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  1. Funerals held for 24 of the estimated 800 migrants who drowned on Sunday
  2. European Union chiefs hold emergency summit on migration
  3. South Africans march against xenophobia in Johannesburg

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By Hugo Williams and Damian Zane

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That's it for today on the BBC Africa Live page. Download the

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We leave you with this picture of one of the demonstrators at today's rally against xenophobia in Johannesburg.

Protester in Johannesburg

One-day sentence

Sammy Darko

BBC Africa, Accra

The controversial hip life rapper in Ghana Kwaw Kesse has been sentenced to a day's imprisonment for smoking cannabis in public. He also got a $400 (£260) fine.

He was arrested for smoking the banned substance in November last year.

Since his arrest he has been preaching against drug-taking, and appeared to be a changed person in court after having had his dreadlocks cut off.

Quiz time part II

South African students

Do you know who Kwame Nkrumah, Jomo Kenyatta or Haile Selassie were? This may seem like easy general knowledge but these South African school children struggled to answer the questions put to them by BBC Focus on Africa's Audrey Brown.


here for what they came up with as Audrey tried to test their awareness of the rest of Africa.

Prestigious award for Ebola coverage

The BBC World Service

has been awarded with a prestigious Peabody Award for public service for its coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. In September 2014, the BBC launched
special radio broadcasts for communities in the countries worst affected. Broadcasts to the continent were made in English, as well as French, Hausa, Swahili, Kinyarwanda/Kirundi and Somali.


BBC Ebola Service on WhatsApp provided people with updates and practical advice on how to prevent the spread of the disease. There was also a
BBC Ebola Community Facebook page.

The judges described the coverage as "an incredibly important and consequential response to a global crisis".

BBC Wolrd Service Ebola coverage wins Peabody award

'Leave the stadium'

AU troops in the stadium
Somalia FA

The Somali Football Association has repeated its 2013 call for African peacekeeping troops

to leave the national stadium in Mogadishu.

The 70,000-capacity stadium has been occupied by the African Union Mission in Somalia for nearly a decade, preventing it from hosting any sport.

"We ask that [the troops] vacate the stadium in order for it to be used for the purpose it was built for," said Somali FA president Abdiqani Said Arab.

'Mama ODM'

Picture of woman nicknamed 'Mama ODM'

The BBC's Peter Njoroge snapped this plastic crocodile-wearing woman at a campaign launch by Kenya's opposition Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

She is known as 'Mama ODM' and was at the meeting to support the "okoa Kenya" - or 'save Kenya' - campaign.

The party is calling on Kenyans to back the idea that the constitution needs to change over the way devolution is working.

Migration meeting

European leaders have begun talks in Brussels over a plan to discuss how to cope with the numbers of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean from north Africa.

Italy has called for military action to destroy boats used by people smugglers before they set sail.

Critics say a 10-point action plan agreed on Monday - which envisages an increase in the financial resources and a new campaign to destroy traffickers' boats - does not go far enough.

Your Favourite African YouTube videos


We asked you for your favourite African YouTube videos given today is the site's 10th birthday, and you have been getting in touch with your suggestions via the BBC Africa

Facebook and
Twitter pages.

So far, there's one video that many of you are recommending: "

Love You Everyday" Ugandan reggae artist Bebe Cool, which has got more than half a million views.

Bebe Cool stands by a car in the music video for Love You Everyday
Bebe Cool

User @OuenP sent us

this video of a baby elephant being rescued from a river by a herd of adults elephants. It's had over a million views so far.

elephant video from youtube
Kruger Sightings

Keep sending your suggestions to us using the hashtag

#BBCAfrica. Most so far have been music-related, but you can suggest anything.

Police in Conakry

There has been a heavy police presence throughout Guinea's capital, Conakry, today, reports the BBC's Makeme Bamba.

Police in Conakry

In some areas the police used tear gas against opposition supporters who were protesting against a delay in holding elections.

There have been two weeks of unrest in the city during which three people are reported to have been killed.

Drugs warning

Reigning London Marathon champion Kenyan Wilson Kipsang has been talking to BBC Sport about the issue of doping ahead of Sunday's race.

His compatriot Rita Jeptoo has been banned for two years for taking a performance-enhancing drug, while a number of other Kenyan athletes have also failed doping tests.

Kipsang had this warning for young athletes: "Let no one trick you into using a substance that you can run like Kipsang, who has trained for 15 years."

He said that "there are people taking advantage of these guys with an intention of killing the sport".

Wilson Kipsang
Tom Dulat

'Settle the dispute'


The BBC's Zenaida Machado has been following the trial of a well-known Angolan human rights activist in Luanda

on charges of defaming military generals after he accused them of links to the "blood diamond" trade.


tweets: "Rafael Marques has appeared in court today. The Judge has advised the two sides to settle the case in a 'friendly manner'".

Boko Haram rebranding?

New images have emerged of suspected militants from the Nigerian group Boko Haram in which they apparently rebrand themselves as "Islamic State's West Africa Province".

There has been no independent verification of the images, which appear to show combatants who later died in battle.

In March Boko Haram pledged allegiance to Islamic State.

The BBC Africa security correspondent Tomi Oladipo says, unlike most pictures of Boko Haram members, the faces of the young men in the images are unmasked.

Religious leaders against xenophobia

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News, Johannesburg

Religious leaders at South Africa demonstration

Religious leaders have arrived at Mary Fitzgerald square in Johannesburg to join tens of thousands of people, including both South Africans and foreigners, who have gathered to protest against xenophobia.

Conakry tear gas

Security forces in Guinea have fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting against a delay in holding elections.

The BBC's Alhassan Sillah in the capital, Conakry, says one person has been killed and the home of an opposition leader has been surrounded by the security services.

The opposition accuses President Alpha Conde of using the Ebola crisis to delay local elections.

Quiz time

A lot of African anger concerning the outbreak of xenophobia in South Africa is over the fact that during apartheid many nations on the continent helped those struggling against the white-minority government.

But has this been forgotten?

BBC Focus on Africa's Audrey Brown has been speaking to students at the Walmer High School in Port Elizabeth to test their knowledge.

Listen to the programme live at 15:00 GMT to find out more.

Students in Port Elizabeth

Artist El Anatsui honoured

El Anatsui
Getty Images

Ghanaian sculptor and artist El Anatsui has been awarded a major prize in recognition of his work.

The board of the Venice Biennale, a high-profile global art exhibition, has given him

a Golden Lion for lifetime achievement describing him as "perhaps the most significant living African artist working on the continent today".

His abstract works, often in clay, wood and metal, have been on show in some of the major galleries across the world.

Work by El Anatsui
Getty Images

United against xenophobia

Thousands of people have been taking part in the

march against xenophobia in Johannesburg today.

Marchers in Johannesburg

The BBC's Pumza Fihlani is standing on the route and reports that there is "a sea of people stretching over a kilometre, more still making their way out of town to the finish line".

People attend a march against xenophobic attacks in downtown Johannesburg

Both locals and immigrants are calling for an end to the violence which has seen at least seven people killed and 5,000 left homeless since the attacks started about three weeks ago.

Zimbabwe job hunting

Brian Hungwe

BBC Africa, Harare

Christopher Chitehwe in Harare

Christopher Chitehwe, 25, has taken his search for work to Harare's busy Samora Machel avenue.

He says all his job applications have been in vain. He wants any passing motorist or pedestrian to give him a job. "I'm desperate," he told me. "I need to survive. I'm hard-working and the economy is in a bad shape."

The unemployment rate here is extremely high but no reliable statistics exist.

'South Africa for all'


The BBC's Nomsa Maseko is in Johannesburg following the anti-xenophobia march. She

tweets: "Through the speaker: 'ladies and gents the #PeoplesMarch has now reached Mary Fitzgerald Square. South Africa belongs to all who live in it.' "

Can music transform lives?

Music has always offered an escape from the harsh realities of life, but to what extent can it really transform people's lives? For some young people from Nairobi's Korogocho slums music has been instrumental in turning their lives around.

This is their story:

children playing recorders in classroom

'Accept more refugees'

The European Union should accept "significantly higher numbers of refugees", according to the United Nations.

The UN, along with other organisations involved in refugee issues, has

released a statement ahead of an emergency meeting of EU leaders to find ways to stem the number of people risking their lives by crossing the Mediterranean.

The statement describes the proposals the heads of state will be discussing as "minimalist" and says it only focuses on stemming the arrival of migrants. It says the leaders should to "put human life, rights, and dignity first".

Protester in Brussels
Protesters in Brussels are trying to put the EU leaders under pressure

'Proud moment for kids in Africa'

NBA basketball star Luol Deng has been speaking to BBC Sport about his pride after the announcement that Africa will host its first ever NBA game later this year.

Deng in action for Miami Heat
ALLSPORT/Getty Images

"I'm really happy the NBA is getting this done, for all the kids in Africa this will be a very proud moment."

Deng, who was born in South Sudan but represented Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics, will captain Team Africa against Team World in the game, due to take place on 1 August in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Togo election: Will Gnassingbe dynasty retain power?

President Faure Gnassingbe is looking to continue his family's 48-year rule of Togo in elections on Saturday, 10 years after violence marred the handover of power from his father. So,

will the Gnassingbe dynasty be able to retain power this time round?

Composite image of Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe (r) and his main challenger in the 2015 election, Jean-Pierre Fabre.
Observers believe the main contest is between President Faure Gnassingbe (r) and Jean-Pierre Fabre (l)

Kenya's 'fantastic four'

Ahead of the London Marathon on Sunday, meet the top female athletes described as

Kenya's "fantastic four", Edna Kiplagat, Florence Kiplagat, Mary Keitany and Priscah Jeptoo.

Kenya's top female athletes Edna Kiplagat, Florence Kiplagat, Mary Keitany and Priscah Jeptoo

Migrant funerals held in Malta

Funerals for 24 people killed in the worst ever recorded capsizing of a migrant boat in the Mediterranean

have been held in Malta. More than 800 people died in Sunday's disaster.

Maltese soldiers carry coffins with the bodies of migrants to a burial service on Thursday
Maltese soldiers carry coffins with the bodies of migrants to a burial service on Thursday

Meanwhile, a group of asylum seekers and NGOs in Brussels have staged a mock "funeral march" outside the venue of today's meeting of European leaders in Brussels to protest at the deaths of migrants crossing the Mediterranean.

asylum seekers and NGOs hold mock funeral to protest in Brussels on day of EU meeting on migrants

'Incursion' investigation

Abdourahmane Dia

BBC Africa

The head of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region Alphonse Ntumba has told the BBC that his organisation has sent a team of investigators to the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda to gather information on Kinshasa's claim that Rwandan soldiers have entered Congolese territory.

He added that if the situation is serious an emergency meeting of regional leaders could be convened.

Rwanda has denied its soldiers have crossed the border.

DR Congo 'incursion'

Maud Jullien

BBC News, Nairobi

Democratic Republic of Congo government spokesman Lambert Mende has told the BBC that several units of Rwandan soldiers entered DR Congo before being pushed out by the Congolese army.

He said they were seen inside Virunga National Park, about 120km (74 miles) from Goma, the main town in North Kivu province. They then fled back to Rwanda.

The incident was

denied on Twitter by Rwanda's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Olivier Nduhungirehe. He said it was "baloney".


Your favourite YouTube video from Africa?

Ten years ago today

the first video was uploaded to YouTube. It's not exactly a classic. It lasts 18 seconds and features YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim standing in front of some elephants at the zoo.

But we thought today's milestone would be the perfect excuse to ask: What's your favourite ever African YouTube video? Tweet us your suggestions using the hashtag


Here's one of ours: It's called the "

A-Z of African Dance". In five minutes, members from Senegal's Dance Hall group take you all the way through the alphabet of African dance, from Ghanaian Azonto to Ivorian Zoropoto.

video grab of the A-Z of African dance

SA Chinese community supports march

In South Africa, the Chinese community are out on the streets in Johannesburg as part of the "People's March Against Xenophobia" in protest against the recent xenophobic violence in parts of the country, reports the BBC's Justine Lang.

Chinese community in jo'burg support anti xenophobia march

Brussels protest

Protesters in Brussels have been holding a symbolic funeral march as European leaders prepare to gather there to discuss migration.

People carry a coffin through Brussels

Meanwhile, the

first funerals of some of the migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean on Sunday have been taking place in Malta.

The protesters marched behind a banner which read: "Don't send us back, protect us."

Marchers in Brussels

One of the proposals the EU leaders are set to discuss is the repatriation of what are being called "irregular" migrants.

Anti-xenophobia march

People at the anti-xenophobia march

Protesters have started arriving for what is being billed as the "People's March Against Xenophobia" in Johannesburg, reports the BBC's Justine Lang.

South Africa's Eyewitness News says that 30,000 people are expected to take part as they "stand together for human dignity" in the aftermath of the wave of xenophobic violence.

The march is scheduled to begin at 11:00 GMT. A separate march is due to take place in the southern city of Port Elizabeth.

Poster for the march
A poster for the march

'Growing numbers flee Burundi'

Janet Onyango

BBC Monitoring. Nairobi

The number of Burundian refugees arriving in Rwanda has reached 10,000, according to

Rwanda's New Times website.

This has forced the Rwandan government to relocate recent arrivals to a new camp in eastern Rwanda.

The story says the refugees are fleeing from the Imbonerakure, the youth wing of Burundi's ruling CNDD-FDD party.

The Imbonerakure are accused of harassing and attacking members of opposition political parties ahead of elections later this year.

Screengrab of New Times Newspaper
New Times

Fuel queues in Juba

Emmanuel Igunza

BBC Africa, Juba, South Sudan

There is a fuel shortage in Juba and vehicles are having to queue for hours to get petrol.

There is a shortage of many other basic commodities while the goods that are in the shops are too expensive for many South Sudanese.

Some economists have described the economy as being in a critical condition with much of the population unable to afford goods like bread and flour.

Long fuel queues in Juba

Migrant funeral rites

A funeral service for 24 of the migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean on Sunday is being held in Malta today.

The BBC's Ben James

tweets that an imam and a bishop are leading the prayers, with politicians and diplomats from across Europe in the front row at the ceremony.

He says that the single white coffin you can see in the picture is that of a teenage boy.

Funeral service

'Work with Libya'

The head of one of Libya's rival governments, Khalifa al-Ghwell, has urged the European Union to co-operate with his administration to help stem the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean.

Mr al-Ghwell runs the Tripoli-based National Salvation administration which is not internationally recognised.


told the BBC's Newsday radio programme that Libya would never agree to the EU controlling Libyan waters, but his government could work with the Europeans.

Migrants arrive at Palermo"s harbor, Italy, after being rescued at sea, Wednesday
Many of the migrants leave from Libya

'Damaging Kenya'

Ahead of Sunday's London Marathon last year's winner Kenyan Edna Kiplagat has been reflecting on doping in the sport in light of the

ban against her compatriot Rita Jeptoo.

"It is so disappointing because it gives us a bad name not just as athletes but as Kenyans," she told BBC Sport. "Let's try to have a clean sport."

Edna Kiplagat
Tom Dulat

Emergency summit on migrants

European Union leaders are meeting in Brussels later on today (13:00 GMT) to

discuss the Mediterranean migrant crisis. Leaders are planning to commit to "undertake systematic efforts to identify, capture and destroy vessels before they are used by traffickers", according to a
draft statement from the European Council on today's meeting. There's also a proposal to offer 5,000 places for the resettlement of migrants.

guardian front page from 23 april

The UK's

Guardian newspaper leads on the migrant crisis, estimating that 150,000 migrants are likely to be sent back to their home countries under a new "rapid return" programme from the EU.

'Fighting in Durban camps'

Front page of Sowetan newspaper

The front page of South Africa's Sowetan newspaper focuses on reports that fights have broken out in the camps for displaced people in Durban.

Foreigners have fled to these camps in the wake of the xenophobic violence, but the paper says that there is now a "shortage of food and blankets", which is putting people under pressure.

Kenya corruption bosses suspended

Photo of Daily Nation front page

Kenya's Daily Nation leads this morning on the suspension of the chairperson of the country's anti-corruption body under what the paper calls "acrimonious circumstances". His deputy has also been suspended . They are being investigated for corruption.

Wise words


African proverb: "You shouldn't hide something under your armpit while you are beating something else in a mortar." A Kono proverb sent by Jimissa in Freetown, Sierra Leone.