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  1. Carcasses of two goats are presented as evidence in a Kenyan court
  2. Charges to be dropped against 528 prisoners in Ethiopia
  3. H&M hit by new protest in South Africa over "racist" advert
  4. Top Swazi football club owner shot dead
  5. Sisi vows to protect Egypt's use of Nile water
  6. Boko Haram releases video of "Chibok girls"
  7. Deadly inferno in Nigeria as gas tanks explode
  8. Flights suspended from Tripoli airport
  9. Angola go-ahead for Catholic radio station to broadcast nationwide

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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 check the BBC News website.

A reminder of today's wise words:

He who does not like the way the moon appears should go up and change it."

A Hausa proverb sent by Sani Ammani in Kaduna, Nigeria

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And we leave you with a picture of the winners of Mr and Miss Kibera, a beauty competition in Kenya's largest informal settlement in the capital, Nairobi.

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Yvonne Orji: Comedy and creative inspiration

Nigerian-American comedienne Yvonne Orji has been making a name for herself on US television and in comedy clubs across the US.

BBC Focus on Africa's Leslie Goffe went along to see Yvonne Orji perform at a comedy club in New York recently.

After the show she shared her parents reaction when she told them she was dropping out of medical school to become a comedienne.

Nigerian-American comedian Yvonne Orji has become a household name on US television.

Deadly gas explosion at Lagos shop

Scene at site of gas explosion
Afolabi Aigoro
The emergency services say they responded swiftly after the explosion was reported

Several people have been killed in an explosion at a gas retail shop in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos, eyewitnesses have told the BBC.

This was the second gas explosion in Lagos today after an explosion in Magodo area killed at least two persons and seriously injured eight.

The latest explosion was suspected to have been caused by excessive heat on the cylinders locked up in the shop in the city's Badagry area, the eyewitnesses added.

The director of Lagos Fire Service, Rasaq Fadipe, confirmed the incident, saying his men promptly responded to a "distress call" and brought the situation under control.

Mr Fadipe said he could not comment on the number of casualties, as he had not been fully briefed about the incident and investigations were still under way.

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New protest hits H&M in South Africa

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The clothing chain has been targeted since the weekend

Members of South Africa's radical opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), have once again stormed clothing chain H&M at the Mall of Africa, near Johannesburg, TimesLive reports.

The move is part of its ongoing protest against the fashion chain for advertising a brand with a controversial picture of a black child, which was interpreted to be racist.

The picture, which H&M apologised for several days ago, had shown a young black boy modelling a green hoodie with "coolest monkey in the jungle" written on it.

The company was widely criticised on social media for the advertisement.

On Saturday, EFF members stormed H&M stores in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town leading the fashion chain to the close 17 stores, IOL reports.

Meanwhile‚ the foundation of the late anti-apartheid activist, Ahmed Kathrada, said the H&M management and marketing division should undergo anti-racism and diversity training so that "there can be a change of attitude within the company around issues related to race".

Migrants die trying to reach Spanish island

Spanish police in the Canary Islands say seven African migrants have died trying to reach the island of Lanzarote.

Five people were found dead in a drifting inflatable boat and two others died trying to swim to shore.

Spanish Civil Guard officials attend to dead migrants after they arrived in a small boat on Bastian de Costa Teguise beach, in Canary Islands, Spain, 15 January 2018.
The seven are the latest to be killed trying to reach Europe in the hope of a better life

About 20 survivors are being treated for hypothermia by local medical services.

Lanzarote is about 150km (93 miles) from the Moroccan coast.

Fela Kuti's wives inspire Nigerian musical

Nigerian theatre producer Bolanle Austen-Peters has has been working on a musical about renowned Afrobeat musician Fel Katu, with a focus on his 27 wives.

She tells the BBC's In The Studio programme that Fela Kuti's works was the inspiration for Fela and Kalakuta Queens.

She says that it just occurred to her that "nobody ever talks about the 27 wives".

Watch her story below:

E Guinea opposition supporter 'dies in detention'

Mary Harper

Africa editor, BBC World Service

The main opposition party in Equatorial Guinea says one of its supporters has died in prison after being tortured.

Citizens for Innovation said Santiago Ebee Ela was detained earlier this month in the capital Malabo.

The party says more than 200 of its members have been arrested in the past few months.

There has been no word so far from the authorities.

Equatorial Guinea said it thwarted an attempted coup last month, led by mercenaries who attempted to cross the border from Cameroon.

Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo arrives to attend the inauguration of Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari at the Eagles Square in Abuja, on May 29, 2015.
President Teodoro Obiang Nguema has ruled Equatorial Guinea since 1979

One of world's biggest diamonds found in Lesotho

A mining company operating in Lesotho says it has dug up the fifth largest diamond ever discovered.

The company, Gem Diamonds, says the stone weighs 910 carats - and is about the size of two golf balls.

It was found in northeast Lesotho at the Letseng mine, which is known for the size and quality of the diamonds it produces.

The gemstone may be worth more than $40m (£29m) due to its very high quality.

Sisi vows to protect Egypt's Nile use

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
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Sisi said that he would strengthen the military

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said that he will protect the country's water supply whilst seeking peace with Sudan and Ethiopia, two countries it has been rowing with over territory and the use of the Nile, news agency AFP reports.

Mr Sisi said in a speech on state TV that he would seek peace with the neighbouring countries, adding that "Egypt will not go to war with its brothers".

Egypt fears Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam will affect water supply to the country which almost entirely depends on the Nile.

It has long maintained that it has historic rights to use the Nile, and to veto projects on the world's longest river.

Egypt also had a contentious row with Sudan over Halayeb triangle, which lies near the Red Sea in a mineral-rich border region. Both countries claim ownership of the territory, which Egypt currently controls.

Last May, Sudan banned imports of Egyptian agricultural and animal products. It recalled its ambassador from Cairo on 4 January for "consultations".

Mr Sisi said in his TV address that the country would strengthen its military, adding:

This is a national security need... You have military power to protect you, to protect this peace I'm talking about.

We always make sure that we stay within our borders, not conspire against anyone, not interfere in others' affairs."

Mr Sisi said his message was directed at Egyptians as well as "our brothers in Sudan and in Ethiopia so that the issue becomes clear for them."

The Egyptian president announced last week that the country is building a massive wastewater treatment and desalination plant to cope with potential shortages.

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry visited the Ethiopian capital last month for talks on the Renaissance Dam project on the Blue Nile.

The hydroelectric dam is designed to produce 6,000 megawatts of power - the equivalent of six nuclear-powered plants.

The construction began in 2012 and was initially expected to commission it in 2017. But Ethiopian media reports say only about 60 percent has so far been built.

Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam
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The hydroelectric dam is designed to produce 6,000 megawatts of power - equivalent of six nuclear-powered plants

Ghana denies summoning US ambassador

Ghana's foreign ministry has denied reports that it has summoned the US ambassador to the country over the derogatory remarks made by President Donald Trump against African countries and Haitians.

Media reports had said, as we reported earlier, that Foreign Affairs Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey had summoned the US envoy over the comments that referred to Africa as a "shithole":

Statement from Ghana's presidency

Somali songstress dies

Farah Yussuf

BBC Monitoring

Khadija Abdullahi Daleys
Khadija was a member of popular Somali band called Waaberi

Acclaimed Somali singer Khadija Abdullahi Daleys has died in Toronto, Canada. She was 81.

Somali information minister Abdirahman Osman announced Daleys’ passing on his Twitter account.

She rose to fame in 1952 when she became the first Somali artist to sing on the state-run Radio Mogadishu, Mr Osman said.

The singer was once a member of the Waaberi Band, a well-known Somali music and dance troupe.

The minister did not disclose the cause of death of the singer’s death.

Privately-owned Radio Goobjoog said Daleys “was ill for some time and died in a hospital in Toronto”.

Pictures of Lagos gas plant fire

BBC Yoruba reporter Joshua Ajayi has been to the scene of the deadly explosion and fire at the Second Coming gas plant in Nigeria's commercial, capital, Lagos.

He sent us these photos from there:

Charred cars
Fire engine responds to the fire
Charred cars
Plaque of the name of the gas plant

Tripoli airport suspends flights after clashes

At least 10 people have been killed in fierce fighting at an airport in Libya's capital, Tripoli, forcing the suspension of all flights.

Rival militias clashed at Mitiga airport which has served as the main hub for civilian flights since the international airport was partially destroyed in fighting several years ago.

Tripoli has been riven by violence involving various armed groups since the uprising in 2011.

The clashes had died down to some extent in recent months as a number of groups currently aligned with the internationally recognised government have increased their hold on much of Tripoli.

Charred vehicles are pictured outside the quarters of the Libyan Al-Nabaa TV channel in the capital Tripoli, following exchanges of rocket and artillery fire between unity government forces and a militia loyal to a former prime minister on March 15, 2017
Various diplomatic initiatives aimed at ending Libya's conflict have failed

Kenyan arrested for 'sex with goats'

Victor Kenani

BBC Africa, Nairobi

A man in Kenya has been charged with having unnatural acts with two goats belonging to his neighbour.

The 35-year-old man was accused of killings the goats immediately after committing the heinous act.

The prosecution presented the carcasses of the two goats as evidence before a shocked courtroom in Kangundo, east of the capital Nairobi.

The accused told the court he was tortured and beaten by police who arrested him.

The magistrate ordered the man be taken to hospital for treatment following the alleged beating and released him on $1,000 bail, or surety equivalent to the same amount.

The case resumes on 29 January 2018.

Kenyan law imposes a prison sentence of up to 14 years for anyone found guilty of bestiality.

Such cases are not new in the country. Last March, a man was jailed for 15 months for having unnatural act with a chicken in western Kenya, claiming he was too afraid to chat up women.

Goats for sale are on display at a livestock market in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on September 29, 2014
Many Africans measure their wealth by the livestock they own

'Two killed' in Lagos gas station blast

Perry During

BBC Pidgin

Authorities in Nigeria's largest city, Lagos, have confirmed that two people died and eight others were injured in a fire which broke out at a gas station early this morning.

Firemen on duty at the station and people living in makeshift houses near the gas plant were among the causalities, Adeshina Tiamiyu, a top official at the city's emergency services, told BBC Pidgin.

Some of the victims were severely burnt.

The cause of the fire is unknown but an official statement will be available after a thorough investigation, he added.

The wounded are being treated at the Lagos Emergency Centre.

One survivor, believed to be the fire official on duty at the gas plant, has been transferred to another facility for further treatment.

AU chief lodges diplomatic protest over Trump slur

African Union Commission chief Moussa Faki Mahamat has formally protested to the US about President Donald Trump's alleged use of the word "shithole" to describe African nations.

Mr Mahamat met the US' ambassador to the AU, MaryBeth Leonard, to express the pan-African body's indignation, and to stress the importance of "respect for a mutually beneficial partnership".

The AU official posted a tweet in French following the meeting:

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Ethiopia drops charges against Oromo leader

Emmanuel Igunza

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Local reports in Ethiopia say a court in the capital, Addis Ababa, has dropped charges against the leader of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC).

Merera Gudina was arrested in December 2016 after arriving in the country from Brussels where he had attended a meeting with European parliamentarians.

He was accused of breaching the terms of a state of emergency that had been imposed following a massive wave of protests in the country.

Demonstrators hold up a placard reading 'Oromia shall be free - remove excessive military from Oromia' as members of the Oromo, Ogaden and Amhara community in South Africa demonstrate against the ongoing crackdown in the restive Oromo and Amhara region of Ethiopia on August 18, 2016 in Johannesburg.
Many Ethiopians in the diaspora joined the anti-government protests

Boko Haram video: 'Convert to Islam'

Stephanie Hegarty

BBC Africa, Lagos

In this video grab made on January 15, 2018 from a video released the same day by Islamist militants group Boko Haram shows Boko Haram factional leader Abubakar Shekau firing a heavy machine gun. T
Abubakar Shekau has evaded capture for almost a decade

Nigera's militant Islamist group Boko Haram have released a video which claims to show some of the Chibok girls still in captivity.

In the video, a girl dressed in full niqab appeals to her parents to embrace Islam.

Dressed in a blue and white niqab, the young woman’s face is concealed, only her eyes can be seen as she recites prayers in Arabic and then switches to Hausa language.

"This is to you, our parents” she says, asking them to convert to Islam.

She said the girls are married to Boko Haram fighters now and don’t want to return home because they are being "well-treated".

It’s unclear whether she's being forced to speak. She's surrounded by about 10 other young women, most of whose faces can be seen. Their identities have yet to be confirmed.

One of them is holding a small baby and beside her, a little girl of about two years is playing.

It’s the second video Boko Haram have released in the past two days, the first claims to show a Nigerian air force jet shot down by the militants.

Stills of the video published online also show Abubakar Shekau, the leader of one faction of Boko Haram.

He's standing, holding a gun and refuting claims by the Nigerian army that he is seriously injured.

The videos were released through Nigerian journalist Ahmad Salkida, who has had exclusive access to Boko Haram for some time.

Of the 276 girls kidnapped in Chibok four years ago, 112 are still missing.

Read: Vigilantes fight Boko Haram

Tunisia hit by fresh unrest

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Tunisians carry flares and shout slogans against the government in Tunis on 14 January
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Tunisians carry flares and shout slogans against the government in Tunis on Sunday

Some clashes erupted in Tunisia overnight as anti-austerity protests continued, despite government pledges earlier that welfare support would be increased.

In the Kram suburb in the north of the capital Tunis, 12 people were arrested after confrontations with police, privately owned Mosaique FM radio reported.

The station said one of those arrested was a "dangerous takfiri" - a reference to Islamist extremists.

Clashes between protesters and police continued late into the night, with security forces using tear gas to disperse protesters who burned tyres in an attempt to block roads in the area.

Meanwhile privately owned Shems FM quoted a security source saying "young offenders" had taken advantage of the situation to loot shops.

Protests were also reported in Feriana in the western Kasserine Governorate, where police used tear gas to clear the area, according to Shems FM.

The Interior Ministry said that a further 41 people had been arrested.

Read: What is Tunisia like?

Loyisa Madinga debuts on the Daily Show

South African comedian Loyisa Madinga has made his debut on US TV as an African correspondent for the Daily Show.

The show is hosted by another South African comedian, Trevor Noah.

Madinga's debut piece was about the ongoing leadership tussle in the governing African National Congress( ANC).

He interviews party members and asks if their newly elected leader Cyril Ramaphosa would be good for the ANC because "he is a billionaire."

Watch his piece below as shared by Comedy Central:

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Ethiopia 'to free more than 500 prisoners'

People protest against the Ethiopian government during Irreecha, the annual Oromo festival to celebrates the end of the rainy season, in Bishoftu on October 1, 2017

Ethiopia is to drop charges against 528 prisoners in the coming days.

Attorney general Getachew Ambaye said they would be released from jail after two days of what he described as rehabilitation training.

He said prisoners due for release included those who had not used force to try to dismantle the government.

Earlier this month, Ethiopia said it would release some of the country's politicians and close a notorious detention centre.

Thousands of people have been detained during more than two years of anti-government protests.

Read: Are Ethiopian protests a game changer?

Ghana summons US ambassador over Trump slur

This file photo taken on December 3, 2017 shows counter-protesters shouting slogans at white nationalists during an anti-immigration rally front of the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC.
Donald Trump says he is not a racist

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo has summoned the US ambassador to Accra, Robert Porter Jackson, to protest against President Donald Trump's alleged use of the word "shithole" to describe African states.

Ghana would not tolerate "unprovoked attacks" by Mr Trump, and attempts to "denigrate our freedoms and rights", the Minister of Foreign affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, said.

Mr Trump said he had used "tough language" - but not "shithole" - at a closed-door meeting last week to discuss immigration reforms.

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Boko Haram releases video of 'Chibok girls'

Nigeria's Islamist militant group Boko Haram have released a video of what it says are the remaining Chibok girls who it kidnapped in 2014.

The video shows a group of veiled young women and some children with one of them speaking directly to the camera.

It also shared another video showing what the militants say is a downed Nigerian military aircraft.

Boko Haram has been waging an insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria since 2009, and has also carried out attacks in neighbouring countries.

Thousands have been killed and millions displaced in the fighting.

The militants kidnapped 276 schoolgirls in Chibok town in 2014, causing global outrage.

The militants are thought to be still holding at least 100, having released the rest of the girls.

Read: Who are Boko Haram?

'I feared Mugabe will be lynched'

Robert Mugabe
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Robert Mugabe was forced to resign in November

Zimbabwe's ousted President Robert Mugabe was warned that he could be lynched like long-serving Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi if he refused to step down, his ex-spokesman George Charamba has told the privately owned Daily News newspaper.

He tried to reconcile with his former deputy Emmerson Mnagangwa amidst the military take over which ousted him from office, his long-time spokesman has revealed.

Recalling the last days of Mr Mugabe's 37-year reign, Mr Charamba said the 93-year-old wanted "to go on his own terms" and had to be warned of the dangers following the military's intervention and the outbreak of protests.

The commanders sent us with a very chilling message, they said ‘please go and get the president to appreciate the gravity of the situation out there.”

There was the possibility of a Libyan scenario where the president would have been dragged out of the Blue Roof [his residence] and lynched.

It was going to be possible because the soldiers said, 'we cannot turn our guns on civilians who are marching against the president and spill blood'.

I started visualising an image of Muammar Gaddafi. I literally went 'argh argh'."

Read: The fate of the Chibok girls

Big inferno in Lagos as gas tanks explode

BBC Monitoring

The world through its media

Gas tanks have exploded at a gas supply station in Nigeria's main city, Lagos, causing a huge inferno.

Police says no deaths have been reported, but some local media are reporting that at least 10 people have been killed following the explosion at the Second Coming gas station in the Magodo area.

The fire has spread to surrounding buildings and firemen and staff from other emergency services are at the scene, the reports say.

Angola allows Catholic radio to broadcast nationwide

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The world through its media

Radio Ecclesia
Radio Ecclesia

Angola's Catholic Church has welcomed President Joao Lourenço's decision to allow its Radio Ecclesia station to broadcast throughout the country.

The decision marks the end of a "great injustice", Angola Episcopal Conference spokesman Jose Manuel Imbaba said.

At present, Radio Ecclesia can only be heard in the capital, Luanda. The decision marks a rapprochement between the government and the church, which has, at times, been critical of the government.

Radio France International quoted President Lourenço as saying at a news conference:

The expansion of the broadcasts will help us, maybe, to stop the proliferation of sects which have appeared in our country in the past years."

Swaziland football boss gunned down

The owner of Swaziland's leading football club, Mbabane Swallows, has been shot dead at close range at a filling station in the capital, Mbabane.

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Mr Gamedze was killed soon after leaving the Somhlolo National Stadium, having watched his team, the reigning champions in Swaziland, beat Manzini Wanderers 1-0 in the Ingwenyama Cup quarter-finals.

A gunman fired two shots at Victor Gamedze, hitting him in the cheek and around the forehead as he was about to enter his car after visiting a convenient store at the filing station,the Times of Swaziland newspaper quoted witnesses as saying.

Two suspects have been arrested while trying to cross into South Africa through the Lundzi Border post,the Swazi Observer newspaper quoted police sources as saying.

South Africa summons US official over Trump slur

Jorel Francois holds a sign that reads, 'President trump is a Bigot!!!'
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Mr Trump's comments have been widely condemned

South Africa's foreign office has summoned the deputy chief of mission at the US embassy in the capital, Pretoria over President Trump's derogatory remark about African countries.

Mr Trump reportedly referred to states in the continent as "shithole countries" during a discussion about an immigration policy.

He has now told reporters: "I am not a racist. I'm the least racist person you have ever interviewed."

A statement from the South African foreign office says that it aligns itself with the statement issued by the African Union.

The continent's top body expressed its "shock, dismay and outrage" over the comments and called on Mr Trump to apologise.

South Africa said that relations between the country and the US must be based on mutual respect.

Namibia, Botswana and Ghana are some of the African countries that have issued strong statement condemning Mr Trump.

Read: Was the alleged slur racist?

Today's wise words

Our African proverb of the day:

He who does not like the way the moon appears should go up and change it."

A Hausa proverb sent by Sani Ammani in Kaduna, Nigeria
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