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  1. Teen couple suspended for 'marriage proposal' return to class
  2. Oscar Pistorius' film condemned
  3. Cameroon protests: '30 killed'
  4. Eight people were taken to hospital after brawl at ANC conference
  5. Kenyan protesters demands electoral changes before re-run
  6. Nigerian zoo closed after lion kills attendant
  7. 'Fears for life' of Niger's alleged coup-plotter
  8. Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia and Morocco submit bids to host 2018 CHAN
  9. 'Marseille attacker had Tunisian passport'
  10. ozambique's President Nyusi to run for re-election in 2019

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That's all from BBC Africa Live 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 only gossip about the elephant once it has turned its back."

Sent by Oware Agar in Nairobi, Kenya

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And we leave you with this photo of Nigerian Afrobeats artist Wizkid during his performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Friday last week.


Six Africans nominated for IAAF athlete of the year award

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Kenya's Hellen Obiri is among the nominees

Three men and three women from Africa have made the cut for the annual IAAF athlete of the year award.

The global athletic body shortlists 10 athletes from both genders in contention for the ultimate prize.

The male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced on 24 November.

South Africa's 400m world record holder Wayde van Niekerk and Kenya's Hellen Obiri, who's the world champion in the women's 5,000m, are among those nominated.

Also in the running are:

  • Luvo Manyonga (South Africa)
  • Elijah Manangoi (Kenya)
  • Almaz Ayana (Ethiopia)
  • Caster Semenya (South Africa)

In a statement, the IAAF said that people can vote for the athletes on Facebook and Twitter:

The IAAF Council and the IAAF Family will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online via the IAAF's social media platforms. Individual graphics for each nominee will be posted on Facebook and Twitter later this week; a 'like' or 'favourite' will count as one vote."

It added that the IAAF council’s vote will count for 50% of the result, while the IAAF Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25% of the final result.

Voting closes on 16 October.

The IAAF will then announce three men and three women as finalists.

'I threw chairs, I used my belt' - Ugandan MP speaks from hospital bed

Uganda MPs fight during parliament debate
Uganda MPs fight during parliament debate

One of the youngest MPs caught on camera fighting off security officers at Uganda's parliament last week has told the BBC from his hospital bed:

We don't regret it, we know we're within the law. The constitution gives us power to protect it."

Francis ZaakeUgandan MP

Parliament had descended into mayhem during a motion to change presidential age limits which would allow President Yoweri Museveni to stand for a sixth term in office.

Mr Zaake ended up unconscious in hospital for two days.

Speaking from his hospital bed with a fractured arm, broken ribs, and pain in his skull, he told the BBC's Patience Atuhaire:

They beat me with... electrified poles on my head. X-rays show that pressure was [placed] on my skull. I also remember feeling things being injected into me."

He says he's not cowed by the prospect of being charged with vandalism:

They will cut our salaries...still we know the struggle isn't over.

We need to see another president. Some us were born when the president was already in power."

Parents of Oscar Pistorius victim 'horrified' by movie

We reported earlier about an upcoming release of a film titled Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer, about the South African Paralympic athlete who is serving time for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

The movie trailer premiered today to mixed reactions.

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Ms Steenkamp's parents say that they are still mourning their daughter, weren't consulted about the project and had no idea the film was being made.

June and Barry Steenkamp, AFP says, were "horrified and upset" at reports that the film claimed to tell the story of the 2013 killing from the perspective of Reeva and June, her mother.

The Steenkamp's said in a statement that:

Any impression that is created that this is June's view, or that the movie is endorsed by the Steenkamp family, is untrue and incorrect."

The film, which stars German model Toni Garrn as Ms Steenkamp, will premiere on the US TV network Lifetime on November 11.

Mozambique's President Nyusi to run for re-election in 2019

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Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi will run for re-election in 2019, the governing Frelimo party has confirmed today after picking him as its candidate.

When he was elected in 2015, President Nyusi won 57% of the vote, well ahead of his nearest rival Afonso Dhlakama, the leader of the main opposition Mozambique National Resistance (Renamo) party, with 37%.

Renamo - which fought Frelimo in a long civil war which ended in 1992 and resulted in an estimated one million deaths - disputed the result.

Despite recent economic growth, more than half of Mozambique's 24 million people continue to live below the poverty line.

Read our Mozambique country profile here.

How Wizkid conquered London

Nigerian Afrobeats star Wizkid performed here in the UK at the Albert Hall in London on Friday night, becoming the first African artist to headline a sold-out show at the prestigious concert hall, the UK Guardian reports.

His feature on Drake's One Dance, which is the first song to be streamed more than a billion times on music streaming site Spotify, has raised his international prominence.

Here are some photos of his performance:


Is this the longest Uber trip in sub-Saharan Africa?

The South African office of taxi-hailing app Uber has shared a screenshot on Twitter of what could be the longest ride using the platform in sub-Saharan Africa.

The trip from Cape Town to Durban via Bloemfontein clocked 3,190 km (1,982 miles).

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So how much did it cost?

Uber hasn't yet said but we'll monitor their Twitter account for any updates. One user hazards a guess:

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Uber, which has been operating in Africa for four years, reported last week that it has 1.8 million users on the continent with South Africa and Kenya being its two biggest markets.

Militants shut down Libyan oil field

Rana Jawad

BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis

Oil termninal
Militias have frequently blockaded Libya’s oil fields and export terminals in recent years

An armed group has shut down one of Libya’s largest oil fields in the south of the country since yesterday evening.

Al Sharara oil field was pumping over 200,000 barrels of oil before its latest closure.

Militias have frequently subjected Libya’s oil production fields and export terminals to blockades in recent years, but production recovered significantly this summer when it topped one million barrels per day.

This latest blockade of the Sharara oil field is a fresh reminder that the country's oil production is often at the mercy of armed groups.

It also throws Libya’s recent production boom – which is crucial to state-revenues – into another period of uncertainty.

State-run National Oil Company (NOC) told Reuters news agency that it is “working towards a swift re-start of production,” and that it does not negotiate with what it termed "terrorist blockaders".

A Libyan oil news Facebook page has published a statement attributed to the armed group which allegedly shut down production.

The statement features a list of demands including salaries, economic development in southern Libya, as well as fuel and cooking gas supplies.

Cameroon protests: '30 killed'

Laeila Adjovi

BBC Africa

John Fru Ndi, Cameroon's main opposition leader, has told the BBC that at least 30 people have died in clashes with security forces that started on Sunday.

Tear gas and live bullets were reportedly used by security forces deployed to the country's two English-speaking regions, where separatists are calling for independence.

At least 50 people were wounded and about 200 arrested.

Today people in the North-West and South-West regions have continued to demonstrate despite a government curb on travel and public gatherings.

There is also a heavy police and military presence in the regions.

In Bamenda, in the North-West, a stand-off is reported between youths gathered at a petrol station and riot police who have been firing tear gas canisters at them.


In a message in English and in French posted on social media on Sunday, President Paul Biya condemned the violence and called for dialogue.

Anglophone separatists chose 1 October, the anniversary of the unification of French-speaking and English-speaking parts of Cameroon in 1961, as the date to declare the independence of the two Anglophone provinces under the country name Ambazonia.

One in five of the 22 million people in the central African country speak English, with many of them complaining of discrimination, especially in the fields of justice and education.

'Man dies' during Kenya opposition protest

Kenyan media are reporting that one person has died in today's opposition protest against the electoral commission in the western county of Siaya.

Privately-owned Daily Nation reports that a 41-year-old man died of "shock" after police fired tear gas to disperse protesting youth.

An eyewitness, Celestine Achieng, said the deceased "dropped and died" as he was running away after police lobbed tear gas cannisters on the protesters.

The man's death was confirmed by officials of the Red Cross Society who had been attending to him, Daily Nation reports.

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Kenya re-vote 'must be better than last' warn diplomats

Alastair Leithead

BBC Africa correspondent

A supporter of Uhuru Kenyatta

International diplomats in Kenya have criticised both the government and the opposition, ahead of a re-run of the presidential election later this month.

Representatives from 13 countries and the EU say the poll must be “better than the last one – free, fair credible and peaceful”.

Their joint statement follows a meeting with members of Kenya’s electoral commission (IEBC), and calls on all parties to to respect the body's independence.

Today, police have been firing tear gas at opposition supporters attempting to protest outside IEBC offices in Nairobi.

US Ambassador Bob Godec says the ruling party’s efforts to re-write electoral law before the vote “unnecessarily increases political tensions” and he has also criticised the opposition for threatening a boycott:

This is an opportunity for both sides to demonstrate leadership, strengthen Kenya’s democracy, and build the country’s international prestige. Unfortunately, the opposite appears to be happening."

Kenya's Supreme Court says the first presidential election has been “neither transparent nor verifiable,” and has urged the electoral commission to “go back to the drawing board” for the re-run.

It says that judges won’t shy away from annulling the poll a second time if changes aren’t made. While their preparations continue, politics and protest threaten the process.

Supporters of Raila Odinga

Zimbabwe domestic workers 'form WhatsApp support group'

WhatsApp logo seen on a mobile phone screen

Domestic workers in Zimbabwe have formed a WhatsApp group to share their experiences and the challenges they face from the ongoing economic crisis, reports.

The news site reports that many employers have resorted to paying domestic workers by mobile money transfers, which charge users high processing fees.

Mendy Lusaba, founder of Domestic Workers Association of Zimbabwe, says this only makes a difficult situation worse because pay is low to begin with:

Imagine if a domestic worker is paid $50 and the mobile money agency demands 20% of that amount. What will be left?"

She added that some also go months without pay:

Some of these domestic workers are even going for months without being paid because the employers' excuse is that, all is not well in the economy or they are not getting paid at their [own] workplace."

Teen couple suspended for 'marriage proposal' return to class

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Education campaigners in South Africa have criticised a school for suspending two pupils after their marriage proposal on the school grounds, reports the Sowetan Live.

The 18-year-old boy proposed to his 16-year-old girlfriend last month at Tholulwazi Secondary School in Gauteng province.

The girl's mother told the Sowetan Live news site that the school forced the children to call off their engagement, adding:

The engagement ring is still at the school because we are waiting for the final outcome from the Department of Education. They went back to school on Thursday, they were happy and so was I."

The Sowetan Live quotes a spokesperson for the National Association of School Governing Bodies, Matakanye Matakanya, as saying the school was right to take action:

School is a place of teaching and learning only. If this incident is allowed, then we will be sending the wrong message to all other students."

But others have disagreed, defending the pupils. Speaking on behalf of the Congress of South African Students (Cosas), its president John Macheke said:

No school has a right to suspend learners or call off their engagement. It is the student's right and a personal matter."

South African Home Affairs spokesman Thabo Mokgola has pointed out that the couple can legally marry, provided the 16-year-old receives parental consent.

The couple are still together in a relationship, the Sowetan Live quotes the girl's grandmother as saying.

'Marseille attacker had Tunisian passport'

The attack took place outside the train station in the southern French port city
The attack took place outside the train station in the southern French port city

A man suspected of carrying out Sunday's attack in the French city of Marseille, killing two people, had a Tunisian passport when he was last stopped by police in Lyon just two days earlier, the Reuters news agency reports.

Paris public prosecutor Francois Molins told a news conference that the suspect's details came up on criminal databases and that he went by seven different identities - none of which were on French anti-terrorist check lists.

He added that French authorities were working with their Tunisian counterparts to identify the authenticity of the Tunisian passport and his real name.

The attacker was shot dead by a soldier after he had stabbed two women to death at Marseille's biggest train station.

Mr Molins added that the suspect told police he lived in Lyon, was homeless, divorced and had problems with drug abuse.

First look at Oscar Pistorius film trailer

A film telling the story of Oscar Pistorius' life is to be released in the US next month.

Out today, the trailer for Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer has received a mixed reception.

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Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is serving a six-year prison sentence for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

In the film, Pistorius is played by American actor Andreas Damm, while the role of Ms Steenkamp is played by German model Toni Garrn.

No South African release date has been set for the film, which is produced by US cable channel Lifetime.

South Africa's cricketers triumph over Bangladesh

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

SA bowler celebrates

South Africa have thrashed Bangladesh by 333 runs on the fifth day of the first test at home in Potchefstroom.

The visitors were dismissed for just 90 runs this morning to take victory - thunderstorms yesterday had thwarted South Africa's chances of wrapping up victory in four days.

But the match was overshadowed by an injury to South Africa’s fast bowler Morne Morkel, who is likely to be out for six weeks because of a side strain.

Pictures: Kenya's opposition protest

We have been reporting about ongoing protests in Kenya by opposition supporters pushing for electoral changes ahead of the presidential election re-run set for 26 October.

Local media are reporting that people have been demonstrating in at least three cities.

They also say that police have used tear gas to disperse protesters in Nairobi and Kisumu.

The BBC's David Wafula has been about in the capital, Nairobi, and snapped these pictures:


Reuters news agency has also filed pictures of security officers in the streets of the capital:


Bull wresting for love in Madagascar

It’s hard to find a date in the highlands of Madagascar.

For centuries, Betsileo men have hosted “Savika” bull wrestling tournaments to win the hearts of local women.

Andy Rafanambinantsoa is single, 27 years old, and desperate to find love.

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'Fears for life' of Niger's alleged coup-plotter

The family of a former presidential guard accused of attempting a coup in Niger in 2015 say they fear for his safety.

Lt Awal Issa Hambali’s family say he narrowly escaped death when shots were fired at his prison cell on Friday night, in the western city of Tera.

His wife Leila says she fears for his life and his brother, Mahamadou Sani, has said the army officer is being held in degrading conditions.

The BBC has contacted the Niger government but it has not commented.

Lt Hambali’s has spent 21 months in jail since his arrest in 2015.

Following a meeting with the Nigerien Association for the Defence of Human Rights (ANDDH), Lt Hambali’s family plan to take his case forward to Niger’s National Commission for Human Rights and Freedoms.

President Mahamadou Issoufou
President Mahamadou Issoufou's election in 2011 ended a year-long military junta

Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia and Morocco submit bids to host 2018 CHAN

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Kenya lost the rights to host the biennial tournament

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has confirmed that Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia and Morocco have bid to host the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN).

Morocco confirmed their bid on Saturday, with Caf announcing yesterday that there were also bids from Ethiopia and also Equatorial Guinea, who staged the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Caf are looking for new hosts to replace Kenya who lost the rights after failing to meet the African football body's requirements.

The winning bid for the biennial tournament for locally-based players only, will be announced next weekend.

It is set to be staged from 12 January to 4 February 2018.

Calm in Cameroon after deadly protests

The president of Cameroon, Paul Biya, said yesterday he condemned violence on all sides after police shot dead at least eight people during protests by English-speaking secessionists.

Today, the situation is reportedly calm.

The unrest came on the 56th anniversary of the incorporation of the Anglophone region into Cameroon.

Activists calling for independence of the region raised the separatist flag and staged protests in several towns. One Twitter user posted this map of the regions which separatists want to break away:

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The English-speaking minority has been protesting for nearly a year against what they say is discrimination in education and the judicial system by the Francophone majority.

Both French and English are official languages of Cameroon.

Read more on the BBC News website.

Nigerian zoo closed after lion kills attendant

A lion
Zoo management said the victim had a "very good relationship" with the animals he cared for

A zoo in Nigeria's state of Oyo has been closed after a lion attacked and killed an attendant, the Punch news site is reporting.

A statement from the authorities said that the decision was taken following advice from the zoo's management.

It said that the attendant had died from injuries sustained in the attack:

One of the lions at the zoo had accidentally attacked one of the attendants, Mr Hamzat Oyekunle popularly known as Baba Olorunwa.

Oyekunle was reported to have later died from injuries sustained from the incident.”

It added that the attendant had fed the lions "for over five years" and that he had "a very good relationship with all the animals in the zoo".

Tear gas fired at anti-election body protesters

Supporters of Kenya's presidential challenger Raila Odinga are protesting against the electoral commission ahead of a repeat election on 26 October, the Daily Nation reports.

The news site reports that police have fired tear gas at demonstrators who have lit fires and blocked roads in Kisumu, an opposition stronghold in western Kenya.

Those taking part in the protest were heeding a call from the opposition alliance, Nasa, which is demanding key changes to the electoral commission's staff and systems ahead of the re-run.

The results of August's presidential election, which handed President Uhuru Kenyatta victory, were annulled over voting irregularities.

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Ramaphosa condemns ANC violence

Cyril Ramaphosa
Mr Ramaphosa is seen as one of the frontrunners in the race to replace President Jacob Zuma

South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned violence that broke out over the weekend during an African National Congress (ANC) conference in the Eastern Cape.

At least eight people were injured, some seriously, in a brawl between two ANC factions over who was meant to be at the conference, Times Live reports.

It adds that chairs were broken and the foyer of the conference's venue was covered in blood.

A video of the fighting has been shared online:

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Mr Ramaphosa said it was not "behaviour expected of members of the ANC":

It's something that we as the ANC should be deeply ashamed about. This is not behaviour expected of members of the ANC. We condemn violence as a method to resolve differences and disputes among us."

Away from the fighting, Oscar Mabuyane, an ally of Mr Ramaphosa was elected the new ANC provincial chairperson at the event which was boycotted by a faction allied to Phumulo Masualle, the province's premier and the out-going party chairman.

Mr Mabuyane's win is a big boost to Mr Ramaphosa ahead of of the party's national conference in December where delegates will choose the party leader, who will be a shoo-in as the country's next president.

The Daily Maverick reports that out of the 1,706 delegates registered in the provincial conference only, 906 remained behind to vote for new leaders.

It adds that the delegates who did not take part appeared to be supporters of Phumulo Masualle and ANC MP Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is reportedly planning to run for the presidency.

In his speech at the event Mr Ramaphosa said that party had to be united.

"The task is to forge unity. Seek to choose the leadership that will bind the ANC together," Times Live reports.

Read:Cyril Ramaphosa - the man who wants to make South Africa great

Today's wise words

Our African proverb of the day:

You only gossip about the elephant once it has turned its back."

Sent by Oware Agar in Nairobi, Kenya

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