes the capital, has been won by Mr Jonathan, it says.

A Nigerian election official reads local results in Kaduna, Nigeria - Monday 30 March 2015

Testing times

Sammy Darko

BBC Africa, Accra

High school pupils have begun their West Africa Certificate exams with a science paper. Here's a photo of students in Ghana's capital, Accra, hard at work - the exams go on until May.

Pupils in Africa

Five things about Trevor Noah

South Africa's private Channel24 entertainment station has published

five things it says Americans need to know about Trevor Noah, including the fact that he speaks seven languages: English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana, Tsonga and German.

South African joy

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

South Africans are overjoyed by the news that their compatriot Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. Trevor Noah is now trending on most social media platforms. Host of South Africa's Late Nite News (LNN) TV comedy show Loyiso Gola

tweeted to his more than 500,000 followers, "Congratulations comrade @Trevornoah".

Mr Noah is a much-loved figure in South Africa. In a racially polarised country, he cuts across racial divisions with his great sense of humour. Soweto, the famous township of his birth, is abuzz with excitement too.

'Best damn news show'


Trevor Noah has

tweeted: "No-one can replace Jon Stewart. But together with the amazing team at The Daily Show, we will continue to make this the best damn news show!"

Nomsa Maseko

BBC News, Johannesburg

Emerging economies that make up the Brics nations - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - are strengthening long-standing trade relations. So it comes as no surprise that Mandarin will be offered as a second language in some schools in South Africa.

The subject will be offered to pupils from their fourth year when they are aged about nine or 10. The move also forms part of the ongoing cultural and educational exchanges between South Africa and China.

You can read more

here on a South African university's controversial decision to board up the colonial-era statue of Cecil Rhodes, following protests by students.

Obama to visit Kenya

US President Barack Obama will visit Kenya in July to attend a global entrepreneurship summit, the White House has announced.

Yaya Toure faces big decision

Ivory Coast football captain Yaya Toure has revealed he will decide this week whether to retire from international football. The 31-year-old, who plays his club football with English Premier League side Manchester City, said that by winning the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations his

"target was done".

Yaya Toure (right)
Getty Images
Yaya Toure (right) has played 95 times for Ivory Coast and scored 19 goals since his debut in 2004

Inec denies 'political interference'

AFP news agency is reporting that Nigeria's electoral commission has dismissed UK and US fears of political interference in the collation of votes following Saturday's tightly contested presidential poll.

"There is no interference at all. We are about to start the collation process. We have no evidence of political interference," commission spokesman Kayode Idowu is quoted as saying.

Bridges destroyed

BBC Afrique's Judith Basutama has been to the scene of the mudslide in Burundi about 30km (18 miles) south-west of the capital, Bujumbura, along the shore of Lake Tanganyika. Officials have told her that 10 people are missing, not 18 as earlier reporter, and bridges and hundreds of homes were destroyed as swollen rivers with rocks and other debris gushed into the lake.

Destroyed bridge in Burundi
Burundi homes destroyed after mudslide

Nigeria opposition HQ 'buzzing'

The BBC's Nkem Ifejika in Abuja says: "We've just been to both the APC and PDP headquarters. The difference couldn't be more stark - APC dynamic, buzzing. PDP dead - only security presence."

Mansur Liman

BBC Hausa editor

The chairman of Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec), Attahiru Jega, has started speaking to welcome everyone to the collation centre in the capital Abuja. There are domestic and international observers present.

Mansur Liman

BBC Hausa editor

Party agents are now introducing themselves at the electoral commission headquarters in Nigeria's capital, Abuja. The opposition APC is being represented by Olurumbe Mamora and Hakeem Baba Ahmed - and the ruling PDP is being represented by Orubebe Godsday Orubebe and Bello Fadile.

Zambia football coach 'betrayed'

Outgoing Zambia coach Honour Janza says he feels

"betrayed" by the country's football association after learning through the media of the decision to replace him with a foreign coach.

Honour Janza
Getty Images
Janza has been in charge of Zambia since August 2014 and led the team at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations

He told BBC Sport: "I was surprised to read about my departure because no-one has told me anything."

Mansur Liman

BBC Hausa editor

The chief electoral officer and returning officer for the Nigeria presidential election has taken his seat to start the collation of votes.


Umaru Fofana

BBC Africa, Freetown

tweets from Sierra Leone: "Kids of Mabela slum in #SierraLeone having fun despite harsh surrounding. Watch out for the next Man United player."

Children playing football
Umaru Fofana

It has been confirmed - South African comedian Trevor Noah is to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.

The 31-year-old made his debut as a contributor to the nightly satirical show last December.

Trevor Noah and Jon Stewart
Twitter/Trevor Noah

Laughing to the top

South African comedian Trevor Noah is to succeed Jon Stewart as the host of the Comedy Central's The Daily Show in the US,

the New York Times is reporting.

Trevor Noah
Getty Images

Mr Noah, who is on tour in Dubai, told the paper he could not believe the news for the first few hours: "You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you're in a place where you can't really get alcohol."