And we leave you with this photo of women at a food stall in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou, as the city hosts the prestigious Fespaco African film festival:
Ebola fighter, Time person of the year, dies in childbirth
BBC Africa, Monrovia
The Liberian government has confirmed the death in childbirth of a nursing assistant who was among those named Person of the Year by Time magazine in 2014 for helping to fight the Ebola outbreak.
Salome Karwah died two weeks ago, but news of her death has just become public knowledge, according to Tolbert Nyenswah, the man who headed Liberia’s Ebola fight and who now heads the country’s newly established National Public Health Institute.
Ms Karwah contracted Ebola but recovered, making her immune to the illness. She went on to become a nurse and treat others suffering from Ebola.
This is the link to Time's original article - Ms Karwah is pictured top left:
More than 4,000 died in Liberia during the West Africa Ebola outbreak from 2014-2015.
People became infected with the virus from direct contact with someone with Ebola through broken skin, or the mouth and nose, with the blood, vomit, faeces or bodily fluids.
Mr Nyenswah said that earlier this month Ms Karwah underwent a C-section at a hospital close to the Ebola centre where she was admitted two years ago:
Normally if a Caesarean section is conducted, the person is supposed to stay in the hospital for seven days and monitored to see whether there are complications.
But to my understanding, that protocol was breached; she spent less than that in the hospital and was discharged and when she was facing complications her husband took her back to the hospital for further care.
This was an unfortunate situation with this person who had survived Ebola to have died from childbirth in a major hospital."
Mr Nyenswah said the authorities were investigating reports that healthcare workers refused to treat her for fear that she may still have been able to pass on Ebola.
“The investigation is not concluded, so I wouldn’t want to jump the boat,” he said.
The biggest problem facing Ebola survivors remains stigmatisation.
Ms Karwah leaves behind four children, including her newborn.
'Give us back our Jurassic reptile' - Morocco tells France
Geologists in Morocco have denounced the
planned auction of a 66-million-year-old skeleton of a marine reptile in Paris and
demanded that the remains be repatriated, AFP news agency reports.
The nearly nine-metre-long (30ft) plesiosaur, a marine reptile with a long neck
and turtle-like flippers, was discovered near the Moroccan
city of Khouribga.
The skeleton is set for auction on 7 March at the Drouot auction house in
"The plesiosaurs were among the most emblematic 'giant primitive beasts'
which have intrigued scientists and amateurs for centuries," Drouot said in its
auction catalogue, adding that the creatures had probably inspired the legend
of the Loch Ness monster in Scotland.
But the Association for the Protection of the Geological Heritage of
Morocco (APPGM) has described the skeleton as a "unique patrimonial treasure".
Alexandre Giquello, auctioneer and president of Drouot, rejected criticism of the sale and said that the creature
was "reconstituted in Europe from four fossils legally bought at the Frankfurt
Trade Fair" by Italian collectors, AFP adds.
The skeleton is expected to reach almost $500,000 (£400,000) at auction.
Moroccan authorities are yet to make an official comment.
Millions face benefit cut-off in South Africa
BBC Africa, Johannesburg
Millions of South Africa's most vulnerable citizens may miss their social security payments next month.
The government’s contract with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) comes to an end on 31 March.
The long-standing contract with the private company has not been renewed because a court ruled four years ago that the original tender process was unlawful.
The benefit payments mainly go to pensioners and the disabled. About 1.6 million of 17 million recipients use commercial bank accounts but the vast majority rely on CPS to receive the payments.
People queue at CPS points countrywide to receive their benefits in cash.
The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) says it has yet to organise another service to distribute the grants from 1 April.
Not long after Sassa’s Zodwa Mvulane had informed a parliamentary committee on public accounts about this, it was announced that the agency was applying to the Constitutional Court for permission to renew the contract for a further year.
The chairman of the public accounts committee expressed his extreme unhappiness at the handling of the matter.
He also criticised Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini for failing to turn up to the hearing.
Box office horror success for British-Ugandan star
The horror film Get Out, which stars British-Ugandan actor Daniel Kaluuya, has topped the US box office in its opening weekend, making more than $33m (£26.5m).
In a separate interview, the TimesLive website quotes her as saying:
I can't sleep at night just thinking about where my child is now. He is all alone in there.
When his friend came to tell us we saw the shock on his face. His eyes were wide open and red.
I can't cope because it's hurting to think my child is dead. I just want his body so that we can bury him."
BBC correspondent Nomsa Maseko has sent photos from the scene, where crowds of locals have been gathering to follow the rescue operation:
Uganda government raises alarm on food insecurity
BBC Africa, Kampala
The Ugandan government says more than 30% of its population is facing a situation of acute food insecurity.
It comes after a long period of drought in many parts of the country, and in several neighbouring states.
People are finding it harder to access food because of poor harvests, crop disease and higher food prices.
The government has promised to help people in need, but some have accused it of being slow to act.
The Karamoja region in the far north-east of Uganda is the worst affected, with parts of the east and south-west afflicted too.
Last week, the UN declared famine in some areas of neighbouring South Sudan, the first time it had done so anywhere in the world in six years.
Does Gambia age limit removal for president hint at future plans?
Africa editor, BBC World Service
The removal of the age limit will allow Adama Barrow’s choice
for vice president, Fatoumata Tambajang, to be sworn in.
She is believed to be older than the previous age limit of
Removing the age limit could have broader implications too.
Former President Yahya Jammeh used it to block the elder
statesmen of the opposition, Oussainou Darboe, from running against him.
In fact, one of the reasons Mr Barrow became the consensus
opposition candidate is because the veteran opposition leader was too old to run.
Now the change in the law opens up the possibility of Mr
Darboe – named foreign minister in Mr Barrow’s government – running for
president in future elections.
Why Moroccan King cancelled Mali visit
King Mohamed VI of Morocco, who was due in Mali for an official visit last week, cancelled his trip at the last minute because of a diplomatic rift between the two countries,
Jeune Afrique magazine reports
Mohamed VI is said to be unhappy about the role Malian officials have allowed Algeria to play in the pursuit of a solution to the fight against rival armed factions in northern Mali.
Morocco has heavily invested in Mali in recent years, funding economic projects and health infrastructure as well as providing training for Malian imams in a move to stem Islamic fundamentalism in the country.
Morocco had therefore hoped the government of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita would put an end to Algeria's role as a mediator and invite it to take over.
But Mali did not only remain close to Algeria, which is Morocco's main rival in North Africa in its bid for more influence across the continent; it also maintained its recognition of Western Sahara, the disputed former Spanish colony Morocco says is part of its territory.
According to Jeune Afrique, Mohamed VI cancelled the visit out of frustration with the Malian leader for not repaying his generosity.
Gambia removes age limit for president and vice-president
Parliament in The Gambia has removed the age limit for the president and vice-president.
It was previously 65.
Supporters say it is a way of righting a wrong that was put in place by the former President Yahyah Jammeh.
Critics say it is tailored to suit the convenience of Fatoumata Tambajang who was named vice-president despite documents showing that she was born in 1949, making her ineligible.
It quoted research, which the BBC has not verified, endorsed or otherwise confirmed (some of you are angry we shared the story at all), which ranked African countries according to who spoke the best English.
Uganda, perhaps suspiciously as some of you have pointed out given the source of the story, came top, with Nigeria failing to even make it into the top 9 countries listed.
We asked you:
Which country speaks the best English in Africa? And does it matter in any case?
Here's a selection of some of the comments people have been posting:
Nuel Nsikan Akpan
in Calabar, Nigeria: "English is good but it ain't no ground to bury your mother tongue."
Mubita Likando Mundia,
"The reason we speak English it's the common businessman's language. The gains are a lot. I don't know how you will be able to explain nitrogen or an atom or electron beam in an African language... We shouldn't belittle our languages but rather embrace linguistic diversity."
, South Africa: "We are so diverse in Africa we can hardly understand each other without using English. I'll speak my native Xhosa a little to see who will understand: '[We've blanked out the phrase Sipho used after a Xhosa-speaking colleague told us it was very rude]. Translate that fellow African!"
Uganda: "It makes no sense. It is a colonial mentality. Japan, China, Germany, Israel etc are innovation leaders and they don't know good English, except a few."
: "Who cares about English? You came to colonise us and now you want to make English superior in our continent. In Zambia we have our languages; English is a foreign language."
, South Africa: "I agree, but learning our African languages is equally as important. I understand English has become the global language of communication, which I think is not a problem. But learning our African languages rebuilds our African heritage, something we as Africans are intentionally and unintentionally brushing off."
Somalia's drought declared a national disaster
Somalia’s new President Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed has declared the drought to be a national disaster and appealed for emergency aid to avoid a “humanitarian tragedy”.
According to the UN, more than 6.2 million people - more than half of the country’s population – are in need of assistance.
It says some 363,000 acutely malnourished children are in need of critical nutrition support.
President Mohamed also asked the local business community and those in the diaspora for assistance.
Tunisia 'reached similar Sousse terror conclusions'
A source at Tunisia’s foreign ministry has told the BBC it respects the conclusions of a British inquest into the killing of British tourists at the beach resort in Sousse in June 2015.
Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith said the Tunisian police’s response to the terror attack was "at best shambolic and at worst cowardly”.
The ministry source said the coroner's comments were based on a Tunisian investigation by a local judge that reached similar conclusions.
A more comprehensive response by the institutions concerned would be issued once they had reviewed the full report, it said.
Earlier, the Tunisian ambassador to the UK, Nabil Ammar, said his country had been unprepared for such an attack and it was unfair to blame police.
"How can you imagine that police deliberately wanted people to die?" he asked BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
Since the attack, he said security in the country and in hotels had improved, and Tunisia was now considered as safe a destination as London.
No winner for $5m ex-leader prize
No former African leader has claimed the $5m (£4m) Mo Ibrahim prize this year - the sixth time in 10 years that it has not been awarded.
The prize is supposed to be awarded each year to an elected leader who governed well, raised living standards and then left office.
It was launched by Sudan-born telecoms entrepreneur Mo Ibrahim in an attempt to encourage African leaders to leave power peacefully.
“As I emphasise each year, a very high bar was deliberately set when the prize was launched in 2006.
We recognise and applaud the important contributions that many African leaders have made to change their countries for the better
But the prize is intended to highlight and celebrate truly exceptional leadership, which is uncommon by its very definition."
Though some have mocked the failure to award it yet again:
The candidates the Mo Ibrahim Foundation considered for the 2016 prize were all former heads of state or who had left office between 2014-2016 “having been democratically elected and served their constitutionally mandated term”.
During this time, Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan left office in May 2015 after losing elections, Tanzania’s Jakaya Kikwete handed over power in November 2015 after two terms in office and Malawi's Joyce Banda left office in May 2014 after defeat in elections.
The prize was last awarded for two years' ago:
Namibia’s Hifikepunye Pohamba – 2014
Cape Verde’s Pedro Pires – 2011
Botswana’s Festus Mogae – 2008
Mozambique’s Joaquim Chissano – 2007
South Africa’s Nelson Mandela, inaugural honorary laureate in 2007
Their $5m prize is spread over 10 years, with a further $200,000 a year for life.
Mind the potholes! Advice for Zimbabwe drivers
The potholed roads in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, are an increasing hazard for drivers. They are especially dangerous following heavy rains, as standing water hides some of the potholes.
Some residents have taken advantage of the poor state of the roads to fix potholes themselves, stepping in where the state authorities are not acting and collecting money from grateful drivers.
Judge condemns 'cowardly' Tunisia police over beach attack
The police response to a terror attack at a Tunisian resort in which 30 Britons were killed was at best "shambolic" and at worst "cowardly", a coroner has concluded.
In all, 38 people were killed when an Islamist gunman opened fire at a hotel in Sousse on 26 June 2015.
Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith has begun delivering his findings after an inquest heard that a police commander spent eight minutes briefing his men inside a police building while the gunman was on the rampage.
He said the gunman had been intent on killing as many tourists as he could.
The police response could and should have been effective, he said.
A South African government
official who granted himself a 350% pay rise has been sacked.
Collins Letsoalo was supposed to
be "Mr Fix-it" - brought in to clean up corruption and waste at South Africa’s
troubled railways authority.
But soon after his arrival last
year at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, Mr Letsoalo allegedly sought a pay rise of 350%
- taking his annual salary to some $450,000 (£360,000).
When a newspaper published details
of what it said was an unauthorised salary increase, Mr Letsoala insisted he
had done nothing wrong.
But the rail agency board has now
decided otherwise – and voted unanimously to remove him from the job.
To some, this is a scandal about
the culture of entitlement and corruption pervading the upper levels of the
South African state.
And a rare example of someone
actually being found out, and punished.
But Mr Letsoalo is right to point
out that executives running the country’s other struggling state-owned
enterprises all earn similarly huge salaries.
With South Africa’s economy
stalled, anger over inequality growing, and the government borrowing heavily to
pay its army of civil servants – there may be other lessons to learn from Mr
Nigeria's economy shrinks by 1.5%
BBC News, Nigeria correspondent
just out show Nigeria’s economy shrank by 1.5% in 2016.
spring Africa’s largest economy officially slid into recession for the first
time in 25 years.
figures may be unwelcome but they are not unexpected.
is grappling with its worst economic crisis in a generation.
has been largely caused by the slump in global oil prices, which has sucked
all-important US dollars out of the economy.
has meant that businesses have been unable to pay for imports leading to a
say government policies made a bad situation even worse.
country’s leader has also been accused of being missing in action.
more than a month now, President Muhammadu Buhari has been in London receiving
medical treatment for an unspecified condition.
relief may be at hand - global oil prices are rising again and that could end
up pulling Nigeria out of recession.
Kenya deploys 2,500 officers to take on cattle rustlers
BBC Africa, Nairobi
2,500 police and paramilitary police officers are being deployed to the western Kenyan region of Kerio
Valley to hunt down those responsible for the deaths of 10 people, including
two politicians, amid cattle-rustling violence.
4,000 people have also been displaced in a region the authorities have declared
to be “dangerous and disturbed”.
region has always experienced low-level violence between the Pokot and Tugen
ethnic groups over grazing for their cattle – and the latest clashes come amid
a severe drought.
Analysts say elections due in August are also adding to the tension.
President William Ruto, who
visited Kerio Valley on Monday, said $970,000 (£780,000) would be set aside to
compensate those who had lost livestock in the region during the recent cattle-rustling
papers are going big on the government’s operation against the rustlers:
Do Ugandans really speak the best English in Africa?
Uganda's government-owned New Vision newspaper has a story this morning which has got everyone talking.
It reports that Uganda has been named the best English-speaking country in Africa in a study conducted by World Linguistic Society. Here's how the rest of the list plays out.
Two police posts in Burkina Faso were
attacked by jihadists on Monday night, officials said, just months after 12
soldiers were killed by militants in a raid near the Mali border, AFP news agency reports.
It was unclear whether there had been any casualties from the latest
attack, which took place in Soum province in the country's north, security
minister Simon Compaore told AFP.
The incident comes as the capital, Ouagadougou, is on high security alert, as it hosts the 25th edition of
, Africa's biggest film festival, which takes place every two years.
SA mine search for trapped toddler
Rescue efforts are set to continue to find a five-year-old
boy trapped for nearly three days in a disused mineshaft in the Boksburg, a
small town on the outskirts of the South African city of Johannesburg.
The boy reportedly
fell into the hole sometime between 12:00 and 13:00 local time on Saturday.
According to EyeWitness News
, the search
operation was called off on Monday night after rescue workers experienced
difficulty breathing underground.
on Monday that a drone was going to be used to fly
over the area to assess the stability of the ground.
Some community members say that for years they have called on
authorities to seal the hole, EyeWitness reports.
Residents are expected to gather in their hundreds again to
watch the rescue mission.
Today's African proverb:
All fingers face in one direction; the thumb alone begs to differ."