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Summary

  1. Nigeria's leader says falling oil prices have made the country poor
  2. Ethiopian breaks world record to win Africa's first gold medal at Rio 2016
  3. Namibian boxer 'barred from leaving Brazil until sex abuse trial'
  4. More than 100,000 South Sudanese flee to Uganda
  5. Counting underway after high poll turnout in Zambia
  6. Get Involved: #BBCAfricaLive WhatsApp: +44 7341070844
  7. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Friday 12 August 2016

Live Reporting

By Dickens Olewe and Farouk Chothia

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That's all from the BBC Africa Live page today. 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:

No matter how far the town is, there is another one beyond it."

A Fulani proverb sent by Sofa Dominic, Kaduna, Nigeria.

Click here and scroll to the bottom to send us your African proverbs.

We leave you with a picture from our selection of some of the best photographs from Africa this week.

It's a young fan of Team Cameroon smiling ahead of a women's preliminary volleyball match against Japan at the Olympics in Rio, Brazil:

A young fan of team Cameroon smiling ahead of a women's preliminary volleyball match
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Rio Olympics: All the upcoming action

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

Rio's Olympic stadium
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Men's 20KM Walk 17:30 GMT (approximately 1 hour 20 to complete for the winner)

Kenya's Simon Wachira and Samuel Gathimba (African Champion)  

Tunisia's Hassanine Sebei (African Silver medalist)

South Africa's Lebogang Shange (African Bronze medalist) and Wayne Snyman

Women's 1500m 3 heats from 23:30, 23:41, 23:52 GMT - includes African athletes

Top 6 in each heat and next six fastest advance to semi-finals 00:30 GMT /Sunday evening in Rio

Women's Hammer qualifying starts 01:10 GMT

Senegal's Amy Sene

Anyone over 72 automatic or best 12 advance to Monday's final

Men's 400m Round 1 starts at  00:05 GMT 7 Heats: includes African athletes

First three in each heat and next fastest three from all heats progress to 3 semi-finals on Sunday

Men's Long Jump qualifying starts at 00:20 GMT:

South Africa's Stefan Brits, Luvo Manyonga (pictured below), Rushwal Samaai

8.15m automatic advance or at least best 12 to the final on Sunday

Luvo Manyonga of South Africa competes in the Men's long jump final during day seven of 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships at Daegu Stadium on September 2, 2011 in Daegu, South Korea
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Swimming:

Men's 50m Freestyle:

South Africa’s Brad Tandy into the final as the eighth fastest qualifier from his semi-final (Final is at 01:44 GMT)

Men's 100m Butterfly:

South Africa’s Chad Le Clos (pictured below) into final as second fastest qualifier from the semi-final – Michael Phelps also into that final looking for his 23rd Olympic Gold Final is at 01:12 GMT

Chad Guy Bertrand Le Clos competes in a Men"s 100m Butterfly heat during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 11, 2016
AFP

Women's 200m Backstroke:

Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry into finals as sixth fastest qualifier from semi-finals – she is going for her eighth individual Olympic swimming medal – final is at 01:03 GMT

Inside Gaddafi's former mansion

Rana Jawad

BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis

Ouagadougou complex in Sirte
BBC

A BBC producer has gained exclusive access to Ouagadougou complex in Libya's Sirte city after militias captured it from so-called Islamic State (IS) fighters who had used it as their headquarters.

Ouagadougou complex
BBC

The corridors and marble-clad halls where former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi hosted many African and Arab dignitaries are now littered with concrete debris and their walls pock-marked with bullet holes and mortar-shells.  

Ouagadougou complex
BBC

The name of the complex reflects the pan-Africanist spirit that Col Gaddafi championed before he was killed by Nato-backed forces in 2011, plunging the country into chaos. 

Sirte was the site of the foundation of the African Union in 1999. The Sirte Declaration, as it became know, was a proud achievement for Col Gaddafi,

Ouagadougou complex
BBC

Today, militiamen are clearing the surrounding areas of mines, but are still threatened by snipers dispersed in residential districts of Sirte, the birthplace of Col Gaddafi.  

Militiaman in Sirte
BBC

The head of the anti-IS operation told the BBC that Sirte could fall within seven days. 

The Americans started an air campaign last week, targeting IS militants in the city. Despite the air cover, the battle for control of the city is proving to be a deadly, painstaking, street-by street fight.

Ouagadougou complex
BBC

Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana makes Africa proud

Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana next to the clock showing her world record
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People just can't get over Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana winning the 10,000m women's race and breaking the world record. 

Here's a selection of their views on the BBC Africa Facebook page

It was a great achievement. Proud of her. She lifted not only her country but Africa in general."

Ahmed Bougoudi

I always knew that Africa's first gold medal would come either from Ethiopia or Kenya. Now I'm right. Congrats Ayana! Congrats Ethiopia!! Congrats Africa."

Joe Ejiofor

Great job for Ayana, I wish her all the best, congratulations Africa."

It's a great run which shows Ethiopia has got younger blood that fills the footsteps of the giants."

Kidist Ethenesh

Ayana's win 'one of the greatest'

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia, gold medal, Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot of Kenya, silver medal, and Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia, bronze medal
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Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia, gold medal, Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot of Kenya, silver medal, and Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia, bronze medal

This will go down as one of the greatest long-distance running feats of all time. 

Almaz Ayana ran alone at the front for most of the race and broke the 23-year-old world record by more than 14 seconds. 

Ma Junren - the coach of the previous world record holder, China’s Wang Junxia - was sacked as the nation’s Olympic trainer after several of his athletes failed drugs tests, although Junxia never failed a test herself. 

No-one had come with 22 seconds of that old world record since 1993. 

Ayana adds Olympic gold to her World Championship gold in 5000m from last year and will be going for that title in Rio too, those heats begin on Tuesday.

Vote counting continues in Zambia

Mulungushi International Conference centre in the capital, Lusaka
BBC

Zambians are eagerly waiting for the results of the elections that was held yesterday. 

BBC's Focus on Africa Akwasi Sarpong is at the results centre in the capital, Lusaka. . 

He is reporting live on Facebook from 15:30 GMT ahead of the presidential results expected to be announced tomorrow.  

He sent us these pictures: 

Mulungushi International Conference centre in the capital, Lusaka
BBC
Mulungushi International Conference centre in the capital, Lusaka
Mulungushi International Conference centre in the capital, Lusaka
BBC

Reaction to Ayanda's record

The Twitterati does not know quite what to make of Almaz Ayana's 10,000m world record, breaking a 23-year mark:  

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Amazing run by Almaz Ayana

Almaz Ayana looks on after winning the Women"s 10,000m during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 12, 2016
AFP

Women's marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe has been commenting on Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana setting a new record in the 10,000m race with her time of 29 minutes 14.46 seconds.

She said on BBC TV: 

I'm not sure that I can understand that. When I saw the world record set in 1993, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. And Ayana has absolutely blitzed that time.

Accused Namibian boxer banned from leaving Brazil

2016 Rio Olympics - Boxing - Preliminary - Men"s Light Welter (64kg) Round of 32 Bout 121 - Riocentro - Pavilion 6 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 11/08/2016
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Jonas (L) fought France's Hassan Amzile after his release

Namibian boxer Junius Jonas, who is accused of attempting to sexually assault a maid at the Olympic village in Rio, will remain in Brazil in the custody of Namibia's military attache until he stands trial,  the southern African state's Olympic team manager Jesse Schickerling has told the BBC.

He was released yesterday ahead of his lightwelter fight (64kg) fight against France's Hassan Amzile, which he lost.

Brazilian police arrested him on Sunday after a maid alleged that Junius, 22, had grabbed her and tried to kiss her. She also accused him of offering her money to have sex.

He has not yet appeared in court and has not yet pleaded.  

Jonas Junius was Namibia's flag-bearer during the opening ceremony on Friday
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Jonas Junius was Namibia's flag-bearer during the opening ceremony on Friday

Mr Schickerling said that Jonas is a professional athlete but the case must have had a big impact on him. 

He said that Jonas was not allowed to go into the Olympic village and would remain in the custody of the Namibian embassy. 

Jonas will stand trial, and he expected the process to take a few months, Mr Schickerling added. 

The incident has had a huge impact on whole team and they are all shocked that someone with Jonas' international experience has found himself in such a situation, he said.

BBC chat on women advancing their careers

BBC Africa is hosting a Twitter Q&A with @SheLeadsAfrica (SLA) about helping women advance their careers ( see earlier post).

People have been contributing to the discussion with human resource expert Edleen B Elba from Sierre Leone:

It takes a certain level of fearlessness. Be committed to your vision. Imperative to use resources, find support

Ekua Armah

Also by constantly experimenting on my ideas, I found better ways to go from idea to fruition."

Elizabeth Laiza King

Find someone to bounce ideas off - family, friend, colleague, mentor."

Edleen B. Elba ‏

Work with those you aspire to be like - even if you are earning only a shilling at first."

Maria T. Ade

Praise for Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana

People are reacting with amazement on Twitter to Ethiopian Almaz Ayana claiming Africa’s first gold medal at the Rio Olympics and breaking a world record:   

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View more on twitter
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BreakingRio Olympics: Africa's first gold as Ethiopian breaks world record

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

Ethiopia's Ayana breaks 10,000m women's world record
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Ethiopia's Ayana breaks 10,000m women's world record

Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana has won Africa’s first gold medal at the Rio Olympics in the women’s 10,000m. 

In an incredible race she also broke the world record – her time of 29 minutes 17.45 seconds beat the previous mark (29:31.78) by China’s Wang Junxia in 1993. 

Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot took silver and Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba took bronze after winning the last two OIympic golds over 10,000.

Why Simone Manuel's Olympic gold medal matters

Simone Samuel
AP
Despite her historic achievement, Manuel stressed she did not want to be known as "Simone, the black swimmer"

Records, as the sporting cliche goes, are there to be broken, but while Simone Manuel's Olympic record time in the women's 100m freestyle final will eventually be surpassed, she achieved a first that no-one can take away.

Touching home at the end of a remarkable race, Manuel became the first black female swimmer to win an Olympic gold. She said she hoped her victory would encourage greater diversity in her sport.

She said: 

This medal is not just for me, it's for some of the African-Americans who have been before me and been inspirations.

I hope I can be an inspiration for others. This medal is for the people who come behind me and get into the sport."

Read the full BBC story here

Africa's record Olympian: How I made it to seven games

Nigerian table tennis player Segun Toriola is competing at his seventh Olympic Games - an African record.

He made his Olympic debut in Barcelona in 1992.

Africa's record Olympian: How I made it to seven games

Rio Olympics: South Africans fail again

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

South Africa's Lee-Ann Presse and Kate Christowitz failed to clinch a medal in the final of the women's pairs in rowing as they finished fifth out of six.

Gold was won by Great Britain’s Helen Glover and Heather Stanning as they defended their Olympic title. 

New Zealand’s Genevieve Behrent and Rebecca Scown took silver and the bronze went to Denmark’s Hedvig Rasmussen and Anne Andersen.

East Africa's doctors to be trained in the UK

Anne Soy

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Radiotheraphy machine
Science Photo Library
Many cancer patients travel abroad for treatment

Doctors in East Africa are to be offered specialist training in the UK to give them the skills to detect cancer early. 

The scheme, which is funded by the East Africa Development Bank, aims to tackle the rising number of cases in the region. 

In Kenya alone, about 28,000 are diagnosed with cancer every year - with many at a late stage. 

About 600 doctors will be eligible for the training. They'll be selected from government hospitals that are away from urban centres. 

Many cancer patients in East Africa have to travel abroad due to the lack of the necessary expertise, technologies or drugs. 

The programme was designed by the governments of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda, the British and Royal School of Physicians.

Rio Olympics: More bad news for Africa in rowing

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

South Africa's James Thompson and John Smith just missed out on a medal in the final of the lightweight men's double skulls (average weight of the crew has to be a maximum of 70kg) as they finished fourth. 

The South Africans were part of the lightweight four that won Olmypic gold in 2012. The race was won by France’s Pierre Houin and Jeremie Azou, the Republic of Ireland brothers Gary and Paul O’Donovan took silver while it was bronze Norway’s Kristoffer Brun and Are Strandli.

Rio Olympics: South Africans fade in rowing

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

South Africa's Kirsten McCann and Ursula Grobler faded in the final of the Lightweight women's double skulls  (average weight of the crew has to be a maximum of 57kg) and eventually finished fifth. 

It was won by Netherlands crew of Ilse Paulis and Maaike Head, silver went to Canada Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee with China’s China Huang Wenyi and Pan Feihong taking bronze.

More than 100,000 South Sudanese flee to Uganda

Mary Harper

Africa editor, BBC World Service

The UN refugee agency says about 110,000 people have fled to Uganda from South Sudan this year. 

It said three-quarters of them had arrived since the renewed outbreak of fighting last month.

 Uganda is struggling to cope. In some cases, reception centres are accommodating five times more people than they were originally built for. 

The UN said South Sudan's economic problems, with inflation running at 600%, were adding to the crisis.

gandan citizens living in South Sudan pack their belongings on a bus at a closed market serving as a temporary camp as they wait to be evacuated by the Uganda People"s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldiers in Juba, South Sudan, July 15, 2016.
Reuters
South Sudan saw a mass exodus of people after the fighting

Reemergence of polio in Nigeria is a 'setback'

Anne Soy

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Nigerian girl is vaccinated against polio during a mass nationwide polio
Getty Images

Just when Africa was about to mark two years without a case of the wild polio virus, the debilitating disease is reported to have returned, this time in Borno State, north-eastern Nigeria.

The disappointment was immediately clear.

The Nigerian Health Minister Isaac Adewole described the discovery of two new cases as a setback.

WHO's Regional Director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti said she was deeply saddened.

But how could the virus have "disappeared" for two years before re-emerging?

WHO said there was a possible low-level transmission during that period.

But as long as children are vaccinated there is a good chance of it stopping the spread.

Read: Nigeria to start emergency polio campaign

The English Premier League is back

Stanley Kwenda

BBC Africa

Ahmed Musa of Leicester City will help them defend their title
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Ahmed Musa of Leicester City will help them defend their title

The 2016/17 English Premier League season kicks off tomorrow afternoon with the early match between champions Leicester City and Hull City at the KC Stadium in Hull.

Leicester City's record signing, Nigerian striker Ahmed Musa, will make his premier league debut. The Foxes will be looking to open the defence of their title with a win.

Much attention will however be at the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City take on Sunderland. 

This will be the first time former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola will lead the team in an official premier league match.

Their neighbours Manchester United, now under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho, will kick off their campaign at Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon.

World-record signing Paul Pogba will not however feature as he is serving a one-match ban for bookings he got in Italy.

This premier league campaign is being seen as a kind of champions league of managers.

Arguably, five of the world's best football managers will ply their trade in the premier league in the next 10 months.

Apart from Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho at the two Manchester sides, there's Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, Ronald Koeman at Everton, Walter Mazzari at Watford and Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham Hotspur.

You add to this some new faces in the league such as Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United), Nolito, Leroy Sane (Manchester United), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) and  Isaac Success (Watford) and you're sure to have a stellar season which will be bitterly fought on and off the field of play.

BBC Africa to host Twitter chat on advancing careers for women

BBC Africa is hosting a Twitter Q&A with @SheLeadsAfrica (SLA) about helping women advance their careers.

It will provide an opportunity to discuss the challenges women face and also to get tips and advice from a human resource expert, Edleen B Elba from Sierre Leone. 

SLA will host the #SheHiveLondon event next week to provide a platform for women in the diaspora. 

BBC Africa to host Twitter chat on advancing careers for women
BBC

On Twitter use the hashtag #WomenInspire or #SheHiveLondon to take part.

Nigerian footballers boycott training session

Oluwashina Okeleji

BBC Sport

Nigeria"s coach Samson Siasia gives instructions to his players during a group B match of the men"s Olympic football tournament between Colombia and Nigeria in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday Aug. 10, 2016
AP
Coach Samson Siasia is backing his players in the dispute

Nigeria's players have boycotted a training session in the build-up to their Olympics football quarter-final with Denmark in a dispute over pay.

The 'Dream Team VI' refused to train yesterday until Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) officials paid them outstanding bonuses and allowances from camping and previous games.

In an interview today with Lagos-based radio station Brila FM, coach Samson Siasia said:

Everything is upside down and the boys don't want to play anymore. Whatever they want to do, I’m with them. They are right for fighting for their rights.

"I have not received my salary for the past five months; my assistants are also owed for the same number of months - that's cruel on men who have families to cater for."

It is the latest controversy to blight Nigeria's campaign at the Olympics after they were held up in Atlanta, US, because of a problem with the payment for their flight.

The 1996 Olympic champions only arrived in Brazil just hours before their opening 5-4 win over Japan.

Siasia admits the build-up to the crunch game against Denmark in Salvador on Saturday has been overshadowed by this latest dispute.

"At this point only President Buhari can sort this mess because everything is just disorganised. "

Both the NFF and the country's sports ministry have refused to comment on this latest crisis.

Three-time African champions Nigeria have a history of bonus disputes between players and officials.

Pay rows have often surrounded Nigerian teams, with coaches not paid regularly, while players had threatened to boycott matches at major tournaments.    

Why is there a slow uptake of data voice in SA?

Tech analysts in South Africa say that despite the increasing use of messaging applications like WhatsApp, Facebook, Telegram and Skype consumers are still using mobile voice calls instead of the voice features on these applications, tech website Fin24tech reports

They attribute this consumer behaviour to lack of stable internet connections and good bandwidth. 

Karim Yaici, senior analyst at Analysys Mason expounded on this: 

Slow uptake of data voice calls in SA, say analysts
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Slow uptake of data voice calls in SA, say analysts

“According to a consumer survey we conducted in South Africa last year, a third of respondents answered that they did not use apps for making VoIP calls and the two main reasons cited for this were concerns related to call quality and cost (presumably because of the use of their data allowances),” he said.

Nigerians hit by tough economic times

Isa Sanusi

BBC Africa, Abuja

A vendor stands waiting for customers at Mile 12 market in Lagos, on June 21, 2016
AFP
Many people are struggling to buy food

When Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari told a visiting UN delegation (see earlier post) that "suddenly we are a poor country", people knew what he meant.  

While he was speaking, local media was awash with reports of more economic woes - four blue-chip companies (Nestle Nigeria, Nigerian Breweries, Dangote Cement and Lafarge Africa) recording profit losses of 51.8bn naira ($162m; £125m) in the first half of this year and South Africa taking over from Nigeria as biggest economy. 

Undoubtedly, Nigeria is now going through what some analysts describe as the worst economic downturn in decades. 

The economy depends on revenue from the sale of crude oil. When oil prices fell from more than $100 a barrel to about $40, the naira lost more than a third of its value. 

Nigerians are feeling the effects. Many civil servants have not been paid for at least a year and others live with the fear that their monthly salaries will also stop. 

Said economist Jibrin Rabi'u: 

People now buy only food."

While the government talks of measures to cushion the effects of poverty, people are increasingly sharing tips on how to survive and and are questioning how they are being governed. 

There are stories of families going for days without food, of husbands absconding because they are unable to meet the basic needs of their families, and there have even been reports of a few young men taking their own lives after their efforts to earn a living ended in failure. 

British cocaine accused wins bail case in Kenya

British national Jack Alexander Wolf Marrian (R), flanked by a police officer in court
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Mr Marrian, flanked by a police officer in court

A British man charged for cocaine trafficking in Kenya has been given bail after a high court judge upheld a ruling by a lower court, rejecting the prosecutors appeal,  the AFP news agency reports. 

Jack Marrian, 31, was arrested  on 29 July after cocaine said to be worth about $5.8m ( £4.4m) was found concealed in a sugar consignment in the port city of Mombasa. 

Mr Marrian, a sugar trader who lives in Kenya, has denied charges of trafficking cocaine. 

His alleged Kenyan accomplice, Roy Francis Mwanthi, was also given bail.

The lower courts had set Mr Marrian's bail at $690,600 with two Kenyan sureties while also requiring him to surrender his passport. 

Mr Marian's case has attracted the interest of the UK press because his mother comes from a wealthy British family and he attended a top private school. 

The trial is due to open on October 3. If he is convicted he could get a life sentence.   

UN to vote on military intervention in South Sudan

The UN Security Council is scheduled to vote today on deploying a 4,000-strong regional force to South Sudan despite opposition from the government, AFP news agency quotes diplomats as saying. 

The vote may, however, be delayed as negotiations continue over a draft resolution presented by the US.

Russia, China and Egypt were concerned about the US proposal to deploy troops without the backing of President Salva Kiir's government, AFP adds. 

Heavy fighting hit South Sudan's capital, Juba, last month, in the latest outbreak of violence involving forces loyal to Mr Kiir and his rival, twice-sacked Deputy President Riek Machar. 

Protesters in Juba
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Mr Kiir supporters have repeatedly warned that foreign military intervention will be a violation of the country's sovereignty

Burundi torture victims reveal what happened to them

The UN Committee on Torture is releasing its findings today on allegations of torture by state agencies in Burundi.

The East African country was plunged into political turmoil in April 2015 after President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial bid for re-election.

The UN has since recorded more than 600 cases of torture in Burundi.

One of the victims has been speaking to the BBC.

Burundi torture victims reveal what happened to them

Rio Olympics: Africa medal chances on day 7

Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot is one of the favourites to win the Women's 10000m
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Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot is one of the favourites to win the Women's 10000m

Women’s 10,000m FINAL 14:10 GMT: (approx. 30-35 minutes to complete)

  • Kenya Betsy Saina, Vivian Cheruiyot, Alice Aprot
  • Rwanda's Salome Nyirarukundo
  • Uganda's Juliet Chekwel
  • South Africa's Dominique Scott
  • Ethiopia's Gelete Burka, Tirunesh Dibaba (going for third Olympic gold in a row), Almaz Ayana
  • Burundi's Diane Nukuri

Rowing: 

  • South Africa's Lee-Ann Presse and Kate Christowitz are into the final of the Women's Pairs (14:04 GMT)
  • South Africa's Kirsten McCann and Ursula Grobler into the final of the Lightweight women's double skulls  (13:32 GMT)
  • South Africa's James Thompson and John Smith into the final of the Lightweight men's double skulls (13:44 GMT)
  • South Africa in to the final of the men's four (14:24 GMT) David Hunt, Jonathan Smith, Vincent Breet and Jake Green

See earlier post for more details

'Six children die' in Kenya

Six students from a girls' school in western Kenya are feared to have died in an accident involving their school bus, a local journalist is reporting. 

The students from Nyamagwa's Girls school in Kisii county were celebrating the unveiling of a new school bus. 

A picture shared on Twitter shows the students waving and cheering from the bus followed by one of the aftermath of the accident. 

A teacher and the diver are also said to have died in the crash. The cause of the accident is unclear. 

Scores of #NyamagwaGirls students injured during celebration of new school bus at Nyabunde, #Kisii county.

Scores of #NyamagwaGirls students injured during celebration of new school bus at Nyabunde, #Kisii county.

Six St Mary’s #NyamagwaGirls students in #Kisii feared dead in a bus crash during celebration of a new school bus.
Six St Mary’s #NyamagwaGirls students in #Kisii feared dead in a bus crash during celebration of a new school bus.
Six St Mary’s #NyamagwaGirls students in #Kisii feared dead in a bus crash during celebration of a new school bus.

Six St Mary’s #NyamagwaGirls students in #Kisii feared dead in a bus crash during celebration of a new school bus.

Rio Olympics: Latest results from day six

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

South Korea"s Son Wan Ho returns a shot during a men"s badminton match against South Africa"s Jacob Maliekal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016
AP

BADMINTON

Men's Singles Group N:

South Africa's Jacob Maliekal lost first match to South Korea's Son Wan Ho

BASKETBALL

Nigeria 87-96 Spain - Nigeria have lost all three matches so far – two matches left will struggle to advance

BEACH VOLLEYBALL

Women's

Egypt's Nada Meawad and Doaa Elghobashy lost 2-0 to Canada in the  preliminaries Pool D -  lost all three matches and now out of the Olympics

Men's

Tunisia's Mohamed Naceur and Choaib Belhaj Salah Lost 2-0 to Mexico in Pool C preliminaries - lost all three matches and now out of the Olympics

Argentina"s Alberto Ezequiel Melian (R) punches Ghana"s Abdul Omar during the Men"s Bantam (56kg) match at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Riocentro - Pavilion 6 in Rio de Janeiro on August 11, 2016
AFP

Ghana's Abdul Omar lost in preliminary bantamweight round

Tunisia's Bilel Mhamdi beat Lesothos' Inkululeko Suntele, also in preliminary rounds of the bantamweight – Mhamdi  now fights on Sunday at 21:00 GMT in round of 16 v Argentina’s Alberto Melian)

Namibia's Jonas Junias Jonas lost to Hassan Amzile in the round of 32 in the light welterweight – the Namibia flag bearer at the opening ceremony was earlier arrested under suspicion of sexual assault – still waiting for news on that case.

RUGBY SEVENS

Kenya avoided last spot at the Olympics with a 24-0 win over hosts Brazil – so like their women’s team they finish 11th in Rio.

Fiji 43-7 GB – Fiji won gold and GB silver

South Africa 54-14 Japan - South Africa win bronze

GB 7-5 South Africa in the semi-finals

Fiji 20-5 Japan – in the semi-finals

SWIMMING

Men's 50m Freestyle:

South Africa’s Brad Tandy into the final as the eighth fastest qualifier from his semi-final (Final is at 01:44 GMT)

Men's 100m Butterfly:

South Africa’s Chad Le Clos into final as second fastest qualifier from the semi-final – Micahel Phelps also into that final looking for his 23rd Olympic Gold!!! Final is at 01:12 GMT

Women's 200m Backstroke:

Zimababwe's Kirsty Coventry into finals as sixth fastest qualifier from semi-finals – she is going for her eighth individual Olympic swimming medal – final at 01:03 GMT

Kirsty Leigh Coventry of Zimbabwe competes in the second Semifinal of the Women"s 200m Backstroke on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Mass polio vaccination programme for Nigeria

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The UN says a mass vaccination campaign will get underway within 10 days to contain an outbreak of polio in northern Nigeria. 

Two children have been left paralysed by the virus - the first instances of the disease in Africa in two years. 

The leader of Unicef's polio team, Reza Hossaini, said all children in Nigeria's north-eastern Borno state would be vaccinated immediately, and the campaign would then be broadened to include all five million vulnerable children in adjacent states. 

Mr Hossaini said he was not surprised by the re-emergence of polio, explaining that was why the UN waited three years before declaring a country free of the disease. 

Borno state is at the centre of the campaign by militant Islamist group Boko Haram against the Nigerian government.

You can listen to the BBC interview with Mr Hossaini here: 

Following fresh cases of polio in Nigeria, what measures can defeat the disease?

Ai Weiwei: Refugee camps show 'how broken this world is'

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been visiting refugee camps in Kenya, and says their plight shows "how broken this world is".

"The tragedy is not only the people who have lost their lives. The tragedy is the people who, in the very rich nations, lost their humanity," he told the BBC.

Ai Weiwei: Refugee camps show 'how broken this world is'

Nigeria reports first polio case in two years

Nigerian schoolboy is vaccinated against polio during a mass nationwide
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Nigerian schoolboy is vaccinated against polio during a mass nationwide

The Nigerian government has reported two cases of polio - the country's first in two years.

It said two children had been paralysed by the disease in the north-eastern Borno state, a part of Nigeria where Boko Haram militants are active.

The development is seen as a major setback for Nigeria, which was on track to be declared polio free in 2017.

Polio is an infectious viral disease that usually affects children. It can only be prevented through immunisation.

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Rio Olympics roundup: South Africa out of rugby sevens

Juan de Jongh of South Africa is tackled by Phil Burgess of Great Britain
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Juan de Jongh of South Africa is tackled by Phil Burgess of Great Britain

South Africa's men's rugby sevens team failed to extend their impressive start of the Games losing to Great Britain 5-7 in the semi-finals. 

Fiji beat Great Britain 43 -7 to win gold.

In the Kenyan camp, another official was sent home after he was found posing as an athlete and went ahead to give a urine sample for doping test. 

Athletics events start today so the medal count for African teams should see them move up the ranking table.  

Zambia vote count after tight race

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A woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Lusaka South during Zambian general elections on August 11, 2016 in Lusaka
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Election officials in Zambia say there's been a high turnout in yesterday's tightly contested general election.

The counting of votes is under way, but a final result is not expected until late on Saturday.

In the presidential poll, a tight race is expected between the incumbent Edgar Lungu and the businessman Hakainde Hichilema. 

If neither man gets an outright majority, a second round of voting will be held.

Read: What is at stake in the election? 

Nigeria has 'suddenly become poor'

This picture taken on January 29, 2016 in Lagos shows 1000 naira banknotes, Nigeria's currency
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Nigeria has suddenly become a poor country, President Muhammadu Buhari has lamented.  

His comments came as South Africa yesterday regained the title of Africa's largest economy, two years after the West African state rebased its GDP to claim the spot. 

Speaking at a meeting in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, yesterday, Mr Buhari said:

It has been a very difficult year for Nigeria. Before we came to office, petroleum sold for about $100 (£77) per barrel. Then it crashed to $37, and now oscillates between $40 and $45 per barrel.

“Suddenly, we’re a poor country, but commitment to transparency and accountability is not making people know that there is severe shortage."

Mr Buhari took office last year after winning elections by a convincing margin. He promised to tackle corruption and boost Nigeria's economy. 

Read: Buhari in profile

Today's wise words

Our African proverb of the day: 

No matter how far the town is, there is another one beyond it."

A Fulani proverb sent by Sofa Dominic, Kaduna, Nigeria.

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