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  1. Muhammadu Buhari sworn in as Nigeria's new president
  2. Buhari describes Boko Haram as 'godless'
  3. Dignitaries from around the world witness the ceremony
  4. IS militants in say they have seized a Libyan airport

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By Clare Spencer and Damian Zane

All times stated are UK

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  1. Scroll down for Friday's stories

    We'll be back on Monday

    That's all from the BBC Africa Live page this week. Listen to the Africa Today podcast and keep up-to-date with stories from across the continent on the BBC News website.

    Today's African proverb was: "Plenty is still; hunger is a wanderer." A Zulu proverb sent by Tarikua Getachew, Ethiopia.

    Click here to send your proverbs.

    We leave you with this picture of models striking a pose at the launch of a clothing line in Lagos. See more in Africa's week in pictures.

    Models strike a pose on the runway during the launching of a new fashion clothing line DENNIZ fashion Limited in Lagos, Nigeria, Saturday, May 23, 2015
  2. BBC off in Rwanda

    BBC Monitoring

    Rwanda's media regulator has indefinitely suspended the BBC's licence to broadcast in Rwanda, according to state radio there.

  3. Nigeria reboot

    The APC party of Nigeria's President Buhari has an innovative way of asking people who want change in the country to be patient:

  4. 'Historic' ceremony

    The chairperson of the African Union commission Nkosozana Dlamini Zuma has been tweeting pictures of her time at Preisdent Buhari's inauguration:

  5. Africa came to witness part II

    Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was another of the heads of state at today's swearing in of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari.

    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

    The chairperson of the African Union commission Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma was also in Abuja.

    Nkosozana Dlamini Zuma

    And Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, who has been in power since 1979, also witnessed the swearing in.

    Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo

    Other guests included the king of Swaziland and the president of Somalia.

  6. Niger has highest birth rate

    The highest birth rates in the world are in Niger, according to German auditing firm BDO.

    The country has 50 births per 1,000 people.


    That's compared to 8.2 children born per 1,000 people in the country with the lowest birth rate, Germany.

  7. Power dressing

    Writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani asks on BBC Fifth Floor if there's about the be a wardrobe change in Nigeria.

    Each of Nigeria's over 250 ethnic groups each has their own style of dress. But, she explains, government staff, friends and aspiring friends of the government all aim to dress like the person at the top.

    When Goodluck Jonathan was elected he wore the long shirt and trousers from the Niger Delta. And the new millionaires of Nigeria copied.

    What will be the fate of all those shops that sprung up advertising selling Niger Delta clothes?

    Presidents of Nigeria
    Image caption: Hats off in Nigeria?
  8. Date set for Trevor's show

    The South African comedian Trevor Noah say he will be taking over as the host of the Daily Show from 28 September.

    Comedy Central announced the date in a YouTube Video.

    Daily Show

    He will be taking over from Jon Stewart who has hosted the influential US comedy show for 16 years.

  9. Buhari's priorites

    The BBC's Abdullahi Kaura Abubakar has been hearing from Nigerians about their priorities for President Buhari:

    Vox pop man

    This man said that national security is the priority, if the government gets that issue right then it will affect all other sectors.

    Vox pop woman

    This woman says that corruption needs to be tackled because it has "eaten into the fabric of Nigeria" and if it is taken out of the system then the country will be a paradise.

  10. Lion soup

    Satirist Ikenna Azuike has been thinking about trophy hunting.

    "Zambia lifst big cat hunting ban" written on newspaper

    But when he told his dad he wanted his latest episode of What's Up Africa to be about conservation, he wasn't impressed.

    Picture saying "Africans don't care about conservation"

    If those old Hollywood films of westerners rescuing African animals had been made by his dad, he thinks they might be about eating the lions instead.

    Eba and soup with lion

    Watch the latest Whats Up Africa on BBC World TV at 17:30 GMT.

  11. Celebratory meal

    Dignitaries have been enjoying the inauguration lunch at Nigeria's state house, known as Aso Rock, reports the BBC's Haruna Tangaza.

    Our correspondent says that many of the visiting heads of state stayed for the meal, including South Africa's Jacob Zuma and Mali's Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

    There will also be a gala event with entertainment tonight.

    Image caption: Supporters of President Buhari have been celebrating along with the visiting dignitaries
  12. Mauritius president resigns

    Yasine Mohabuth

    BBC News, Port Louis

    The President of Mauritius Rajkeswar Purryag resigned today after three years in the job.

    In a communique released by the State House this afternoon he explained that this was agreed with the prime minister in January.

    Since the change in government in December last year, there has been pressure on him to submit his resignation.

    Renowned biologist Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has been choesn to replace him. She is an expert in traditional plants.

  13. Africa came to witness

    Pictures of the dignitaries who were at the inauguration of Nigeria's President Buhari this morning are coming through:

    Chadian President Idriss Deby (L) and his Nigerien counterpart Mhamadou Issoufou arrive to attend the inauguration of Nigeria"s President Mohammadu

    Chad's President Idriss Deby (left) and Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou, both allies in the fight against Boko Haram militants, came in together.

    Jacob Zuma, the president of the continent's other economic giant South Africa, was also there.


    And the current head of the African Union, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, witnessed the swearing in.

    President Mugabe

    The presidents of Benin, Liberia, Togo, Senegal and Equatorial Guinea, among others, were also present.

  14. IS 'seize Libyan airport'

    Islamic State militants in Libya say they have seized the airport in the coastal city of Sirte.

    Most of Sirte, former leader Muammar Gaddafi's hometown, fell to IS last week.

  15. Fifa's next president?

    Head of the Confederation of African Football Issa Hayatou is chairing the session at the Fifa congress where the next president will be elected.

    Issa Hayatou

    Sepp Blatter is running for a fifth term and he is being challenged by Jordan's Prince Ali. The election has been overshadowed by the corruption allegations made against some Fifa executives.

    Delegates are currently listening to their speeches.

  16. Broom broom

    The backers of Nigeria's new President Buhari are hoping that he will sweep away the corruption and inefficiency in the country.

    BMW with brooms

    The BBC's Chris Ewokor spotted this car in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, bedecked in brooms - the symbol of the president's APC party.

    He also came across this man, who got dressed up for the inauguration:

    APC supporter
  17. Witness to history

    Kenya's deputy president has tweeted a series of pictures showing him at the inauguration of Nigeria's new President Muhammadu Buhari:

  18. The handover

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has tweeted this picture of the handover of power from Goodluck Jonathan.

    The two presidents

    Preisdent Buhari then went on to tell the nation that this was an opportunity to "fix" the country's problems.

  19. Planet in motion

    Today's map of the world is a complex spider's web of movement.

    The web showing migration routes is at its most complex here:

    Map of migration

    Among the largest groups crossing from Libya this year: Thousands of Eritreans fleeing long-term conscription, as well as large numbers of Somalis and Nigerians.

    Read the BBC News article: Are more people on the move?

  20. In your words

    You told us what Nigeria's President Buhari's priorities should be using the hashtag #DearBuhari.

    Word cloud

    The phrases "economy", "bring back our girls", "petrol" and "insecurity" dominated the responses.

  21. The attraction of Blatter

    The president of football's world governing body Fifa is likely to get a lot of support form African delegates as he goes for a fifth term in the job today.

    He remains popular despite the corruption scandals surrounding Fifa because of what he has offered the continent, writes the BBC's Matthew Kenyon.

    Sepp Blatter

    President of the Nigerian Football Federation Amaju Pinnick said: "Blatter feels Africa, he sees Africa and he has imparted so much - a lot of developmental programmes."

  22. Buhari's official image

    The Nigerian government has released this portrait of a serious-looking President Muhammadu Buhari, which is to go up in government offices across the country.

    Official portrait
  23. South Sudan 'must listen'

    The UN's humanitarian co-ordinator in South Sudan says that lives of hundreds of thousands of children there "hang in the balance".

    The civil war has once again flared up in recent weeks leaving some areas cut off from aid.

    Toby Lanzer told the BBC: "In the coming months if the aid agencies don't reach all of the country's hotspots... we can lose up to a quarter of a million children because of malnutrition. If that doesn't speak to leadership, I don't know what would."

    Peace ceremony
    Image caption: South Sudan's leaders have agreed a ceasefire but the parties are not sticking to it
  24. Paint job

    These Nigerians pictured in the capital, Abuja, covered themselves in paint to celebrate the inauguration the new president:

  25. Tip top fashion part II

    The BBC's Kelvin Brown is continuing to tweet pictures of the outfits that caught his eye at President Buhari's inauguration in Abuja:

  26. 'Unique opportunity'

    In his inaugural speech Nigeria's new President Muhammadu Buhari outlined the security, economic and infrastructure challenges he now faces.

    Nigeria"s new President Muhammadu Buhari rides in a motorcade while inspecting the guard of honour at Eagle Square in Abuja, Nigeria May 29

    Here are some key quotes:

    • "I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody."
    • "There will be no paying off old scores."
    • " We must not succumb to hopelessness and defeatism. We can fix our problems."
    • "The Nigerian economy is in deep trouble and will require careful management to bring it round."
    • "Boko Haram is a mindless, godless group who are as far away from Islam as one can think of."
    • "It is a national shame that an economy of 180 million [people] generates only 4,000MW."
    • "We have an opportunity. Let us take it."
  27. Tip top fashion

    Our BBC producer spotted this pair in Abuja's Eagle Square, who put on their best clothes to mark the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari:

  28. Weight off Goodluck's shoulders

    Will Ross

    BBC News, Lagos

    Moments after Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in thousands of excited young men ran through the security barriers to Eagle Square and pressed up against the perimeter fence to cheer their new leader.

    It was a stark reminder that so many in Nigeria are expecting change, as well as jobs, from President Buhari.

    As Goodluck Jonathan was driven away I would not be surprised if he had a sense of relief and felt an almighty weight had just been lifted off his shoulders.

    Goodluck Jonathan
    Image caption: Goodluck Jonathan waved to the crowds as he handed over power to President Buhari
  29. Township fashion

    The South African township of Soweto is currently hosting its own fashion week.


    Among those showcasing their fashion is self-taught designer Collen Monnakgotla.


    Watch the BBC News video of Collen Monnakgotla getting ready for his show in his Soweto shop.

  30. SA killer granted parole

    Nomsa Maseko

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    One of the killers of anti-apartheid hero Chris Hani has been granted medical parole by a South African court.

    Clive Derby-Lewis has terminal lung cancer and doctors gave him six months to live. High Court Judge Selby Baqwa said the 79-year-old has a right to die with dignity.

    Clive Derby-Lewis listens to questions during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearing at Pretoria City Hall, in this file picture taken 15 August 1997
    Image caption: Clive Derby-Lewis attended the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1997 where his applied to have his conviction overturned

    He was convicted, along with gunman Janusz Walus, of Mr Hani's assassination in 1993.

    The judge at the time found the two lacked remorse for their actions and sentenced them to death. But their sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment when capital punishment was outlawed in 1995.

  31. Buhari's thanks

    In one of his first tweets as Nigeria's president, Muhammadu Buhari repeats his message form the inaugural speech about how he sees his job:

  32. Nigeria's time

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari ended his inaugural speech with the words: "We have an opportunity, let us take it."

    He said that there is lot of good will from Nigeria and around the world towards the new administration as well as high expectations.

    In his speech he spoke about security and economic challenges facing the country.

  33. Chibok girls mentioned

    President Buhari has been talking about the Islamist militant group Boko Haram which has kidnapped a number of people in the north of Nigeria.

    "This government will do all it can to rescue the [Chibok girls] alive."

  34. Tasks ahead

    Nigeria's new President Buhari in his inaugural speech has said: "What is now required is to modernise and uplift Nigeria. Daunting as the task may be, it is by no means insurmountable... Our chosen route to development is democracy".

    He said that the law enforcement authorities need to work within the constitution, the civil service needs to be reformed and the legislative arm must stick to its brief of making laws.

    He also said the judiciary needs to act with dispassion in all cases "especially on corruption and abuse of office".

  35. Celebration of democracy

    Nigeria's new President Buhari is speaking for the first time since taking office.

    "Today is an occasion to celebrate our freedom and cherish our democracy."

    screen grab

    "I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody," he says.

  36. Party time in Abuja

    Focus on Africa's presenter has spotted people celebrating in Nigeria's capital following the inauguration of their new president:

  37. Watching the soldiers

    Nigeria's Channels TV captures the moment as their new President Muhammadu Buhari is watching the military parade following being sworn in as head of state.

    Screen grab
  38. Radicalised youths surrender in amnesty

    Caroline Karobia

    BBC News, Nairobi

    At least 85 radicalised people have surrendered to the Kenyan government for an amnesty, according to officials at the ministry of internal security.

    The ministry says they are between the their 20s and 30s.

    The government has said their surrender is significant as it will help in intelligence gathering. The amnesty was announced by the government early last month following an attack on a university in Garissa north eastern Kenya, where at least 148 people lost their lives.

  39. Crowd break through security

    A BBC producer in Abuja has tweeted:

  40. US message

    The US secretary of state has tweeted:

  41. Buhari's wave

    The BBC's Akwasi Sarpong captured this picture of Nigeria's new president:

  42. Post update

    Muhammadu Buhari has now taken the oath of office and is Nigeria's new president.

    He is expected to address the nation after a military inspection and parade.

  43. Trending in Nigeria

    #ChangeIsHere and #DemocracyDay are some of the things tweeters are talking about in Nigeria, according to Trends map:

  44. Saluting the new man

    A 21-gun salute has marked the inauguration of Nigeria's new President Muhammadu Buhari, with a cheer going up from the crowd with each shot.

  45. Buhari's in-tray

    President Muhammadu Buhari's party the All Progressives Congress have tweeted this graphic of the tasks now facing Nigeria's new president:

    Tasks for Buhari
  46. Kenya airways bailout after Ebola

    Kenya Airways has been given a 4.2bn shilling ($45.4 ; £27.8m) government loan after a reduction in demand, reports the Standard newspaper.

    Kenya Airways plane

    "Their revenues have gone down due to the Ebola epidemic and the slump in tourism" said a statement to parliament.

    But the Standard points out that several countries have issued travel advisories "which have impacted negatively on Kenya's tourism industry" after attacks by the Islamist militants al-Shabab.

  47. Buhari is president

    Muhammadu Buhari has now taken the oath of office and is Nigeria's new president.

    He is expected to address the nation after a military inspection and parade.

  48. Swearing in

    The head of the BBC Hausa service captures the moment Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as president:

  49. Buhari being sworn in

    President-elect Muhammadu Buhari is now being sworn in to loud cheers.

    He swears "to be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria; that as president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I will discharge my duties to the best of my ability, faithfully and in accordance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the law".

  50. Jonathan farewell

    The out-going President Goodluck Jonathan is on his way down to the podium in his last act as head of state, he will present the constitution and the armed forces flag to Muhammadu Buhari.

  51. VP sworn in

    Nigeria's Chief Justice Mahmoud Mohammed is now at the podium and the Vice President-elect Yemi Osinbajo is being sworn-in.

  52. The men of the moment

    Nigerian TV captures the in-coming and out-going presidents as they listen to the prayers:

    Screen grab
  53. What's on

    The BBC's Kelvin Brown has taken this picture of the official programme:

    Swearing-in programme

    The opening prayers have just begun, so things are running about 30 minutes late.

  54. Guard of honour

    The motorcade of out-going President Goodluck Jonathan is being led by a military guard on horseback:

    Horseback riders
  55. Jonathan arrives

    Nigeria's out-going President Goodluck Jonathan is now at Abuja's Eagle Square to hand over power:

  56. The danger of isolation

    The former advisor to Nigeria's leader Sani Abacha, Aliyu Modibbo, told the BBC's Will Ross that for President Buhari there's a risk of only listening to a few people.

    He remembers how Gen Abacha would keep his finger on the pulse:

    "As cocooned as Abacha was, I remember he was very fond of talking to the gardener. He would ask him 'Danzaria, what is happening in town?'

    "'Today there are a lot of queues at the fuel stations', Danzaria would say or 'We have not been paid our salary'," said Dr Modibbo recalling the early 1990s when he was a special advisor in the presidency.

    Dr Aliyu Modibbo Umar (left) with Sani Abacha
    Image caption: Former minister Dr Aliyu Modibbo Umar (left) has worked with numerous presidents including Sani Abacha (right) during the 1990s
  57. Buhari arrives

    Nigeria's President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has now arrived at Eagle Square for the inauguration.

    He is greeting the large number of VIP guests before taking his seat.

  58. Party time

    A BBC producer has spotted these dancers enjoying themselves in Abuja's Eagle Square:

  59. More heads of state

    A lot of heads of states from elsewhere on the continent are in Abuja to witness the swearing in. Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is there as well as Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn:

  60. Mbeki: We didn't bribe Fifa

    The South African press is reporting that former President Thabo Mbeki insists the government didn't pay a bribe to Fifa officials to host the 2010 World Cup.

    "The government that I had the privilege to lead would never have paid any bribe even if it were solicited," he said.

    Mr Mbeki was president during South Africa's campaign to host the world cup.

    Man with Vuvuzela
    Image caption: The World Cup in South Africa was accompanied by the sound of vuvuzelas
  61. Presidents in the square

    Akwasi Sarpong

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    A large number of heads of state are in Abuja for the Muhammadu Buhari's swearing-in as Nigeria's president, including Ghana's President John Mahama, who has just come into Eagle Square wearing a Ghanaian fugu smock:

    President Mahama

    Other African presidents now here include current head of the African Union Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, Niger's Mahamadou Issoufou, Chad's Idriss Deby and Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang Nguema.

    US Secretary of State John Kerry has also arrived.

    John Kerry
  62. VIPs taking their seats

    Akwasi Sarpong

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    Singers from Kano, the largest city in the north of Nigeria, have been providing some entertainment as people continue to arrive at Eagle Square:


    Three former Nigerian heads of state have taken up their seats behind the bullet-proof glass: Olusegun Obasanjo, Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar and Gen Ibrahim Babangida.

    Bullet proof area
  63. #BuhariFixThis

    People have been tweeting what they want they think Nigeria's new president should sort out first with the hanshtag #BuhariFixThis

  64. Catching a glimpse

    It seems like people are desperate for a view of events in Abuja's Eagle Square as people wait for the inauguration of Nigeria's next president, Muhammadu Buhari.

    The BBC's Kelvin Brown snapped this man who has his own solution:

    Stilt walker
  65. World is watching

    Akwasi Sarpong

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    Nigerians at home and abroad are keenly following this event via radio, television and online helped by the assembled local and international media:

    Journalists in Eagle Square
  66. World comes to Nigeria

    There are many VIPs from Africa and beyond in Abuja for the inauguration:

    Kenya's deputy president is also in Abuja:

  67. Entertaining the guests

    The crowd at Abuja's Eagle Square are getting warmed up:

  68. Who is Buhari?

    Mansur Liman

    BBC Hausa editor, Abuja

    The slim and lanky former soldier, Muhammadu Buhari, came to prominence in 1983 when he toppled a democratically elected government.

    As a military dictator he made his mark as a no-nonsense anti-corruption crusader, sending many politicians to jail. Muhammadu Buhari has since said he is a converted democrat.

    His victory came after failing on three previous occasions.

    Muhammadu Buhari

    He will bring a wealth of experience with him to the job, having held many senior posts in the military and being a former governor, petroleum minister and head of state.

    Despite holding these posts, Buhari is untypical of most Nigerian leaders, as he has not amassed any wealth. Many regard him as incorruptible.

  69. Dressed up part II

    Christine Otieno

    BBC News, Abuja

    Guests are taking their places inside Abuja's Eagle Square for the inauguration including the new first family:

    First family

    Everyone has their own take on what dressing up means:

    Man in costume
  70. Waiting to get in

    Akwasi Sarpong

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    As the last minute preparations are being made inside Abuja's Eagle Square for the inauguration, guests are queuing to get in.

    Queues at Eagle Square

    News vendors are doing are does brisk business selling papers to the queuing guests.

    News vendor
  71. Dressed up

    Abdullahi Kaura Abubakar

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    Eagle Square, the venue for today's inauguration, is looking beautiful decorated in Nigeria's colours of green and white.

    Military men at Abuja ceremony

    The military, as well as many other guests, are dressed in their ceremonial clothes. There is a mood of high expectation, and people can't wait for the ceremony to begin.

    This is the first time in the democratic era that power will be passed to an opposition leader and some feel this is a new dawn, when Nigeria will take its rightful place in the world.

  72. Guests arriving in Nigeria

    The BBC's Kelvin Brown is in Abuja's Eagle Square as people arrive for the inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari.

    Guests arriving at Eagle Square

    He snapped this picture of some of the ladies in the presidential party delegation attending #Buhari's inauguration:

    Women at inauguration

    The ceremony is due to start at 08:00 GMT.

  73. Wise words

    Today's African proverb: "Plenty is still; hunger is a wanderer." A Zulu proverb sent by Tarikua Getachew, Ethiopia.

    Click here to send your proverbs.

  74. Good morning

    Welcome to Friday's BBC Africa Live page where we'll be keeping you up to date with the news developments on the continent as Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari is sworn in as president.