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Summary

  1. Pro-Biafra protests lead to shutdown in parts of Nigeria
  2. Ghana military commander killed after being 'mistaken for robber'
  3. South Africa takes away citizenship of white supremacist
  4. Angola's 'sick president back home'
  5. South Sudan soldiers on trial for 'raping aid workers'
  6. New life-saving antibiotic created
  7. Ugandan celebrity buried with champagne and cash
  8. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Tuesday 30 May 2017

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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:

The hen also sees the day break but it leaves it to the rooster to announce."

An Akan proverb sent by Eugenia Cobbina and Edmund Larbi in Accra, Ghana

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

And we leave you with this picture of a student adjusting her team's robot at the 2017 Pan-African Robotics Competition in Dakar, Senegal.

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Ugandan celebrity buried in style

Ugandan celebrity Ivan Semwanga, who died last week after being rushed to hospital has been buried today, with friends showering his coffin with champagne and cash as it was lowered for burial.

Semwanga was the former partner of Zari Hassan, who is married to Tanzanian music star Diamond Platimuz.

Semwanga was known for his flashy lifestyle and was a member of the Rich Gang, known for their taste for the finer things in life.

Uganda's Daily Monitor has shared a video of his funeral:

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Zambia 'highly motivated' for Germany tie

Beston Chambeshi
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Beston Chambeshi is aware of the threat posed by the Germans

Zambia coach Beston Chambeshi says his team is highly motivated for Wednesday's Fifa Under-20 World Cup tie against Germany.

The African champions take on the Europeans in Jeju, South Korea, as they look to seal a place in the quarter-finals.

Chambeshi has watched his side play some attractive football in the group stage and is looking for more of the same on Wednesday.

He said his team had fully recovered from the 1-0 defeat they suffered against Costa Rica in their final Group C match.

Chambeshi said his team is strong:

They have a strong team but we are the African champions, so at least that morale is motivating us a lot."

"We are representing Africa and I think we have the strength and power to match Germany. They have a strong team but we are the African champions."

Zambia's prospects have been boosted by the return of captain Solomon Sakala who sat out the Costa Rica game through suspension.

Read the full BBC story here

Nigeria first lady flies to London

Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari arrives with his wife Aisha, before taking oath of office at the Eagles Square in Abuja, on May 29, 2015. Buhari, 72, defeated Goodluck Jonathan in March 28 elections -- the first time in Nigeria's history that an opposition candidate had beaten a sitting president
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Aisha Buhari has previously tried to reassure Nigerians about the president's health

Nigeria's First Lady Aisha Buhari has flown to London to be with her husband, President Buhari, who is on medical leave, the state-owned News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Mr Buhari, 74, has been in London since 7 May to be treated for an unspecified illness, amid intense speculation that he is seriously ill.

"Her Excellency will spend some time with her husband President Muhammadu Buhari who is presently on medical vacation," said a statement released by Mrs Buhari's office.

"She (Aisha Buhari) expressed her appreciation to the millions of Nigerians who have been praying for his quick and safe return," it added.

Read: Should Nigerians be worried about Buhari's health?

Sudan bans Egyptian products

Sudan has banned imports of agricultural and animal products from Egypt, state media has reported, in the latest sign of escalating tensions between the two neighbours.

"Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh has issued an order banning Egyptian agricultural and animal products, and importing of seeds from Egypt," the official SUNA news agency reported.

"The order also bans Sudanese businessmen from using Egyptian territories for importing goods into Sudan," it added.

Relations between two states have deteriorated in recent months, with Sudan accusing Egypt of backing rebels in its Darfur region.

Trade between the two countries totals about $850m (£660m) annually, according to the Sudanese central bank.

Egyptian exports to Sudan primarily comprise of fruit, vegetables, fish, canned food and textiles.

State-allied media in Egypt has, for its part, accused Khartoum of giving refuge to members of the Muslim Brotherhood, which was declared a "terrorist group" by Cairo after the military overthrew the elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, wearing a red uniform, gestures from behind the bars during his trial in Cairo at the police academy in Cairo on April 23, 2016.
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Mr Morsi was Egypt's first democratically elected president

Read: Egypt and Sudan hashtag war

Riyad Mahrez asks to leave Leicester City

Riyad Mahrez
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Algerian forward Riyad Mahrez has announced he wants to leave Leicester City.

The 26-year-old, who joined from French club Le Havre for a reported £400,000 ($500,000) in 2014, said he had agreed "to stay for another season" following "a good discussion with the chairman" after the Foxes won the Premier League last year.

But he added he was "fiercely ambitious" and had "informed the club I feel now is the time to move on."

Mahrez, PFA player of the year in 2016, made 48 Foxes appearances this season.

He scored 10 goals and provided seven assists as Leicester recovered from a poor start to finish 12th in the league this year and reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

In a statement Mahrez wrote: "Out of the huge admiration and respect I hold for Leicester I wanted to be totally honest and transparent. I have informed the club that I feel now is the time for me to move on.

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'Most African girls...we use our hands a lot'

Kenyan sculptor Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga describes the creative impact her grandmother's practical skills, like growing coffee and weaving, have had on her work.

Her latest exhibition is called Tushauriane (let's talk about it) and it incorporates the use of discarded and weather materials.

Speaking to BBC Focus on Africa presenter Kim Chakanetsa she explained what sparked her interest in art:

Kenyan sculptor describes the creative impact her grandmother's practical skills have had

New York doctor wins Sudan award

Dr Tom Catena
Adriane Ohanesian/Aurora Humanitarian Initiative

A surgeon, who is the only permanent doctor for 750,000 people, has been honoured for performing more than 1,000 operations a year in Sudan.

Dr Tom Catena, 53, a Catholic missionary from New York, received the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity.

He has worked in Sudan for more than 10 years, during the ongoing war between the government and rebel fighters.

In his speech he urged the international community to help solve a dispute blocking humanitarian relief.

Read the full BBC story here

Chibok girls transferred to rehabilitation centre

More than 80 Nigerian schoolgirls freed earlier this month by Boko Haram Islamist militants have been transferred to a rehabilitation centre in Abuja after being debriefed by the country's intelligence service.

They were welcomed by some of their school friends from the town of Chibok who had been released earlier.

The minister for women's affairs, Aisha Alhassan, said the girls would be staying there until September to receive psychological and medical treatment.

Some relatives have called the facility just another prison, but the minister said anyone could go home if that was the wish of their parents.

The girls were among a group of 276 female students abducted from Chibok three years ago.

A mother of an abducted Chibok girl walks on April 14, 2015 past the school hostel where 219 schoolgirls by Boko Haram Islamists the girls were abducted ater a gathering to mark the one-year anniversary of their abduction in the northeastern Nigerian city of Chibok in Borno State.
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The girls were taken from their boarding school in Chibok

Read: The Chibok deal maker

Hunt in Ghana for military officer's killers

People are sharing pictures of Ghana's soldiers conducting a search operation in Denkyira-Obuasi in the central region for people behind the lynching of a military officer who they reportedly mistook for an armed robber:

Military storm Denkyira-Obuasi, residents held hostage – DCE |More here: goo.gl/hfH3wK #CitiNews

Military storm Denkyira-Obuasi, residents held hostage – DCE |More here: goo.gl/hfH3wK #CitiNews

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Cameroonian Gaetan Bong gets Brighton contract

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

Cameroon defender Gaetan Bong has signed a new one-year contract with newly promoted Brighton.

The 29-year-old defender's contract was due to end next month.

He made 24 appearances last season as Brighton earned a place in the Premier League.

Manager Chris Hughton said "he has been a key member of the squad in his two years at the club".

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Ghana to probe killing of military commander mistaken for robber

Thomas Naadi

BBC Africa, Accra

An intense military operation is ongoing in Denkyira-Obuasi in Ghana's central region after a military commander was killed by a mob who mistook him for an armed robber.

Capt Maxwell Mahama was killed on Monday morning while he was out jogging.

Joy FM reports that police had received a call about a man carrying a pistol and by the time they reached the area they found the mob had lynched the suspected man.

According to a military statement the mob stoned and burnt Capt Mahama's body.

Residents have locked themselves in their houses for fear of being attacked by the soldiers, Joy Fm reports.

The soldier had been posted to the region to relieve a commander who was guarding a local mining company.

The incident has once more raised concerns about mob justice in the country.

Rights body warns of threats faced by Kenyan journalists

Wanyama wa Chebusiri

BBC Africa

A report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) has highlighted the threats Kenyan journalists face in their work.

In the recent past, 23 journalists and bloggers have been targets of physical assault, intimidation, harassment and attacks by state agencies and politicians who accuse them of biased reporting.

Those covering corruption in the public service and lapses within state security agencies have been especially targeted.

The report further adds that since President Uhuru Kenyatta came to power in 2013, two newspaper reporters have died under circumstances that may have been related to their work, while 16 others were threatened with death.

HRW notes that as the August elections approach, there is concern that freedom of expression in Kenya could be affected.

Manchester City chairman wants Yaya Toure to stay

Manchester City's chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak has said that he wants Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure to stay at the club.

He said the midfielder had been an instrumental player and that team manager Pep Guardiola had confidence in Toure:

Yaya is one of the players that over the last six years has been instrumental to the success of this club.

This year has been another year in which he has shown us on the pitch the type of player he is, the type of personality he is, and how he continues to be a player who can give to the team and to our organisation.

Pep [Guardiola], as you have seen obviously this year, has a lot of trust and confidence in him. So Yaya I hope will be with us and continue his journey with us."

Yaya Toure
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Strong support for Biafra protest

Enugu
Abdussalam Ibrahim Ahmed

Many people in south-eastern Nigeria have stayed at home today to mark the 50th anniversary of the declaration of the breakaway state of Biafra.

Schools and buses were shut in many areas - including Enugu, which was at the epicentre of the failed campaign to create the breakaway state.

The BBC's Abdussalam Ibrahim Ahmed spoke to several of the city's residents about the stayaway:

The people willingly decided to sit at home to show respect for the people who died during the war. They are mourning them."

Amuche Regis

Biafra is a movement which cannot be killed by any government. Biafra has come to stay, whether you like it or not. People who are agitating now were not born during the war. Their fathers told them what happened. They lost their grandparents"

Chukwuma Okereigwe

Today's sit at home has spoken volumes of the annoyance of the youth with the federal government. It shows people are no longer happy. Something must be done to get the whole thing settled before it get out of hand."

Jones Udeh

Nigerians should sit down and look at our relationship for a union to find out how to make it work. Right now, it is not working."

Febian Oguazor

Read: Should new calls for Biafra worry Nigerians?

Migrant dinghy catches fire off Spanish coast

Migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean were forced to abandon their dinghy after it caught fire.

A video shows them abandoning the boat and being rescued by the Spanish coast guard after their boat was engulfed in flames.

Migrant crisis: Packed dinghy catches fire off Spanish coast

Corruption 'worsens' in Malawi

SA to harvest the highest maize crop in 40 years

Maize is a staple food for many in South Africa and across the region
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Maize is a staple food for many in South Africa and across the region

South Africa is expecting to harvest its biggest maize crop in four decades, a year after drought devastated output of the country's staple food.

Farmers are set to produce over 15 million tonnes which means the country will have a 50% surplus for the year, according to government figures.

The bumper harvest is a result of good rains in January and February.

The extra produce is expected to help to push food prices down, according to agricultural economists.

Trial of Egyptian photographer starts

The trial of Egyptian photographer Mahmoud Abu Zeid (known as Shawkan) is under way in the capital, Cairo.

Shakwan was arrested in 2013 while taking pictures of security forces who violently attacked a crowd staging a sit-in at Cairo's Rabaa al-Adaweya square to protest against the removal of former President Mohammed Morsi.

At least 700 people were killed in the clashes.

Rights organisation Amnesty International says Shawkan faces the death penalty after "phony" charges were added by the office of the public prosecutor.

He was already facing nine charges, including murder.

It says the he is the only Egyptian journalist to be have been held for more than two years.

Amnesty says Shakwan's health is deteriorating and he has been denied access to medication, despite suffering from Hepatitis C.

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Angola's 'sick president back home'

Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos Angolan greets the crowd on August 29, 2012 during the final election campaign rally in Kilamba Kaixi on the outskirts of Luanda
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The president has ruled since 1979

Angola's President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has been dogged by reports of poor health, has returned to Luanda after nearly a month in Spain, party officials have said, AFP news agency reports

The 74-year-old's medical condition has recently been the subject of intense speculation, with his daughter Isabel forced to deny rumours that he had died in Spain.

Anastacio de Brito, spokesman for the ruling MPLA party, told AFP that the president arrived back in Angola on Monday evening.

Earlier, the party confirmed for the first time that Mr Dos Santos had undergone medical checks while in Spain on an extended "private visit".

He has been in power in oil-rich Angola since 1979. He says he will not stand for re-election in August. The MPLA has chosen Defence Minister Joao Lourenco as its presidential candidate.

Horrific abuses in CAR

Imogen Foulkes

BBC News, Geneva

People leave Damara, the last strategic town between the rebels from the SELEKA coalition and the country's capital Bangui, on January 2, 2013
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A new report from the United Nations Human Rights Office documents human rights violations on a massive scale in the Central African Republic (CAR) by successive government troops, local and foreign armed groups, and international defence forces.

A total of 620 cases are set out in detail, among them multiple accounts of gang rapes of women and girls as young as five, deaths in detention due to severe torture, and entire villages being burnt to the ground in reprisal attacks.

The CAR has, the UN says, suffered political instability, corruption and nepotism for years, leading to armed conflicts during which violations amounting to war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed, and for which no one has been held accountable.

Watch: Ethnic cleanising in CAR

What the Biafra protests are about

Map
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The Indigenous People of Biafra say these existing states would make up an independent state

Many people in south-eastern Nigeria seem to be heeding calls by campaign groups - including the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) - to stay at home today to mark the 50th anniversary of the declaration of the breakaway state of Biafra.

Here are a few facts about their campaign:

  • First republic of Biafra was declared by Nigerian military officer Odumegwu-Ojukwu on 30 May 1967
  • He led his mainly ethnic Igbo forces into a deadly three-year civil war that ended in 1970
  • More than one million people lost their lives, mostly because of hunger
  • Decades after Biafra uprising was quelled by the military, secessionist groups have attracted the support of many young people
  • They feel Nigeria's central government is not investing in the region
  • But the government says their complaints are not particular to the south-east.

Read: Still dreaming of Biafra

South Sudan soliders charged with rape and murder

A military court in South Sudan has opened the trial of 13 soldiers charged with raping foreign aid workers and murdering a local journalist in the capital, Juba, last July.

The suspects appeared in court wearing a variety of uniforms to indicate their attachment to different units, including four in the colours of "Tiger Division" which guards the president, AFP news agency reports.

Military spokesman Abubakr Mohamed Ramadan told AFP that the soldiers were also facing charges of looting and damage to property:

There is a crime of murder, we have a crime of raping, we have a crime of looting and we have a crime of damaging property. There were a lot of investigations that have been taking place."

A Human Rights Watch report says that on July 11, government forces attacked a compound housing some 50 employees of foreign organisations.

It says the soldiers "killed a prominent journalist, raped or gang raped several international and national staff of organisations, and destroyed, and extensively looted property."

The soldiers are said to have killed the journalist "presumably because of his Nuer ethnicity".

A special UN investigations exposed multiple failures including the failure of UN peacekeepers, based 1.2 kilometres (0.7 miles) from the scene of the attack, to respond despite multiple calls for help.

Civil war broke out in South Sudan in June last year after Preisdent Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup.

A South Sudanese journalist has been tweeting about the trial:

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Biafra protest: Enugu city mostly deserted

Abdussalam Ibrahim Ahmed

BBC Hausa, Enugu, Nigeria

Enugu
Abdussalam Ibrahim Ahmed
Enugu was at the heart of the campaign for independence

More than 90% of shops in Nigeria's south-eastern Enugu city are closed following the call by campaign groups for residents to stay at home to mark the 50th anniversary of the declaration of the breakaway state of Biafra.

The main market in the city is also closed, but public and private transport is operating.

Market
Abdussalam Ibrahim Ahmed
Many people in the south-east feel the government has not developed the region

In Umuahia, the capital of south-eastern Abia state and hometown of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader Nnamdi Kanu, some shops are open but others are shut.

There are no reports of violence so far but police and civil defence corps have been stationed at strategic places.

IPOB, the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra, and the Biafran Independence Movement had issued a sit-at-home order.

Watch: The day the Biafran war came to my village

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'Empty streets' to mark Biafra war anniversary

A call by the pro-secessionist Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) group for a sit-at-home protest in Nigeria's south-east has been heeded, according to posts on Twitter:

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The protest is intended to mark 50 years since then-head of the Eastern Region of Nigeria, Colonel Emeka Ojukwu, unilaterally declared the independent Republic of Biafra.

More than two years later, after one million civilians had died in fighting and from famine, Biafra was re-absorbed into Nigeria.

See earlier post for more details.

Plane crash lands in Somalia airport

A video of a plane that crash-landed in Somalia's Mogadishu airport this morning has been shared on Twitter.

The emergency services rescued the crew and four passengers:

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The plane had arrived from Uganda's Entebbe International Airport.

New life-saving antibiotic created

BBC World Service

Enterococus faecalis
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Scientists say they have created a groundbreaking new version of a life-saving antibiotic.

They say the discovery will boost their battle against infections that are resistant to antibiotics - one of the biggest threats to global health.

The researchers in the US modified an existing medicine - vancomycin - making it about 1,000 times more powerful.

It attacks bacteria in three different ways, making it much less likely that the bugs will fight back.

One of the team told the BBC he hoped the new version would be ready for use within five years.

Vancomycin has been losing its ability to treat common bacteria that can cause urinary tract and wound infections.

Resistance to antibiotics is thought to cause about 50,000 deaths a year in the US and Europe.

'Schools shut' over Biafra protest in Nigeria state

All private schools and businesses are expected to close today in Nigeria's south-eastern Anambra state following a call by a secessionist movement to mark the 50th anniversary of the declaration of the breakaway state of Biafra, the local Vanguard newspaper reports.

Many people also stocked up on household goods yesterday after the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) issued a sit-at-home order to mark the day, it adds.

IPOB said military helicopters were hovering around Umuahia city in south-eastern Abia state, and truckloads of soldiers were heading towards the city, where the group's leader, Nnamdi Kanu, lives.

He was freed a few weeks ago on bail after more than a year-and-a-half in jail without trial on treason charges.

Amnesty International has appealed to the security forces to allow peaceful protests to take place.

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Read: The man behind Nigeria's separatists

Nnamdi Kanu
AFP

Kenyans irked by advert of men promoting menstrual hygiene

Kenyans on Twitter have been reacting to a government advertisement informing the public of its menstrual hygiene policy.

The advert which was published on Sunday is still eliciting strong reactions with people saying they are especially irked that women were not acknowledged in developing the policy:

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The four men highlighted on the page include Health Minister Cleopa Mailu and others holding top positions at the ministry.

One tweeter says the absence of women on the page is perpetuating patriarchy and promoting manels ( an all-male panel)

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White supremacist stripped of his citizenship

South Africa's government has stripped white supremacist Janusz Walus, who assassinated anti-apartheid hero Chris Hani in 1993, of his citizenship, his lawyer has said.

The lawyer made the disclosure in the Supreme Court of Appeal as he argued for Walus - who also holds Polish citizenship - to be granted parole after 23 years in prison.

The government has also issued an order to deport Walus, if he is released, Advocate Roelof du Plessis added.

Walus was convicted in October 1993 for Mr Hani's murder, threatening to derail South Africa's transition to democracy. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Mr Hani's family and the government have appealed against a lower court's decision to grant him parole.

Janusz Walusz
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Walusz shot dead Mr Hani outside his home in April 1993

Today's wise words

Our African proverb of the day:

The hen also sees the day break but it leaves it to the rooster to announce."

An Akan proverb sent by Eugenia Cobbina and Edmund Larbi in Accra, Ghana
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