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Summary

  1. South African comedian crowned best host at LA awards
  2. Man accused of plotting to kill Zuma given bail
  3. New African football chief refuses salary
  4. South Africa's power utility gives Zimbabwe ultimatum to pay debts
  5. Funeral for Tanzania schoolchildren killed in bus crash
  6. UN says crisis in South Sudan is 'most worrying in the world'
  7. Buhari flies to UK for medical treatment
  8. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Monday 8 May 2017

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By Hugo Williams 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:

You do not need to tell the deaf person that the war has started."

An Igbo proverb sent by Ada Okonkwo in Croydon, UK and Edu Chioke in Enugu, Nigeria

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And we leave you with this photo of 17-year-old Madalena Francisco Jorge at school in Tete, Mozambique, surrounded by her classmates. For the full New York Times photo story focusing on the discrimination faced by people with albinism in Africa, go here.

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African heritage 'forgotten' in latest exhbition by top British artist

Nigerian artist Victor Ehikhamenor has highlighted an exhibit at British artist Damien Hirst's current show as the latest example of cultural appropriation.

Hirst's Venice exhibition Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable hosts the imagined artefacts rescued from a fictional ship that went down off the coast of East Africa.

One of the pieces looks like one of the famous Benin bronzes cast in the 13th Century in the Ife Kingdom in what is now Nigeria.

Ehikhamenor says in his Instagram post that this postcard of Golden Heads (Female) "makes no reference to the Kingdom of Ife and great artists that originally made these timeless classics... Once again the hunter has glorified his tale in the absence of the lion." 

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In another post he says: "For the thousands of viewers seeing this for the first time, they won't think Ife, they won't think Nigeria. 

"Their young ones will grow up to know this work as Damien Hirst's. As time passes it will pass for a Damien Hirst regardless of his small print caption. 

"The narrative will shift and the young Ife or Nigerian contemporary artist will someday be told by a long-nose critic: 'Your work reminds me of Damien Hirst's Golden Head'. 

"We need more biographers for our forgotten."

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Ex-rebels end protest in Ivory Coast

Several hundred former rebel fighters in Ivory Coast have ended their protest in the second city, Bouake, after talks with local officials, Reuters news agency reports. 

It quoted Defence Minister Alain-Richard Donwah as saying:

The situation is calm. Order has been re-established."

Several hundred ex-rebels block access to Bouake, their former stronghold in central Ivory Coast, on May 8, 2017 to press pay demands after a mutiny in January that led to a deal.
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The protesters blocked off a main road leading out of Bouake

A spokesman for ex-fighters said that President Alassane Ouattara had agreed to meet them to discuss their demands for a payment of 12 million CFA francs ($20,000) each, as well as jobs in the armed forces and government services, Reuters reports.  

A representative of the president's office said she was not aware of any meeting having been agreed, it added.

See earlier post for more details 

What fate awaits the recently released Chibok girls?

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The 21 girls released last October are still being held by the authorities

As parents slowly start to learn about whether their daughters are among the 82 freed by Boko Haram militants two days ago, what can we learn about how this group will be treated from those who have come before? 

Twenty-one of the Chibok girls who were released last October are still on a "military reintegration programme" seven months on.

They were allowed to go home to Chibok at Christmas, but their families were only able to see them at a local politician’s house.

Nigerian journalist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, writing in the New York Times in March, said:

“The girls now seem to have exchanged one form of captivity for another.”

And of course there are still thousands of others who Boko Haram have abducted who have not been heard from.

Read the latest Q&A on what we know about the abductions.

SA 'coup plotter' released on bail

A court in South Africa has granted bail to a man accused of plotting a coup and planning to assassinate President Jacob Zuma, and nearly 20 other people - including government ministers, officials, and businessmen. 

Elvis Ramosebudi posed no danger to society, and was a "penniless young man who seems desperate to make quick money, no matter how dirty", the magistrate said, as he ordered his release, the local News24 site reports. 

Elvis Ramosebudi suspected for planning the assassinations of 19 South African politicians, prominent business people and employees of state-owned entities looks on at the Johannesburg Magistrate Court on April 28, 2017
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Elvis Ramosebudi father says he was shocked by his arrest

South Africa's elite Hawks police unit arrested Mr Ramosebudi on 26 April, saying he had been soliciting money from businessmen to plot the assassinations and a coup. 

His father, Stanley Ramosebudi, said his unemployed son would not hurt an ant, News24 reports.

Deadly bomb blast in Somalia

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At least six people have been killed in an explosion in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, police officers have been quoted as saying. 

Reports say the blast was caused by a car bomb on a busy thoroughfare. Witnesses have also spoken of gunfire after the explosion. 

Militant Islamist group al-Shabab regularly targets the city.

Muntari: I have been treated like a criminal

Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari, who left the field in protest at racist abuse during their game against Cagliari, says people who are abused should not be afraid to speak out.

The Ghana star told BBC Sport that he has "been through hell" since the incident last weekend:

I've been through hell. I was treated just like a criminal. My message to [victims of] racial abuse is... You should not get scared to talk. You should speak out to set yourself free. Don't be scared of anybody."

Racial abuse: Don't be afraid to speak up - Sulley Muntari

 Read more: Muntari has ban for racist abuse protest overturned

Water polo coach accused of sexual abuse

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

A 22-year-old water polo coach has been accused of sexually molesting teenage boys at one of South Africa's most prestigious schools, Parktown Boys' High in Johannesburg.

More than 20 boys have some forward since video footage from a surveillance camera allegedly showed the the popular coach fondling a 15-year-old boy.

He is due to appear in court on Wednesday.

SA police try to quell racially charged protest

Police have fired rubber bullets to prevent black protesters from entering a farm in South Africa's north-western town of Coligny, in the latest incident of racially-charged unrest in the area since two white men were accused of killing a black teenager last month.

A journalist with a South African radio station has been tweeting from the scene:   

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The latest trouble  erupted after a magistrate gave bail to two white men accused of killing 16-year-old Matlhamola Jonas Mosweu, saying he was satisfied that they will not flee. 

South Africa's City Press newspaper reports that the teenager's father, Sakkie Dingake, reacted angrily to the magistrate's decision:

This is my son. They are now going back to work after killing my son so cruelly. What about my son? He is dead, he is sleeping forever."

Pieter Doorewaard, 26, and Philip Schutte, 34, deny killing the teenager, saying he died after jumping out of a van while they were driving him to a police station for stealing sunflowers from a farm.

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How many other people is Boko Haram holding?

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari, pictured sitting among the 82 rescued Chibok girls during a reception ceremony at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, on 7 May, 2017
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The 82 girls were taken to Abuja to meet President Muhammadu Buhari after their rescue on Saturday

Parents of the missing Chibok girls are slowly learning if their daughters are among the 82 freed by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria two days ago.

It's the biggest breakthrough so far in the high-profile abduction, which made waves around the world. 

But the girls kidnapped in Chibok in 2014 represent a small fraction of the number of people taken by Boko Haram.

Exact figures are hard to come by, but in 2015 Amnesty International said at least 2,000 women and girls had been taken since 2014, with many of them being forced into sexual slavery.

Amnesty Nigeria's spokesperson Isa Sanusi said that since 2014 his organisation has recorded 14 mass abductions and that it still gets reports of kidnappings on almost a daily basis.

"Almost all towns and villages in Borno state have a long list of missing persons, mostly women, girls and young men," he told the BBC in an email.

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New York throws spotlight on African photographers

The New York Times photo blog has a great feature on African photographers, tying in with the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, which was held in the city over the weekend (you might remember our coverage from April when it came to London).

The picture below is from Johannesburg-based photographer Jabulani Dhlamini:

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The deer hunters of Ghana

Every year in May, the people of the Ghanaian coastal town of Winneba celebrate their migration from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu with a traditional hunt, known as the Aboakyer festival. 

This year the BBC’s Sulley Lansah and Christian Parkinson accompanied the hunters as they took to the bush in search of an elusive prey. 

The animal is not killed during the hunt but later at a secret ceremony.  

Aboakyer festival: The deer hunters of Ghana

Racially-charged unrest hits SA town

Violence has erupted in the small town of Colingy in South Africa after two white men accused of killing a black teenager were released on bail. 

Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte deny killing 16-year-old Matlhamola Jonas Mosweu, saying he died after jumping off a van while being driven to a police station for stealing sunflowers. 

A journalist with South Africa's News24 site has tweeted about the latest unrest:  

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Giving the accused bail of about $36 each, the magistrate Magaola Foso said there was no link at this stage between "witness evidence" of the alleged crime and the two men, the news site reports. 

More than 1,000 people attended the teenager's funeral on Sunday.

Read more on South Africa's Mail & Guardian website.

Guinea crash death toll rises to 23

The number of people killed in a head-on crash in Guinea on Saturday between a minibus packed with people going to a wedding and a lorry carrying sand has risen to 23, AFP news agency reports. 

Many of the victims were women, and one of those who died on Sunday was a six-month-old baby, Abdoulaye Sako, a doctor at a hospital in the capital, Conakry, was quoted as saying. 

Eighteen people died at the scene of the crash, just north of Conakry, on Saturday. 

Career advice from top BBC Africa presenter

Salim Kikeke, presenter of BBC Swahili TV programme, Dira ya Dunia, has been giving his top tips to the BBC Minute team for a series on careers. 

Salim, who has nearly two million fans on Facebook, says "always being prepared" and not taking things for granted have helped him achieve his goals:

Has top BBC presenter Salim Kikeke ever had a bad job interview?

Nigeria opposition condemns deal over Chibok girls

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A faction within Nigeria's main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the government's decision to free suspected Boko Haram militants in exchange for the release of  82 schoolgirls abducted from the north-eastern town of Chibok in April 2014.

In a statement, the faction, led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, said that it while it welcomed the fact that the girls had been freed, it opposed the release of "hardened criminals". 

The suspected militant Islamists had escaped and could "unleash terror" again, it said. 

Boko Haram could also be emboldened to continue abducting innocent people with the belief that it could "blackmail" the government into releasing more of its fighters, the statement added. 

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari applauds as he welcomes a group of Chibok girls, who were held captive for three years by the millitant group Boko Haram, in Abuja, Nigeria, May 7, 2017
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President Muhammadu Buhari met the released girls yeserday

A total of 276 girls were abducted from Chibok,triggered a global outcry and a huge social media campaign to demand their return. 

More than 100 of the girls have yet to be freed.  

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it was a "neutral intermediary"and had "facilitated the safe return" of the 82 girls.

Four militants were freed in exchange, sources have told the BBC.

Read: torment of a freed Boko Haram 'bride

Ex-rebels in Ivory Coast 'seal main road'

Ivory Coast's president Alassane Ouattara (R) speaks with presidential spokeswoman Massere Toure at the presidential palace during a May Day rally on May 1, 2017 in Abidjan
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President Ouattara took power after a civil conflict followed elections in 2010

Former rebel fighters protesting in Ivory Coast's second city, Bouake, have blocked off the main road leading to the commercial hub, Abidjan, and the capital, Yamoussoukro, Reuters news agency reports. 

They are demanding payments of 12 million CFA francs ($20,000) for each of them, as well as jobs in the armed forces and government services, Amadou Ouattara, who described himself as a spokesman for the group said. 

He added:

We're asking for President Alassane Ouattara to have a thought for his sons, who have suffered for 15 years."

Some of the ex-rebels were armed, and were wearing balaclavas or had blackened their faces with ash, Reuters reports. 

It quoted resident Isabelle Kouassi as saying he could not leave Bouake:

They've blocked everything."

Rebels from Bouake and other areas in northern Ivory Coast helped President Ouattara take power in 2011 after then-ruler Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept defeat in elections.

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New African football chief refuses salary

Ahmed
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CAF boss Ahmad goes under a single name

The new Confederation of African Football (Caf) President, Ahmad, says he has refused to accept a salary from African football's governing body.

His election in March ended Cameroonian Issa Hayatou's 29-year reign.

"I've refused a Caf salary for the simple reason it doesn't respect good administration," he told BBC Sport.

"The salaries of all Caf employees, from administrators to the executive committee and president, all have to be transparent."

He also wants to look at the re-investment of Caf resources to aid the development of football across the continent, stressing that "Caf is not here to make money to enrich itself."  

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Trevor Noah wins best host at MTV awards

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South African comedian Trevor Noah was crowned best host at the MTV Movie and TV Awards in LA last night. 

His name is trending across South Africa this morning as people celebrate the fact that he won the award. 

He dedicated his victory to his mother, Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah:

There is one person I aspire to be every single day and that is my mom... a powerful, strong black woman who never listened when people told her she couldn't be more."

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He also thanked the US president for helping to supply material for his satirical Daily Show:

Thank you to Donald J. Trump for the comedy. The J stands for Jesus, a lot of people don't know that."

Funeral for Tanzania schoolchildren killed in bus crash

Aboubakar Famau

BBC Africa, Arusha

Mourners
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Hundreds of mourners are attending the funeral service of 32 school pupils who were killed, along with two teachers and their driver, in a bus crash in northern Tanzania on Saturday.

Mourner
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Relatives of the dead were overcome by emotion at the service, being held at a stadium in Arusha city. Some wept, and others fainted. They were rushed to the first aid tent or taken to nearby hospitals.    

Mourner faints
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The government is paying for the expenses of the funeral, including buying coffins and arranging transport. 

Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan is leading the government delegation at the funeral.   

Coffins brought to stadium
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Officials said the bus plunged off the road in a steep ravine near the town of Karatu.

The final year pupils from the Lucky Vincent school - believed to be aged between 12 and 14 - were on their way to take mock exams when the accident happened on Saturday morning.

Juventus player stops interview after hearing 'racist' insult

Medhi Benatia in action for Juventus
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Medhi Benatia joined Juventus on a season-long loan from Bayern Munich last July

Juventus' Morocco defender Medhi Benatia cut short a post-match television interview after claiming to hear a racist insult in his earpiece.

The France-born player, 30, was speaking to Italian broadcaster Rai after Saturday's 1-1 draw with Torino.

"What stupid person is speaking?" said Benatia before ending the interview.

The broadcaster has since apologised and promised to find out who made the "unacceptable" comments.

"Rai is sincerely saddened by the deplorable episode of racism involving the Juventus player during the broadcast of Champagne Football," it said on Sunday, adding that the insult had not been heard by the viewers.

Benatia has posted a tweeted, along with a link to a full statement, saying "I am Moroccan and extremely proud of it." 

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The incident comes a week after another Serie A player, Pescara's Sulley Muntari, walked off the pitch after claiming he was being racially abused.

The Zimbabweans helping penguins not to explode

Magellanic penguins at Yorke Bay
Matthew Teller

The minefields laid in the Falkland Islands were intended to kill or maim British soldiers, but over the last 35 years they have become de facto nature reserves for penguins.   

Since 2009 the British government has spent tens of millions of pounds on mine-clearance in the Falklands. 

Guy Marot of the Falkland Islands Demining Programme Office oversees a team of largely Zimbabwean operatives, highly valued for their long experience of demining in their home country and further afield.

He takes me out to one of the clearance sites. In a setting of wide open moorland, battling gales and driving rain, demining specialist Innocent Mudzamiri, fully kitted out with protective clothing and visor, explains how he approaches his job, lying prone in the boggy peat, painstakingly clearing dirt from around devices that could blow up in his face.

Innocent Mudzamiri
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Innocent Mudzamiri and his team have demined millions of square metres

"It's just caution. You have to do it gently, so that you don't disturb the mine," he says.

"Your mind must be free - no thinking of home, or thinking whatever, but just concentrate."

So far, Mr Mudzamiri and his colleagues have cleared more than seven million square metres of mostly rough countryside. 

But now, Phase 5 of the demining programme is seeing sensitive sites of environmental concern, such as Yorke Bay, come up for clearance.  

A mine is detonated near Stanley
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  • Listen to Exploding Penguins presented by Peter Gibbs and produced by Matthew Teller, on Costing the Earth, at 15:30 on Tuesday 9 May, on BBC Radio 4 or catch up afterwards on the iPlayer.

Ivory Coast's ex-rebels 'mutiny'

Former rebel fighters seized control earlier today of one of the main roads leading into Ivory Coast's second city, Bouake, erecting barricades and blocking traffic, a soldier and a local resident are quoted by Reuters news agency as saying. 

The soldier, said the ex-fighters were demanding payments from the government as well as integration into the army, Reuters adds.

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Who is in charge in Nigeria?

The BBC's Stephanie Hegarty in Lagos has been explaining how Nigerian Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo will run the country in Mr Buhari's absence (see previous post):

He has a clear constitutional right to govern as the acting president... he can do pretty much anything the president could do. He is seen to be very loyal to President Buhari."

President Buhari is returning to London for a medical check-up

Nigeria's President Buhari travels to London for treatment

President Buhari on Friday 5th May in Abuja
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On Friday, Mr Buhari's was seen in public for the first time in a fortnight

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking fresh treatment in London for an undisclosed illness.

His health has been major cause of concern in a country where there are fears that a power vacuum could affect its recovery from recession.

In a brief message the president said "there is no cause for worry".

Mr Buhari has left Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo in charge just as he did when he left for London in January for seven weeks of medical leave.

Mr Osinbajo was widely praised at the time for his performance as acting president.

The exact length of the 74-year-old president's stay in London "will be determined by the doctors", a statement from the presidency said.

But, it added, "government will continue to function normally under the able leadership of the vice-president".

A leading news outlet has posted a photo of Mr Buhari before catching his flight from the capital, Abuja, last night:

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The president has been tweeting from his official account to reassure the Nigerian public:

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Malaysia customs seize pangolin haul

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Pangolin:The most trafficked mammal in the world

Customs officers in Malaysia have seized more than seven hundred kilos of pangolin scales over the past week. 

The scales, which are worth more than $2m  (£1.5m), were found at an airport warehouse in Kuala Lumpur. 

Both consignments are believed to have arrived on flights from African countries via Dubai. 

Pangolins, also known as scaly ant-eaters, are among the most trafficked mammals on earth because of increasing demand in Asia where their scales are used in traditional medicine. 

South Sudan refugee crisis 'most worrying in world'

More than one million children have fled South Sudan because of escalating conflict, creating the most worrying refugee crisis in the world, the UN has said. 

"The horrifying fact that nearly one in five children in South Sudan has been forced to flee their home illustrates how devastating this conflict has been for the country’s most vulnerable,” said Leila Pakkala, the regional director of the UN children's agency Unicef.

“Add this to the more than one million children who are also displaced within South Sudan, and the future of a generation is truly on the brink.”

Children make up about 62% of more than 1.8 million South Sudanese refugees who have fled to other countries, mostly Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Sudan, the UN added in a statement

“No refugee crisis today worries me more than South Sudan,” said Valentin Tapsoba, Africa bureau director of the UN refugee agency UNHCR. 

“That refugee children are becoming the defining face of this emergency is incredibly troubling. We, all in the humanitarian community, need most urgent, committed and sustainable support to be able to save their lives.”

Newly arrived refugee children from South Sudan eat and drink at the Ngomoromo border post, in Ugandan side, on April 10, 2017.
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Many children have fled across the border to Uganda

Inside South Sudan, more than 1,000 children have been killed or injured since the conflict first erupted in 2013, while more than one million children have been internally displaced.

Nearly three quarters of the country’s children are out of school - the highest proportion of out-of-school children in the world, the UN said. 

South Sudan became independent in 2011 after breaking away from Sudan. 

It was plunged into conflict in 2013 after President Salva Kiir accused his sacked deputy Riek Machar of plotting to overthrow him. 

Mr Machar denied the allegations, but efforts to mediate an end to the dispute between the two failed.

Threat to cut Zimbabwe power over unpaid bills

Men play cards by candlelight
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Zimbabweans have experienced a power crisis in recent years

South Africa's state-owned power company Eskom has threatened to cut electricity supplies to Zimbabwe next month if it fails to settle debts amounting to about $9m (£7m) because of a currency shortage, Zimbabwe's state-owned Herald newspaper reports

Eskom's threat has raised fears of load-shedding, which would have a negative impact on businesses and the farming sector, the newspaper adds.

It quotes a letter from Eskom CEO Matshela Koko, warning Zimbabwe's state-owned power firm that “no further lenience or accommodation will be made” over the repayment of arrears.

Read: Why Zimbabweans spend the night outside banks

Today's wise words

Our African proverb of the day: 

You do not need to tell the deaf person that the war has started."

An Igbo proverb sent by Ada Okonkwo in Croydon, UK and Edu Chioke in Enugu, Nigeria

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