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Summary

  1. President Sirleaf asks for $8bn for Ebola-affected countries
  2. Arrests in Johannesburg after attacks on foreign-owned shops
  3. Demonstrations against SA xenophobia in Harare and Lusaka
  4. Kenya's president appoints a new chief of defence
  5. Clashes in Burundi over third term bid

Live Reporting

By Damian Zane and Clare Spencer

All times stated are UK

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We leave you with this image from

our African images of the week taken at Apapa port in Lagos.

A sign for cosmetic products is seen in front of ships lined up at the Apapa port in Lagos, Nigeria, 11 April 2015
Reuters

Rich donkey

Let us tell you about the richest donkey in Somaliland.

All did not start well.

He was hit by a car and broke one of his hind legs. The driver settled the bill with his owner who then pocketed the cash and abandoned the donkey in the road.

Donkey in the road
TV GA

When journalist Abdi Malik Oldoun saw him he had been hanging around in the middle of the road in Burou for 10 days.

He started a Facebook campaign and the department of livestock paid for the amputation of the donkey's leg.

donkey
Abdi Malik Oldoun

But it didn't end there. People had taken pity on the donkey and donated over $500 (£355) for his upkeep. People say he's now the richest donkey in Somaliland.

Boycott call

Raphael Tenthani

BBC Africa, Blantyre

The head of the Consumers Association of Malawi John Kapito has called for a boycott of South African shops and goods in response to the outbreak of xenophobic violence.

Mr Kapito has given all South African shops, like Shoprite and Game, five days to close their shops or risk being forcibly closed next Friday.

The new superfood

Teff is high in protein and calcium, and gluten free.

And it makes this flatbread, called injera.

Injera being made at Mama Fresh
James Jeffrey

So it's being heralded as the new superfood.

Only, you may struggle to get hold of it. It comes from Ethiopia, which has a ban on exporting the grain.

Watch Africa Business Report on news that this ban may change.

Kenya appointment

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has promoted Lt Gen Samson Mwathethe and appointed him to head the defence forces to replace General Julius Karangi, who is retiring.

The BBC's Ruth Nesoba in Nairobi says the new chief of defence forces will have to come up with an effective strategy for Kenyan forces which are battling al-Shabab in Somalia. President Kenyatta will rely heavily on him for the decision over whether or not to pull out of Somalia.

First Gen

You know we

love hearing proverbs. But this one just made no sense:

"Like the tiger told the tortoise the road ahead will be long and troublesome and there'll be a few mangoes ahead."

It comes from George, the dad in Yvonne Orji's semi-autobiographical new comedy about a Nigerian-American family called First Gen.

First Gen family
First Gen

The creators of First Gen told Shadow and Act the show is for a mainstream American audience as "Nigerians make up the largest percentage of African Immigrants in America, so most Americans know a Nigerian or know someone who knows a Nigerian".

Rhodes in the mind

University of Cape Town (UCT) academic Harry Garuba writes in the South African

Mail and Guardian newspaper about the need for a new curriculum for South African universities.

He argues that the removal of the statue of colonialist Cecil Rhodes from UCT is the first step in ending the colonial influence, now, he says, "we need to remove the Rhodes that lives in our disciplines".

Students surround the decades old bronze statue of British colonialist Cecil John Rhodes, as it is removed from the campus at the Cape Town University
AP
The stature of Cecil Rhodes was removed from UCT a week ago.

Now that's a hat

Away from the big news stories,

we've spotted a few stunning images this week.

One of our favourite fashion photos is of this hat decorated with gold elephants. The traditional chief sporting the headwear added a bit of glamour to the inauguration of the Mohammed VI Expressway in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

A traditional chief wears a hat decorated with golden elephants during the inauguration of the Mohammed VI Expressway, a 4,6 km expressway named after Moroccan King Mohammed VI and linking the Abobo and Anyama northern districts of Abidjan, on 11 April 2015 in Anyama
AFP

'Defeat the demon'

@zenaidamz

The BBC's Zenaida Machado

tweets on the results of a diplomatic meeting in South Africa: "We believe that working together we can defeat this demon" - #SouthAfrican Foreign Minister after meeting African diplomats. #XenophobicSA

Clashes in Bujumbura

The BBC's Ines Kayange took these photos of clashes between police and demonstrators in the Burunidian capital, Bujumbura.

Smoke at protest
BBC

The protesters were calling for the president not to run for a third term. The police responded with tear gas and water cannon.

Crowd runnin
BBC

President Pierre Nkurunziza is expected to seek a third term in office despite the constitution stating that a president can only be elected twice. The AFP news agency reports that the city is now calm.

Johannesburg tension

Some new pictures of the standoff in the Jeppestown area of Johannesburg are coming through, as police form a barrier between an angry crowd and foreign-owned shops. One shows a man taunting journalists at the scene with an axe.

A man armed with an axe threatens members of the press in Johannesburg
AP

Another shows a burnt out car in Jeppestown, the result of overnight violence in the area. Police have arrested 12 people in connection with the trouble.

People sit next to a burnt car in the Jeppestown area of Johannesburg
AFP

Tear gas in Burundi

The BBC's Ismail Misigaro took these photos of demonstrations in Burundi's capital Bujumbura.

Demonstrators
BBC

Burundi opposition activists are protesting against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid to run for a third term.

There have been several arrests and the police fired tear gas at the protestors.

Police in Burundi
BBC

Our correspondent says parents have rushed to schools to withdraw their children.

'Not too much'

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called for massive investment for the three countries most affected by Ebola. Speaking at a World Bank event in Washington on Ebola recovery, she outlined nine areas which should be focused on including on health, youth development and agriculture.

President Sirleaf called for $8bn (£5.3bn) in assistance. "Is this asking too much?" she asked. "We say no."

Picture showing presidents of Liberia and Sierra Leone
Getty Images
President Sirleaf has been speaking on behalf of the three countries most affected by Ebola

'Breaching Libyan waters'

The BBC's Rana Jawad has been

tweeting about the
capture of an Italian fishing boat by the Libyan coastguard.

She says: "BBC is told Col. Reda Issa, head of Central region Coastguard ordered arrest of #Sicily fishing boat crew for breach of waters #Libya."

Ebola recovery fund

The World Bank has said it is providing $650m (£430m) to help Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone recover from the economic impact of the Ebola crisis.

In addition, part of the money will go to disease surveillance to prevent another pandemic.

The World Bank says the three countries are experiencing quite different economic situations.

Sierra Leone is in severe recession, Liberia's growth is faster than 2014 and Guinea's economy continues to stagnate. The bank puts Sierra Leone's problems down to corporate governance issues in the mining sector.

School pupils in Freetown, Sierra Leone
BBC
Pupils went back to school in Sierra Leone this week after a nine-month break because of Ebola

'Most wanted'

Along with wanted posters put up in the Kenyan city of Mombasa that feature nine suspects involved in the Garissa University College attack, there are also three-storey-high billboards in the capital, Nairobi, of the man considered to be the mastermind behind the attack - Mohamed Mohamud.

This one was snapped by the BBC's Peter Njoroge.

Wanted poster in Nairobi
BBC

Ebola money wanted

Anne Soy

BBC Africa Health Reporter

The presidents of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea have asked for $8bn (£5.3bn) from the international community to help rebuild their economies following the devastating impact of Ebola. They have been speaking at a World Bank/IMF meeting in Washington.

UN wants Congolese army to cooperate

Maud Jullien

BBC Africa, Kinshasa

The head of the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Martin Kobler, has called for cooperation to resume between the Congolese army and UN forces in the area of Beni.

On Thursday 18 people were killed there, including children.

The UN told the BBC the Congolese army had stopped requesting UN support to fight the rebel group the Allied Democratic Forces several weeks ago for an unknown reason.

Government spokesman, Lambert Mende, told the BBC that no political decision had been taken to halt collaboration. He added that as far as he knew the two forces were still cooperating.

Wanted 'dead or alive'

This wanted poster is drawing a crowd in Mombasa, Kenya, reports the BBC's Ferdinand Omondi.

Kenyans
BBC

It is appealing for information about suspects in the recent attack on Garissa University, in which 148 people were killed. There is a reward of two million shillings ($21,000; £14,000) for each suspect.

At the bottom it says in Kiswahili: "Be alert, don't be silent".

South Africans repatriated

South African energy giant Sasol is repatriating 340 South Africans working at its projects in Mozambique over fears for their safety, Reuters reports.

It comes after foreign nationals were attacked in South Africa.

On Thursday Sasol confirmed that their South African workers had asked to go home after Mozambican workers staged protests against them.

The BBC's Milton Nkosi

tweets from Johannesburg: "I am outside Jeppe hostel where there is a tense stand off between police and an angry mob." And he posts this picture adding: "This crowd is taunting the police and media. They want to attack foreign owned shops."

South Africans in Jeppe, Johannesburg
BBC

In another tweet our reporter says: "The police have created a buffer between the mob and foreign owned shops."

Police in Johannesburg
BBC

No bullet-proof vest

The Police in Mali are not happy about their working conditions as the country tackles terrorism.

The police union is complaining about the lack of equipment for officers on the ground.

The union's Fousseini Diakite said a colleague was killed during an attack on a Bamako restaurant was not wearing a bullet-proof vest.

UN xenophobia concern

The UN refugee agency

tweets its reaction to the violence in South Africa: "UNHCR is concerned about #xenophobicattacks in South Africa, welcomes Government pledge to protect @refugees and asylum-seekers."

Price of DRC gem on the rise

Democratic Republic of Congo international Yannick Bolasie has been

valued at £20m ($30m) by his manager at English Premier League club Crystal Palace.

Yannick Bolasie
Getty Images
Bolasie scored a hat-trick in Palace's 4-1 win at Sunderland last Saturday

The 25-year-old, who played at this year's Africa Cup of Nations, is reportedly a £10m ($15m) transfer target for rival clubs but Alan Pardew said: "They need to have a look at that, because he is worth double."

Warning signs

BBC Trending reports that the treatment of foreigners in South Africa has long been a discussion point on social media.

They talked to Kenyan blogger Robert Alai who started using the hashtag #XenophobicSA in late March.

Robert Alai's tweets
Robert Alai

He says Kenyans in South Africa were contacting him with stories about beatings and mistreatment of foreigners that were not getting into the news.

Burkina Faso reaction

Le Pays website
Le Pays

The

website of Burkina Faso's Le Pays newspaper is also leading on the violence in South Africa. Beneath the picture of a mob threatening a man and a woman holding children is the headline: "Chasing away foreigners in South Africa: Does the rainbow nation have a short memory?"

Zambians march

A small group of Zambian protesters went to the South African High Commission in Lusaka to complain about the xenophobia, reports the BBC's Meluse Kapatamoyo.

Protest in Lusaka
BBC

"I am an African", "you are worse than Boko Haram" and "'is this the rainbow nation?" are some of the messages on the placards.

Fleeing Burundi

The UNHCR

tweets: "Pre-election violence in #Burundi forces 8000 to seek asylum in Rwanda & DRC"

Crowd sourcing security

An app has been developed for Kenyans to monitor crime reports and also share their own security concerns.

Kaarada app
Google Play

The BBC's Anne Soy says the app is called "kaarada" which translates from Sheng as "stay alert".

Among the crimes people can report are missing persons, pickpockets, robberies, break-ins and car-jacking.

Tech Cabal reports the app was developed as a memorial to the people killed in the Garissa University College attacks.

'War and peace'

Selection of South African newspapers
BBC

Most of South Africa's newspapers are leading on the xenophobia story. The New Age has a picture of Thursday's "peace march" in Durban with the paper saying "no to hatred", the Star also talks about Thursday's march but highlights trouble breaking out with the police, and the Sowetan focuses on condemnation of comments by the Zulu king which allegedly sparked the violence.

Johannesburg looting

@nomsa_maseko

The BBC's Nomsa Maseko

tweets from Johannesburg: "#XenophobiaMustFall Youths running past my house with groceries stolen from Somali owned tuckshop up the road! No cops around!"

DRC condemnation

Screen grab from Radio Okapi website
Radio Okapi

The

website of Radio Okapi in the Democratic Republic of Congo is leading on news from South Africa. The headline reads: "the DRC ambassador in South Africa condemns the xenophobic violence in Durban."

'Ready for repatriation'

Business Daily front page
BBC

Kenya's Business Daily is leading on comments by Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed that the country is ready to receive Kenyans if they want to be repatriated from South Africa.

Harare protest

Brian Hungwe

BBC Africa, Harare

Zimbabweans have been protesting outside the South African embassy in Harare.

Protester in Zimbabwe
BBC

They were chanting "why are you killing us?". When the police came in to break up the demonstration, the protesters remained defiant insisting their message had not been heard.

Protesters in Harare
BBC

Somalia's football hopes

Somalia's national football team hope to compete in the qualifying for the 2019 African Nations Cup.

They have only entered the cup once before - in 1974.

The only African countries not to take part in the next cup in 2017 are Somalia and Eritrea.

Somalia's new national stadium is due to be complete at the end of this year.

In 2011 A Ugandan soldier walks through the Banadir soccer stadium while an animal grazes
Getty Images
An animal grazes and a Ugandan soldier walks through the Banadir football stadium while on patrol in 2011

'Africa strikes back'

Front page of SA Times
BBC

South Africa's Times newspaper leads with a piece on the reaction across Africa to the xenophobic violence and reports on the talk of boycotting South African goods and employees walking out on South African firms.

Zambian music boycott

The Zambian radio station Q FM has announced on its

Facebook page that it has "indefinitely blacked out the playing of South African music in protest against xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals taking place in that country.

"This is in solidarity with Africans who have fallen victim to xenophobic attacks."

South Africa's police

tweet that 12 people have been arrested following "public violence" last night in Johannesburg. They go on to say that around 200 foreigners were kept at the police station in the Cleveland suburb for their safety "after sporadic attacks".

Low turnout

Only a third of the electorate voted in Sudan's election this week, according to African Union observers.

The head of the AU team overseeing the poll, Olusegun Obasanjo, said some may have abstained because they felt it was a forgone conclusion.

President Omar al-Bashir is expected to extend his 25 years in power, after opposition parties boycotted the poll.

An official closes a ballot box during the end of elections in Khartoum on 16 April, 2015.
Reuters
Nearly 13 million people registered to vote, but turnout remained low

Today's

African proverb is: By the time the fool has learned the game, the players have dispersed. An Ashanti proverb sent by Hussein Bunyamin Djaarah in Sekondi, Ghana.