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  1. First burials of Garissa victims in Kenya
  2. Arrests over xenophobic attacks in South Africa
  3. Last day of campaigning for Sudan's election

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By Hugo Williams and Damian Zane

All times stated are UK

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As Nigeria prepares to vote in governor elections on Saturday we leave you with this picture of two Nigerians dwarfed by campaign posters. But are they discussing politics?

People sit under campaign posters of Lagos State Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress party, Akinwunmi Ambode, on the street in Lagos, Nigeria


#WhatMakesYouAfrican is trending on twitter in South Africa, with lots of people posting their own theories on the topic.

Sese Tetiwe

tweets: "Adding spice to a really boring story to give it that extra lift."


tweets: "With everything we have been through, we are still smiling, trusting and forgiving."

Thiza Khumalo tweets: "I am an African not because I live on its soil But because my soul is at home in Africa."

Brought to ground

Two former executives of the state-owned Air Zimbabwe have both been jailed for 10 years for fraud.

Ex-chief executive Peter Chikumba and company secretary Grace Pfumbidzayi were convicted over a $10m (£6.8m) insurance fraud. Air Zimbabwe currently has debts of over $140m (£96m), and is no longer flying international routes.

Angry texts

Listeners to

Focus On Africa have been texting their thoughts on the South Africa xenophobia story.

There seems to be a lot of anger over the attacks on foreigners in Durban.

The comment from Mohamed Bawa in Freetown, Sierra Leone is typical.

"The attacks are barbaric," he says. "Africa is for Africans and it makes no different as long you are an African."

Onyait Mungao says echoes this saying: "we are all Africans and there is no need for xenophobia".

You can also text +447786205075.

A foreign man shaves in front of a tent on a sports field in Isipingo, south of Durban
More than a thousand foreigners have sought refuge in temporary camps near Durban

Garissa solutions

Can communities help to combat the influence of al-Shabab? That's the question being discussed in Garissa today, where Kenyan Muslim leaders and politicians are meeting with local community groups to promote de-radicalisation.

MP Mohamed Dahir represents Dadaab, a constituency which hosts nearly 500,000 Somali refugees. He told

Focus On Africa radio that locals were ready to help identify those involved in extremism.

He said that local centres and hotlines could be set up to help people share information with the authorities.

Mourners gather to bury the coffin containing the body of Angela Nyokabi
The funerals of some of the Garissa victims, including Angela Nyokabi, have been taking place

Focus On Africa TV

Coming up on Focus on Africa at 17:30 GMT on BBC World TV with

Sophie Ikenye:

  • After xenophobic attacks in Durban, we'll speak to a Nigerian representative in South Africa about what's being done to protect foreigners
  • In sport,
    Piers Edwards interviews Luis Figo about what he would do for Africa if he won the Fifa presidency
  • And we speak to African music royalty - Nigerian music duo P-Square.

Inspiration to women

Leader of the Sudanese Socialist Democratic Union and presidential candidate Fatima Abdel Mahmoud smiles during her election campaign

Sudan's only female presidential candidate says she wants to inspire other women in her country.

"It is very encouraging for Sudanese women to have a woman running for president," Fatima Abdel Mahmoud

told the BBC's James Copnall in Khartoum.

If elected Dr Abdel Mahmoud said she would give 50% of government jobs to women.

Most opposition parties are boycotting Monday's poll but she said that she hoped the vote will be fair.


The funerals of some of the 148 victims of last week's attack on Garissa University College have been taking place in Kenya.

One of the victims, Angela Nyokabi, was laid to rest in Wanugu village, near the capital Nairobi.

pallbearers, carry the coffin containing the body of Angela Nyokabi, a student killed during an attack by gunmen at Garissa University, in Wanugu

Hundreds of people filed passed her coffin earlier when it was on display at the Kenyatta University mortuary in Nairobi.

A man gestures as he views the body of Angela Nyokabi, who was killed during the attack on Garissa University

UN attacked

At least one person has been killed and a dozen wounded in clashes between United Nations peacekeepers and protestors in the Central African Republic.

The UN said the peacekeepers fired into the air after up to 400 people attacked their camp in the town of Kaga-Bandoro. The protestors accused the UN of failing to stop raids by cattle-herders from the Peuhl ethnic group.

Focus On Africa

Focus on Africa radio is on air now. Akwasi Sarpong will be bringing you the latest from Durban, where the situation is tense following a series of xenophobic attacks.

The programme will also hear from an aid agency in Somaliland, which says it, like many others, might have to pull out because of the closure of money transfer firms in the wake of the Garissa attack.

To listen, click on the Africa Live title at the top of this page or

click here.

New spirit

Street evangelist Christian Kabasa

The BBC's Brian Hungwe in Harare came across Christian Kabasa today. He describes himself as a former armed robber who is now a street evangelist.

He says his "demonic spirit" has given way to a "holy spirit".

Brian says that many Zimbabweans are turning to prophets and evangelists "due to economic hardship".

Territory 'recaptured'

The Nigerian army says it has recaptured territory in north-eastern Borno state from the militant group Boko Haram.

In a statement, which the BBC cannot yet independently verify, it said the army had driven militants out from the villages of Bita, Izge, Yamteke and Uba.

It follows the recent retaking of the town of Gwoza, believed to be the headquarters of the militant group.

Nigerian soldiers celebrating their capture of Gwoza in Nigeria
Nigeria defence forces
The capture of Gwoza was celebrated by Nigerian soldiers last month

'Institutionalised brutality'

Journalist Louise Redvers has written a

piece for the Mail & Guardian newspaper about what she calls the "culture of institutionalised brutality" in the Angolan security services.

It comes in the wake of the conviction of seven men, some from the security forces, for their role in the disappearance and murder of two activists in Luanda three years ago.

Petrol please

queues for petrol in Abuja

The BBC's Chris Ewokor has sent this photo from the Nigerian capital, Abuja, where he says people have been queuing for hours to fill up their cars.

Scenes like this are common in Nigeria, despite it being the largest oil producer on the continent.

Next target?

World Have Your Say is now on the BBC World Service. They will be talking about the increase in xenophobic violence in the South African city of Durban and hearing from a Zimbabwean there who fears that she may be targeted.

You can listen


Ebola aftermath

Many Ebola survivors are likely to face further health issues including eye and joint problems,

the World Health Organization has warned.

The organisation said there had not been enough focus on this so far. It added there had been "real, substantive progress" in the drive to end the outbreak in the last few weeks. But it says the crisis still constitutes a public health emergency of international concern.

An Ebola awareness campaign in Monrovia, Liberia

Love newspapers

Men reading newspapers in Eastleigh

The BBC's Ahmed Adan took this picture today in the Eastleigh suburb of Kenya's capital Nairobi - the heart of the Somali community.

He says people there are known for their love of newspapers and they are anxious to find out if the money transfer businesses, closed by the government earlier this week, are going to reopen.

They are also concerned that the police could carry out a security operation in Eastleigh. Hundreds were arrested there last year following bomb attacks that killed six people in Nairobi.

Dancing partners

President Zuma and Grace Mugabe dancing

It wasn't all talk during the state visit of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe to South Africa this week.

During the state banquet in Pretoria, South Africa's President Jacob Zuma and Grace Mugabe, first lady of Zimbabwe, got on their dancing shoes, as seen in

this video published by the UK's Guardian newspaper.

Tackling extremism

Dozens of Kenyan Muslim leaders are visiting the town of Garissa, where 148 people were killed in the attack by al-Shabab last week.

They are discussing how to tackle violent extremism with local politicians, religious leaders, youth and women's groups.

A woman pays tribute at Freedom Corner in Uhuru Park in Nairobi on April 7, 2015 during a candlelight vigil to the victims of an attack claimed by Somalia"s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents on a university campus in Kenya"s northern town of Garissa
Kenyans have been mourning the victims of the Garissa attack

The MPs and senior members of the religious community will then visit the towns of Wajir and Mandera, which have also been badly affected by al-Shabab attacks.

Fleeing to Africa


Refugees arriving from Yemen

The International Organization for Migration

tweets: "Est. 5,000 people have so far arrived in #Djibouti, #Ethiopia and #Somalia fleeing crisis in #Yemen".

Ex-Senegal star arrested

Former Senegal international Souleymane Diawara is in custody in France for violent conduct,

BBC Sport reports.

The Nice defender has been held since Thursday because he "tried to exercise justice himself" after being the victim of a scam, according to a source quoted by the AFP news agency.

Souleymane Diawara
Getty Images
Souleymane Diawara (l) has made 15 appearances for Nice this season

Ebola 'still emergency'

Carinya Sharples

BBC Ebola team

The World Health Organization's Ebola chief Dr Bruce Aylward said he was "absolutely firm" that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa still constitutes a public health emergency of international concern.

Ebola worker in Sierra Leone
More than 10,000 people have died in the outbreak so far

However, progress had been made, especially ahead of the rainy season, which is about a month away. "The countries are very much… where they wanted to be in terms of the rainy season, and that's very good news," he told a briefing in Geneva.

'They tricked me'

Animated picture of Ope

When she was 24, Ope tried to leave Nigeria "for a better life". She was told by traffickers that she could work as a nanny or a factory worker in Europe. But when she arrived, she was forced into working as a prostitute in the UK. In

this animated film, she tells her story to the BBC.

'Situation tense'

The BBC's Sophie Ribstein has been speaking to police in Durban about the xenophobic attacks in the South African port city.

Police spokesman Thulani Zwane said that the situation was still tense, and that extra police have been deployed to protect people who have fled their homes and now staying in temporary camps.

He also said that murder cases have been opened, although the police cannot yet confirm how many people have been killed in the attacks.

A Durban police officer talks with people displaced from their homes by recent xenophobic attacks
A police officer talks with people displaced from their homes by recent xenophobic attacks

Strike suspended

Tanzania's Labour Minister Gaudensia Kabaka has told a crowd of bus drivers at Dar es Salaam's main Ubungo bus terminal that new regulations that led them to go on strike have been dropped, the BBC's Tulunana Bohela reports.

Government minister addressing bus drivers

The strike has now been suspended. Hundreds of passengers had been stranded earlier in the day as they tried to travel for the weekend.

'Stop hate speech'

South Africa's Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has said that community leaders should stop making remarks that could result in foreigners being killed.

His comments come after at least three foreigners died in Durban in a wave of xenophobic violence, according to reports in South Africa's

Business Day newspaper.

Mr Gigaba said that "Africa must not think that we hate fellow Africans so much that we are prepared to do the worst to cause them harm".

Footballer 'murdered'

The father of Albert Ebosse, the Cameroonian footballer who died last year after a match in Algeria, has

told the BBC that he thinks his son was murdered.

"It wasn't a rock. It wasn't a seizure. My son was murdered," Andre Bodjongo told BBC World Service's


The official Algerian report suggested Ebosse died in hospital from head injuries sustained after objects were thrown from the stands. But the pathologist who carried out post-mortem tests in Cameroon, said the player died as a result of a beating.

Albert Ebosse
Getty Images
Ebosse was the top scorer in Algeria in the 2013-14 league season

Cairo to Cape Town

BBC Outside Source programme

tweets: "Cycling from Cairo to Cape Town - that's what @MrMarkBeaumont is trying to do! Why?
Listen to him live in a few mins

Migrant rescue

The aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has announced the launch of a search and rescue mission in the Mediterranean to save migrants trying to reach Europe from Africa.

The operation should start next month and will carry on until October. The UN Refugee Agency says almost 3,500 people died and more than 200,000 were rescued trying to cross the Mediterranean last year.

migrants arrive in the port of Lampedusa on a boat of the Guardia Costiera following a rescue operation off the coast of Sicily, on April 5, 2015.
Migrants arriving in the port of Lampedusa last week following a rescue operation by the Italian Coast Guard.

Confident Bashir

James Copnall

BBC News, Khartoum

There's not much suspense to these polls. President Omar al-Bashir and his supporters are convinced he's going to win. And most of the major opposition parties are boycotting this election saying they cannot campaign freely.

There is also concern about the conflicts in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile, where rebels have threatened to disrupt the vote.

In general, Western countries agree with the opposition. But the Arab League and the African Union are sending observers.

National Congress Party"s (NCP) presidential candidate, Sudan"s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir waves to supporters during a campaign rally, ahead of the 2015 elections in Omdurman

Elastic supply

The chewing gum manufacturer Wrigley is investing $63m (£43m) in a new factory in Kenya in order to double its output in the country, reports

Kenya's Business Daily newspaper.

Wrigley hopes to tighten its grip on Kenya's chewing gum market. It currently has a 75% market share and wants to double its annual production to 7.84 billion pellets of gum.

Pricey Pope visit

Many people in Uganda will be excited at the prospect of the Pope's planned visit this year. But the privilege of hosting Pope Francis is likely to cost Ugandan taxpayers $1.7m (£1.2m) reports the

Daily Monitor newspaper.

It will be the first visit by Pope Francis to Africa. He is also expected to visit the Central African Republic.

Pope Francis

Baby twins


The BBC's Will Ross in Nigeria has

tweeted this picture from a camp in north-east Nigeria:

Twins in a camp in north east Nigeria
5-month-old twins in a camp in north-east Nigeria. Their mother gave birth on a mountainside after fleeing Boko Haram.

BreakingBreaking News

Head-on collision between coach and truck in Morocco kills 31 people, many of them young athletes, officials say. This breaking news story is being updated and

more details will be published shortly.

'Give us credit'

The African Union's director of social affairs Olawale Maiyegun has said that "not much credit is being given to African health workers" in their role on the front line in the fight against Ebola.

He told the

BBC's Newsday radio programme that the AU sent hundreds of medical staff but the international media has focused on the money, infrastructure and doctors and nurses who have gone from overseas.

Social mobilizers speak with residents, including children during the three-day stay-at-home curfew in a slum in Freetown, Sierre Leone

Stranded passengers

Hundreds of passengers in Tanzania's main city Dar es Salaam who were expecting to travel this morning are stranded at the main Ubongo bus terminal because of a countrywide bus drivers' strike, says the BBC's Tulunana Bohela.

Stranded passengers at the bus terminal

The bus drivers are unhappy about new regulations. The police had earlier used tear gas to quell the crowds as trouble began to break out.

Crowds wait for buses

The drivers' union and the government have been in talks this morning.

Rhodes reaction

The removal of the statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes from the University of Cape Town on Thursday is the front page story in many South African newspapers this morning.

Business Day predicts that the national debate is far from over with its headline: "After Rhodes removal other statues may fall".

South African newspapers carry the story about the Rhodes statue on their front pages on Friday
The removal of the Rhodes statue features on the front pages of many South African newspapers on Friday

Aid 'under threat'

Aid agencies including CARE and Oxfam

have warned that the closure in Kenya of 13 money transfer firms with links to Somalia could have a serious humanitarian impact.

They say that remittances sent through businesses like the ones closed amount to at least a quarter of Somalia's GDP.

The agencies also use the firms to pay for aid supplies and they warn that some aid agencies may be forced to "close their operations".

Kenya's government ordered the closure of the money transfer firms to prevent militant Islamists from using them to finance attacks.

Notice on money transfer agency door
The 13 money transfer firms were shut on Wednesday

'Hungry peacekeepers'

Alex Duval Smith

Bamako, Mali

The Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter is reporting that the country's soldiers stationed with the United Nations in Mali are being underfed.

The 250 big burly Swedish surveillance troops had to make do for a period with the same helpings as other UN troops: about 1,800 calories per day.

The soldiers also told Dagens Nyheter they were not getting any snacks while on night duty. But Lieutenant Colonel Carl Magnus Svensson told me that the food crisis had now been solved because the Swedes' own kitchen is up and running.

Swedish soldier in Mali
There are 250 Swedish peacekeepers in Mali


African proverb: A snakebite received at the age of six can still kill you at the age of 60. Sent by Mohamed in Somalia.