Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Nigeria's president signs $30bn budget into law
  2. Kenya says time to host refugees should come to an end
  3. Uganda mulls withdrawing troops from Somalia
  4. Kenya authorities begin demolishing unsafe buildings in Nairobi
  5. US 'aims to sell Nigeria attack planes' for Boko Haram fight
  6. Get Involved: #BBCAfricaLive WhatsApp: +44 7341070844
  7. Email stories and comments to - Friday 6 May 2016

Live Reporting

By Clare Spencer and Damian Zane

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Scroll down for Friday's stories

We'll be back on Monday

That's all from the BBC Africa Live page this week. Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website

A reminder of today's wise words:

Because the fire has a pot as a shield, it wants to quarrel with the water."

A Luo proverb sent by Odhiambo Okoth in Nairobi, Kenya

Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to send your proverb.

And we leave you with this image from the best pictures across the week of Morocco's Rif mountains, which has been ranked as one of the world's most beautiful cities.

A woman walks along a small alley in Chefchaouen, Morocco, Sunday 1 May 2016

Global Fund suspends support to Nigeria Aids body over corruption

The Global Fund, which helps in the fight against Aids, TB and Malaria, says it's suspending support to Nigeria's Aids agency over corruption, the AP news agency is reporting.

It says that the Fund has evidence that $3.8m (£2.6m) has been stolen by the Nigerian organisation's staff and consultants.

A corruption investigation found that the money was stolen over five years up to 2014.

The amount stolen represents only a small fraction of what the Global Fund spends in Nigeria, AP says.

Saharan addax antelope on 'brink of extinction'

Saharan Addax antelopes

The Saharan addax antelope has been pushed to the brink of extinction by poaching and loss of habitat to the oil industry, reports the AFP news agency. 

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) did an extensive aerial and on-the-ground survey in the antelope's native region in Niger and found only three specimens in the wild.

Without genetic diversity, the chances of unhealthy offspring rises dramatically. 

"The species is doomed to extinction in the wild," AFP quotes IUCN's Alessandro Badalotti as saying. 

Giant lorries and bulldozers for a massive oil-extraction installation have ripped up large swathes of the antelope's habitat.

And military personnel assigned to protect the oil operation have poached the antelopes for food, AFP adds. 

Saharan Addax antelope

  Another desert antelope, the scimitar-horned oryx - hunted for its long, curved horns - was classified "extinct in the wild" in 2000.

Amnesty calls for release of imprisoned Ethiopian politician

Rights group Amnesty International has called on the Ethiopian government to release a top opposition politician Yonatan Tesfaye who is facing what it describes as "trumped-up charges".

Mr Yonatan was arrested last December but was only charged on Wednesday.

He is facing 11 charges, among them inciting violence and being a ringleader for violent demonstrations, the AFP news agency reports.

They relate to comments he made on Facebook when discussing protests in Ethiopia's Oromia region.

In one post he accused the governing EPRDF party of using "force against the people instead of using peaceful discussion with the public", AFP says.

Oromo mourners
Rights groups say that more than 200 people have died during the protests in Oromia, a figure the government disputes

Bonfire of the ivory: Six days later

On Saturday the biggest ever stockpile of ivory was set alight in Nairobi National Park.

pile of ivory
Getty Images

It was in an effort to show the country's commitment to saving Africa's elephants.

But we were curious to see how long it would take for this big pile to burn.

FWS forensic laboratory found in 2008 that it would take around a week to destroy an average male elephant tusk.

And sure enough, six days later it looks like the pile has turned to ashes according to a tweet from Kenya Wildlife:

View more on twitter

We don't know the state of the other pyres which were set alight.

President Buhari: I feel your pain

The official Twitter account of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has been putting out extracts from his comments after he signed the long-awaited 2016 budget.

He knows times are hard and hopes the budget can address the country's economic problems:

View more on twitter
View more on twitter
View more on twitter

Big crowds expected for Nigerian polo final

Isa Sanusi

BBC Africa, Abuja

Horses at Keffi Polo Ranch, Nigeria

Tomorrow it’s the finals of a week-long polo tournament that is being held at a ranch just outside Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.

A scoreboard at Keffi Polo Ranch, Nigeria

And big crowds are expected to watch some of the country’s best players.

It’s the second tournament being hosted by the Keffi Polo Ranch, which is about 50km (30 miles) south-west of Abuja, and opened last year.

Keffi Polo Ranch, Nigeria

The owner of the ranch, former MP and property developer Aliyu Wadada, has promised that proceeds from such tournaments will be channelled into education charities for the surrounding villages.

Keffi Polo Ranch, Nigeria

Polo was introduced to Nigerian emirs by British colonialists - and is still a game dominated by the wealthy elite.

Marriage lessons in Somaliland

Novelist Nadifa Mohamed has been recalling in the New York Times her experience of going to a marriage class in Hargeisa, Somaliland.

The young man... would be speaking, on the subjects of confidence and communication. His qualifications for speaking on female confidence were obscure, but he had prepared a PowerPoint presentation, so we readied our notebooks.

His audience, women studying for their first or second university degrees, seemed to have confidence already; they only wanted to learn how to transfer it into the romantic sphere of their lives.

After the lecture, the classroom erupted into discussion and laughter. The students complained about their male peers, who they claimed didn't take marriage seriously - who would marry impulsively just because a girl looked good in a selfie."

Somaliland women
Getty Images
Hands up who wants romantic advice

Residents of demolished Nairobi homes may have nowhere to go

Our reporter in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, Janet Onyango, has been telling us about the demolition of residential buildings in the same area where the apartment block collapsed last week.

They were considered to be unsafe for people to live in.

Building being demolished

But what's happened to the residents who have been forced to leave?

Residents piling goods up on a pick-up truck

Our reporter says that the survivors from the collapsed building are being looked after at a nearby shelter run by Nairobi county government. 

But the residents of the demolished buildings have had to make their own arrangements and many have not been able to find alternative accommodation.

Kenya opposition leader wants thorough investigation into Juma murder

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga has called for a thorough and speedy investigation into the death of high-profile businessman Jacob Juma, the Standard newspaper is reporting.

Jacob Juma was driving home from a bar to his home in an upmarket suburb on Thursday night when unknown gunmen attacked his car.

He had been involved in several big legal cases against the government over failed business deals.

The businessman had also been critical of the governing Jubilee Coalition about corruption and was supportive of Mr Odinga.

Raila Odinga
Raila Odinga was supported by the murdered businessman

Why the price of rooibos tea has risen?

Rooibos farmer

Last year in South Africa there was a 30% shortfall in the supply of redbush tea, known locally as rooibos.

It was partly due to the drought brought on by the El Nino weather phenomenon.

The harvest this year was also low because of the drought.

The managing director of the Rooibos Council Martin Bergh told Africa Business Report that there is no substitute for rooibos so when supply went down, the price just went up.

The tea is grown in a tiny area of South Africa and has the same protected geographic locator status as champagne and port. 

Libya's domestic football to make a comeback

The Libyan Football Federation (LFF) has confirmed that the Libyan Soccer League will resume on 15 May.

The league has been suspended since the 2014 season because of the unrest in the country.

LFF chairman Anwar Al-Tishani said: "We had meetings with the heads of the clubs, official authorities, security officials, and the conditions look suitable to start the 2015-16 League."

On Thursday in the capital, Tripoli, the LFF conducted the draw for the season.

Twenty-one teams have been divided into two groups.

Al Ahli in action against Ghana's Hearts of Oak in a friendly in December 2015
Getty Images

Why this man probably won't lead a revolution

Julius Malema

South African opposition leader Julius Malema recently warned President Jacob Zuma that soldiers were going to "turn their guns" against him.

But the BBC's Southern Africa correspondent Karen Allen says this is unlikely to happen.

One reason is because central to today's South African military is the lack of a core political identity. 

She adds that the South Africa military is credited with a sense of professionalism. That has meant it has kept out of politics.

Read more on the BBC News website.

Nigeria's 'toughest-ever economic situation'

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the 2016 budget that he just signed into law should boost the economy, the AFP news agency quotes him as saying.

Part of the $30bn (£21bn) budget is to go on investment.

Mr Buhari told lawmakers who witnessed the signing:

The budget... will trigger concerted efforts to reflate the Nigerian economy, a key element of which is an immediate injection of 350bn naira ($1.8bn) into the economy by way of capital projects."

Oil production has been the mainstay of Nigeria's economy for many years, but it has suffered recently with the drop in global oil prices.

AFP reports that the president admitted the country was "experiencing probably the toughest economic times in the history of our nation".

The president's spokesman has tweeted pictures from the signing:

View more on twitter

Cologne sex attack charge dismissed

The 26-year-old accused Algerian (C) arrives on May 6, 2016 at the District Court in Cologne , western Germany.
Getty Images

An Algerian man has just been found not guilty of sexual assault in the German city Cologne on New Years Eve.

We reported in our 11:48 post that it is the first sexual offenses trial after more than 1,000 complaints were filed about the crime spree.

Women had reported being surrounded by groups of men, of North African and Arab appearance, around Cologne's main station.   

The judge said witnesses didn't clearly identify the man.

But he was found guilty of stealing mobile phones and was given a six-month suspended sentence. 

Read more on the BBC News website.

Kenya government: Hosting refugees has to end

Kenya's government is closing its department that deals with refugee affairs in a move that it hopes will speed up the closure of two large refugee camps - at Dadab and Kakuma.

In a statement, the government says that "hosting of refugees has to come to an end".

It adds that 600,000 refugees, many of whom are from neighbouring Somalia, live in Kenya, and the hosting imposes  a "very heavy economic, security and environmental burden" on the country.

The government wants international help to send them back to their home countries.

Dadab refugee camp
The UN refugee agency says Kenya's Dadab refugee camp complex is home to more than 300,000 Somali refugees

Chevron Nigeria shuts down offshore rig after attack

Abdullahi Kaura Abubakar

BBC Africa, Abuja

Oil company Chevron Nigeria Limited says it has shut down its offshore facility in the Niger Delta region following an attack by a little-known militant group. 

The oil giant said it was assessing the situation and ready to contain any spill resulting from the attack.  

Chevron said in a terse statement that it has reported the incident to the relevant security and regulatory bodies. 

The Niger Delta Avengers says it carried out the attack. 

It is not exactly clear what the group wants but similar groups have in the past complained that their region does not benefit from the oil it produces. 

They have taken up arms against the state in a bid to have total control of their oil resources. 

Nigeria is Africa’s largest oil producer and its economy is currently facing difficulties due to the recent drop in global oil prices. 

Nigeria Delta militants
Several militant groups in the Niger Delta have attacked oil facilities in the past

Stuck in Somaliland's mud

BBC Monitoring's Africa security correspondent Tomi Oladipo has just spotted these men trying to pull a car out of the mud after it got stuck in Laasgeel in the self-declared republic of Somaliland:

car stuck in the flood

Rains have arrived in the region after months of drought. 

Here, the rain washed mud across the road so the driver could not see the edge, driving off it and literally stopping the vehicle in its tracks, our correspondent say.

Nigeria's President Buhari signs controverial budget

Chris Ewokor

BBC Africa, Abuja

President Buhari
Getty Images
The president presented the budget in person at the end of last year

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has signed this year’s $30.6bn (£21bn) budget into law. 

The controversial budget, submitted to parliament at the end of December, has caused a series of disagreements between the president and lawmakers. 

The budget triples capital expenditure and aims to stimulate an economy hit hard by the fall in global crude prices. 

Read more about Nigeria's budget fiasco

Uganda's losing candidates invited to Museveni's inauguration

Paul Brown

BBC Monitoring

President Yoweri Museveni
Getty Images
President Yoweri Museveni will be inaugurated next week

The Ugandan government has invited all candidates who challenged President Yoweri Museveni in the recent election to witness him being sworn in for his fifth term next week, reports The Monitor

Twelve heads of state and five prime ministers will also be in attendance, as well as officials from the Chinese Communist Party and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement, according to the Uganda Media Centre.

Two of Mr Museveni's opponents in the election have mounted legal challenges against his victory. 

Kizza Besigye, who has denounced the election as a "sham", has called for demonstrations to disrupt the ceremony due to be held on 12 May. 

Media organisations have been threatened with sanction if they report live on opposition protests, we reported yesterday.

Central African Republic parliament elects Muslim speaker

Abdourahmane Dia

BBC Afrique

The son of a businessman born in the PK5 Muslim district of Central African Republic's capital Bangui has been elected speaker of parliament. 

The country has been divided and the former Seleka rebels, mainly Muslims, have been fighting the anti-Balakas, a mostly Christian militia.  

Abdou Karim Meckassoua is considered a moderate and seen as someone who can help boost reconciliation efforts promised by President Faustin-Archange Touadera.    

French soldiers of the Sangaris operation, the military intervention in Central African Republic, patrol in the PK5 Muslim district in Bangui on december 23, 2015 as supporters of Central African presidential candidate Karim Meckassoua hold electoral posters, during a campaign meeting.
Getty Images
Abdou Karim Meckassoua was a candidate for the presidential election held in December last year

Nairobi residents distressed over demolitions

The BBC's Janet Onyango has been taking pictures and speaking to people affected by the building demolition that's going on in Kenya's capital, Nairobi (see 11:09 entry).

It was sparked by last week's building collapse which killed more than 30 people.

The authorities say that they gave people a week's notice, but this resident told Janet that she only found out about the demolition yesterday.

Woman carrying goods away

The man on the right told Janet that he has no money to move. He said he has three children all at school, and he does not know where he will go next. 

Man looking disgruntled

And here's a short film of the demolition of the first building:

Nairobi demolitions

What does today's proverb mean?

Every day readers suggest an African proverb which we put at the start of the live page.

But some days it is not immediately clear what the proverb means. 

And that's when we turn to you on Facebook to explain it to us.

Today is one of those days.

Here's the proverb:

Because the fire has a pot as a shield, it wants to quarrel with the water."

Kunda Kwesha from Serenje in Northern, Zambia says it warns about taking advantage of the vulnerable.

But Ajee Holyman in Oyo, Nigeria has an entirely different interpretation - saying it means "know your place".

So that's cleared that up!

Pot on fire
Getty Images
No-one asked the pot how it felt about the situation

Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to send your proverb.

President Zuma: No more power cuts in South Africa

In recent years, South Africans have been experiencing frequent power cuts as the state-owned energy company, Eskom, has struggled to produce enough electricity.

But that is a thing of the past - at least according to government tweets of comments made by President Jacob Zuma, who's on a visit to Eskom's headquarters:

View more on twitter
View more on twitter

Mr Zuma also said that Eskom is a source of pride for the people:

View more on twitter

DR Congo slash budget by 22%

The Democratic Republic of Congo has slashed its 2016 budget by 22%, reports the Reuters news agency. 

Reuters adds that it is because of lower commodity prices, according to a budget proposal document.

Thrown out of a cabinet meeting because of a bow tie?

South Sudan's new water minister in the recently formed national unity government has alleged that he was thrown out of a cabinet meeting because of his bow tie.

Mabior Garang de Mabior posted this picture of himself on his Facebook page:

Mabior Garang wearing a bow tie
Mabior Garang

The caption he posted read: "Arriving home after-being kicked out by [President] Salva Kiir from the first sitting of the council of ministers for being inappropriately dressed."

So he changed his tie and posted this:

Mabior Garang wearing a tie
Mabior Garang

He wrote: "After coming home and changing my bow tie at the advice of the First Vice President Dr Riek Machar... I returned to the council of ministers meeting... only to be harassed and barred from entry by Salva Kiir's bodyguards."

Mr Mabior - who is aligned with the former rebel leader Mr Machar - then makes a political point: "They should understand that this unity government will not be business as usual...change is here."

The unity government was sworn in last week in line with a peace deal aimed at ending the civil war that began in December 2013.

First Cologne sex-attack trial begins

A 26-year-old Algerian who faces charges of assaults on woman during New Year"s Eve celebrations in Cologne, covers his head at a regional court in Cologne, western Germany, May 6, 2016.
The Algerian charged with assault covered his head in court

The first trial for sexual offences is getting under way in Cologne over alleged attacks on women in the city on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

A 26-year-old Algerian is charged with attempted sexual assault and theft.

He is accused of being part of a group of 10 men who surrounded and groped a woman in the main railway station in the early hours of New Year's Day.

The large-scale sexual assaults and robberies by men of North African and Arab appearance shocked Germany.

More than 1,000 criminal complaints were filed, hundreds of them alleging sexual assault, after women reported being surrounded by groups of men.

Read more on the BBC News website.

Building demolition begins in Nairobi

Janet Onyango

BBC Africa, Nairobi

The authorities in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, have begun demolishing residences considered not fit for human habitation in the same area where a building collapse killed more than 30 people.

The first structure that was targeted was a network of eight low-rise buildings with an estimated 600 people living there.

Digger demolishing building

People were warned a week ago to vacate but many were seen taking their possessions out this morning. 

Woman carrying out goods from house
Man carrying out goods from house

Other buildings lined up for demolition are marked with a red cross.

Notice that says Vacate Immediately
Building marked with x

British Pidgin vlogger in Nollywood debut

A British woman who became famous in Nigeria after making YouTube videos in Nigerian Pidgin is making her debut in her first Nollywood film today.

View more on instagram

She's known as Oyinbo Princess, and in one of her most watched YouTube videos she tells a story in Pidgen of her days as an air hostess. 

View more on youtube

She says  that when she bent over to get some drinks some Nigerian men started talking about her backside in Pidgin. She stayed quiet for a while until whispering a response in Pidgin.    

She told Sahara Reporters last year that she lives in Britain and she started learning Nigerian Pidgin from song lyrics by groups like PSquare.  

Oyinbo Princess's film ATM will be released across Nigeria on 13 May.

Animals rescued from collapsed Nairobi building

While the search for human survivors of the building collapse in the Huruma district of Kenya's capital, Nairobi, the Red Cross has tweeted a picture an animal survivor found today. 

View more on twitter

It's also tweeted this photo of the small colony of rabbits that were found earlier this week:

View more on twitter

More than 30 people have died as a result of the collapse, but yesterday was a remarkable day with four people being pulled out alive.

The demolition of other buildings in the area that are not considered fit for human habitation is beginning today.

Uganda reviews missions in Somalia and CAR

Catherine Byaruhanga

BBC Africa Uganda correspondent

Uganda's army is carrying out a review of its deployment in peacekeeping missions in Somalia and the Central African Republic which could see its troops withdrawn. 

According to army spokesman Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, a special committee has been constituted and its recommendations will be followed. 

This is not the first review but it is the first time a withdrawal has been considered. 

A highly placed source who requested anonymity told the BBC that President Yoweri Museveni had mentioned the possible end of both missions to foreign diplomats recently.

Uganda has played a crucial role in bringing relative stability to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, and surrounding areas. It supplies more than 6,000 soldiers to the African Union mission, making it the largest contingent.  

Ugandan soldier in Somalai
Uganda provides the largest number of soldiers to the AU's force in Somalia

Barclays bank sells 12% of African arm

Barclays raised £603m ($876 million) on Thursday by selling a 12.2% stake in its African arm, reports the Reuters news agency.

The bank sold 103 million shares at 126 rand each (£5.80; $8.40).

So there is still a possibility that former Barclays' boss Bob Diamond's company could buy the remaining 50.1% of Barclays Africa.

That would end more than a century of involvement by the British bank in Africa.

Barclays Kenya
Getty Images

Nigeria 'in discussions' with US over attack planes

We wrote earlier (see 09:02 entry) that the Reuters news agency is reporting that the US government is seeking to sell Nigeria attack aircraft to help in the fight against Boko Haram.

Garba Shehu, a spokesman for Nigeria's president, has told our BBC colleagues in Abuja that he is aware of the discussions with the US over the Super Tucano planes.

In the past, human rights issues have prevented the US from selling heavy weapons to Nigeria.

A flight of Air Force EMB 314 Super Tucano military light attack & counter insurgency (COIN) aircrafts overfly a parade during the celebrations for the independence of Colombia
Super Tucano have been used in many countries including Colombia and Brazil

Why are South Africans burning schools?

Protesters have burnt 22 schools in South Africa's northern Limpopo province in a dispute over district boundaries. 

The protesters say moves to include their neighbourhoods into a new municipality would delay efforts to get them better housing and water. 

The BBC's Nomsa Maseko reports.

Controversial Kenyan businessman Jacob Juma shot dead

A controversial businessman, Jacob Juma, was shot dead  last night by unknown gunmen in Nairobi. 

The country's largest newspaper, the Daily Nation, says: "His bullet riddled vehicle was found in a ditch. The vehicle had 10 bullet holes." 

Newspaper headline saying Businessman Jacob Juma shot dead in Nairobi
Daily Nation

Mr Juma, @kabetes, had predicted on Twitter last December that he would be assassinated.

He had sued a state corporation seeking about $5m (£3.5m) in compensation for breach of contract. 

He had also sued the government in 2015 for revoking of his company's mining licence. 

He has also been a critical of the ruling Jubilee coalition on corruption matters and was supportive of opposition leader Raila Odinga. 

The Standard newspaper quotes the Nairobi police boss commenting on the death and saying: "We don't know the motive but this seems to be a pure murder."

His death is the top trend on Twitter in Kenya this morning: 

View more on twitter
View more on twitter

Fuel shortage in Burundi

Prime Ndikumagenge

BBC Africa, Bujumbura, Burundi

There's a fuel shortage here in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, and in other parts of the country.

For nearly a week, filling stations have been running dry and there are queues at those places that still have supplies.

The minister of energy told the state broadcaster on Thursday that there should be no reason for any station not to have fuel because there is plenty of it in the country's stocks.

Yet the reality on the ground continues to show the opposite. 

Some here are speculating that wholesalers are unable to get enough foreign currency to import petrol.

US 'seeks to sell' attack aircraft to Nigeria

The US government is hoping to sell up to 12 Super Tucano attack aircraft to Nigeria to help in the fight against Islamist militants Boko Haram, Reuters news agency reports.

An anonymous source within the administration is quoted as saying that the US also wants to provide more help with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

The sale of the aircraft would need to be approved by the US Congress.

The Super Tucano is described by Reuters as a propeller-driven plane that can carry a range of weapons and can be used for attack and surveillance.

Nigeria's army has retaken a lot of territory in north-east Nigeria from Boko Haram in the last year. But the fight against the militants continues.

The seven-year insurgency, which has mainly affected north-eastern Nigeria as well as its neighbours around Lake Chad, has left some 17,000 people dead. 

Super Tucano attack aircraft

Good morning

Welcome to the BBC Africa Live page where we'll be keeping you up-to-date with news stories on the continent.

We're keen to get pictures and stories from you, especially those which show a slice of life where you are. Drop us a line on our WhatsApp number +44 7341 070844.