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  1. Facebook's Zuckerberg arrives in Nigeria
  2. Ex-Malawi minister sentenced for 13 years
  3. Nigeria Football Federation 'has no money' to pay Olympic coach
  4. Keino questioned by Kenya police
  5. Pretoria school's hair rules suspended
  6. Explosion near Somali presidential palace
  7. Somali region says it will stop receiving refugees
  8. UNHCR chief demands responsible leadership in South Sudan
  9. Get Involved: #BBCAfricaLive WhatsApp: +44 7341070844
  10. Email stories and comments to - Tuesday 30 August 2016

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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

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The camel's tail is far from the ground."

A Hausa proverb sent by Shamsuddeen Saminu, Dorayi, Kano, Nigeria

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South Sudan Olympian reunites with mother after 11 years

South Sudan Olympian reunites with mother after 11 years

The Olympics in Rio left lasting memories for both participants and fans around the world. 

One of the poignant moments from the Games was the participation of a refugee team. Yiech Pur Biel, from South Sudan, was part of the 10 member group.

Biel grew up alone in a refugee camp in Kenya after he got separated from his family who fled his country in 2005 after violence broke out. 

His participation at the Olympics led to series of surprising connections resulting in a phone call with his mother whom he has not seen in more than a decade. 

He says:

I didn’t know if she was alive or dead. She didn’t know if I was alive or dead, in fact she thought I was gone. It was really something amazing, even today I can’t believe it.”

Biel's story was featured in an article from the UN refugee agency about the experiences of the team in Rio. Read the full story here.

Zuckerberg Facebooks his Nigeria trip

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has updated his Facebook followers on his trip to Nigeria.

He writes that it's his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa and he'll be "learning about the startup ecosystem in Nigeria. 

"The energy here is amazing and I'm excited to learn as much as I can.

"Our first stop is the Co-creation Hub Nigeria (CcHUB) in Yaba. 

"I got to talk to kids at a summer coding camp and entrepreneurs who come to CcHub to build and launch their apps."

Mark Zuckerberg in Lagos

Quartz magazine reports that more people use Facebook in Nigeria than anywhere else on the continent

There are an estimated 16 million active users every month in the country, 44% of them access Facebook everyday.

Update: 22 dead in Somalia attack

At least 22 people were killed in an attack earlier today near a hotel in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, Dr Abdulkadir Haji Aden, the head of Mogadishu’s ambulance service, has told the BBC. 

More than 30 were injured and rushed to hospital. 

The Islamist militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack. 

A bomb carried by a truck exploded near some hotels and the presidential palace. 

A bomb carried by a truck exploded near some hotels and the presidential palace.

SA school's 'racist hair rules': A visual guide

A South African school has been accused of racism over its rules on students' hairstyles.

Black female pupils at Pretoria Girls High, whose protests have sparked a national debate, say that they have been told to straighten their hair and are banned from having afros.  Watch our visual guide to see which hairstyles are allowed and which break the rules:

SA school's 'racist hair rules': A visual guide

Facebook founder Zuckerberg in Nigeria for research trip

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has arrived in Nigeria for a business research trip. 

According to a press release from his company:

Zuckerberg is in Nigeria to listen and learn and take ideas back to California on how Facebook can better support tech development and entrepreneurship across Africa."

He first visited a technology hub in Lagos called CC Hub.

Facebook says it's the technology entrepreneur's first visit to the continent.

He flew in from Italy where, among other things, he met Pope Francis and spoke about the "importance of connecting people, especially in parts of the world without internet access", according to Mr Zuckerberg's Facebook page.

Facebook founder Zuckerberg in Nigeria for research trip

Photos: Mark Zuckerberg in Nigeria

As we have been reporting, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has arrived in Nigeria and is currently visiting a technology hub in Lagos. 

Our reporter has snapped these photos: 

Photos: Mark Zuckerberg in Nigeria
Photos: Mark Zuckerberg in Nigeria
Photos: Mark Zuckerberg in Nigeria

What if James Bond was Nigerian

We've been enjoying these tweets from Nigerian writer Elnathan John. He's taken to Twitter to imagine a story line for a Nigerian James Bond:

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Or a black James Bond chasing down a bad guy in the Schengen area but needs to do it quickly before his Schengen visa expires.

The plot then quickly accelerates as reality begins to sink in:  

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Bond goes to Irish embassy in Paris for a visa but they tell him he can only apply from his home country & Visa officer won't sleep with him

I am just saying that this is my next novel project. A graphic novel titled: Bond On A Tuesday: Visa to Kill. No one should steal my idea!!!

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg arrives in Nigeria

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has arrived in Nigeria, in what is believed to be his first trip to the continent.

Some people are already sharing pictures:

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Alarm over increase in 'foetal alcohol' cases in South Africa

Alarm over increase in 'foetal alcohol' cases in South Africa
An estimate says that one in four women in the country drink alcohol to levels that affect the development of their babies.

South Africa has the highest reported rate of babies born with foetal alcohol syndrome. 

A estimate says that one in four women in the country drink alcohol to levels that affect the development of their babies. 

Those born with the condition are often brain damaged and suffer developmental problems growing up.

The majority are from the Western Cape.

The BBC's Nomsa Maseko visited the area to interview some of the women affected and those who are working to rehabilitate the children. 

Watch her report here.

Zimbabwe protesters' bail application adjourned

The bail hearing for the 68 Zimbabwean protesters (see earlier post) will now take place tomorrow, according to this tweet by an Al-Jazeera journalist at the court in Harare:

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Nigeria Football Federation 'has no money' to pay coach

Haruna Shehu Tangaza

BBC Africa, Abuja

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has admitted that it had issues when it came to paying its U23 coach Samson Siasia the five months salary that it owes.

Siasia coached the side that won Nigeria's only medal at the Rio Olympics.

They took bronze after beating Honduras 3-2.

After the competition, his contract with the NFF ended and he demanded the outstanding money.

But the NFF's Secretary General Mohammad Sanusi told the BBC that his organisation does not have the money.

Nigeria's team coach Samson Siasia gestures during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Somalia blast 'kills 15'

Somalia's official news agency, Sonna, is reporting that 15 people were killed in this morning's bomb explosion outside a hotel and near the presidential palace in the capital, Mogadishu.

More than 20 people were also injured, including a government minister, it says.

The Islamist militant group al-Shabab says it carried out the attack.

A journalist has been tweeting pictures of the impact that the blast had:

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Malawian ex-minister jailed for 13 years for murder conspiracy

Chakuchanya Harawa

BBC Africa

The High Court in Malawi's capital, Lilongwe, has sentenced former Justice Minister Raphael Kasambara to 13 years imprisonment with hard labour for conspiring to murder a former budget director in the Ministry of Finance, Paul Mphwiyo. 

In 2013, Mr Mphwiyo survived being shot outside the gate of his residence in Lilongwe.

The shooting led to the uncovering of a scandal that became known as Cashgate, the systematic plundering of public resources during the administration of President Joyce Banda. 

It is estimated that up to $250m (£150m) may have been lost through fraudulent payments to businessmen for services that were not rendered.

Just days before the shooting, a junior civil servant was allegedly found with bundles of cash totalling more than $300,000 in the boot of his car. 

More cash was confiscated from some civil servants' homes and car boots. 

Immediately after his conviction last month, Kasambara had hinted that he would be appealing against the verdict.

Raphael Kasambara
Raphael Kasambara was a minister in the governments of President Joyce Banda and her predecessor

'Cashgate' - Malawi's murky tale of shooting and corruption

ANC backs embattled finance minister

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) lends its full support to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in the row with the elite police unit, the Hawks, the party's secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has said.

"The ANC reaffirms its unreserved confidence in the finance minister... and the work of the national treasury," he said.

Last week, Mr Gordhan refused to report to the police after he was summoned by the Hawks to go in for a statement. 

The country's currency, the rand, plunged in value after the summons was made public.

Some in South Africa believe that the finance minister was the victim of political manoeuvring.

The Hawks are probing the establishment of an investigation unit at the South African Revenue Services while Mr Gordhan was at the helm of the tax collection agency.

He said he had done nothing wrong and had "no obligation" to report to the police.

Pravin Gordhan in parliament
Pravin Gordhan became finance minister in December

Zambia's broadcasting body lifts ban of radio station

Meluse Kapatamoyo

BBC Africa, Lusaka

Zambia's Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) has lifted the suspension of Itezhi Tezhi community radio station, one of the three private media outlets recently shut down. 

The other two which were suspended last week were Komboni radio station and Muvi TV. 

The IBA had accused the staff of the three broadcasters of being unprofessional for "threatening peace and stability" during the recent presidential election in which the incumbent Edgar Lungu beat opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema. But that result is being challenged in the courts.

According to the IBA chairperson Justin Mutale the station was remorseful and had appealed to the authority for leniency as it was the only source of information in the area where it operates. 

Mr Mutale also revealed the action the station had taken against its staff: 

The station admitted that it had aired a programme at which a guest was inciting violence. It presented that at a board meeting... it had instituted disciplinary action against the presenter,. "

Screening for Kenya drama at prestigious film festival

The Kenyan crime drama Tuko Macho, which is currently being serialised on Facebook, is to get a screening at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival, OkayAfrica reports.

The culture news website describes Tuko Macho - which means  "we are alert" - as "a riveting, highly-produced web series".

The drama deals with issues of justice and social issues and has got the audience engaged in debates about the story lines.

Screengrab from the programme
Tuko Macho

South Sudan may miss Afcon qualifier

Abdinoor Aden

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Atak Lual scored South Sudan’s first ever international victory
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Atak Lual scored in June to secure South Sudan’s first-ever international victory against Equatorial Guinea

South Sudan's national football team risks missing an Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualification return-leg match against Equatorial Guinea because of the ongoing political crisis in the country. 

The country's cabinet and the national assembly are yet to discuss the budget that would cover the team's travel to Equatorial Guinea's capital, Malabo. 

The match is set for 4 September in Estadio di Malabo. South Sudan's Bright Stars are currently third in group C behind Mali and Benin.    

The South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) says that the sport minister has informed it that there are no funds to facilitate the team's trip despite receiving the request.

SSFA says it will be difficult acquire funding from alternative sources and warned:

If South Sudan is forced to forfeit the match, it will be a huge blow for the national team as they will be banned from competing in the qualifying campaign for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, as well as being penalised with a hefty fine from the Confederation of African Football.’’

Kenya's police questioning Keino over Rio Fiasco

John Nene

BBC Africa, Nairobi, Kenya

Keino won the first Olympic Laurel award at the Rio Games.
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Keino won the first Olympic laurel award at the Rio Games, recognising his development work

The fallout from the widely reported problems with Kenya's team at the Rio Olympics continues. 

The legendary athlete Kipchoge Keino, who is the chairman of the recently disbanded National Olympic Committee of Kenya (Nock), is currently being questioned by the police in Kenya. 

Among the allegations are that Nock officials took friends at the expense of coaches to Rio.

A bitter Keino told the BBC on the phone that the police are asking him why he failed to manage his house properly. 

He says Sports Minister Hassan Wario, who is under pressure to resign, was quick to disband Nock instead of "cleaning his own house first’.’ 

Keino said he has done nothing wrong, and sent a stern message to his Nock colleagues:`

"Let each one of us carry their own cross. Those found guilty should face the law and punished individually. I’m innocent because I’ve stolen nothing.’’

The two-time Olympic champion said he had not taken his lunch by the time he spoke to the BBC on the phone and doesn’t know how long he will be at the CID offices. 

He regretted that he was being held by the police: 

"This is a big shame for a person of my stature to be treated this way yet I’m innocent,’’ he added. 

Zimbabwe protesters 'in court'

Sixty-eight Zimbabwean protesters are in court in Harare to apply for bail following their arrest during last Friday's demonstration, the AP news agency reports.

A coalition of political parties and civil society groups called for the protest to demand for political reforms.

Police broke it up using tear gas and water cannon, despite a court ruling saying that it could go ahead.

An Al-Jazeera journalist has tweeted from the court that proceedings have not yet started:

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Man holding tear gas cannister
Tear gas canisters were found on the ground on Friday after the police broke the protest up

Politicians injured in Somalia explosion

The BBC reporter in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, Ibrahim Aden has visited the hospital where the injured from this morning's bomb blast have been taken.

He says that politicians, including a government minister, have been injured after a bomb carried by a truck exploded near some hotels and the presidential palace. The hospital is saying that 22 people were injured in total. 

Eyewitnesses have told the BBC Somali service that 10 people have died.

A journalist has been sharing more pictures from the scene:

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Facebook ordered to reveal identity of anonymous user in Uganda defamation case

Lawyer Fred Muwema said he's happy with the ruling
Daily monitor
Lawyer Fred Muwema said he's happy with the ruling

A court in Ireland has ordered Facebook to reveal the identity of a user who is accused of defaming a Ugandan lawyer, Uganda's privately-owned newspaper The Daily Monitor, reports. 

The judge ruled that revealing the identity of the user would allow the lawyer to sue him in a Ugandan court, the report says.

Lawyer Fred Muwema says that a Facebook user going by the name Tom Voltaire Okwalinga (TVO) defamed him for alleging that he staged a robbery at his law firm at the start of the hearing of a petition challenging the re-election of President Yoweri Museveni.

TVO also alleged in several posts on Facebook that Mr Muwema had refused to represent former Uganda's Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi in the case after being bribed. 

Mr Muwema told the Monitor that he was happy with the ruling and was looking forward to Facebook complying with it.

I am happy with the decision of the court and I am waiting for my lawyers to extract the order and for Facebook to comply with the same. I cannot comment any further than this as the matter is still in court."

Uganda's government spokesman, Ofwono Opondo reacted to the ruling telling the Monitor that the case had set a precedent for Ugandan courts: 

If Muwema's case went through it sets a good precedent because while we uphold the freedom of expression and now citizen journalism, in Uganda it has gone overboard. The judicial whip which the Irish court has evoked sets a landmark precedent even for our local courts here.

Part of hotel brought down by Somalia blast

We just posted a picture from Somalia's official news agency of the damage to a hotel after a car bomb explosion in the capital, Mogadishu.

In that picture it looked like a perimeter wall had come down, but the building was left undamaged.

A Somali journalist, however, has just posted this picture which shows the view just to the right, and it shows a badly damaged building:

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This journalist says at least 10 are dead, but at the moment the police have put the death toll at least five, according to the Reuters news agency.

Damage at hotel after Somalia blast

The Somali government's news agency has tweeted a picture of the aftermath of thiis morning's bomb attack near a hotel in the capital, Mogadishu:

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Militant group al-Shabab has said it was responsible.

It is not clear how many casualties there are.

Kenya's film board to investigate 'sex talk show'

Poster for podcast
The Spread

The body that regulates film content in Kenya has warned that it will take action against producers of a sex talk show, launched in April, if investigations find that they have broken the law. 

A statement by the chief executive of the Kenya Film Board Ezekiel Mutua refers to the show as the "first lesbian TV show hosted by two popular lesbian celebrities".

It adds that the show, called the The Spread Podcast, was "set to be distributed by WGNTV, a global on-demand service with a presence in Kenya's cyberspace". 

He says the content of the show likely contravenes the country's law that bans homosexuality and its promotion.

Mr Mutua has issued statements in the past calling for the ban of media content for being "unethical" and "unlawful".

Militants al-Shabab claim Mogadishu bomb attack

The Somali militant al-Shabab group has said it carried out the explosion outside a hotel, and near the presidential palace, in the capital, Mogadishu.    

 A number of journalists are reported to be amongst the injured.  

A former BBC reporter, and someone who was himself injured in a millitant attack, has tweeted:

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Local media are reporting that a security conference was scheduled to take place at the SYL Hotel this morning.

'Many injured' after Somalia explosion

A large car bomb has exploded outside the SYL Hotel in central Mogadishu, near the gate of Villa Somalia - the presidential palace.  

The BBC Somali service spoke to an eye witness, who said he’d seen many injured people.  

He said the hotel was extremely badly damaged, and that security forces are now at the scene.  

He added that he didn’t believe there were gunmen present, contrary to some early reports.  

The SYL Hotel is a popular meeting place, and has been hit by attacks several times in recent years. 

Big cloud of smoke above Mogadishu

A journalist in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, has tweeted a video of what he could see in the sky in the immediate aftermath of an explosion in the city:

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Breaking'Car bomb caused Somalia explosion'

A car bomb has exploded near the president's residence in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, the Reuters news agency reports, quoting a police source.

It adds that a nearby hotel has been partly destroyed. 

Nigerian 'Delta Avengers' militants to halt hostilities

One of the militant groups in Nigeria's oil-producing area, the Niger Delta Avengers, has announced that it will halt its hostilities.

The Avengers have been responsible for a series of attacks in recent months which have damaged the country's oil output.

The attacks have also been cited as a cause of an uptick in the price of oil.

The group on its website said: "We expect a genuine and positive attitude to restructuring and self-determination for every component unit of Nigeria."

The militants argue that the people in the Niger Delta are not benefiting from the oil industry.

They were also very critical of President Muhammadu Buhari saying he should "put away the garb of a stooge to the imperialists".

The statement added that a military solution is not viable: "You cannot apply the might of the state to restore the people's confidence in your leadership." 

The government has already said that it is talking to militants to try and solve the problem.

Weapons captured from militants
The militants have managed to reduce Nigeria's oil output

BreakingExplosion near Somali presidential palace in Mogadishu

A loud explosion has been heard near the presidential palace in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.

One journalist in the city says there is an attack at the SYL hotel:

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Somali region 'won't receive refugees'

Mohammud Ali Mohamed

BBC Africa, Nairobi

The authorities in the Somali region of Jubaland have suspended receiving Somali refugees repatriated from Kenya. 

Jubaland lies on the border with Kenya.

The repatriation process has been going on since early 2014, but it has gained momentum this year after the Kenyan government announced that it was closing the Dadaab refugee camp, where there are more than 500,000 refugees.

Jubaland’s interior minister Mohamed Warsame Darwish told the BBC Somali Service that the refugees face more risks after coming home as they do not get the help that they have been promised.

He blamed the UN refugee agency, the UNHCR, for not following the procedures and just dumping the refugees in the territory that administration controls

The standoff is big blow to Kenya’s attempt to shut down the refugee camp.

An overview of the part of the eastern sector of the IFO-2 camp in the sprawling Dadaab refugee camp
The Kenyan government wants to close the Dadaab cam complex by the end of the year

Uganda tops 'best place for expats' in Africa

The ranking for the 2016 best and worst place to live for expatriates is out and Uganda is listed as the most favoured country in Africa. 

It's 25th in the world, according to a survey published by the Expat insider

The ranking scores countries on different aspects including: 

  • Ease of settling
  • Learning local language 
  • Family life 

Our reporter in Uganda has snapped a photo of the story in the part government-owned newspaper paper the New Vision: 

Uganda tops 'best place for expats' in Africa
New Vision

Kenya came in second and 46th worldwide. 

Nigeria was ranked last on the quality of life and cost of living indexes but recorded an improvement from last year in the ease of settling.

SA school's allegedly racist hair rules supended

The rules governing hair styles at a South African school have garnered a lot of attention in the last few days.

Black pupils at Pretoria Girls High held a protest over the weekend alleging that they were not allowed to wear their hair in an afro hairstyle and also saying they were told off for speaking in their own languages.

On Monday, the provincial education minister Panyaza Lesufi visited the school and spoke to the students.

In a hard-hitting statement he suspended the school's code relating to hair styles and called for an investigation of "all the claims of racism".

He also recorded what he heard from the students:

The learners feel that educators use abusive and demeaning language when they address them regarding their hairstyles. For instance some educators tell them they look like monkeys, or have nests on their heads.

Use of African languages on the school premises is not tolerated yet the other learners are allowed to express themselves in Afrikaans.

Protester outside the school

Top UN official pleads for peace in South Sudan

A top official of the UN's refugee agency, Filippo Grandi, has called on the South Sudan leaders to end the suffering of their people.

Mr Grandi was addressing the media after meeting refugees in western Uganda. 

UN agencies estimate that more than 80,000 have arrived in Uganda since the recent outbreak of fighting in the country.

He said: "The leaders of that young country have to behave responsibly."

Forces loyal to rival politicians clashed in the capital, Juba, last month, appearing to derail the peace process aimed at ending the country's civil war.

Watch his emotional plea here: 

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