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Summary

  1. Zimbabwe opposition allowed to protest march
  2. It is two years since 219 schoolgirls were kidnapped from Chibok in Nigeria
  3. A 'proof-of-life' video from Boko Haram militants appears to show 15 of the girls
  4. IMF 'stands ready to help' Nigeria if asked
  5. Ivorian football Didier Drogba's charity 'under investigation'
  6. South African judge denies appeal over parole for anti-apartheid hero killer
  7. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Thursday 14 April 2016

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By Hugo Williams and Lucy Fleming

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That's all from BBC Africa Live today, on a day when Nigeria marked two years since the abduction of more than 200 girls from their school in Chibok. Keep up-to-date with news from across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.    

A reminder of today's wise words:  

One sees all sorts of knives on the day an elephant dies"

A Yoruba proverb sent by Sammy-King Bass in Calabar, Nigeria

And we leave you with photo of a mural painted in Egypt on the walls of houses in the shanty area of Zaraeeb in eastern Cairo, which somehow creates a striking optical illusion:  

A mural painted on the walls of houses in Zaraeeb on the Mokattam Hills in eastern Cairo, Egypt
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Nigerian government sceptical about video lead

Nigeria’s Information Minister Lai Mohammed says the government has reservations about the new video apparently showing 15 of the Chibok girls alive.

He told the BBC’s Focus on Africa radio programme that another such video had appeared last July but when officials had tried to pursue the matter, it led nowhere.

“It is strange that it is at a time when we have recorded such a comprehensive success against the insurgency that some groups are now coming up with these videos,” the minister said.

Last week another group said they would release 10 of the girls for $1m euro (£795,000) and the government had to be careful they were not being exploited, he said.

"Having said that we are ready to explore all avenues that will lead to the release of these girls."

Lai Mohammed
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Lai Mohammed said all avenues would be explored

The Boko Haram captives not from Chibok

There has been huge global media attention for the case of the abducted Chibok girls, 219 of whom are still missing. 

But Boko Haram has captured more than 10 times that number of children in other less publicised attacks. 

Newsday's Nkem Ifejika has been speaking to one of them, a 15-year-girl in a refugee camp near the northern Nigerian city of Yola, who told him about four months as a captive of the Islamist militant group:

They made us watch male captives being killed. Sometimes they would give us a knife to behead the captives, but we couldn't do it. We just cried. So they threatened us if we cried again the would marry us off or kill us. So that's how we lived. It was terrible. We suffered. Sometimes we were beaten if we couldn't read our lessons."

Abducted girls are exposed to sexual violence and forced marriage to fighters.

The Nigerian town that lost all its girls

Meet some of the Nigerian girls abducted by Boko Haram militants from a boarding school in Chibok two years ago.

They are all from the nearby town of Mbalala, one of the worst-hit by the kidnapping:

Hansatu Abubaker information
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Jinkai Yama
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Maryam Abubakar
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Information about Aisha Greman
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Grace Paul information
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The BBC's Stephany Hegarty went to Mbalala to meet their parents.

Read her account of one father's desperate phone calls to his daughter after she was kidnapped.

South Africa drawn with Brazil at Olympics

South Africa's men's and women's football teams will both play hosts Brazil in the group stage of the 2016 Olympics.

The men have been drawn in Group A, along with Iraq and Denmark. The women are in Group E, with China and Sweden.

Brazil's men were runners-up in 2012, the women runners-up in 2008. Both teams are expected to be tough opponents in their home country.

South Africa in action against Zimbabwe
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South Africa in action against Zimbabwe - both have qualified for Rio 2016

Read the full BBC Sport story

Hair transplants giving Kenyans confidence

Maryam Dodo Abdalla

BBC Africa, Nairobi

A hair transplant operation in Kenya
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Hair transplants are growing in popularity in Kenya.

Elizabeth Mutunga says her problems started after she had a baby: “As soon as I started breasting I lost my hairline, and when you don’t have a hairline, you are not confident, what I did, I had bought a weave that had a hairline."

When someone told her about scalp specialist Muli Musyoka, who opened up a clinic two years ago, she immediately investigated.

But hair transplants do not come cheap - the procedure can last up to six hours and cost as much as $2,000 (£1,400).

And there can be the side effects, such as bleeding and swelling from the incisions made on the scalp that sometimes become infected.

Elizabeth decided to go ahead with the procedure… but was it worth it?

“Yes I am happy, it is not as fast as you would want it to be, you have to know it's not an instant,” she says snapping her fingers, “because we are in that generation where people want instant results.

"It's a journey, you have to keep working along with them, you have to come for many more procedures, so that your hair can grow, but it's one day at a time and, I mean... I am confident!”

Ivory Coast reggae star calls for release of ex-leader from ICC

Alpha Blondy
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Alpha Blondy is a music icon in Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast reggae legend Alpha Blondy has called on President Alassane Ouattara to pardon all those still being held over the violence which followed elections in 2010, including ex-President Laurent Gbagbo, who is currently being tried for war crimes at the International Criminal Court (ICC). 

Following his appeal for the amnesty in a video posted on his official YouTube channel, addressing President Ouattara directly, the musician said:

"It is imperative that you put all your weight behind an effort to secure the release of Laurent Gbagbo and Mr Ble Goude from The Hague. Imagine if Laurent Gbagbo dies in a cell in The Hague. It would create an irreversible split in Ivorian society, jeopardising the future of our children and grandchildren, along with our own." 

Ex-militia leader Charles Ble Goude is being tried alongside Mr Gbagbo at the ICC.

Mr Gbagbo and his wife Simone sit on a bed after their capture in April 2011 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast
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Mr Gbagbo and his wife Simone were captured in April 2011

Who is Laurent Gbagbo?

Seven things to know about Ivory Coast

Video: Who wears Indian hair?

The BBC's Justine Lang has been investigating the market for human hair, which is often shaved from the heads of Hindu pilgrims in India, and finds out how women like wearing it in South Africa:

Uganda's broken radiotherapy machine 'had unsafe radiation levels'

Radiotherapy machine being held together with straps
UCI

There's more bad news about Uganda's only radiotherapy machine, which broke down last week, leaving thousands unable to get potentially life-saving cancer treatment.

The machine, already second-hand when it was donated in 1995, should have been disposed of in 2012, according to the national body in charge of radiation safety inspections, the privately owned Daily Monitor newspaper reports

Uganda's Atomic Energy Council (AEC) had first recommended in 2013 that the machine was defective and giving off insufficient levels of radiation, potentially harmful to patients' health, the paper adds.

Cancer patients would have been receiving treatment of "little or no value" even before the machine broke down last week, according to Deo Ssekyanzi, a senior radiation protection officer at the AEC, who the paper says was giving evidence before a parliamentary committee. 

"The Cobalt 60 machine is supposed to be automated, but it got stuck three times in our presence and a radiation worker had to enter the machine to fix the problem before it could start again," he added.

Read more about Uganda's broken radiotherapy machine

Nigeria's Shia leader 'partly paralysed'

The detained leader of a pro-Iranian Shia group in Nigeria is partly paralysed, the AFP news agency quotes his lawyer as telling reporters in Kaduna today.

Ibrahim Zakzaky, who leads the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), and his wife have been in detention since their home in the northern city of Zaria was besieged by troops in December.

The IMN alleges that the military killed hundreds of its members and destroyed a religious shrine and Mr Zakzaky’s house during the raid. 

"The leader of the IMN now walks with a limp. The left eye of the leader of the IMN is completely damaged. The left hand... has lost its motor function," his lawyer Maxwell Kyon is quoted as saying. 

Mr Zakzaky is also challenging his continued detention in an Abuja court, claiming 2bn naira ($10m; £7m) in damages, AFP reports.

Earlier this week, officials told an inquiry that the military had secretly buried more than 300 Shia Muslims in a mass grave following the crackdown in December. 

Ibrahim Zakzaky
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Ibrahim Zakzaky is in detention with his wife

More about Shias in Nigeria:

  • Shias are minority in Nigeria but their numbers are increasing
  • The IMN, formed in the 1980s, is the main Shia group led by Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky
  • They operate their own schools and hospitals in some northern states
  • They have a history of clashes with the security forces
  • The IMN is backed by Shia-dominated Iran and its members often go there to study
  • Sunni jihadist group Boko Haram condemns Shias as heretics who should be killed 

Read: Meeting Sheikh Zakzaky

EU ambassadors fly to Tripoli

Ambassadors to Libya from France, the UK and Spain have arrived in Tripoli to show support for the new UN-backed unity government trying to establish itself in the capital. 

It is the first such visit since European Union countries closed their embassies in 2014 because of unrest.

The country has had two competing administrations backed by militias. 

The leaders of the new government, chosen by rival politicians in December at negotiations brokered by the UN, arrived in Tripoli earlier in April at a naval base - where the EU envoys held talks.

For more on hopes for peace read: Has Libya pulled back from the brink?

From L-R: Spanish ambassador Jose Antonio Bordallo, France's Antoine Sivan and Peter Millet of the UK holding a press conference
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From L-R: Spanish envoy Jose Antonio Bordallo, France's Antoine Sivan and Peter Millet from the UK showing expressing their support after talks

Chibok abductions: Has President Buhari made a difference?

When Boko Haram kidnapped students from a girls' school in Chibok in north-eastern Nigeria in April 2014, world leaders and online activists united to call for their return.

But two years later, and 11 months since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power, 219 students are still missing.

So where does that leave the #BringBackOurGirls campaign? BBC Africa Security correspondent Tomi Oladipo explains:

#BringBackOurGirls: Nigeria's abducted Chibok girls two years on

Zimbabwe's placards of displeasure

Brian Hungwe

BBC Africa, Harare

MDC supporters in Harare, Zimbabwe
BBC

Today's march in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, was sanctioned by the High Court, not the police.

The officers could not do much besides watch about 2,000 MDC supporters, supported by trade unions and students, express their misgivings about the state of the economy and President Robert Mugabe's continued rule.  

The young and the old, in red, took to the streets and their placards told a story of displeasure. 

This had not been seen in Harare for many years.

The ruthlessness of police against dissenting voices is well documented.

But the march was peaceful and countrywide demonstrations are planned in the coming weeks, although it is not clear if those rallies will be allowed.

The march shows that Mr Mugabe's long-time rival, Morgan Tsvangirai, who has been lying low since losing the 2013 election, remains a force to reckoned with.

Elections are due in 2018 and President Mugabe, 92, says he will run again.

Opposition to that is now building both within and outside his party.

Analysis: The difficulties of negotiating with Boko Haram

Will Ross

BBC News, former BBC Nigeria correspondent

Any peace deal with Boko Haram to secure the release of captives will be fraught with challenges.

But sources have told me there are ongoing efforts to negotiate and past attempts have come close to success.

The jihadist group is not a united entity – it is split and that poses other risks. 

An ex-government official told me that on one occasion dozens of the Chibok girls were on the point of being released and were being taken to a handover site when another faction ambushed them and took them away.  

Another issue has been the demands of the jihadists.

They have in the past supplied precise lists of the commanders or members of the group they want released from detention in exchange for setting free any captives.

Nigerian officials have not always been able to locate all those named. 

Bearing in mind how many of the thousands arrested have died or been killed in detention, that is not too surprising.

A Bring Back Our Girls protester in Abuja, Nigeria - Thursday 14 April 2016
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Bring Back Our Girls protesters marched in Abuja today

IMF 'ready to help' Nigeria

The International Monetary Fund “stands ready” to help Nigeria if the country asks for help, IMF head Christine Lagarde has said.

Some reporters following the press briefing in Washington have been tweeting about her comments:

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Earlier this week, the IMF lowered its forecast for Nigeria’s economy, expecting the oil-producing country to grow 2.3% this year, compared to the 4.1% growth it had forecast in January.

Africa’s largest economy has been hit hard by falling oil prices and the official rate of its currency, the naira, is being maintained even though black market exchange rates have fallen.

Ms Lagarde today said the currency's official rate should be re-adjusted.

When Ms Lagarde visited Nigeria in January she said she was not holding talks on a loan or a bailout as she saw no reason why Nigeria would need IMF money.  

Chibok girl's 'new life' after Boko Haram escape

Shot of the hands of one of the Chibok girls to avoid identifying her
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This Chibok student is now studying computer science and has learnt English

Of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram two years ago today, 57 managed to escape within the first few hours. 

Of those, 25 have received full scholarships to study at the American University of Nigeria in northern Yola city. 

Their stories give a powerful insight into what the 219 girls still missing have been denied since their abduction.

One of the girls, who we won't name in order to protect her identity, is now studying computer science and wants to become a lecturer.

She has been speaking to Newsday's Nkem Ifejika, in English, a language she has learnt from scratch since starting her studies 18 months ago.

You can listen to the interview below:

Hear from one of the few schoolgirls who managed to escape Boko Haram

"The first time I came here, I couldn't speak English, so I felt shy because people might laugh at me... but for now, thank God I can speak and interact with people and friends."

She also tells Nkem that she often thinks of her family and the community back in Chibok:

"What brings me here to study is so I can help my people at home... they are very poor, I know that... I want to improve so many things there like to build a school, to build a fuel station."

And she says that the Chibok girls studying with her at the university have not forgotten their missing classmates:

"I think of them and pray that one day they will come back to us... We still love them and we pray for them up to now. They are still our people, they are still our friends."

Adebayor 'the perfect captain' for Togo

Emmanuel Adebayor is fully committed to Togo, says coach Claude LeRoy.

The 30-year-old has quit Togo twice and often criticised the set-up but LeRoy is sure the striker is now happy.

"He wanted to retire but he told me that as soon as he heard I was coming to coach Togo he changed his mind," LeRoy told BBC Sport.

"I told him that I see him as a perfect captain and an example for all the players to try and build something strong for the next few years."

Now playing his club football at English Premier League side Crystal Palace, Adebayor ended a self-imposed international exile to return for Togo in March in the 0-0 draw with Tunisia in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.  

Emmanuel Adebayor in action for Crystal Palace
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Adebayor is Togo's all-time top scorer with 30 international goals

Read the full BBC Sport story 

Mali's president 'operated on in France'

Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has had an operation at a hospital in Paris this week as part of treatment for a benign tumour on his neck, Reuters news agency quotes a statement from the presidency as saying.

"The after effects are generally simple… The recovery is progressing normally," the statement said.

The 71-year-old won elections in 2013 several months after former colonial power France intervened in Mali to oust Islamist rebels who had overrun the north of the country. 

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita
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The president is usually known as called "IBK"

'Chibok girls video' shown to Nigerians

Some of the parents of the missing Chibok girls are in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, for the Bring Back Our Girls march.

They and the other campaigners were shown the new video which appears to show 15 of the 219 girls abducted two years ago.

A mother of one of the girls, Ester Yakubu, told  journalists that she recognised the girls:

Nigerians react to 'Chibok girls video'

Zimbabwe's economy in 'dire straits'

Brian Hungwe

BBC Africa, Harare

MDC protesters in Harare, Zimbabwe
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Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has told a huge crowd of his supporters in the capital, Harare, that countrywide demonstrations are on the cards.

“This is about jobs and improving the economy, which is in dire straits," he said.

Morgan Tsvangirai addressing his supporters, Harare, Zimbabwe
BBC

  This placard in Shona reading “basa ringu riripi” means “where is my job?”: 

An MDC supporter's placard in Harare, Zimbabwe, reading: "Basa rangu riripi"
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Mr Tsvangirai's speech was brief and police, who had denied permission for the protest, cordoned off the main street leading to parliament.

Police in Harare, Zimbabwe
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A High Court ruled that the march could go ahead (see 10.55 post).  

Delegation arrives to meet Chibok parents

The BBC's Nigeria correspondent tweets:

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For more about how and why the girls were kidnapped: Chibok abductions: What we know

Obama warns of IS 'surge' in Libya

Islamic State (IS) recruits are increasingly heading to Libya following the setbacks the militant group has suffered in Iraq and Syria, US President Barack Obama has said.

The US will continue efforts to beat it back in Libya, he added.

Last week, Mr Obama said the "worst mistake" of his presidency was his failure to plan for the aftermath of the ousting of Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

IS militants driving cars on road
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Islamic State militants have captured parts of northern Libya

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Analysis: What does the new Chibok girls video reveal?

Mansur Liman

BBC Hausa editor

The video obtained by CNN of the Chibok girls is too short for any meaningful comment on the state of health of those kidnapped two years ago. But the 15 that appear in the footage look well fed and do not seem to show any sign of distress. However, their captors may have selected them from among the 219 girls still in captivity specifically to give that impression.

Screengrab from CNN video
CNN

It has always been clear that Boko Haram regard the Chibok girls as high-value and a potential negotiating tool. In the past they have indicated their desire to exchange some of the girls with some of their commanders arrested by the government.

Recently, the military authorities in Nigeria have been claiming victory over the insurgents, pointing to the destruction of various militant camps spread across the group's stronghold in north-eastern Nigeria and the killing of many members of the group.

However the video, apparently filmed in December, indicates that despite these successes, the group has been able to hold secure locations where they can hide the girls, even if only in small groups.

These safe havens might provide many of the group's leadership an environment in which they can lie low and regroup at a later time, as they did after the premature victory declared by the Nigerian government against Boko Haram in 2009.

The video has however raised other questions as to how talks are proceeding over the girls' release - what is the motive for releasing the video to a media house in the middle of negotiations that have the trust of all involved?

Chibok girls: The risk of foreign military intervention

Parents of kidnapped Chibok girls
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Parents of the missing girls have campaigned for more to be done

UK Prime Minister David Cameron, among other Western leaders, promised action to help find the Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014.

Will Ross, who was the BBC's Nigeria correspondent at the time, gives his analysis on the different factors which played into the UK military's co-operation with Nigeria:

"Boots on the ground were never likely given the complexities of the conflict and difficulties of working with the Nigerian army, which has an extremely poor human rights record. But I am told no more help was wanted.

"That might seem a strange position for a country that at the time was losing a war against jihadists but there were other factors at play.

"It is likely that some senior Nigerian officials in the former government would not have wanted these international partners to find out too much about its military which had been severely weakened by corruption."

Will has also been speaking those closely involved with the UK's military assistance to Nigeria. 

Raf sentinel plane
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The UK sent an RAF Sentinel spy plane to search for the girls

"To try and rescue hundreds when they may be split up is hugely dangerous... There must be a very significant danger if they are properly guarded and protected that many of them are going to be killed... I don't think even the best armed forces would have found this easy or would have been keen to do it unless they absolutely had to and the idea that the Nigerians could have done it is frankly ridiculous."

James Hall, retired colonel and former UK military attache to Nigeria

Read the full piece here

Abuja marchers stopped by police

The BBC's Nigeria correspondent tweets from the march in the capital, Abuja:

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#BringBackOurGirls campaigners march through Abuja

Bashir Sa'ad Abdullahi

BBC Africa, Abuja

Bring Back Our Girls campaigners in Abuja, Nigeria
BBC

A small crowd of Bring Back Our Girls campaigners is marching through the capital, Abuja, towards the presidential villa.

The protesters will not be able to meet President Muhammadu Buhari today as he’s on a state visit to China.

Instead they will hold a press conference outside his official residence to mark two years since the kidnapping of the more than 200 Chibok girls.

Mr Buhari has sent his own envoy to the town of Chibok today.

His Environment Minister Amina Mohammed is expected to personally deliver the president's message to the parents of the missing girls.

Drogba charity 'under investigation'

A charity run by Didier Drogba is being investigated over "serious regulatory concerns" by the Charity Commission.

The Daily Mail claimed that just £14,115 ($19,939) out of £1.7m donated to the Didier Drogba Foundation has gone to good causes in Africa. 

Former Chelsea striker Drogba, 38, is threatening legal action and called the Mail's story "false and defamatory".

In a statement, the Ivorian added: "There is no fraud, no corruption, no mismanagement and no lies."

Didier Drogba playing for Chelsea
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Drogba scored 164 goals in two spells at Chelsea

Read the full BBC Sport story 

Chibok parents 'anxious to see action taken' on new video

The founder of the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign, Obiageli Ezekwesili, has told the BBC's Newsday programme that the newly released video, appearing to show some of the kidnapped schoolgirls alive, should be considered an important lead.

Ms Ezekwesili, a former Nigerian education minister, said that parents of the missing girls were "anxious to see some action taken on the premise of what they saw in the video".

Bring Back Our Girls campaigners walk through the capital Abuja
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Obiageli Ezekwesili (R) leading a campaign march through the capital Abuja

Somali pirates sentenced to jail in France

Mary Harper

Africa editor, BBC World Service

A court sketch from 29 March 2016 shows seven suspected Somali pirates attending their trial in the courthouse in Paris, France
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A court sketch from March shows the seven pirates in court in Paris

Seven Somali pirates have been sentenced to between six and 15 years in jail by a French court.

They were found guilty of hijacking a French yacht and killing its owner in the Gulf of Aden in 2011.

The wife of the owner was kidnapped and rescued two days later by a Spanish warship.

The yacht owner's family said the judge's decision was not satisfactory because they had hoped for life sentences.

Piracy off the coast of Somalia has decreased in recent years because of international naval patrols and the presence of armed guards on board ships.

Read more about piracy in Somalia

Inside abducted Chibok girls' school in Nigeria

The BBC's Nigeria correspondent Martin Patience has travelled to the country's remote north-eastern region and gained rare access to the school:

Inside abducted Chibok girls' school in Nigeria

Zimbabwe's opposition marches over 'dire economy'

Brian Hungwe

BBC Africa, Harare

MDC marchers in Harare
BBC

Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangurai is leading about 2,000 of his supporters into central Harare to protest about the deteriorating economic situation in the country.

Some of them have been holding up placards calling for the 92-year-old President Robert Mugage to resign:

Signs being held up by MDC supporters in Harare, Zimbabwe
BBC

Riot police are patrolling the area. 

The High Court granted the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party permission to hold the march after the police had denied them clearance, saying they did not have the staff to secure the route.

MDC marchers in Harare, Zimbabwe
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Video: What happened to global Chibok campaign?

World leaders pledged to help find the students abducted by Boko Haram from a north-eastern Nigerian girls' school two years ago.

The 219 girls are still missing. BBC News assesses the impact - or lack thereof - of the international #BringBackOurGirls campaign?

Kidnapped girls: What happened to Chibok campaign?

SA judge denies appeal over parole for anti-apartheid hero killer

Chris Hani
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Chris Hani was shot as he picked up the morning newspapers at his home

A South African high court judge has dismissed the government’s right to appeal her earlier ruling granting the release of the killer of anti-apartheid hero Chris Hani after more than 22 years in prison.

Janusz Walus was convicted in October 1993 for the murder, which had threatened to derail South Africa's transition to democracy. 

Judge Nicoline Janse van Nieuwenhuizen’s decision in March caused controversy.

Chris Hani's widow, Limpho, had described the white judge's ruling as racist.

The government had previously refused to grant Walus parole as he was said to have shown no remorse. 

Janusz Walus
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Walus' lawyers had argued he should be freed in the spirit of reconciliation

New Chibok girls video 'credible', says hostage negotiator

A Nigerian politician and rights activist, who has been involved with previous negotiations with Boko Haram over the release of the Chibok girls, has been speaking to the BBC about the emergence of a new video appearing to show some of the girls alive:

"I believe this clip is credible. It is a clear indication that the girls are alive and it is also a clear testimony to the very fact that there is still hope and there is still the possibility of light at the end of the tunnel. Since the last clip was released by the insurgent group there has never been any evidence to show that these girls are still alive."

Senator-elect Shehu Sani
Yana Galang wipes tears from her eyes
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Yana Galang, whose daughter Rifkatu was kidnapped, recognised some of the girls in the video

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Low key Chibok coverage in Nigeria

Patrick Kihara

BBC Monitoring

People reading a paper about the Chibok girls in Lagos, Nigeria - 14 May 2016
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The two-year anniversary of the kidnapping of the Chibok girls has not been given prominence on the front pages of the country's newspaper websites this morning.

Comments in the Nigerian media have carried much scepticism about the whether they will ever be found.

An editorial in the Vanguard newspaper reads:

"Two years on, and with the military on the verge of winning the war on terror, hope appears to have dimmed for the rescue of the girls." 

A commentary in the same daily paper says there are doubts about the prospects of finding them: “Stakeholders in education sector are asking if the Chibok girls will ever return to their parents.“

The Guardian newspaper criticises those who may be taking advantage of the situation.

It says while some of the girls may have been married off or perhaps “drugged and used as suicide bombers against their will, some Nigerians with a mercantile streak have found voice in advocacy to make money from international donors by shouting for their release but never for the sake of those poor girls.

“While they hurt, we conduct our lives as normal but we cannot wish them away however hard we try."

Analysis: Chibok girls video will give hope to parents

Martin Patience

BBC News, Nigeria correspondent

This new footage which appears to show some of the kidnapped Chibok girls is reportedly a proof of life video filmed last December, which was provided to negotiators seeking the girls' release.

Nigerian officials say they are studying the footage but believe it is genuine.

The video will provide renewed hope to the girls' families that some of their daughters are still alive.

The last footage to emerge of the girls was a month after their kidnapping.

The mass abduction two years by Boko Haram militants ago sparked worldwide condemnation. But despite international assistance not one of the girls has been rescued.

Their parents are furious, blaming the previous government for doing nothing when the kidnapping took place and now the current administration for failing to devote enough resources to the search. 

But in the last year, the Nigerian army has made progress in its fight against the militants.

It has retaken towns and villages controlled by Boko Haram. And it has also freed hundreds of women and children held captive by the insurgents.

Bring Back Our Girls campaigners in Nigeria tying ribbons to remember the kidnapped girls
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Bring Back Our Girls campaigners in Nigeria are marking two years since the abductions

New video shows Nigeria's Chibok girls

A video released by Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram appears to show some of the schoolgirls kidnapped two years ago from the town of Chibok.

The video, apparently filmed in December, was sent to the Nigerian government and shows 15 girls in black robes identifying themselves as pupils abducted from the school.

The are all dressed in full length Islamic dress - stating their names and where they are from. CNN, which obtained the video, showed the footage to parents of the some of the 219 girls kidnapped on 14 April 2014:

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Wise words

Today’s African proverb:

One sees all sorts of knives on the day an elephant dies"

A Yoruba proverb sent by Sammy-King Bass in Calabar, Nigeria

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Welcome to the BBC Africa Live page. Today marks the two-year anniversary of the kidnapping of 219 girls from their school in Chibok in Nigeria. We'll be bringing you special coverage on it, as well as other news stories from across the continent.