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Summary

  1. Mozambican ordered to hold wedding ceremony with dead wife
  2. Boys aged 14 allegedly filmed sexual abuse of girl at South African school
  3. Suicide bombings in Nigeria 'kill 12'
  4. Climate change 'threatens' Ethiopia coffee farming
  5. Death sentence for Somali minister's killer
  6. Half of Nigeria food aid 'not delivered'
  7. Two EU staff killed in Mali attack
  8. Father's Day advert triggers race row in South Africa
  9. Zimbabwean singer Dickson Chinagiaira hailed as a hero
  10. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Monday 19 June 2017

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By Paul Bakibinga 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 on the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.

A reminder of today's wise words:

He who has a hairy bottom should not jump over fire."

A Lugbara proverb sent by Gad Fix Ruakoah in Kampala, Uganda

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And we leave you with this photo of fruit displayed on a supermarket shelf in South Africa's coastal city of Cape Town:

Fresh fruit is displayed at an outlet of retailer Shoprite Checkers in Cape Town, South Africa, June 15, 2017
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Kenyan journalist to remain in detention

Ferdinand Omondi

BBC Africa, Nairobi

A magistrate in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, has ruled that journalist Walter Menya should remain in detention for one more day so that police can complete their investigations.

Mr Menya, a reporter with the privately owned Dailty Nation newspaper, was locked up on Sunday for allegedly soliciting a bribe to write a damaging story - a charge he denies.

See anger after Kenyan reporter arrested

The benefits of a bamboo bike

If you were to be asked about the main uses of bamboo, what would immediately come to mind? Perhaps furniture or fencing.

But in Ghana, where it grows in great abundance, an entrepreneur, Kwabena Danso is using the crop to make bicycles. In London for a visit, he brought his bike along.

BBC Focus on Africa's Kim Chakanetsa asked him how it stands out in the growing bamboo bike market.

Fighting groups sign truce in CAR

BBC World Service

A ceasefire agreement has been signed in Rome between the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and rebel groups in the country.

The truce, which takes effect immediately, will see armed groups in the CAR included in the political process in exchange for ending attacks.

The agreement was brokered by the Sant'Edigio Catholic Community in the wake of several years of sectarian violence between mainly Christian and Muslim militias, and the deployment of a long-running United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country.

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A general view of the refugee camp near the airport in Bangui on December 19, 2013. Amnesty International said today the Central African Republic's mostly Muslim ex-rebels killed nearly 1,000 people in the capital Bangui two weeks ago in a rampage avenging deadly Christian militia attacks
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The conflict forced many people to flee to camps

Watch: Bishop and Imam seek peace in CAR

Paying bride price for dead wife

Jose Tembe

BBC Africa, Maputo

A man in Mozambique's southern province of Inhambane had to pay the traditional bride price, locally known as "lobolo”, for a dead woman at the weekend, Mozambique's state radio reports.

After the woman died because of complications during childbirth, her relatives forced her young partner to pay the "lobolo", warning that she would not be buried otherwise.

The relatives accused the young man of failing to fulfill his obligations, including being introduced to the woman’s relatives, before the tragedy occurred.

To ensure that the funeral took place, the young man says he had to buy clothes and shoes for his dead wife, agree to pay more than $800 (£630), and hold a symbolic wedding ceremony on 15 December.

A brother to the young man, Irmao do Jovem, explained their dilemma:

We tried to raise the money they demanded, but we could only put together about $178. So we had to sign a pledge promising to pay the remaining amount on wedding day, December 15th."

A Yemeni employee counts one hundred US dollar notes at a currency exchange office in the capital Sanaa on February 12, 2017.
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While the man’s family has conceded to the demands, they condemned the behaviour of the dead woman’s relatives.

However, this is a common practice among some ethnic groups in Mozambique, especially if a man decides to live with a woman, without going through all the marriage formalities.

Read:Bride price practices in Africa

Patrice Evra's latest treat

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

Former France international Patrice Evra’s latest upbeat Monday morning sing-along comes from the land of his birth, Senegal, featuring some local musicians.

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In recent weeks, Evra, who spent 12 years at Manchester United and is now at French club Marseille, has posted several times recently urging people to enjoy Mondays – his sing-along’s include James Brown’s I Feel Good and Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye.

Nigerian fears terror attacks in London

A woman of Nigerian origin has been speaking of her fear of living in north London following the attack on Muslim worshippers near her home last night.

The woman, who only identified herself as Rose, told BBC Focus on Africa that she was scared to take her children out, but she hoped that the community would rally together:

There is a lot of terrorism going on back home and to come here to England and start seeing that kind of thing is just so bad.

What I want to say to everybody, Muslims and Christians, we worship the same God, but in a different day.

We want everybody to be together in this hard time."

A police officer stands on duty near tributes and flowers at a police cordon in Finsbury Park area of north London on June 19, 2017, following a vehicle attack on pedestrians
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UK Prime Minister Theresa May said the terror attack near a mosque is "every bit as sickening" as other recent ones to hit the UK.

A man drove a van into worshippers close to the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park as they were gathered to help an elderly man who had collapsed.

He later died, but it is not clear if this was a result of the attack. Nine other people were taken to hospital.

A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

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SA rape accused boys in court

Three 14-year-old schoolboys have appeared in a children's court in South Africa's Bloemfontein city on a charge of raping a 13-year-old girl at their school on 7 June, the privately owned OFM news site reports.

However, the case was postponed so that allegations that the boys had received death threats could be investigated, the news site quoted National Prosecution Authority (NPA) spokesman Phaladi Shuping as saying.

“Apparently there were threats that were posed to the learners. Our request as the NPA was that those threats must be investigated so that when we make a decision as to whether or not we release them to their parents, their safety is not at risk,” Mr Shuping said.

He added that they would remain in juvenile detention until their next court appearance which would be a bail hearing, OFM reported.

Last week, a video showing two boys fondling a girl against her will emerged on social media.

Tate Makgoe, the education minister for the central Free State province, which includes Bloemfontein, said he was shocked and disgusted by the boys’ behaviour, OFM reported.

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Ethiopia coffee farming under threat

BBC World Service

A woman from the Hamar tribe makes traditional coffee in Ethiopia's southern Omo Valley region near Turmi on September 20, 2016. T
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Coffee is a major source of income for many Ethiopians

Scientists are warning that climate change poses a threat to coffee farming in Ethiopia.

Computer modelling carried out by a team at Britain's Royal Botanic Gardens concluded that almost two-thirds of Ethiopia's existing coffee plantations could become unsuitable for growing the crop by the end of the century.

But the team found that other parts of the country, at high altitudes, would be ideal and recommended early action to prevent damage to the industry, and perhaps even leading better tasting brews.

Two EU staff killed in Mali attack

Two people working for the European Union were among those killed during an attack by gunmen on a popular tourist resort in Mali, the EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini says.

"Unfortunately, I can confirm that there were two victims among our EU colleagues, a Malian woman and a Portuguese man," Ms Mogherini told a press conference in Luxembourg.

The Portuguese army had earlier confirmed that one of its soldiers was killed during the attack.

The slain soldier was part of the European Union Training Mission in Mali (EUTM).

Mali security forces say they killed four militants who were involved in the attack and arrested five others.

For more read: Mali attack: Two dead as gunmen storm tourist resort

A picture of one of the resort's bungalows
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Killer of young Somali cabinet minister sentenced to death

Farah Lamane

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Abas Abdullahi Sheikh
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Abas Abdullahi Sheikh was popular with the youth

A military court in Somalia has sentenced a soldier to death for shooting dead the country's youngest cabinet member, 31-year-old Abas Abdullahi Sheikh, in May.

The court convicted the soldier of murder but, in a rare move, gave him the option of appealing.

Mr Abas, who was the public works minister, was killed in his vehicle near the presidential palace in the capital, Mogadishu, after being mistaken for a militant Isalmist.

The killing caused outrage in Somalia and led to the sacking of the auditor-general whom the soldier was guarding at the time of the shooting.

Mr Abas was seen as a role model for Somali youth.

He grew up in a refugee camp in Kenya and became Somalia's youngest MP in November and a minister in February.

Read: Somalia's 'Mr Cheese' president has a lot on his plate

Anger after Kenyan reporter arrested

Ferdinand Omondi

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Kenya's Union of Journalists has threatened to call a demonstration, accusing the state of intimidation following the arrest on Sunday of journalist Walter Menya from the respected Daily Nation newspaper.

According to the Daily Nation, Mr Menya is accused by the Kenyan police of allegedly soliciting a bribe to write a damaging story..

Police allege he received $350 (£270) via the mobile transfer service M-Pesa and was arrested when he went to collect a further $200.

He is currently appearing in court.

Journalist Walter Menya awaiting court mention
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Journalist Walter Menya(r)
Court papers against Menya
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Caulker unhappy with match-fixing investigation delay

Former Sierra Leone goalkeeper Christian Caulker has been serving an indefinite suspension from international football for almost three years.
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Former Sierra Leone goalkeeper Christian Caulker is serving an indefinite suspension from international football

Former Sierra Leone first-choice goalkeeper Christian Caulker says he is unhappy he has been suspended from international football for almost three years without any investigation.

Caulker, who plays for USA third tier league side IFK Maryland, was among 15 players and officials suspended indefinitely by the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) over allegations of match-fixing in July 2014.

All the players and officials denied any wrong doing and the SLFA promised at that time to investigate the allegations.

The 28-year-old Caulker told BBC Sport:

It's three years now since we've been suspended and nobody at the SLFA is saying anything to us. This is frustrating for the four of us as it has impacted negatively in our careers.

We've not been able to join big clubs because of the match fixing tags put on our necks by the SLFA. This is not fair. I'm sure those at the SLFA wouldn't be happy if their children, brothers or relatives were treated like us.

Boy of Ethiopian origin killed in London fire

Police have released images of the inside of flats where the occupants have been accounted for
Metropolitan Police

The Ethiopian embassy in London is mourning a young boy of Ethiopian origin who was killed in the fire which ripped through a high-rise residential block in west London on 13 June.

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Seventy-nine people are either dead or missing presumed dead after the fire at Grenfell Tower, police said.

A minute's silence was held at 11:00 BST across the UK to remember the victims

Emergency services marked the minute's silence in the capital
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Watch: Visual guide to what happened

'Five militants killed' over Mali attack

BBC World Service

The security forces in Mali say they have killed five militants who were involved in an attack on a luxury resort outside the capital Bamako.

Security Minister Salif Traore said the assailants had been terrorists and the operation against them had continued throughout the night.

He added that the militants had some accomplices who had not been captured.

European and Malian forces walk at the entrance of the Kangaba tourist resort on the edge of Bamako on June 19, 2017, a day after suspected jihadists stormed the resort, briefly seizing more than 30 hostages and leaving at least two people dead.
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European and Malian forces walk at the entrance of the resort

On Sunday, the security forces announced they had rescued more than 30 guests.

The EU's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said Europeans could be among the two tourists killed in the attack.

Islamist militants have continued to stage attacks in Mali despite losing much of their territory during a French-led intervention in 2013.

Read: World's most dangerous peacekeeping mission

Like a virgin again?

In Tunisia, young women are expected to be virgins when they marry, leading to a growing trade in hymen reconstruction surgery.

There have been some reports of young women in the country being divorced shortly after marrying because their husbands suspected they were not virgins.

The procedure, which will take about 30 minutes, costs almost $400 (£310).

While Tunisia is regarded as a leader in women's rights in North Africa, religion and tradition dictate that young women have to remain virgins until they are married.

For more read The Tunisian women who want to be virgins again

Woman in silhouette
AFP

Deadly suicide attacks in Nigeria

Police in Nigeria say five female suicide bombers have killed 12 people and injured 11 in the north-east of the country.

The police spokesman in Borno state said the attacks took place on Sunday evening in the Kofa community, close to the state capital Maiduguri.

The militant Islamist group Boko Haram targeted the city two weeks ago, killing more than than 10 people in bombings and shootings.

Boko Haram's eight-year insurgency has been blamed for more than 20,000 deaths and the displacement of nearly three million people.

Read: Who are Boko Haram?

From intersex stigma to Kenya's gospel star

Apostle Darlan Rukih is one of just a handful of Kenyans who publically identifies as intersex, meaning that for biological reasons he doesn't fit the usual male/female categories.

As a child, he faced stigma and violence but his Christian faith helped him to accept who he is. He's one of a number of campaigners who are fighting for legal recognition and protection in the Kenyan constitution.

From intersex stigma to Kenya's gospel star

Race row over Father’s Day advert

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News

A leading insurance company in South Africa has raised the ire of many after running what critics have described as a “racist” Father’s Day video.

OUTsurance's controversial advert shows a montage of scenes where men - fathers, all white but one black - do a range of positive activities with their children to celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday.

Its caption was: “Happy #FathersDay to all amazing dads out there.”

Many say the advert was not representative of South Africa and it suggested that only white men made good fathers.

The company has since withdrawn the video, saying the lack of diversity was an “unintentional oversight”. It blamed a junior staffer for the campaign.

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Many have taken to social media to call for a boycott of the company, which some say has overlooked its black clients in its adverts a number of times prior to this incident.

Some 80% of the population in South Africa is black. Those who have taken issue with the advert, saying it is a symptom of how corporate South Africa is prejudiced against black people:

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Video referees are 'the future'

Cameroon's Sebastian Siani (left) battles for the ball with Chile's Arturo Vidal
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Cameroon's Sebastian Siani (left) struggles for the ball with Chile's Arturo Vidal

Cameroon's Sebastien Siani believes video assistant referees (VAR) will improve football after seeing them in action at the Confederations Cup.

The African champions lost 2-0 to Chile in their opening match on Sunday in Russia but only after their opponents had a goal ruled out by the VAR.

The Belgium-based midfielder says players want to see new systems that make the game fairer.

"If we can make it a little bit faster it will be good for football," he said.

"It's the future. Sometimes we need technology and this can help."

Chile ultimately took the points with two late goals and the second strike was only confirmed after a video review.

Record number displaced

The United Nations says the number of people forced to flee their homes because of war or persecution now exceeds 65 million people.

Releasing its annual report on forced displacement, the UN refugee agency said that by by the end of 2016, the numbers were the highest ever recorded.

Twelve million Syrians, two thirds of the entire population, are displaced.

More than four million Iraqis and three million South Sudanese have also fled their homes.

The UN says the staggeringly high figures point towards a global inability to solve conflicts.

Filippo Grandi, the UN's high commissioner for refugees, said:

The world seems to have become unable to make peace. So you will see old conflicts that continue to linger, and new conflicts erupting, and both produce displacement…forced displacement is a symbol for wars that never end."

UNHCR High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi meets displaced civilians moving to a new camp in Bentiu, South Sudan June 18, 2017.
Reuters
3 million South Sudanese currently displaced

Uganda received the largest number of new refugees last year - more than 900,000 - because of the conflict in neighbouring South Sudan Amnesty International reports.

Meanwhile, UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi, on a visit to Bentiu town in the north of South Sudan, called on the authorities to take more responsibility for displaced people, Reuters news agency reports.

He said:

We are here to help but, in the end, as you know, the responsibility is with you and your colleagues in [the capital] Juba and here."

Read: Uganda - one of the best places to be a refugee

SA pupils 'due in court over filmed rape'

Four 14-year-old school boys are expected to appear in a children's court in South Africa over the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl, public broadcaster SABC reports.

One of the suspects apparently filmed the incident - at a school in Bloemfontein, the judicial capital of South Africa, last week - and posted it on social media, it adds.

The footage showed two boys fondling the girl, who appeared to be intoxicated while two other boys were seen capturing the events on a mobile phone, SABC reports.

Women place white flowers outside parliament during a demonstration in Cape Town 25 November 1999, the International Day for the Prevention of Violence against Women. South Africa has a high incidence of rape with more than 50 000 reported rapes per year
AFP
South Africa has one of the highest rates of sexual violence in the world

Read: Will I be next? South Africa women ask

Tributes pour in for Zimbabwean musician

Tributes are pouring in for prominent Zimbabwean musician Dickson Chingaira following his death at the age of 61 after a battle with leukaemia.

Fellow musician Thomas Mapfumo said that Zimbabwe had lost a giant, a true patriot and revolutionary whose music had inspired the black majority, the privately owned New Zimbabwe news site reports. .

"We do hope he will get the honour he deserves as a true national hero of our time," he added.

Ruling Zanu-PF party spokesman Simo Khaya Moyo said that Chingaira - popularly known as Cde Chinx - was a talented musician whose songs were a tonic for cadres during the liberation struggle and after independence, the state-run Herald newspaper reports.

Tributes are also pouring in on Twitter:

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Nigeria food aid 'stolen'

Mary Harper

Africa editor, BBC World Service

Women cook in pots heated up with firewood at an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp at Dikwa, in Borno State in north-eastern Nigeria, on February 2, 2016.
AFP
The insurgency has caused a humanitarian crisis in Nigeria

Officials in Nigeria say half of government food aid sent to people displaced by an Islamist insurgency never reached them. Nearly three-million people have been displaced during the eight-year uprising by Boko Haram militants.

The spokesman for Acting President Yemi Osinbajo said a new system, launched earlier this month, had drastically reduced the diversion of aid - a polite word for theft.

Now, hundreds of police and soldiers escort the vehicles delivering the food, right to the point where it is given to the hungry.

More than 1,000 trucks filled with grain are on their way to the north-east. One-and-a-half million people are said to be on the brink of famine. And Boko Haram fighters continue to attack, despite a more robust offensive by the military.

Today's wise words

Our African proverb of the day:

He who has a hairy bottom should not jump over fire."

A Lugbara tribe sent by Gad Fix Ruakoah in Kampala, Uganda

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