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Summary

  1. Police in Mozambique free children from home
  2. Buhari says reported abduction of girls a 'national disaster'
  3. Deadly unrest hits Zimbabwe's capital
  4. South Sudan children 'forced to watch mothers raped'
  5. South African ex-colonel sentenced to death in South Sudan
  6. UK warns tourists in South Africa after couple kidnapped
  7. Suspected Somali pirates hijack Singaporean-flagged vessel
  8. Ramaphosa forgives TV newsreader who 'killed' him
  9. EU boosts anti-terror funding for Sahel
  10. BBC launches 2018 Komla Dumor Award

Live Reporting

By Farouk Chothia and Flora Drury

All times stated are UK

Scroll down for this week's stories

We'll be back on Monday

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:

The heaviest thing you can carry is a grudge."

A Lugbara proverb sent by Egabile Dragonson Achile in Arua, Uganda

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

And we leave you with this photo from our week in pictures - of an elephant upside down and suspended in the air in Kenya's Nyeri County:

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Mozambique rescues 17 children from 'prophet'

Jose Tembe

BBC Africa, Maputo

A self-styled prophet has been arrested after 17 children were allegedly held captive in his home in Mozambique.

Luis Gouveia Inroga said he had recruited the children, aged between nine and 16 years, in November so that they could learn the Bible.

However, he also also encouraged them to disobey their parents and keep their distance from "worldly" things, including school and television, which he said were "satanic".

Mr Inroga, who lives in the central city of Chimoio, told reporters he had received a divine calling requiring him to take people out of sin.

A map of Mozambique
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The children then told reporters they were now prophets, having mastered the Bible and, when possessed by the spirit of God, able to speak in tongues.

It has left parents tearing their hair out. One of the mothers, Flora Moreira, said her son has been in Mr Inroga’s “church” for two months, and now has become disobedient and insults her constantly.

Mateus Mindu, spokesman for the local police station, said officers acted after receiving a denunciation about an unknown “pastor” who was recruiting children into his house.

Mr Mindu said he was looking at a charge of "private imprisonment", but it was now in the hands of the public prosecutor.

Salah: I dream of Liverpool title win

Mohamed Salah
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The Egyptian hopes he can Liverpool win its first trophy since 2012

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah says he dreams of winning the Premier League and wants to do "something special" in this season's Champions League.

The Anfield club can go second in the league by beating West Ham on Saturday and lead Porto 5-0 after the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Egypt international Salah has scored 22 goals in 26 league games since signing from Roma for £34m ($47m) last June.

"I came to here to win titles," the 25-year-old told Football Focus.

Read the full story here

Somalia blast: 'There are bodies everywhere'

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Ambulances are carrying the bodies of the dead and injured to hospital following two blasts in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.

The director of Aamin Ambulance told local news site Goobjoog News he was unable to put an exact figure on casualites.

However, he added: "We have carried injured and dead people to hospitals. There were bodies lying all over the scene."

News agency Associated Press reported that at least three people were killed in the explosions while Somalia's Radio Risala quoted security sources as saying that two of the assailants were shot dead.

The bombing comes months after two others killed hundreds in the city.

It also follows a warning from the security minister over "a vehicle filled with explosives" on Thursday, which VOA journalist Harun Maruf tweeted out:

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'Somali pirates' attack Singapore ship

A Singapore-flagged chemical tanker has been attacked by suspected Somali pirates, the European Union's navy has said.

The ship was en route from Sohar, Oman, to Cape Town, South Africa, when they were attacked 160 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia on Friday.

The suspected pirates opened fire as they approached in two small boats, but were repelled by on-board security.

After about 20 minutes, the attackers retreated.

Buhari: Girls' reported abduction a 'national disaster'

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari walks after speaking at the opening of the Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government during the 30th annual African Union summit in Addis Ababa on January 28, 2018
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The Nigerian leader says more troops are being sent to the region

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari says that the reported abduction of schoolgirls by militant Isalmist group Boko Haram is a "national disaster", and no effort will be spared to rescue them.

In his first statement since the militants stormed the boarding school in north-eastern Yobe State on Monday, Mr Buhari said:

The entire country stands as one with the girls’ families, the government and the people of Yobe State. This is a national disaster. We are sorry that this could have happened and share your pain."

A view shows girls hostel at the school in Dapchi in the northeastern state of Yobe
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It is unclear how many girls are missing from the boarding school

Mr Buhari said he had instructed the security agencies to ensure that the girls are returned safely to their families, and the attackers arrested and made to face justice.

He added:

Our government is sending more troops and surveillance aircraft to keep an eye on all movements in the entire territory on a 24-hour basis, in the hope that all the missing girls will be found.”

Somalia blast 'felt in another district'

The blast which has rocked the Somali capital Mogadishu was so large it was felt in other parts of the city, news outlet Radio Dalsan reported.

It is thought at least one of the explosions happened near to the presidential palace, Villa Somalia.

"The impact of the huge bombing could be felt as far as Abdiasis district, north Mogadishu," it added.

Another social media user suggested the force of the blast had damaged houses in the area.

Ambulances are at the scene but it is not clear how many people were caught up in the blast.

The militant Islamist group, al-Shabab has been behind previous bombings in the capital.

Somalia blast 'caused by suicide bomber'

A suicide bomber is suspected to have blown up a car near the presidential palace in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, police officer Major Mohamed Ahmed has told Reuters news agency.

"Then another blast followed, with gunfire. It is too early to know details and target," he added.

A big plume of smoke could be seen in the sky, a witness told Reuters.

BreakingExplosions and shooting in Somalia

There are reports of two explosions and gunfire in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

VOA journalist Harun Maruf shared this picture on social media:

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One of the blasts is understood to have happened near the Turkish Red Crescent's offices.

Their director tweeted this picture, saying he hoped there was no loss of life:

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This is a breaking story. We will keep the page updated as we learn more.

A mother's plea: 'I would rather my daughter was dead than captive'

Sandals are strewn in the yard of the Government Girls Science and Technical College staff quarters in Dapchi, Nigeria, on February 22, 2018
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Abandoned shoes outside the school in Dapchi

Harira Malam Halilu has not stopped crying since her daughter disappeared on Monday night, during militant Islamist group Boko Haram's raid on a boarding school in north-eastern Nigeria.

Her daughter, Sahura Jibrin Mohammed, was studying sciences at the school in Dapchi town when the militants appeared.

The 17-year-old, along with dozens of others, has not been seen since.

For Ms Halilu, the wait for news is unbearable. She fears for her daughter, who dreamed of becoming a nurse, with the memories of the abduction of 276 girls from Chibok town almost four years ago playing on her mind:

If I remember how we see the images of previously abducted Chibok girls, I keep on crying; my tears continue flowing ceaselessly.

I would rather see her dead body brought to me so that we give her a befitting burial, than for her to be under the captivity of Boko Haram members."

It is more than just the fear of a mass abduction which has parents debating whether or not Nigeria is seeing history repeat itself.

The authorities have insisted in previous statements the girls are simply hiding in the bush after fleeing the attack in Dapchi.

Ms Halilu does not believe this version of events. However, she is not ready to give up hope just yet.

It will not be surprising to if she returns as with Allah all things are possible. But from experience, if such things happen it goes like a play. Because as of now, authorities have not admitted that they have been abducted."

Read Africa Live's earlier story on the abduction here.

Deadly unrest hits Zimbabwe's capital

Shingai Nyoka

BBC Africa, Harare

Two people are confirmed dead and seven others injured following overnight clashes in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, between police and members of the public.

While clashes between police, illegal vendors and transport operators are common in the city, this is the deadliest so far.

A crowd gathers around a burnt out shell of a car torched outside Harare Central Police Station on February 23, 2018, in Harare
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A car was torched outside Harare Central Police Station

Authorities say an angry crowd threw stones at police as they tried to clear the streets of private commuter buses.

Police fired warning shots and then directly at the crowd, killing two.

Three police officers were also seriously wounded as crowds stoned a nearby police station, setting fire to several vehicles.

The economic crisis in Zimbabwe, including high unemployment, has led to many people setting up stalls illegally in Harare, and it has also led to the growth of private transport operators.

Justice Chiutsi points to a wound on his neck and another on his forehead outside Harare Central Police Station on February 23, 2018, in Harare. Chiutsi, a cellphone vendor was shot by a policeman during clashes between commuters and police blocking commuter buses from enter ng the central business district of Harare.
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Mobile phone vendor Justice Chiutsi was wounded during the clashes

Police and the city council have struggled to reduce congestion and restore order in the city, amid strong public resistance.

Police say they are still investigating the violence, and described it as regrettable.

SA Hawks: Gupta arrests 'just phase one' of wider investigation

South Africa's elite police squad say the high profile arrests carried out earlier this month - including of people linked to the wealthy Gupta family - are just "phase one" of an investigation into how allegedly corrupt individuals tried to control the state.

Lieutenant General Yolisa Matakata confirmed an arrest warrant for Ajay Gupta - one of three brothers who allegedly used their friendship with former President Jacob Zuma to wield huge political power - has been issued.

However, it was not related to the alleged siphoning of government money allocated to helping emerging black dairy farmers, as the police minister had suggested, but on other matters of corruption, she said.

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Her words are likely to have cheered many South Africans who are hoping for a wide-ranging investigation into so-called state capture - the process by which the wealthy Indian-born Gupta family are alleged to have gained influence.

According to South Africa's TimesLive, she said the arrest of eight suspects earlier this month "was phase one of our broader state of capture investigations".

She said she could not give further details, as it could compromise investigations.

Both the Gupta family and Mr Zuma have repeatedly denied corruption allegations.

Read more about the Gupta family by clicking here.

How to move a six-tonne elephant

Officials in Kenya's Lamuria region have begun transporting up to 30 elephants to another part of the country by truck, in an operation costing $6m (£4.3m).

Farmers in the region have complained that the elephants destroy crops as they migrate between wildlife parks.

Kenya elephants: Operation to move big beasts begins

Nigeria state: Put your child in school, or risk jail

Karina Igonikon

BBC Pidgin, Lagos

Learners from the Bethel Nursery and Primary school leave with books they are borrowing from the in the I-Read mobile library on January 30, 2018.
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Nigeria’s oil-rich Bayelsa state is threatening parents who do not make sure their children go to school with jail terms.

The state signed the new law into the books amid concerns children were not attending class despite the fact that it spent 70bn naira ($200m; £140m) on new school buildings and equipment.

"We feel it is important to have this law to protect that investment," state Commissioner of Education Jonathan Obuebite told reporters. "Clearly, the law is to demonstrate our commitment to education in the state.”

Both primary and secondary school education is free.

However, many parents appear to be nonchalant about sending their children to learn.

The state's Union of Teachers say it is a good move, but each case needs to be considered individually.

“Before you arrest a parent, you have to find out what the problem is," union Kalama John Tonipre told the BBC.

"if it is done in a legal and proper manner, it is okay. If it is not just a mere political statement and it is done with good intentions, it is good."

Otonye Fatayi, who lives in Yenagoa, says the law is good - but said people needed to be given time to get used to it.

Can Liberia's celebrity president beat unemployment?

George Weah has said the economy is his top priority

Liberia's new President George Weah said earlier this week he had inherited a broken economy.

The country's financial problems should come as no surprise: he ran on a pledge to confront the issue head on.

But is the former footballer able to make a difference? The BBC's Tamasin Ford considers the issue in the video above.

Equatorial Guinea's opposition a 'paramilitary group'

People take part in the last day of official campaigning for incumbent President and Presidential candidate Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo ahead of the first round of presidential elections in the capital Malabo on April 22, 2016
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President Teodoro Obiang Nguema is widely regarded as an authoritarian ruler

Equatorial Guinea's main opposition party "must be dissolved" because it resembles a "paramilitary group", the attorney general has said, AFP news agency reports.

David Nguema Obiang was speaking during the trial of 147 opposition activists charged with "rebellion".

"The Citizens for Innovation (CI) party should be dissolved, there is violence wherever it holds meetings.

"It doesn't even resemble a political party... It's like a paramilitary group," he was quoted as saying.

The trial is linked to scuffles which broke out after police attempted to stop an opposition rally ahead of elections in November, AFP reports.

The ruling Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea won 99 parliamentary seats and the CI one.

The CI denounced the poll as fraudulent.

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema has ruled Equatorial Guinea, a former Spanish colony, with an iron-grip since 1979.

Parent of missing Nigerian schoolgirl 'in hiding'

Stephanie Hegarty

BBC Africa, Lagos

Hassana Mohammed, 13, who scaled a fence to escape an alleged Boko Haram attack on her Government Girls Science and Technical College, stands outside her home in Dapchi, Nigeria, on February 22, 2018.
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Hassana Mohammed, 13,scaled a fence to escape an alleged Boko Haram attack on her Government Girls Science and Technical College on Monday

A parent of one of the girls missing since the attack and kidnap at a school in Yobe state has told the BBC that he is in hiding after police issued an order for his arrest.

The order came after a convoy belonging to the state governor was pelted with stones after he told parents following the army had not found any of the missing girls - backtracking on earlier assurances.

The man, who didn't want to be identified, said one parent has already been arrested. Police have yet to respond to requests for confirmation of the arrest order.

The man told the BBC he had run from his home and was hiding in the bush after he heard of the arrest warrant against him.

He fears it may actually be an attempt by the authorities to stop him talking to the media.

His daughter has been missing since Monday, when Boko Haram stormed their town and reportedly abducted children from the girl’s secondary school.

Authorities failed to acknowledge the kidnapping until Wednesday night, when they claimed some girls had been rescued.

Addressing parents in Dapchi village on Thursday the governor retracted that claim. Angry parents then pelted his convoy with stones.

This torrent of misinformation on the part of authorities mirrors the aftermath of the kidnapping of the Chibok girls in 2014, 100 of whom are still missing four years later.

Nigeria to stick with core squad for World Cup

Oluwashina Okeleji

BBC Sport

Gernot Rohr
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Gernot Rohr's Nigeria will face Argentina, Croatia and Iceland in Group D at Russia 2018

Nigeria's football coach Gernot Rohr has ruled out bringing in new players to bolster his squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The West Africans have been hit by a goalkeeping crisis. First choice Carl Ikeme was diagnosed with leukaemia, both Daniel Akpeyi and his replacement Ikechukwu Ezenwa have failed to impress, while Francis Uzoho is inexperienced.

Rohr is not tempted to call up another goalkeeper, despite growing calls from a section of fans for him to recall the country's most capped player Vincent Enyeama from retirement.

He told BBC Sport:

We can't just keep bringing in player after player when you already have those who have proven that they can do the job."

Read the full story here

The shadow over Egypt: Looking for the disappeared

Cairo
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Egypt will elect a president next month, with the incumbent, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, set to win.

And the authorities stand accused of arresting and torturing his opponents.

What has happened to the disappeared?

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Congolese refugees killed in Rwanda protests

A refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo is seen with her children as they prepare a meal near the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) offices in Kiziba refugee camp in Karongi District, Rwanda February 21, 2018
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A Congolese refugee stands outside the UN office with her children

Five refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo have been killed during a protest over a cut in food rations in Rwanda.

The deaths came after three days of a sit-in protests outside the United Nations' refugee offices in the capital Kigali.

Thousands of people had walked almost 15km (10 miles) from the Kiziba refugee camps to the offices on Tuesday, angry at the cut in food aid.

The World Food Programme (WFP) has been forced to cut the amount it gives refugees twice in the last six months.

The first cut of 10% came in November, followed by 25% in January.

Earlier this week, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said it had been forced to make the hard decisions because "humanitarian operations in Rwanda remain severely underfunded".

On Thursday afternoon, a smaller group "armed with stones, sticks and metal projectiles" allegedly assaulted officers brought in to intervene, Rwandan police said in a statement today.

They said seven officers were injured.

Police responded with tear gas, the statement added, and 20 refugees were hurt. Five have since died, the statement said. Another 15 were arrested.

Cecile Pouilly, a UNHCR spokeswoman, said the organisation regretted its "continued appeals for maintaining calm and restraint were not considered".

"This tragedy should have been avoided, and disproportionate use of force against desperate refugees is not acceptable," the UNHCR statement added.

Most of the refugees have reportedly now returned to the camps, home to more than 17,000 people, most of whom are women and children.

'No-one predicted such a catastrophe' in S Sudan

A woman from Nuer ethnic group carries her food after a monthly food distribution at the Protection of Civilian site (PoC) in Bentiu, South Sudan, on February 13, 2018.
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The lives of millions of people have been ruined by the conflict

Following the UN report on the horrific abuses committed in South Sudan's conflict, including civilians having had their eyes gouged out, their throats slit or having been castrated, BBC World Service Africa editor Will Ross writes:

South Sudan only gained its independence seven years ago and despite the celebrations there were warnings that the road ahead would be tough - years of conflict against the Arab dominated Khartoum government had had a devastating impact.

But no-one predicted the catastrophe that has since engulfed the country.

Within two years President Salva Kiir had fallen out with his deputy Riek Machar.

That triggered the civil war which has now forced two million people to flee the country as refugees and has left another two million displaced within South Sudan.

Instead of committing to peace deals, the political leaders have torn the country apart in their effort to win the war.

Now, a team of UN human rights investigators has recommended 40 senior military officials in South Sudan should go on trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

It says setting up a special court to try those responsible for the atrocities is the only way to stop what it calls the rampant devastation of millions of lives by South Sudan's leaders.

World's rarest chimp spotted in Nigeria

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One of the incredibly rare chimps pictured in Nigeria

A trip into some of Nigeria's most remote forests has raised hopes for the survival of the world's rarest chimp.

The Nigeria-Cameroon chimp has been pictured by cameras set up at various locations within Gashaka Gumti National Park, which sits along the border of the two countries.

The team of researchers from Chester Zoo, who were working with the Nigeria National Park Service, also recorded the first sighting in the country of a giant pangolin.

It is a hugely exciting find, says Stuart Nixon, the Africa Field Programme Co-ordinator at Chester Zoo:

It's an incredible tool to use these camera traps and to reveal that this park - which is a forgotten wilderness, really, for Nigeria - still has a really important reservoir of important species for Nigeria and Africa in general."

To read more about the researchers' discoveries, click here.

Fire destroys police homes in Kenya

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Dozens of police officers' homes have been destroyed by a fire in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

The fire broke out this morning amid the homes inside the Central Police Station compound.

A number of local outlets report explosions were heard as the fire spread, but it was not entirely clear what started the blaze.

The Daily Nation says most of the officers were out on duty when the fire began.

It took firefighters two hours to put the blaze out, the newspaper added.

The Kenyan Red Cross said there had been no casualties reported.

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Nigerian church burned after brother weds sister

Sammy Maina

BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

Angry villagers in the eastern Nigerian state of Anambra have set a church ablaze after its pastor conducted a wedding between a man and his teenager sister, the website of privately-owned daily Nigerian Tribune has reported.

The local community in Agba, Ekwulobia, termed the siblings' union as an abomination.

"In an apparent reaction to the unusual wedding, Agba Village youths who saw the marriage as an abomination set ablaze the church where the wedlock took place," the newspaper said.

According to the report, the siblings' older brother conducted the wedding, citing Biblical scriptures to back up his actions.

In a strange twist, far from condemning the act, the mother of the couple told local journalists that his son’s action was biblical, adding: “My son paid the dowry as required.”

Social media reports on the incident claim the brother, 25, had also impregnated the sister.

British couple kidnapped in South Africa

A view of the beach of Durban on 16 June, 2010 as the 2010 World Cup hosted by South Africa continues through July 11.
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Durban is a popular tourist destination in South Africa

Two dual British-South African nationals have been kidnapped in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal region, leading the UK Foreign Office to warn tourists face the threat of violence from extremists linked to the Islamic State (IS) group.

The couple, who have not been named, were taken on 12 February while on holiday in the province.

They have not yet been found, and police say they are not yet sure of the motive.

But two people have been arrested in connection with the abduction - one of whom was detained two years ago in connection with the case of twin brothers accused of planning attacks ordered by IS.

News agency AFP says Sayfydeen Aslam Del Vecchio, 38, and Fatima Patel, 27, face charges of kidnapping.

They have not yet been asked to plead.

Meanwhile, the couple's car has been found near the coastal city of Durban, some 300km (185 miles) from Vryheid, where they were believed to have been holidaying.

It has been taken for forensic testing.

The UK Foreign Office said it was unable to give further details.

In a statement released to the BBC, it said:

We are working closely with the South African authorities following the kidnap of two South African/British dual nationals and have offered consular support to the family. As there is an ongoing investigation we cannot comment further.”

EU boosts counter-terror funding for Sahel

A French soldier of the operation Barkhane, an anti-terrorist mission in Sahel, patrols during a tactical flight on March 12, 2016 over Mali
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French forces have battled militant Islamists in the Sahel

The European Union has announced it is doubling its financial contribution to a security force mounted by the five countries of the Sahel region - Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

The EU's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, promised the extra $61m (£44m) at the start of an international donor conference in Brussels attended by 50 nations.

She also highlighted the need for development funds in the region, where the EU is investing nearly $10bn in its seven-year plan until 2020.

She said it was important for the region and also for Europe.

Nigeria 'in shock' over missing girls

Chris Ewokor

BBC Africa, Abuja

Soldiers (R) drive past a signpost leading to the Government Girls Science and Technical College staff quarters in Dapchi, Nigeria, on February 22, 2018
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Nigeria is still in shock as the fate of dozens of the missing Dapchi schoolgirls remains unknown.

The mood across the north-eastern Yobe State is that of sadness. Parents are inconsolable.

As for the local authorities, they have few facts to going on. They have not been able to ascertain the actual number of girls still missing.

The Yobe governor has now apologised for misinforming the public on claims that the girls have been rescued.

The attack on the girls’ school in Dapchi is increasingly looking like a repeat of the mass kidnapping from Chibok in 2014.

And, as usual, many Nigerians suspect they are witnessing the same circle of slow action and misinformation, with the Nigerian military remaining silent.

  • Read our full story about the kidnaps on the BBC website here, and keep checking back for the latest updates with Africa Live.

BBC launches 2018 Komla Dumor Award

Komla Dumor Award 2018: Applications open for African journalism award

The BBC is seeking a rising star of African journalism for the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award, now in its fourth year.

Journalists from across the continent are invited to apply for the award, which aims to uncover and promote fresh talent from Africa.

The winner will spend three months at the BBC headquarters in London, gaining skills and experience.

Applications close on 23 March 2018 at 23:59 GMT.

The award was established to honour Komla Dumor, an exceptional Ghanaian broadcaster and presenter for BBC World News, who died suddenly aged 41 in 2014.

This year's award is being launched from the Ghanaian capital Accra.

South Sudan to hang former South African colonel

A court in South Sudan has sentenced a former South African colonel to death by hanging for conspiring against President Salva Kiir's government.

William John Endley, who served as an adviser to South Sudanese rebel leader and former Vice-President Riek Machar, was arrested in August 2016.

His photo has been tweeted by a privately-owned South Sudanese radio station:

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Defence lawyer Gardit Abel Gar sais he would appeal against the ruling, describing it as a miscarriage of justice.

A spokesman for South Africa's Department of International Relations said they would be briefed by their embassy in South Sudan, "and we will take it from there", Reuters new agency reports.

South Sudan has been plunged in conflict since 2013 after a power struggle broke out between Mr Kiir and Mr Machar, former allies who turned into bitter foes.

See our earlier post about mothers being raped in front of their children

Ramaphosa forgives SA newsreader for 'killing' him

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has "forgiven" a newsreader who accidentally killed him off during a live TV broadcast.

Peter Ndoro - a former BBC journalist who now works for South Africa's SABC - mistakenly said Mr Ramaphosa had died on Wednesday, 14 February.

He had meant to say Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of Zimbabwe's opposition, had passed away.

Mr Tsvangirai died the same day former President Jacob Zuma stepped down.

Mr Ndoro has been off air since - but this morning revealed he would be back on SABC this Monday after Mr Ramaphosa "graciously" accepted his apology.

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To be fair, it did not seem as if the accidental announcement had bothered Mr Ramaphosa in the slightest.

A suggestion Mr Ndoro had lost his job over the incident left Mr Ramaphosa looking "visibly shocked", according to the privately owned News24 site.

It is not the first time that Mr Ndoro has had a slip of the tongue which put someone in their grave earlier than they should have been....

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South Sudan children 'forced to watch rape'

Imogen Foulkes

BBC News, Geneva

Women from more than forty South Sudanese womens organizations carry placards as march through the city to express the frustration and suffering that women and children face in Juba, South Sudan on December 9, 2017.
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Women and children have staged numerous protests in South Sudan calling for an end to conflict

Children in South Sudan have been forced to watch their mothers being raped and killed, civilians have been tortured and mutilated, and villages have been destroyed on an industrial scale.

These are some of the horrific abuses that a team of UN human rights investigators has detailed in a report published about the conflict in South Sudan.

The investigators say evidence suggests that more than 40 senior officials, among them five colonels and three state governors, may bear individual responsibility for the most serious violations.

The report will be presented to the UN human Rights Council in Geneva, but its real purpose is to provide evidence for a proposed hybrid court to try alleged war criminals.

But the court has still to be set up: South Sudan's parliament has not yet approved it.

Friday's wise words

Our African proverb of the day:

The heaviest thing you can carry is a grudge."

A Lugbara proverb sent by Egabile Dragonson Achile in Arua, Uganda

Good morning

Welcome back to BBC Africa Live, where we resume our coverage of the latest news and views from around the continent.

Scroll down for Thursday's stories

We'll be back tomorrow

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:

The stubborn grasshopper ends up in the belly of the fowl."

Sent by Ousainou Ceesay in Bansang, The Gambia

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

And we leave you with this photo of family and friend spending the afternoon on a beach in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu:

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Damming the Nile

Ethiopia is building one of Africa's biggest dams, which will generate huge amounts of electricity to power its industrial revolution and to sell to surrounding countries.

But by diverting the flow of the Blue Nile, Ethiopia could anger neighbouring Egypt and Sudan.

You can experience the scale of the dam in Virtual Reality on the BBC site.

A new dam on the Nile could trigger tensions between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan.

More from BBC Focus on Africa radio.

SA immigration raids Gupta-linked TV station

Beverly Ochieng

BBC Monitoring

South African immigration officials have raided a television station, ANN7, formerly owned by the controversial and wealthy Indian-born Gupta family.

"Our officials visited the ANN7 Studios to verify information related to visas of certain individuals employed by the organisation,” the Home Affairs department said in a statement quoted by The New Age newspaper, which was also previously owned by the family.

Other South African media reported that the immigration officers were checking whether or not the work permits of staff members from India, including ten managers, had expired.

Atul Gupta and  Jacob Zuma (archive shot)
South African government
Ex-President Jacob Zuma was close to the Gupta family

ANN7is a 24-hour news channel that was launched in 2013.

The Gupta family sold the TV station and The New Age newspaper in August to former South African government spokesman Mzwanele Manyi, an avid supporter of ousted President Jacob Zuma.

The Guptas are accused of wielding enormous political influence and accessing millions worth of government contracts through corrupt deals during Mr Zuma's rule.

The family and Mr Zuma have denied all allegations of corruption.

Kenya MPs complain of no toilet paper

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Kenyans have been poking fun at their MPs after they complained about the shortage of toilet paper and running water in the parliamentary complex's washrooms, the poor quality of food and tea they are served, and the fact that treadmills and bicycles in their gym do not work:

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One Twitter user referred to US President Donald Trump's now infamous description of African nations as 'shitholes':

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'Rugby is not just for boys'

The Ghana Rugby Union is trying to get young people involved by promoting the sport in schools and young Ghanaian women are taking up the challenge.

The BBC's Thomas Naadi meets some of the players and one of the female coaches championing them:

Listeria outbreak kills dozens in South Africa

Will Ross

Africa editor, BBC World Service

Listeria viewed under a microscope
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The bacteria can be found in unpasteurised milk, meat and soft cheeses

Health authorities in South Africa say 172 people have died this year from the food-borne bacteria, listeria.

Most of the more than 900 cases of listeriosis were in Gauteng province.

The government has not confirmed the source of the outbreak and has urged people not to panic unnecessarily as it tries to find the reason for the spike in cases.

The bacteria can be found in unpasteurised milk, meat and soft cheeses and the symptoms include high temperatures, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Doom Pastor's mum says she would join him in jail

A man spraying insecticide in the face of a woman before a congregation.
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The pastor alleges that the Doom insecticide can heal people with cancer and HIV

The mother of a South African self-styled prophet who sprayed his followers with the insecticide, Doom, has said she would follow her son to prison if he is jailed.

Lethebo Rabalago - widely known as the Doom Pastor - was found guilty of assault earlier this month and has not yet been sentenced.

His mother, Everista Rabalago, told a magistrate's court in Limpopo province that she couldn't face being without her son:

He is my everything. He is the only one helping since he is my only son. He protects me and looks after my disability."

Rabalago - who runs the Mount Zion General Assembly - was arrested after it emerged he had used the product in 2016 to "cure" his followers of various ailments, including cancer and HIV.

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