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Summary

  1. Nigeria warning over finding Chibok girls
  2. Deadly blast rocks Somalia's capital
  3. Foreign shops attacked in South Africa
  4. Row over suspension in Kenya athletics

Live Reporting

By Hugo Williams, Farouk Chothia and Clare Spencer

All times stated are UK

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That concludes our Africa Live coverage for today. Download the

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And we leave you with this photo of pupils in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown. They were back in class for the first time since Ebola forced schools to close nine months ago:

School pupils in Freetown, Sierra Leone
BBC

Garissa memorial concert

@bonifacemwangi

Kenyan activist Boniface Mwangi has

tweeted these photos from a memorial concert being held in Nairobi for the 148 victims of the Garissa massacre.

sign from garissa memorial concert
Chris Mukasa

He says that Kenyans have shown up to prove that "unity is stronger than division".

musicians play at the concert for garissa victims in Nairobi
Chris Mukasa

People have been encouraged by the organisers to bring flowers, candles, and to carry a Kenyan flag.

musicians play at the concert for garissa victims in Nairobi
Chris Mukasa

'Crying for daughters'

A Nigerian reverend has told the BBC that he and his wife have been battling to cope since their two daughters were abducted by Boko Haram in Chibok town a year ago. Enoch Mark said his wife has taken the abductions particularly badly - sometimes she just cries and cannot eat or sleep.

Enoch Mark and his wife
BBC

Pregnant pause

Schools reopened across Sierra Leone nine months after they were closed because of the Ebola outbreak.

For schoolgirls there is one topic of conversation: the girls who couldn't return to class because they got pregnant during the break.

Virginia said she was "so sad that they were not able to continue their education". And Amanda spoke about her neighbour who will not sit her exams, and added: "I thank God it is not me."

The girls were

talking to BBC World Have Your Say.

Chinese in Kenyan schools

@NationFMKe

Kenya's Nation FM radio station

tweets: "KENYA SET to introduce Chinese as part of languages taught in schools, Kenya School of Curriculum Development revealed today. #Kenyanese"

Chibok girls: What do we know?

It has now been a year since Boko Haram abducted 276 girls from a boarding school in north-eastern Nigeria, and 219 are still missing.

BBC News reports on what we know a year on.

Protest
BBC

South Africa violence photos

Photos from the clashes between locals and foreigners in South Africa's coastal city of Durban are coming through. Here a foreigner is seen with a knife as he threatens to retaliate after locals looted and torched shops:

A foreign national holds a machete to protect himself after clashes broke out between a group of locals and police in Durban on 14 April 2015
AFP

Some of the main streets in the city were shut, as barricades burnt:

A foreign national walks with his children after clashes broke out between a group of locals and police on 14 April 2015 in Durban
AFP

Kenya offers amnesty

Anne Soy

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Kenya's government says it will consider giving amnesty to youth who travelled to Somalia to receive training from militant Islamist group al-Shabab, provided they surrender in the next 10 days.

"We are aware that some of the youth were recruited by cunning individuals, some of whom are terrorists masquerading as religious leaders," Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery said in a statement.

Al-Shabab fighters (file photo)
AP
Al-Shabab killed at least 147 people in an assault on a Kenyan university earlier this month

Guinea 'ungovernable' warning

Alhassan Sillah

BBC News, Conakry

During a radio talk show, Guinea's main opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo said that demonstrations in the capital, Conkary, will continue if the electoral calendar is not changed.

The electoral commission published a calendar last month which scheduled presidential polls before local polls.

Demonstrators run as anti-riot police arrives on April 15, 2015 in a suburb of Conakry
AFP

Mr Diallo said the country would become ungovernable if the elections are not switched around. On the same talk show, government spokesman Damantang Camara called for calm and invited the opposition to talks.

In chains

On Lagos mainland bridge in Nigeria, activist Damilola performed a silent protest today.

Silent protest
BBC

He put himself in chains in an attempt to relate to what the Chibok girls and their families are going through.

Protests hit Guinea

Alhassan Sillah

BBC News, Conakry

Opposition supporters have barricaded roads, burned tyres and stoned police on the second day of anti-government demonstrations in the Guinean capital Conakry. Police have responded with teargas and gunfire.

Guinean opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo waves on a car surrounded by demonstrators on April 15, 2015
AFP
Guinean opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo waves on a car surrounded by demonstrators

Shops, schools and offices remain closed in parts of the capital.

They are protesting following an alleged assassination attempt on their spokesman Aboubacar Sylla.

At least one demonstrator died from bullet wounds last night.

AU Sudan election report leaked

Conditions were not in place for free and fair elections in Sudan, according to an internal African Union report seen by the BBC.

The report, obtained by the the BBC's James Copnall in the capital Khartoum, advised the AU not to send observers, and even to call for the elections to be postponed.

Incumbent President Omar al-Bashir and his party are almost certain to win the elections which began on Monday with most of the major opposition parties boycotting the polls.

Omar al-Bashir in a crowd in Omdurman on 10 April 2015
Reuters
President Bashir gets the crowd going with his signature stick waving in the run up to elections

Poor attendance

@UmaruFofana

The BBC's Umaru Fofana

tweets:

"Driven across Freetown & spoken to people across the country, turnout VERY LOW in schools reopened across #SierraLeone today."

Still missing

Protestor
Getty Images

Your messages

After

Malala Yousafzai sent a message to the missing Chibok girls urging them to "stay strong, and never lose hope", people have been posting their own messages.

Eman Matthews says on the

BBC World Have Your Say Facebook page: "I am sorry the rest of the world doesn't care about you."

Ayoade Bayo Kessy says: "Be strong, we have a new government in our nation."

Use WhatsApp to send us your audio or video message on +447730751925 and World Have Your Say will share it on BBC World Service from 1500 GMT.

Photos from Sudan

Sudan is in day two of voting in parliamentary and presidential elections boycotted by the main opposition.

In this photo, an election official waits for voters in a classroom used as a polling booth in a suburb of the capital, Khartoum:

The head of a polling station waits for voters at a polling station in a classroom in Khartoum"s southern suburb of Mayo on April 14, 2015. Mayo is mainly populated with displaced people from Darfur and Kordofan where fighting between rebels and President Omar Al-Bashir troops has forced people from their homes.
AFP

Outside, women look for their names on a list of voters:

Sudanese women look for their names on a list of voters outside a polling station in Khartoum's southern suburb of Mayo on April 14, 2015
AFP

While three people, including a police officer, cast their votes:

A Sudanese police officer stands at a polling booth as an electoral officer (C) helps a woman cast her vote in the country's elections at a polling station in a classroom in Khartoum's southern suburb of Mayo on 14 April 2015
AFP

And here a polling station officer keeps a toddler as his mother votes.

A polling station officer keeps a toddler as his mother casts her vote in Khartoum April 14, 2015
APF

Your reactions

There's some scepticism amongst

commenters on the BBC Africa Facebook page to the news that the Chibok girls were seen in Boko Haram captivity three weeks ago in the north-eastern town of Gwoza.

Ogbomo Freeman says: "These people are fooling themselves. Chibok girls were part of a strategy to destabilize the Jonathan administration."

Hansen Okenne has a similar view: "I'm beginning to believe that this is a sham done for political reasons. I won't be surprised if after May 29th someone pops up and says: 'Hey we've seen the girls, kudos to the General'."

A father talks on Focus

Bola Mosuro

BBC Africa

"They shall never be forgotten" is the cry heard today in Nigeria, one year after the abduction of the Chibok girls.

And on BBC Focus on Africa radio we will be talking to a reverend who had two of his daughters taken captive by Boko Haram.

I'll be presenting the show. Listen on BBC World Service

here at 15:00, 17:00 and 19:00 GMT. You can also click on the "Africa Live" title at the top of this page.

Life for US teacher's murder

AFP news agency is reporting that a Kenyan security guard has been sentenced to life in prison in Qatar for the murder of American teacher Jennifer Brown in 2012.

It says Alvine Moseti Anyona is likely to serve up to 20 years in jail and will then be deported.

The court had offered Ms Brown's family the option to choose the death penalty as a punishment. However, the family declined, saying they were not "cruel", AFP reports.

Girls 'precious' to Boko Haram

Mansur Liman

BBC Hausa editor

A journalist who is known to have close links with the leadership of Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram says the Chibok girls are alive and well. Ahmed Salkida told the BBC Hausa service that the girls are precious to the group. He claims that they have embraced Boko Haram's ideology and are closely protected by its leadership.

Still from video
AFP
A video released by Boko Haram last year showed many of the girls dressed in Islamic attire

Tear gas in Durban

Police have fired tear gas and water cannons to prevent clashes between foreigners and locals in South Africa's coastal city of Durban.

Local media reports that some foreigners armed with knives and baseball bats had barricaded a road in the city.

The foreigners had threatened to retaliate against locals who have been targeting them and their businesses.

Singing children

The BBC's Mohammed Kabir Mohammed in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, took this photo of school children calling for more to be done to find the Chibok girls, missing for exactly one year.

Schoolgirls in Abuja
BBC

They sang these lyrics to John Lennon's famous song Give Peace a Chance: "All we are saying is bring back our girls. Now and alive!"

Mogadishu deaths rise

Mohamed Moalimu

BBC Somali service

Somali government spokesman Ridwan Abdiweli has told me that the number of people killed in al-Shabab's attack in Mogadishu has risen to 17. The dead include eight civilians, seven of the attackers and two soldiers - one from the Somali military and the other from the African Union force deployed in Mogadishu to curb the insurgency.

Mogadishu photos

Photos from the scene of the Somalia attack are coming through. Here's one of a woman being rushed for medical treatment:

People carry a wounded person at the scene of a car bomb outside the Education Ministry in Mogadishu on 14 April 2015
AFP

Some people were lucky and managed to flee when a vehicle exploded at Mogadishu's higher education ministry:

People run from the scene of a car bomb outside the Education Ministry in Mogadishu on 14 April 2015
AFP

Militant group al-Shabab said it was behind the attack, which police say was carried out by a suicide bomber:

People look at the wreckage of a car bomb outside the Education Ministry in Mogadishu on 14 April 2015
AFP

Sierra Leone schools reopen

Schools have reopened across Sierra Leone nine months after they were closed because of the Ebola outbreak. The BBC's Umaru Fofana

reports from the capital Freetown that the pupils are "really excited" to be going back despite concerns about Ebola.

In this photo taken on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, a boy listens to school classes broadcast over the radio, due to the Ebola virus outbreak in Sierra Leone school"s across the country had been closed
AP
During the school closure some children continued their education through radio broadcasts

Big Brother expulsions

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News, Johannesburg

Two contestants have been expelled from the Big Brother house in Johannesburg. A

statement by the show's producers says that male contestant Adams has been removed for "misconduct" while his female housemate Bexx has been removed "for her own wellbeing". Big Brother is one of the most popular reality shows in Africa.

Ebola money 'misspent'

Jonathan Paye-Layleh

BBC Africa, Monrovia

Liberia's audit commission says that about $800,00 (£546,000) allocated to fight Ebola has been misspent. Its findings are dominating news headlines in Monrovia. You can read the full report

here.

Mogadishu attack over

Ibrahim Aden

BBC Africa, Mogadishu

Al-Shabab's attack is now over. At least nine people were killed and many others injured when the militants targeted the higher education ministry building.

Police say a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle into the gates of the complex before gunmen entered the building. The militants are reported to have escaped over the walls of the building, but this has not been confirmed.

Kenya's Kipsang complains

Nick Cavell

BBC Sport

London Marathon champion Wilson Kipsang, who is also the chairman of Professional Athletes Association of Kenya, is not happy with the decision by the governing body of the sport in Kenya to suspend two athlete agencies.

Athletics Kenya yesterday suspended Rosi Associati and Volare Sports from handling Kenyan athletes for six months while a wide-ranging doping investigation continues.

Kipsang, who is represented by Gerard van de Veen's Volare Sports, says he doesn't want his race schedule and finances to be looked after by Athletics Kenya during the suspension.

Wilson Kipsang
AFP
Kipsang is one of Kenya's most famous athletes

Building 'secured'

@MoIS_Somalia

Somalia's Minister for Internal Security, Abdirizak Omar,

tweets: "UPDATE: Ministry of Education secured by Special Forces #Mogadishu #Somalia"

Al-Shabab confirms attack

Somalia's militant Islamist group al-Shabab says it was behind the attack on a government building in Mogadishu, Reuters news agency reports.

"We are inside and fighting goes on," al-Shabab's military operations spokesman, Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, is quoted as saying.

'Most rescued'

@MohamedMascud

Mohamed Mascud, a communications advisor to Somalia's ministry of internal security,

tweets: "UPDATE:- #Somali forces rescues majority of the people inside the Ministry of Education building. #Somalia #Mogadishu. More to follow."

Mogadishu shooting 'subsides'

Mohamed Moalimu

BBC Africa, Mogadishu

I've just spoken somebody in the building of Somalia's ministry of higher education, who tells me that the shooting seems to be subsiding. The attack is believed to have been carried out by al-Shabab, but the group has not yet commented. African Union forces were recently deployed to the building.

'Envy caused SA violence'

The BBC's Milton Nkosi has sent these photos from the South African port city of Durban, where police have promised to step up patrols to protect foreign-owned shops targeted in a wave of xenophobic attacks:

police car outside looted shop in Durban
BBC

Ethiopian shop owner Omar returned to find this scene. He says there is nothing left to salvage:

interior of looted shop in Durban
BBC

Omar says the reason for the attacks was "envy, pure jealousy":

shopkeeper Omar outside his looted shop
BBC

He says he sold goods at a "very cheap" price and he had "many customers". Now, his livelihood is ruined.

'Guards fight back'

@HarunMaruf

Voice of America journalist Harun Maruf

tweets: "BREAKING: Armed guards at the Ministry are fighting back to retake the building from militants, witnesses."

Somali police confirm blast

AFP news agency reports that police in Mogadishu have confirmed that a huge explosion has rocked the offices of the ministry of higher education, and there is gunfire inside the building.

'Gunfire in Mogadishu'

Ibrahim Aden

BBC Africa, Mogadishu

Witnesses told me a vehicle loaded with explosives rammed into a wall at the offices of the ministry. Gunfire can still be heard from inside the building, although it is unclear who is involved in the shooting.

BreakingBreaking News

At least seven people have been killed in a suspected suicide attack on the higher education ministry building in a busy area of Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, witnesses say.

Parents' pain

A Nigerian doctor who is a cousin of 20 of the abducted Chibok girls

has been speaking to the BBC's Newsday programme about "the pain on their parents' faces" every time he goes back to the town. From Abuja, Manasseh Allen told the BBC that whenever he visits, parents rush to him for news of the girls because the government is failing to give them any information about efforts to find them.

Immigrants 'not protected'

@nkosi_milton

Milton Nkosi

BBC News, Durban

tweets: "Ethiopian shop owner Omar Abubakar tells me SAfrican government not doing enough to protect fellow African migrants."