And we leave you with this picture of South African artist Esther Mahlangu, 81, visiting an exhibition of her artwork inspired by Nelson Mandela at the Melrose Gallery in Johannesburg.
'We Nigerians are not all criminals'
Nigerians living in South Africa feel they have been especially targeted in the recent attacks against foreigners.
Emmeka Uhanna, 47, owns a shop in South Africa's economic hub Johannesburg. He tells the BBC's Pumza Fihlani that he is worried following the recent xenophobic attacks in parts of the city and wants the government to intervene for the sake of all Africans.
"I've been living in South Africa since 1997, my wife is South African and we have two children, aged 14 and 16.
"My wife is worried about what future our children will have if the xenophobic attacks become the norm. We don't know how to explain the hatred against Nigerians to our families, to our children.
"I now get calls from home, my family members want to know if we're safe, they see the stories in the news.
"It's important for South Africans to know that not all of us are criminals, the same way not all South Africans are engaged in crime."
Chad has reopened its border with Libya, eight weeks
after it closed it in order to stem infiltration by extremist elements,
pro-government Alwihda website reports.
The minister of public security and immigration, Ahmat Mahamat Bachir, announced yesterday in Bardai (Tibesti) the
opening of the Chad-Libyan border, with Wour as the only entry and exit point,
the website reported.
On 6 January, Chadian Prime Minister Padacke Albert
Pahimi announced the closure of the Chad land border with Libya
over what he termed dangers threatening the entire country and
declared the areas near the border to be "military operation zones".
President Idriss Deby also recently said: "Intervention by western special
forces against Daesh [so-called Islamic State] in Sirte [in Libya] has not resolved the threat, but instead
moved it from the Mediterranean coast to the southern region of Koufra,
some 200km from Chad, where the terrorists are regrouping."
Continuing instability in Libya has created ungoverned areas
that have attracted Islamist militant groups, as well as becoming
major corridors for migrants trying to get
Chad and Libya share a common border that is
1,000km (620 miles) long.
Swaziland diplomat meets Queen Elizabeth
Swaziland's High Commissioner in London Christian Muzi Nkambule presented his credentials to Queen Elizabeth earlier. Here's a photo of the diplomat and his wife during their private audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Kenya's top comedian meets Jimmy Fallon
Kenya's top comedian Eric Omondi has shared a video of himself meeting Jimmy Fallon and performing at the US comedian's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
The husband of a Liberian nurse named one of Time magazine's people of the year in 2014 has told the BBC he blames her recent death on the hospital where she was treated.
The nurse, Salome Karwah, was taken to hospital last month after suffering complications from childbirth but her husband, James Harris, said staff were afraid to touch her because she had previously treated Ebola victims and herself caught, and recovered from, the virus.
"I personally went into the emergency ward to bring a
wheelchair to take my wife into
the operation room," he said.
Mr Harris also said "they had her waiting in a vehicle for three hours - from 9pm to midnight" before she was attended to.
All this time "a nurse on duty, instead of attending to the emergency, was standing by the front
counter busy on Facebook," he said.
Mr Harris said that although his wife had previously had Ebola, all recent tests had come up negative.
The Liberian health ministry has said it will investigate the circumstances leading to Ms Karwah's death including the allegations that nurses
failed to attend to her on arrival at the ELWA Hospital.
South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned recent attacks against foreigners, saying South Africans are not xenophobic.
Mr Ramaphosa was responding to questions from MPs in parliament.
He said attacks against foreigners were shameful and that migrants should feel welcome in the country. He also promised to protect them and their property:
We can all agree that the events of the past days are rather sad and these are incidents we should not gloat about.
“What is clear is that South Africans are not xenophobic. We are a people who are not xenophobic. We don’t hate foreigners. In fact we’ve opened our arms... to people from other countries just like they opened their arms to us when we were pushed into exile. And where there’s been crime, we are saying the police must investigate that. It’s not saying that foreigners are criminals
So we will continue as government wanting to protect the lives and property and interest of people from other nations just as we expect their governments to protect the lives, property and interests of South Africans who are in other countries.
His comments came hours after South Africa's home affairs office confirmed that groups of undocumented migrants from countries including Nigeria and Somalia had been deported in the past few days.
Nigerian engineer handed written test at New York airport
A software engineer from Lagos, Nigeria, is claiming that he was made to sit a written test by US airport immigration officers because they weren't convinced he was telling the truth about his skills.
According to social networking site
, Celestine Omin, 28, landed in New York's JFK airport last Sunday after a 24-hour flight from Nigeria.
Mr Omin is employed by
, a tech start-up with offices in New York, Lagos, Nairobi and San Francisco.
The firm says it recruits "the most talented developers on the African continent" and connects them with tech employers in the US for potential job vacancies. Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg
Andela's office in Lagos last year.
Nigeria is not one of the
included in US President Donald Trump's temporary immigration pause. However, the west African country has been struggling with the threat of
in recent times, in particular from the militant Islamist group
Human Rights Watch has called on the Angolan authorities to investigate an incident recorded on video on 24 February showing security forces attacking protesters at the First of May Square in the capital, Luanda.
The footage shot by a resident in a nearby building shows police hitting protesters with batons and using dogs to disperse them.
Human Rights Watch said
15 people had gathered
for a peaceful demonstration calling for the removal of Bornito de Sousa, a government minster, from a post giving him control of the voter registration process.
The demonstrators complained that Mr de Sousa could use his role to influence parliamentary elections in August in favour of the governing MPLA party.
, senior Africa advocacy director at Human Rights Watch, called for accountability:
The government needs to investigate the police crackdown on protesters and hold those responsible to account.”
What are you giving up for Lent?
Today is the first day of Lent, a period when Christians remember Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days.
Christians around the world often mark the period by symbolic fasting - giving up something they might normally eat or drink regularly.
nurses in Zimbabwe have begun an indefinite strike over wages.
Their main demand is that the
government pay out 2016 bonuses.
Last week army doctors were
brought in to manage a potential health crisis as a result of an ongoing
Zimbabwe’s medical professionals
are some of the worst paid in the region and their salaries are often paid
Hospitals are scaling back emergency services as a wave of discontent spreads among doctors and nurses.
In the capital, reports say many
nurses didn’t show up for work at Harare and Chitungwiza central
hospitals. A government representative couldn’t confirm this but said two
major hospitals outside Harare had been badly affected.
Since last week, hospitals have
been turning away the sick and patients have been discharged early
following a doctors' strike over allowances and job security. There is a concern
that the army personnel, brought in as a stop-gap, will not be able to cope without
Kenya police intensify operation against bandits
A number of residents in Kenya's Baringo county, in the Rift Valley, are reported to have fled to neighbouring counties as police step up an operation against bandits.
Daily Nation reports
that residents fear the police operation could be heavy-handed and draw in innocent people.
Armed herders from the Pokot and Tugen ethnic groups have been blamed for being behind killings of 10 people and the displacement of thousands.
Schools in the region remain closed and it is unclear when they will reopen.
The area police boss Robinson Ndiwa said the operation was only targeting criminals:
We will follow them to their hideouts and we urge the locals not to fear because we are not targeting a community but criminals
Chad jails dozens of student protesters
Dozens of students in Chad who were arrested at a protest against the minister of higher education have been sentenced to one-month jail terms for vandalism,
BBC Afrique reports
Their trial, which lasted just one day, took place under heavy security.
As well as the vandalism charge, they were accused of contempt for public authority and violent behaviour.
A total of 71 were arrested on Saturday; three were acquitted for lack of evidence.
The national student union says classes on campuses will be boycotted until the 68 prisoners are released.
Students have staged several protests in recent months, partly in response to government moves to cut student grants.
Nigerian football administrator banned by Fifa
Nigerian former Fifa executive Amos Adamu has been banned from all football activities for two years by the sport's world governing body.
Fifa said "the sanction is effective from 28 February 2017".
South Africa deports undocumented Nigerians and Somalis
BBC Africa, Johannesburg
South Africa's home affairs office has confirmed reports that a number of Nigerian nationals have been deported.
Nigerian media has been reporting that 97 nationals accused of committing various offences were deported on Monday.
Home Affairs spokesman Mayihlome Tshwete told me that hundreds of undocumented people were deported, the majority of them from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.
Others included citizens from Pakistan, China, Bangladesh and Somalia, “so it would be unfair to single out Nigerians”, he said.
It takes somewhere between 60 to 90 days to process deportations
– this means that the people who were deported this week began their process
last year and therefore couldn’t be linked to current events.
South Africa has experienced several protests against foreigners and looting of shops owned by migrants.
South Africa deports about 30,000 people every year.
Police break up street vendor clashes in Nairobi
A journalist in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, has been tweeting about a clash between street vendors and shop owners in Eastleigh district.
He also posted a video of police officers arriving in the area.
The reason for the clashes was not immediately clear.
Happening now: Hawkers and somali shop owners are fighting in #Eastleigh. No police at the moment.
DR Congo crackdown on protesters 'heavy-handed'
Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo used excessive force against protesters during a demonstration against a possible third term for President Joseph Kabila, the
UN says in a report
The UN says it has documented the death of at least 40 people, killed in several cities across DR Congo, in protests which took place between 15 and 31 December last year.
The DR Congo government has not yet commented on the report.
The second and last term of President Kabila was due to have ended on 20 December last year, but has been extended to the end of this year.
A UN-brokered deal calls for presidential elections, in which Mr Kabila will not stand, to take place at the end of the year.
Tunisia beach attack: 33 face charges for not helping tourists
Hotel security guards are among 33 people facing charges that they failed to help tourists during 2015's deadly attack on a beach in Sousse, Tunisian officials say.
They are accused of not assisting a person in danger, leading to their death, spokesman Sofian Sliti said.
It comes after a UK judge said the Tunisian police response had been "at best shambolic and at worst cowardly".
The attack by student Seifeddine Rezgui killed 38 people, most of them British.
He opened fire on holidaymakers in an attack claimed by so-called Islamic State.
Residents of an informal settlement in Boksburg in the outskirts of Johannesburg have demanded that the South African government relocate them to safer areas. It comes as emergency workers continue an attempt to rescue a five-year-old boy, who fell into a disused mineshaft in the area at the weekend.
Residents say the ground is unstable and liable to subsidence because of previous mine working. Protesters have staged angry protests over the past two days, blockading roads with burning tyres and rubble.
Richard Thole became trapped in the mineshaft on Saturday afternoon, while playing with friends. Rescuers have been using specialised
camera equipment to assist in the search.
Hundreds have gathered around
the disused shaft to monitor the operations despite advice from emergency services personnel that the ground is unstable. Earlier today, a rock fall caused panic among onlookers.
Residents have accused rescue workers of not working quickly enough to find the
Moroccan king pictured in trendy casual clothes
Twitter users have been circulating this photo of King Mohammed of Morocco in Abidjan with fashion designer Pathe Ouedraogo.
Mr Ouedraogo, who was born in Burkina Faso and moved to Ivory Coast as a teenager, previously designed shirts for Nelson Mandela and singer Miriam Makeba.
King Mohammed certainly seems to be taking a leaf out of flamboyant dresser Mr Mandela's book.
But will he be out on the town back in Morocco sporting his trendy new look?
Our session - #WomenInDigital - is coming up shortly @SMWLagos moderated by @DidiAkin @BBCAfrica @bilkisulabaran
What happens when aid is given in cash?
Watch the video below to find out how Kenyan farmer Joseph Ombimbo Nyakwaka and his wife Beatrice spent $1,000 (£800) they received from a US charity.
Our correspondent Alastair Leithead has been talking to aid professionals and other aid recipients in Kenya to find out what people do when they are given direct cash transfers instead of more traditional forms of aid.
A health crisis is looming in Tanzania’s refugee camps following
an increase of refugees arriving in the country, medical charity MSF has said.
Some 290,000 refugees, over three-quarters of them from Burundi, are crammed into three overstretched camps - Nyarugusu, Mtendeli and
Nduta - MSF says.
Nduta camp which was set up to relieve pressures at Nyarugusu, in the western province of Kigoma, is home to 117,000 people,
more than double its intended capacity.
It is expected to host 150,000 refugees by April if the daily arrivals of 600-1,000 people continue.
MSF, which offers medical services at the camp, says it has recorded a fourfold increase in
the number of outpatient consultations.
It says overcrowded and unsanitary living conditions are contributing to cases of malaria, diarrhoea, respiratory tract infections, and skin problems.
MSF’s head of mission David Nash says there’s an
urgent need to set up a new camp:
“With the three camps at full capacity and the flow of refugees not slowing, it is more and more urgent that a site for a fourth camp is identified and immediately established. MSF has repeatedly called for this, but we are still not seeing concrete action being taken”
Mr Nash also says the decision by Tanzania's government to withdraw automatic refugee status to Burundians arriving in the country may affect the humanitarian assistance that can be made available to them.
Traffic problems in Pretoria as coal truck drivers protest
major roads into Pretoria were blocked this morning by coal truck drivers staging a protest about renewable energy.
The drivers, who are employed by power utility Eskom to
collect and deliver coal to power stations around South Africa, are demonstrating about Eskom's decision to make use of more renewable energy.
drivers, associated with the Coal Transportation Forum, are reported to be gathering at Marabastaad, where they will march to the Union Buildings. The CTF has criticised investment in renewable energy, saying it will destroy thousands of jobs in the coal sector.
Here are some photos posted on Twitter, showing the protest: