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Summary

  1. Party of Nigeria's President-elect Buhari wins again
  2. Won 19 of 28 state governorships
  3. Sudan voting in first of three days of elections
  4. Opposition boycotting first poll since South Sudan seceded
  5. Violence in Guinea following claims of an assassination attempt
  6. Malala Yousafzai urges Nigeria to intensify efforts to free Chibok girls

Live Reporting

By Clare Spencer and Damian Zane

All times stated are UK

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We leave you with this photograph of a new flower growing in the remains of the indigenous fynbos vegetation that was recently devastated by fire on Cape Town's Table Mountain.

Photo showing plant growing on Table Mountain
EPA

Violence in Conakry

Riot police react to protests in Guinea's capital Conakry:

Anti- riot policemen clash with Guinean opposition supporters on April 13, 2015 in Conakry.
AFP

The opposition called for demonstrations after its spokesman said he was the target of an assassination attempt.

Shot and wounded

Guinean opposition supporters protested in the capital Conakry:

Guinean opposition supporters protest on April 13, 2015 in Conakry.
AFP

At least six people in Guinea's capital, Conakry, have been shot and wounded as the police confronted the marchers.

Observers criticised

@JamesCopnall

The BBC's James Copnall

tweets from Khartoum where he is following the elections: "25 Sudanese + African civil society orgs
criticise AU for sending an observation mission to the Sudanese elections."

Calling for action

@nkemifejika

The BBC's Nkem Ifejika

tweets from the silent protest in the Nigerian capital Abuja on the eve of the first anniversary of the abduction of the girls from Chibok: "#BringBackOurGirls #oneyearon #SilentMarch #giantofAfrica"

Photo of Abuja protest
BBC

'I saw the Chibok girls'

One year on from Boko Haram abducting the Chibok school girls, Focus on Africa TV hears from a witness who saw some of the youngsters just three weeks ago.

Malam Garba Shehu from the APC, the party of Nigeria's incoming president, tells us how they plan to bring back the girls.

Watch Focus on Africa on BBC World at 1730 GMT.

Heroin seized

Kenyan police have seized 2kg of heroin in Kilifi, a coastal town 75km north of Mombasa. Suspected smugglers who were being followed had been spotted boarding a yacht. A navy boat then pulled up alongside and officers made some arrests.

Kenyan navy boarding a yacht
BBC

The police say five people are in custody and estimate that the seized heroin is worth $65,000 (£44,000). Mombasa County Commander Robert Kitur says the heroin was meant to be ferried to either the Seychelles or Tanzania.

Footballers' wives

The South African press is trying to work out whether the latest reality show is a success.

Diski Divas debuted on Sunday. It follows five wives and girlfriends of South African footballers. Well not quite, as one of the five is an ex-girlfriend and another is an ex-wife - Felicia Modise (Teko Modise's ex wife - pictured).

Felicia Modise
@felicia_modise
Felicia Modise posts a selfie before the show

Zaleb says "thanks to Eskom [the power company] some of us had to resort to watching the show via social media platforms but none-the-less it was as entertaining as watching it on the screen".

Meanwhile

Channel 24 asks for more of the same.

Bring them back

Protest over girls kidnapped from Chibok
BBC

A silent march is taking place in the Nigerian capital Abuja organised by the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. It comes on the eve of the first anniversary of the abduction of more than 200 girls by Boko Haram from Chibok in north-east Nigeria. Campaigners are calling on the world not to forget their plight.

Earlier, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai

criticised Nigeria's authorities and the international community for not doing enough to secure their release.

Ebola cases down

@UmaruFofana

The BBC's Umaru Fofana in Sierra Leone

tweets: "#SierraLeone recorded 6 new #Ebola cases last week - the lowest since outbreak. There were 29 deaths."

Guinea clashes

At least six people in Guinea's capital, Conakry, have been shot and wounded during clashes between protesters and the security forces, reports the BBC's Alhassan Sillah in Guinea. The gendarmes were on the edge of an area of the city known as an anti-government stronghold.

The opposition had called for demonstrations after its spokesman said earlier this month that he was the target of an assassination attempt.

Ready for re-opening?

Umaru Fofana

BBC Africa, Freetown

Schools in Sierra Leone are supposed to re-open on Tuesday after being closed because of Ebola last year.

I visited four primary schools on Sunday which were clearly in ruins.

This was the scene at MCA primary school in Makeni in the north of the country.

Makeni classroom
Umaru Fofana
Classroom in Makeni
Umaru Fofana

I saw a similar situation in many other schools in parts of the south and east that I have visited in the last two weeks. Compounds were covered in tall grass and the classroom furniture was broken.

Sudan arrest

James Copnall

BBC Africa, Khartoum

Amjad Farid, the spokesperson of Sudan Change Now, the anti-government protest group, says his wife Sandra Farouk Kodouda was detained as she went to address an anti-election rally last night.

He says he has made inquiries with the police and the National Intelligence and Security Services, but so far he has not been told who is holding her. There has been no comment from the authorities.

Members of Sudanese opposition parties take part during a sit-in at the headquarters of Umma, one of Sudan's biggest opposition parties, calling for boycotting the elections
AP
Opposition parties held a sit-in and rally on Sunday night calling for an election boycott

Quiet polls

James Copnall

BBC Africa, Khartoum

I just visited a polling centre in Omdurman. There were hardly any voters there for the presidential and parliamentary elections.

With an hour to go on day one of three, turnout at that particular centre is around 6%.

Colleagues have had similar experiences in Omdurman and elsewhere. Given the opposition's call for a boycott, and the disillusionment many feel with politicians of all camps, turnout is clearly going to be an issue.

Mother's call

Anne Soy

BBC News

The mother of a 16-year-old rape survivor in Kenya says she is happy justice has finally been served after three men were sentenced to 15 years in jail for the crime. But she also called on the police to "arrest the other three suspects who are in hiding".

The case gained prominence when the suspects were originally told by police to cut grass as a punishment. In response more than a million people signed an online petition demanding justice.

Campaigners demanding justice "for Liz"
BBC
Campaigners demanded justice for the rape victim who is known as "Liz"

Claim to throne

Sammy Darko

BBC Africa, Accra

Renewed chieftaincy clashes in the Northern Region of Ghana have left two dead.

Director General of Police Public Affairs Ampa Bennin confirmed this morning that two people had been killed and four were injured. Dozens of homes have also been set alight.

There is a long-standing feud between two different families laying claim to the throne in the Bunkprugu-Yunyoo district. Police have intensified security patrol in the township.

#ReleaseBabyJeremy

The hashtag

#ReleaseBabyJeremy is currently trending on Twitter in Kenya.

The Nation reports that the baby is being detained in a private hospital over an unpaid bill.

The longer the baby stays in the hospital, the more the bill climbs up. The

latest tweet from StreetNakuru shows it stands at 627,211 Kenyan shillings (£4,596; $6,729).

Bill
@StreetNakuru

Ransacked shop

A Somali shop-owner in South Africa has been telling the BBC's Somali service about how his business was ransacked by a mob at the weekend. Abulahi Salad runs a general store in the Durban area, which has been hit by a wave of xenophobic violence.

He said the police were there, but they were overwhelmed and told him to leave to leave the scene for his own safety.

An injured foreign national (C) gestures to his local countrymen at the Chatsworth football grounds south of Durban
AFP
Some migrants near Durban have sought shelter from the violence in temporary camps

The Cinderella advisor

James Copnall

BBC Africa, Khartoum

The Sudanese presidential adviser Ibrahim Ghandour has been a butt of many jokes on social media after it was reported he was chased out of a campaign rally by protesters, leaving one of his shoes behind him.

He was quickly nicknamed Cinderella. The man himself denies the event ever happened, but is choosing to make light of it.

"That is part of the lies you face in politics. They said that I moved on my knees [in order to escape], but someone of my weight cannot do it, because it is very difficult!"

'Gandhi Must Go'

Here's a picture of that statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Johannesburg which was smeared with white paint at the weekend:

Mahatma Gandhi statue in Johannesburg
BBC

A South African man is facing a charge of malicious damage after a statue was vandalised. Police said the suspect was found with a five-litre tin of paint and signs bearing the slogan "Gandhi Must Go". The Indian independence leader lived in South African for over 20 years.

Shots fired

Police in Guinea have shot in the air to deter anti-government protesters from marching in the capital Conakry. The BBC's Alhassan Sillah says gendarmes were on the edge of an area of the city known as an anti-government stronghold.

Opposition supporters wanted to hold a demonstration highlighting the insecurity in the country but were not given permission.

Suspects detained

@zenaidamz

The BBC's Zenaida Machado

tweets: "Police in #Mozambique say they have detained two suspects in the killing of influential Mozambican lawyer & academic Gilles Cistac."

Belated justice

Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper

reports that three men, who were originally given the punishment of cutting grass for a gang rape, have now been sentenced to a total of 22 years in jail each.

The three men were part of a group who raped a 16-year-old girl two years ago and then left her in a pit latrine. The case led to widespread shock in Kenya after police gave the grass-cutting punishment.

APC landslide

The APC, the party of Nigeria's President-elect Muhammadu Buhari,

has won 19 of the 29 state governor elections in the country - including in Lagos, Kaduna and Katsina. President Goodluck Jonathan's PDP party has won in nine states including the oil-rich Rivers State.

The election in Imo state has been declared inconclusive.

Nigeria's governors control huge budgets and are among the country's most influential politicians.

A man casts his vote during the governorship election in Apapa district in Lagos
Reuters

Drawing inspiration

Let's introduce you to the cartoon character Katoto.

Ugandan cartoon character Katoto
BBC

His creators are hoping he'll be become famous across the world.

That's despite the fact he speaks a Ugandan language, Rukiga, not even spoken by most of the team working on him.

Watch how the cartoon is put together on the BBC News website.

Ghandi statue vandalised

South Africa's statue protests take a new turn. This weekend a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Johannesburg was smeared with white paint on Sunday.

Eye Witness News reports a 21-year-old will appear in front of Johannesburg Magistrates court today in connection with defacing the statue.

It comes after a protest against the statue of colonialist Cecil Rhodes at the University of Cape Town eventually saw it removed.

Boycott call

A Sudanese pro-opposition youth group Sudan Change Now has posted this on its

Facebook page.

Facebooko post by group Sudan Change Now
Sudan Change Now

The message supports the opposition boycott of today's presidential and parliamentary polls. It says: "I am boycotting the elections because I am against the political detentions. Make your voice heard."

Rescue concerns

The UNHCR's Melissa Fleming

tweets an update on the situation in the Mediterranean: "the Med. rescue ops ongoing. Worried no more capacity to reach 14 boats that issued distress calls."

Thousands rescued

@melissarfleming

The UNHCR's Melissa Fleming

tweets the latest figures relating to migrants in the Mediterranean: "Just in: 5,629 rescued on the Med. in last 3 days. 4000 still in rescue boats off Italy."

Landmine explosion

Alex Duval Smith

Bamako, Mali

Mali's government says two soldiers were killed on Sunday and three were injured after the vehicle they were travelling in drove over a land mine on the road from Nampala to Diabaly in the centre of the country.

In an attack on the Malian army base at Nampala in January, 11 soldiers were killed. That attack was blamed on followers of an extremist preacher, Imam Tili Coura.

Caught in the middle

Editorial on Dadaab in today's Kenya Star newspaper
Victor Ndula & Star Kenya

Today's

Kenya Star newspaper published this editorial cartoon this morning by Victor Ndula. At the weekend Deputy President William Ruto called on the UN to close the Dadaab refugee camp and relocate more than 500,000 Somalis.

The call comes in the wake of the killing of 148 people in the Garissa attack which was carried out by the Somali-based al-Shabab group.

Tripoli bomb

Rana Jawad

BBC News, Tunis

An explosive device has been thrown at the gates of the Moroccan embassy in Tripoli. There are no casualties. In recent months there has been a campaign targeting the security posts outside embassies in Tripoli.

On Sunday,

two Libyan guards died in a drive-by shooting outside the South Korean embassy in Libya's capital city.

'Committed to reform'

James Copnall

BBC Africa, Khartoum

President Omar al-Bashir casts his ballot as he runs for another term, on the first day of the presidential and legislative elections, in Khartoum
AP

President Omar al-Bashir did not talk to the press after voting here at St Francis school in Khartoum, but some of his allies did.

Former Vice President al-Haj Adam Youssef disputed the suggestion that these elections were of limited value as most of the major opposition parties are boycotting the vote. He also told me that the governing National Congress Party was committed to reform.

'Do more'

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has said that Nigerian leaders and the international community have still "not done enough" to ensure the release of the more than 200 girls kidnapped from Chibok in north-east Nigeria.

In an emotional message to the kidnapped girls recorded on the eve of the first anniversary of their abduction by Boko Haram, the education campaigner said the world "must do much more to help".

Malala Yousafzai supporting a social media campaign over the abduction of 276 schoolgirls in Nigeria
Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai visited Nigeria last year to campaign for the girls' release

Rivers result

In Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan's PDP has won a landslide victory in the governorship election in the oil-rich Rivers State.

Nigeria's electoral commission threw out returns in some parts of Rivers State after ballot papers were openly stolen. The APC, the party of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, described the result as a "rape of democracy".

An electoral officer checks through a list for verification of a voter's name during the governorship election
Reuters

President votes

James Copnall

BBC Africa, Khartoum

President Omar al-Bashir has now arrived here at St Francis school in central Khartoum to vote. He was ushered into room D to cast his vote, accompanied by about 40 cameramen.

There are large crowds, but most of them are journalists and security people.

Sudan turnout

The polls are now open in Sudan's presidential and parliamentary elections. On the eve of the vote the BBC's James Copnall went to something that could have been an election rally, but it was the complete opposite. It was an anti-election rally, encouraging people not to vote.

He says

in his analysis that as the opposition are boycotting the vote the result is almost certain. The interesting thing to look out for is the turnout.

Election officials wait for voters at a polling station, on the first day of Sudan"s presidential and legislative elections, in Khartoum
AP

800,000 displaced

The United Nations' children's fund, Unicef, says that 800,000 children have fled fighting between the militant group Boko Haram and the security forces in north-east Nigeria and neighbouring areas of Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

Unicef's Laurent Duvilier told the

BBC's Newsday there is concern that the humanitarian situation is "escalating and worsening".

This comes a day ahead of the anniversary of the abduction by Boko Haram of more than 200 girls from Chibok in north-east Nigeria.

Displaced people fleeing from violence wait in line to receive relief materials at a camp for displaced people camp in Borno State
Reuters

Today's

African proverb: "You should never spit in your own well; you might come back to it for a drink." An Igbo proverb sent by Thaddaeus Obinna Nwaokeke, Sweden.

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