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  1. At least seven killed in Nigeria suicide blast
  2. Burundi president to address nation at 18:00 GMT
  3. West African leaders discuss term limit pledge plan
  4. South Sudan government denies child soldier recruitment
  5. Four African writers up for major literary award

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By Clare Spencer and Damian Zane

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Good luck to the four African writers up for the Man Booker International prize for fiction.

Today's African proverb: When the black ant bites the buttocks, the buttocks learn a lesson. An Igbo proverb from Nigeria sent by Chikaodili Deng, Toulouse, France.

Click here to send your proverbs.

We leave you with this picture of money changers waiting for customers at a bureau in Hargeisa, Somaliland.

Money changers wait for customers at a local bureau where $100 U.S. dollars exchange for 750,000 Somaliland shillings in Hargeysa May 19

South Sudan: No children in army

South Sudan's government has denied that its army has recruited children to fight against the rebels in a new offensive against rebel forces.

UN children's charity Unicef says that witnesses have told them that 15, 16 and 17-year-old soldiers are committing atrocities against civilians during the fighting in Unity state.

South Sudan's Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth told the BBC's Focus on Africa radio programme that the government has "never" recruited child soldiers, and he questioned where the information came from.

Hooked in the narco-state

In our cartoon Hooked

we have been following Buba, a young man from Guinea-Bissau who sold a package of cocaine which had washed ashore.

He's now spending his new-found money.

hooked cartoon

Watch the full instalment on Focus on Africa on BBC World at 17:30 GMT.

Another in the running for fiction award

We've been profiling the four African authors are in the running for the Man Booker International Prize for fiction to be announced later.

The last of the four is Libyan Ibrahim al-Koni.


Man Booker Prize website says he didn't learn to read and write in Arabic until he was 12 years old.

He since went on to write more than 60 novels in Arabic.


he was asked by the Guardian which book of his a newcomer should read, he recommended al-Tibr.

Based in the desert where Mr al-Koni grew up, the book focuses on a relationship between son of a tribal chieftain and his beloved camel.

Man with a camel in the desert

Uganda cattle transport

A BBC reporter in Uganda tweeted this:

Thought this was a cruel way of transporting cows,it upset me when i met these guys on bikes, I reversed2take the pix
Thought this was a cruel way of transporting cows,it upset me when i met these guys on bikes, I reversed2take the pix

Thought this was a cruel way of transporting cows,it upset me when i met these guys on bikes, I reversed2take the pix

He took the picture in the Nakasongora district, about an  hour's drive north of the capital, Kampala. It is an area dominated by cattle keepers.

Burundi president to address nation

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza is due to speak on TV and radio at 18:00 GMT.

#Burundi : Le Chef de l'Etat #PNkurunziza délivrera un message à la nation ce soir à 20:00 . A suivre sur la Radio Télé Nationale.

His office does not give any indication as to what he might talk about.

He is currently under pressure to postpone the presidential election scheduled for 26 June.

Goodbye Portia

A lot of love is being

shown on BBC Africa's Facebook page for the only African footballer to score more than 100 goals for their country.

South African Portia Modise announced her retirement earlier.

Portia Modise
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Jama-dah Mulangira and Reginald Kennetseng both remember watching her score her 100th goal.

Meanwhile Abayomi Falade says he had the privilege of issuing her plane ticket from Johannesburg to Lagos when she went for trials in Nigerian.

But it's not all love.

Femi Ogunleye says she's still a baby as she's never played in a World Cup, nor won the Africa Cup of Nations.

Burundian website is back

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The respected Burundian

news website Iwacu is now back online. It took itself down on Thursday for "security reasons" after five independent news radio stations had been attacked in the wake of the failed coup attempt.

Director of the Iwacu media group Antoine Kaburahe said at a press conference that it is time for Iwacu to do its job again of informing people about what is going on.

The private news radio stations in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, are still off air.

Zimbabwe 'should not have travelled'

The Zimbabwe government's Sports and Recreation Committee (SRC) have criticised the decision by the country's cricket team to play in Pakistan.

It is the first tour of a test playing nation to the country since the Sri Lankan team was attacked by gunmen in 2009.

The SRC said the tour should not go ahead for security reasons. "We pray and hope that... our team will be safe from any harm of any nature" it adds.

Pakistani policemen lead a security convoy to protect the Zimbabwe cricket team outside the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore
The Zimbabwe cricket team are under heavy protection in the Pakistani city of Lahore.

Porn or pop?

The Mail and Guardian reports on the Ugandan pop star who has been in jail after her music video was deemed pornographic.

Jemimah Kansiime

Jemimah Kansiime is the first person to be tried under Uganda's pornography law that came in last year, the newspaper says

Her trial is due later this month and the Mail and Guardian says that if she is found guilty she could be sentenced to 10 years in jail.

Suicide bomb in Nigeria

Abdullahi Kaura Abubakar

BBC Africa, Abuja

A male suicide bomber has blown himself up at the entrance of a livestock market in Garkida in north-east Nigeria and killed at least seven people.

This is the second suicide bomb attack in less than a week in Nigeria. Although no-one has yet claimed responsibility, the militant group Boko Haram is suspected to be behind the attack.

Reaction to Okonjo-Iweala doctorate

News is spreading on Twitter that Nigeria’s finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was awarded an honorary doctorate at Yale last week and reaction has not all been positive.

Are Yale awarding Ngozi Okonjo Iweala an honorary doctorate for her effort in ensuring most Nigerians don’t get out of poverty or what?

But some are tweeting in her defence.

They demonize Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala bc of 'Deadly' politics while the world that sees the Gem she is & honours her

They demonize Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala bc of 'Deadly' politics while the world that sees the Gem she is & honours her

Massive drug find in Niger

Alex Duval Smith

BBC Africa, Bamako, Mali

French forces say they have captured a large amount of drugs in the desert in northern Niger.

Drygs haul in northern Niger
French army

The soldiers from Operation Barkhane, a French mission to fight jihadists in the Sahel, are seen in this picture from the French army looking at the 1.5 tonne haul.

'No to fifth term in Gambia'

Sammy Darko

BBC Africa, Accra

While West African leaders are discussing a pledge to restrict themselves to two terms in office at a regional summit, a small group of Gambians have been protesting outside the venue in Ghana's capital, Accra.


GMC stands for the Gambian Moral Congress and they are protesting about the 21-year rule of President Yahya Jammeh.


The police have ended the protest saying that the Gambians did not have a permit.

Gambian President Jammeh is not at the meeting.

Another in the running for fiction award

Four African authors are in the running for the Man Booker International Prize for fiction to be announced later.

The third of the four that we're looking at is Alain Mabanckou from Congo-Brazzaville.

One of his books, Tomorrow I Will Be Twenty Years Old, draws on his own childhood in Pointe Noire in the 1970s.

Alain Mabanckou

The Guardian review says main character Michel struggles with the hypocrisies of the adult world - his Uncle Rene says he's a communist, but changes cars every six months.

He told African Book Club that he wanted to explain the way he was living under Congolese socialism. "Everything was about Marx and Engels, about materialism and the philosophy coming from the USSR," he said.

South Africa's Marikana deaths

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The UK's

Guardian newspaper has a long piece on South Africa's Marikana massacre and the story of one of the leaders who was killed.

In August 2012, 34 striking miners were shot dead when police opened fire. A report into the killings is now with President Jacob Zuma, but the details have not been released.

Journalist Nick Davies writes about how miner Mgcineni Noki tried to find a peaceful solution before he himself was shot by police.

Ethiopia election campaign

Emmanuel Igunza

BBC Africa, Addis Ababa

Campaign posters are up in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, for Sunday's general election.

Campaign poster

This one is for the opposition Semayawi or Blue Party was spotted on a lamp post.

There are also a lot of posters for the ruling EPRDF coalition.

Campaign poster

This one says: "For rapid growth, for sustainable peace and democracy vote EPRDF."

In general, there are not as many posters as you might be used to seeing in other African elections.

In the last parliament elected in 2010 all the seats bar one were held by the ruling coalition and its allies.

Burundi president meets diplomats

The Burundi president's office has tweeted pictures of meetings President Pierre Nkurunziza has had with diplomats.

#Burundi :#PNkurunziza s'est entretenu avec 2 représentants du Panel des Sages de l'#UA, Mr E. #KODJO & Mr I. #Fall.

#Burundi :#PNkurunziza s'est entretenu avec 2 représentants du Panel des Sages de l'#UA, Mr E. #KODJO & Mr I. #Fall.

In the one above he is sitting down with two representatives of the African Union panel of the wise, Edem Kodjo and Ibrahima Fall.

There are no details of what was discussed, but the AU has called for a postponement of June's presidential election.

President Nkurunziza also met the UN's special representative for the region, Said Djinnit.

#Burundi : #PNkurunziza vient de recevoir en audience Saïd Djinnit, Envoyé Spécial de l'ONU dans la Sous Région.

#Burundi : #PNkurunziza vient de recevoir en audience Saïd Djinnit, Envoyé Spécial de l'ONU dans la Sous Région.

African authors up for fiction award

Four African authors are in the running for the Man Booker International Prize for fiction to be announced later.

One of them is Mozambican Mia Couto who has written more than 20 books.

His first novel, Terra Sonambula, has already been named one of the 12 best African novels of the 20th Century by the Zimbabwe International Book Fair.

In the book,

which has been made into a film, a young boy and an old man make their way out of a refugee camp at the end of Mozambique's civil war.

Screengrab from Terra Sonambula

Snakes in the classroom

Picture of front page of Sowetan

The front page story of South Africa's Sowetan newspaper says a teacher was almost bitten by a snake in a dilapidated classroom.

The English and social skills teacher told the paper she saw something shiny behind the chalkboard.

"It was only when I tried to grab it with my hand that pupils in the class shouted that is was a snake," she said.

Kenya cancer protest

David chained up

A Kenyan man has chained himself up at the country's biggest hospital and says he is on a hunger strike, in a campaign to improve cancer treatment.

David Ndung'u Wanjohi says there is a lack of equipment to cater for thousands of Kenyan cancer patients.

He says the government should help buy equipment for radio therapy patients at the hospital, where bookings are scheduled up to 2017.

In running for fiction award

Four African authors are in the running for the Man Booker International Prize for fiction to be announced later.

One of them is South African Marlene van Niekerk, who writes in Afrikaans.

In the book Agaat she tells the story of a black nanny looking after an Afrikaner child. Over five decades it follows the role reversal between employer and employee,

says the New York Times book review.

She became famous writing about a poor Afrikaner family at the time of South Africa's first free election. Triomf

was later made into a film.

Screen grab of Triomf

West Africa's two-term limit

Sammy Darko

BBC Africa, Accra

West African leaders meeting in Ghana's capital, Accra, are expected to agree a proposal to bind heads of states to two terms in office

The proposal being debated at the meeting of the regional group Ecowas is seen as one of the means to guarantee stable democracies.

It comes after Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore was forced out of office last year after protests against his attempts to remain in power.

Security and the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus are also expected to feature in discussions.

Delegates have started arriving at the conference hall for the Ecowas summit

Mensah can play for Ghana

Football's world governing body has said that Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah can still play for his country in World Cup qualifiers despite a club ban.

The Court of Arbitration Sport has upheld Mensah's four-month ban, handed down by Fifa, over his illegal transfer from Italian club Udinese to French side Evian.

But Fifa says the ban does not apply to international football.

Evian's Ghanaian defender Jonathan Mensah
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Jonathan Mensah will be able to play for his country but not his club

Burundi protests continue

Al-Jazeera's Africa correspondent is tweeting the protests in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura.

#bujumbura #Musaga hundreds of Protestors on the move.

#bujumbura #Musaga hundreds of Protestors on the move.

#bujumbura some of these protestors have molotov cocktails, petrol bombs #Musaga

We getting out of here for a bit. Protestors are getting rowdy...its getting harder to negotiate with them. #bujumbura #Musaga

Zuma: Delay Burundi election

The South African president Jacob Zuma has become the latest African leader to call for a postponement of the presidential election in Burundi.

Speaking after a regional summit in Angola, Mr Zuma said the poll, scheduled for 26 June, should not be held until political stability returns.

A protester jumps over a barricade during a protest against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term in Bujumbura, May 18
Protests against President Nkurunziza's third-term bid have continued in the capital, Bujumbura

South Africa's national football team is tweeting about one of its best female players:

Portia Modise has quit international/professional soccer with immediate effect @SAFA_net @DChimhavi

Portia Modise has scored more than 100 goals at international level. We are proud of her - SAFA President, Dr Jordaan

Modise will still be involved in training footballers in the country:

Portia Modise: My wish among other things is to create 10 more Portia Modise within our national teams

South Sudan 'illegal detention'

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Human Rights Watch says South Sudan's military and security services are unlawfully detaining civilians "some for as long as 10 months".

The New York-based rights group says that some are accused of supporting rebels and are "tortured or brutally beaten".

Three of those detained are said to have been forcibly "disappeared" and their families do not know their whereabouts.

Three-year-old gets DJ gigs

DJ Junior and his dad

This three-year-old's dad filmed him when him playing with his DJ equipment.

DJ Junior's dad

He said his son must have been copying him.

When he put the video online it went viral.

And now, not yet at school, DJ Arch Junior gets DJ-ing gigs in South Africa.

DJ Junior and his dad

Watch him perform in the BBC News video.

Zimbabwe in Pakistan

Zimbabwe's national cricket team has arrived in Pakistan, becoming the first Test playing nation to visit the country in six years.

There's been no top-level international cricket in Pakistan since the Sri Lankan cricket team's bus was attacked by gunmen in 2009.

Pakistani policemen stand guard beside a bus carrying Zimbabwe cricket team players on their way to hotel after their arrival in Lahore on May 19

The AFP news agency has released a series of pictures showing the security along the route as the team was taken from the airport to a hotel in the city of Lahore.

Zimbabwe and Pakistan will be playing two T20 matches and three one-day internationals starting on Friday.

Chocolate factory opens in Ivory Coast

The first industrial chocolate factory has been opened in Ivory Coast.

The country is the world's biggest producer and exporter of cocoa beans but until now has been unable to manufacture chocolate on a large scale.

President Alassane Ouattara officially opened the factory.

Ivorian chocolate factory
Ali Bamba Djabiteau
Chocolate factory
Ali Bamba Djabiteau

French firm Cemoi, who built the factory, say target customers are Ivorians and other West Africans.

Cemoi chocolate
Ali Bamba Djabiteau

Journalist 'blocked' in Burundi

The Radio France Internationale reporter in Burundi is tweeting about not being able to get into a district of the capital, Bujumbura:

#Burundi : des journalistes étrangers avec accréditation qui se font bloqués par la police à l'entrée de Musaga "pour leur sécurité" (?!??!)

She says: "#Burundi: the foreign journalists with accreditation were blocked by the police from entering Musaga "for their security" (?!??!)"

US marines 'in Burundi'

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USA Today

A small group of US marines have gone to Burundi to protect the US embassy, the newspaper

USA Today reports.

The newspaper quotes an anonymous Pentagon source saying that the marines will "bolster security" at the embassy in the wake of the failed coup attempt.

Foreign media 'restricted' in Burundi

The Africa chief photographer for the Associated Press tweets about restrictions in a part of Burundi's capital, Bujumbura:

#burundi police clamping down on foreign media not allowing access to clash zones in musaga

Kenyan women 'in Syria'

Screen grab from Standard

Two Kenyan women claim to have joined Islamic State in Syria, Kenya's

Standard newspaper reports.

The 20-year-olds disappeared last week and have been in touch with family saying that they are in Syria.

"If true, the youths will become the first confirmed cases of Kenyans who have joined Islamic State", the newspaper says.

'No revenge' in Burundi

Burundi's presidency has

published a post on Facebook saying the government "does not have and will never have a plan for 'revenge' that we are reading and hearing about in various places".

It went on to say the people involved in the "shameful" attempt to overthrow legitimate institutions will be arrested and prosecuted by the courts.

Last week the

US Department of State said it was "alarmed by reports of retaliatory attacks in Burundi".

Pierre Nkurunziza
Burundi's president is under pressure to postpone parliamentary and presidential elections

Wise words

Today's African proverb: When the black ant bites the buttocks, the buttocks learn a lesson. An Igbo proverb from Nigeria sent by Chikaodili Deng, Toulouse, France.

Click here to send your proverbs.

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Welcome to today's BBC Africa Live page where we'll be keeping you up to date with all the developments from across the continent.