And we leave you with this photo from Instagram from the British TV awards, known as the Baftas. It's of British star Michaela Coel, whose parents are both Ghanaian, wearing a dress made by her mother and using kente cloth:
In a brief statement, she "called upon the mutineers to end the shootings
and threats to civilian lives... She admonished them to return to their barracks and
resume negotiations for their compensation peacefully".
Hostages 'freed from mosque in CAR'
About 1,000 people held hostage in
a mosque amid violent clashes in south-eastern Central African
Republic have been freed, Herve Verhoosel, a spokesman for the UN peacekeeping
force, Minusca, said on Monday, Reuters news agency reports.
"I can confirm that the mosque is now empty. The last 250
men inside until this afternoon have been transferred out," he said.
He added that the UN forces had since opened fire on the
militia fighters who had been guarding the mosque.
The Central African Republic has been plagued by violence in recent weeks as different militia groups have clashed (see earlier entry).
Son of Angola's president: It's competence not nepotism
Jose Filomeno dos Santos, son of Angola's outgoing president, has justified the reason why he was put in charge of the country's substantial sovereign wealth fund.
Speaking to BBC Focus on Africa's Akwasi Sarpong he said:
I am an Angolan citizen, I know the industry. The facts have proven that the decision was well made."
He acknowledged that the Angolan economy was not doing as well as when oil prices were higher.
But he said that diversification efforts in the non-oil sector, like construction, trading and banking, are doing much better.
Mr dos Santos downplayed speculation that he or his sister, Isabel, who heads Angola's oil company, are being groomed to lead the country in the future.
In an interview last month with the BBC she also said that she got her job because of her abilities not because of who she is:
SA airline to review policy after 'obese' incident
South African Airlines (SAA) has said it is reviewing its policy on offering seat-belt extensions to its customers after an incident last August when a taxiing plane was forced to return to the terminal because it did not have one on board, Time Live reports.
A passenger, who was travelling from Cape Town, said she was not given a seat-belt extension even after asking for it.
She said an announcement was made to alert the passengers for the reason for the delay:
We are dealing with some obese cases on board and therefore had to go back to find extension belts‚ we don’t usually need them on this flight out of Cape Town…”
TimesLive reports that the passenger complained but the issue had not been looked into by January.
The airline however responded to a query sent last week by Times Live saying it was reviewing its pre-departure procedures.
Analysis: The key questions in the Ivory Coast crisis
The BBC's Tamasin Ford in Ivory Coast's main city of Abidjan has written a Q&A on the mutiny in Ivory Coast.
It all started over a dispute about whether bonuses agreed to in January should be paid after a spokesman for the rebellious soldiers appeared to apologise on national TV on Thursday and said demands for the remaining money were dropped.
So one key question she answers is how worried are Ivorians?
Ivorians have lived through a 10-year civil war so they know how quickly things can escalate and and become dangerous.
This is why many Abidjan residents have stayed at home, fearful of getting caught in any gunfire. One person has been killed in Bouaké since the mutiny started.
With both sides saying they are not willing to negotiate, many are afraid of some sort of military confrontation.
The government released a statement on Sunday night saying it was launching a "military offensive to restore order" in Bouaké, though it appears to have backed off to avoid fighting.
He managed the feat by using a method called circular breathing.
Ivory Coast government to 'maintain firm line'
A spokesman for the Ivory Coast's government, Bruno Kone, has said that the government will maintain a firm line in its handling of the ongoing standoff with mutinous soldiers, the Reuters news agency reports.
He said that some contact had been made with the rebelling soldiers but "no negotiations were under way" even though there was also a military operation.
Row over Hirst's alleged appropriation of Nigerian culture 'misunderstands his latest show'
US-based artist and academic Chika Okeke-Agulu has waded into the debate over whether top UK artist Damien Hirst is guilty of cultural appropriation in his latest exhibition.
The discussion began when Nigerian artist Victor Ehikhamenor noticed a copy of a Nigerian artefact, the famous Benin bronzes from Ife, at Hirst's show in Venice:
He wrote: "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."
Ehikhamenor's views have got a lot of coverage worldwide.
But Okeke-Agulu thinks people have misunderstood Hirst's work.
I doubt that most of the people who accuse Hirst of cultural appropriation have taken a look at his project, Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, in which we find the Ife-style head among numerous other sculptures made after ancient treasures from many cultures across the planet."
Hirst's exhibition imagines the contents of a fictional ship carrying ancient art treasures which sank off the coast of East Africa.
Okeke-Agulu points out that lots of other cultural artefacts are copied.
SA's Eskom says it couldn't afford Molefe's payout
BBC Africa, Johannesburg
The return of Brian Molefe to run state-owned energy company Eskom, three months after leaving to become an MP, has been widely condemned.
The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has called on the government to reverse the decision.
He announced his departure from the high paying job as CEO late last year saying that he was
leaving “in the interest of good governance” after being implicated in
corruption allegations by an anti-corruption watchdog body report.
originally thought that the reason behind Mr Molefe suddenly becoming an MP was
because he was part of a grand plan to make him finance minister after President
Jacob Zuma sacked Pravin Gordhan in the now infamous midnight cabinet
But that plan failed because of widespread condemnation.
said they offered him his job back because because his $2.2m ( £1.5m) pension was too big.
The opposition Democratic Alliance has already
lodged papers in the High Court in Pretoria to stop his reappointment.
As he arrived back at his old office today he was welcomed with warm cheers by Eskom staff in spite of some opposition parties attempting to block his way into the office compound:
Zimbabwean football fans have taken to social media to vent their spleen following the abandonment of the country's biggest derby on Sunday.
There was plenty of confusion and a smattering of anger when the Premier League match between Highlanders and Dynamos, the most famous and successful clubs, was called off just before the half-time break.
The referee took the decision with the score at 1-1 as he feared for the safety of one of his assistants at a packed Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo.
We've been reporting about the ongoing protests from soldiers in Ivory Coast.
The trouble has spread to several cities around the country - it began with a dispute about unpaid bonuses.
So why can't the government pay up?
Our reporter Tamasin Ford updated BBC Minute on the latest:
'Deal struck' after more at least 30 civilians die in CAR violence
BBC Africa, Dakar
In the Central African Republic, militiamen who had attacked the city of Bangassou have reportedly agreed to withdraw after mediation from a national religious leader Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga.
According to the
UN, up to 30 civilians were killed after a UN base was attacked over the weekend.
Last week, six UN peacekeepers were also killed in an attack in Bangassou.
The militiamen have agreed to withdraw on the condition
that UN troops stop firing and that the president comes in person to
In recent months, the situation has worsened in the Central
African Republic because of fighting among rival armed groups, including different factions of the Muslim rebel group Seleka and Christian militia.
The UN has been accused of taking sides.
The country has been plagued by violence since 2013, when Seleka seized power and ousted President Francois Bozize.
I acted as a man to get work - until I was accused of rape
Pili Hussein wanted to make her fortune prospecting for a precious stone that's said to be a thousand times rarer than diamonds, but since women weren't allowed down the mines she dressed up as man and fooled her male colleagues for almost a decade.
She was stuck in an unhappy marriage and at the age of 31 Pili ran away from her abusive husband.
In search of work she found herself in the small Tanzanian town of Mererani, in the foothills of Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro - the only place in the world where mining for a rare, violet-blue gemstone called tanzanite takes place.
But women were not allowed in the mining area, so she pretended to be a man.
She tried to act like a man to fit in.
"I acted like a gorilla - I could fight, my language was bad, I could carry a big knife," she told the BBC.
She was only discovered when she was incorrectly identified as someone who had carried out a rape. She then had to reveal her secret.
The statement says in French: "Because of the current security situation the bank (SGBCI) branches will remain closed today. SGBCI apologises for the inconvenience caused and asks the clients to use the ATMs to withdraw money."
DR Congo 'well placed' to deal with Ebola outbreak
Two people have now died from the current Ebola outbreak in a remote part of the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The government in the capital, Kinshasa and the World Health Organization declared the outbreak on Friday.
There are 17 other suspected cases and the authorities are trying to trace people who have made contact with those who have the virus.
Following the 2014/15 outbreak in West Africa which killed more than 11,000 there's been a lot of concern about containing the virus.
But the Democratic Republic of Congo is very experienced in dealing with Ebola as Laurie Garrett from the Council on Foreign Relations told the BBC's Newsday programme:
Tunisia economy grows
Tunisia's economy grew by 2.1% in the first quarter of 2017 compared to zero growth in
the same quarter a year ago, the statistics institute said on Monday, the Reuters news agency reports.
The institute said growth was bolstered by a recovery in
state phosphate production and tourism, which had been hit hard
by Islamist militant attacks in 2015.
Thirty-eight people died in an hour-long gun beach attack in the city of Sousse in June 2015.
All banks in Ivory Coast have been told to remain closed by the country's banking association, the Reuters news agency is reporting.
The move is connected to the ongoing trouble with mutinous soldiers who are demanding the reinstatement of a deal which would see them paid bonuses worth a total of $11,600.
Reuters quotes one bank official as saying: "There was an emergency meeting this morning and the [banking association] took the decision that, for security reasons, all the banks
would stay closed."
Nigerian father appeals to end knife crime in London
The Nigerian father of Damilola Taylor who died after being stabbed in London in 2000 has used a UK awards ceremony for an appeal to end knife crimes in the UK capital.
The city has seen a recent upsurge of deaths from stabbing.
Richard Taylor made the speech at the British TV awards, the Baftas, after a drama about what happened to his son won the best single drama category.
"Parents are crying, mothers are crying. The surge of killing has gone up recently... I beg you all to stop this unnecessary killing of innocent people," he said at the ceremony which was broadcast on TV.
Ivorian Seri is named best African player in Ligue 1
Ivory Coast and Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri has been named best African player in France's Ligue 1.
The 25-year-old picked up the Marc-Vivien Foe trophy after finishing ahead of Algeria's Ryad Boudebouz (Montpellier) and Cameroon's Nations Cup winning captain Benjamin Moukandjo (Lorient).
The annual award is named in honour of Cameroon international Foe who died after collapsing on the pitch in 2003.
Seri is the second Ivorian to win the accolade after Gervinho who won it back-to-back in 2010 and 2011.
Capped 13 times by the Elephants thus far, Seri has been influential for Nice this season, scoring six goals and providing nine assists to help them to third in the league.
Offices shut over soldiers' protest in Ivory Coast's cocoa area
Banks, businesses and government offices are closed today in Daloa, the main city in Ivory Coast's cocoa producing area, the Reuters news agency is reporting quoting local residents.
Gunfire has been heard in the city and the shutdown is connected to the ongoing protests by mutinous soldiers which began on Friday.
"All businesses are closed here in Daloa. The banks are
closed and so are the cocoa buying businesses.
"The soldiers are in the
streets on foot and on motorbikes. They're shooting in the air," a local businessman told Reuters.
Smuggled Madagascar tortoise intercepted in Malaysia
BBC World Service
Customs officers in Malaysia have foiled an attempt to smuggle hundreds of endangered tortoises into the country from Madagascar.
Following a tip-off, 330 ploughshare and radiated tortoises were found in the cargo area of Kuala Lumpur airport.
They were in crates labelled as containing stones, marked with a fake address.
These tortoises are sought after as exotic pets and can sell for around $4,000 (£3,000) each.
UN wants more than $1bn to help with South Sudan
BBC News, Geneva
UN aid agencies are today appealing for $1.4bn (£1bn) to help refugees who have fled South Sudan to neighbouring countries.
South Sudan has been in the grip of a civil war since 2013 and the UN estimates that at least 1.8 million South Sudanese are now refugees, while a further two million are displaced inside the country.
In February, the UN declared famine in two South Sudanese states.
"The suffering of the South Sudanese people is just
unimaginable... They are close to the abyss," World Food Programme Executive
Director David Beasley said in a statement.
South Sudan has become the world's fastest growing refugee crisis, and the countries on its borders are now struggling to cope.
In Uganda, for example, the WFP has had to cut food rations to refugee families.
Ivory Coast mutineers pushing for pay balance
BBC Africa, Abidjan
The trouble in Ivory Coast is all
about the former rebels, now embedded in the army, who had fought for years to
get President Alassane Ouattara to power.
They say they had been promised $20,000 each, $8,000 paid out at the end of January then $1,600 a month from the end of May. Now they are pushing for the balance of $11,600.
They brought Ivory Coast to a
standstill in January when they launched uprisings across the country claiming
they were due back pay and bonuses.
The government gave in to their
demands and they received their first installment at the end of the month.
in a surprise move on national television on Thursday night, a spokesperson for
the former rebels apologised, dropping their demands for the rest of the money.
This was clearly news to the soldiers involved who have been protesting since Friday morning. It's not clear why their spokesperson said what he did but we do know the government is absolutely strapped for cash because of falling revenues from cocoa.
With the mutineers saying they won't negotiate and the defence minister saying they are also not prepared to negotiate, there are fears of a military standoff.
Ivory Coast's army is 22,000 strong with the integrated rebels estimated to be about 8,400.
Zambia opposition leader acquitted on one charge
Zambia's opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has been acquitted by a magistrate's court in the capital, Lusaka, of the charge of using insulting language, journalist Mutuna Chanda has told the BBC.
Mr Hichilema, who has been held for more than a month, still faces a treason charge, but the magistrate's decision could have a bearing on that case, Mutuna adds.
The opposition leader's party has been tweeting from the court:
A 14-year-old girl who surrendered while on a suicide bombing attack at a military base in Nigeria's northern-state of Maiduguri has said that she was chosen for the mission because she had refused to marry a militant from Boko Haram, Nigeria's News Agency (NAM) reports.
She said she was abducted with her father in Gwoza, Borno state, in 2013:
I have spent three years in the hands of Boko Haram. Three different Boko Haram had proposed to marry me and I refused. Two among them were commanders.
When I refused for the third time, one of the commanders became furious and threatened to kill me and my father. I told him I would rather die than marry a Boko Haram."
So, after one week, they said since I have refused to get married, I should be taken to Maiduguri for a suicide mission. So, three of them held my hands and they injected me."
She told NAM she was later transported to the military base alongside other attackers.
One of them detonated her bomb-laden vest but only killed hersel, the other, she said, was shot dead by the military, NAM reports.
She said she then removed her suicide vest and surrendered.
The saxophonist uses a circular breathing method to sustain the note.
Unfortunately, Guinness World Records discontinued this particular category where circular breathing is used and will not certify Femi's achievement.
Last week, we made this short film of how he manages to play for so long:
Gunfire in affluent Ivory Coast neighbourhood
The BBC's Tamasin Ford in Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan has been telling us more about the gunfire in the city today - the fourth day of trouble with mutinous soldiers in the city.
She says that it is coming from the army barracks in Akouedo an affluent area in the city and it started at 0500 GMT (5am local time).
The soldiers are complaining that they will not receive bonuses that they thought they were going to get after a deal was struck in January.
Tamasin says one of the problems is that the government has less money to spend at the moment because of the declining price of cocoa - the country's main export.
SA court to rule on Zuma no-confidence vote
BBC southern Africa correspondent, Johannesburg
South Africa's Constitutional Court is expected to rule on whether MPs being balloted on a no confidence vote in President Jacob Zuma, can do so secretly.
It comes amid growing discontent at Mr Zuma's leadership amid claims of increased cronyism and corruption on his watch.
Mr Zuma has recently been heckled at a number of public engagements and senior members of his party have begun openly campaigning to succeed him as party leader.
Opposition argue that MPs should be allowed to be guided by their conscience and not the dictates of political bosses, because Mr Zuma's continued role as the country's leader is an issue of national importance.
The latest call for a vote of no confidence was triggered by his controversial firing of his finance minister and deputy two months ago.
The move led to South Africa's credit rating taking a nose dive.
However, some analysts believe that even if the constitutional court grants MPs the right to a secret vote, many ANC members will back their leader.
As one MP said, he does not want to dance to the tune of the opposition and would rather deal with Mr Zuma's tenure as an internal party matter.
Kenyan pupils protest against school demolition
Schoolchildren have blocked a major road with their desks in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, to protest against demolition of their school, privately-owned Capital FM reports:
The pupils are from Kenyatta Golf Course Academy, the report says.
The circumstances leading up to the protest have not been reported.
The demolition of public school property is not uncommon in Kenya because corrupt officials have been known to give out several title deeds for the same property.