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  1. South Africa's opposition warns of land 'time bomb'
  2. Cape Verde 'attacker captured'
  3. Kenya's embattled bank reopens
  4. Ethiopia 'arrests' South Sudanese refugees
  5. 'World's largest' lion airlift planned
  6. Egypt threatened with football ban
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  8. Email stories and comments to - Wednesday 27 April 2016

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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:

Brew beer and you will hear what killed your mother."

A Chewa proverb sent by Eugeanea Francisca, Blantyre, Malawi.

Click here to send us your African proverbs.

And we leave you with this shot of a money transfer agent who has turned an umbrella into his own mobile market stall in Yaounde, Cameroon:

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Xenophobia in Zambia

South African anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela (L) and Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda (R) wave to the crowd as they arrive at a mass rally of ANC, at Independent Stadium, 03 March 1990 in Lusaka, seat of the exiled ANC
Zambia's former leader Kenneth Kaunda strongly campaigned for Nelson Mandela's release from jail

Zambia's history of welcoming Africans without a home is legendary. So why did xenophobic riots break out in the country earlier this month?

Read film-maker Farai Sevenzo's article to find out 

Sudan student killed

Sudan's security forces have shot dead a student during a protest at a university in Omdurman city, eyewitness say.

The 20-year-old student has been identified as Mohamed Al-Sadiq, the son of Sudan's  famous former footballer Al-Sadiq Wew. 

Some angry students chanted "Killing of student means killing of nation!" as they protested against the shooting.   

A large crowd attended Mohamed Al-Sadiq funeral: 


Crystal Palace promise to help Cameroon

Phillip Alexander and Tombi A Roko Sidiki
Crystal Palace's Phillip Alexander visited the President of Cameroon's football federation Tombi A Roko Sidiki

English premier league football club Crystal Palace has said it wants to help Cameroon's national team to win the Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup.

"We want to engage with the federation to help in using best practices with performance staff, coaches, the communication team and marketing," said Crystal Palace's chief executive Phillip Alexander.

And he revealed his motivation:

If we play our part we can win the hearts and minds of so many Cameroonians who follow the Premier League and maybe get a player to Crystal Palace."

The ad men of 1980s South Africa

The head of Facebook Africa, Nunu Ntshingila, has recounted on Outlook how she started her career in advertising in the 1980s in South Africa:

Advertising was largely a white industry. However the middle class was beginning to grow. What a lot of companies understood is that there was a whole big population of black people who they sold goods and services to but there was also very little understanding inside the agencies so I came at that time."

She started off in the research department answering letters from customers of Omo washing powder. Only the others in the company didn't understand what the customers were writing.

However some of those letters were written in Zulu so I came in very handy find some interesting stain stories, how tey managed to get a particular stain out.

Listen to her interview on Outlook:

Outlook Inspirations judge, South African Nunu Ntshingila, is Head of Facebook for Africa

Mourning in Cape Verde

Police secure the area where eleven men were shot dead in Monte Tchota, Cape Verde, April 26, 2016
Cape Verde lies off the West African coast

Cape Verde's government has declared today and tomorrow as days of national mourning following yesterday's deadly attack on a military barracks near the capital, Praia, the Associated Press news agency reports.

It also quotes the state broadcaster as reporting that a 22-year-old man has been arrested in the city's Paiol neighbourhood in connection with the attack which left 11 people dead.

Zimbabwe's answer to heavy metal

Zimbabwean singer and songwriter Munyaradzi Nyamarebvu recently travelled to Germany to work with German band Jamaram.

Jamaram and Nyamarebvu's Acoustic Night Allstars recorded an album called Heavy Heavy.

Nyamarebvu spoke to the BBC about collaborating with Jamaram and being mentored by Zimbabwean superstar Oliver Mtukudzi:

SA land warning: Your reaction

South African opposition party Economic Freedom Fighter ( EFF) leader Julius Malema (C) addresses his supporters after his corruption trial was postponed on August 3, 2015 outside the High Court in Polokwane, South Africa

Opinion is divided among our Facebook readers on the warning by South Africa's left-wing Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, led by Julius Malema, that the country's "democracy is doomed to fail" if it does not address the demands of black peope for more land. 

Mukela M Kelvin from Zambia says: 

Julius Malema is one of the kind, He the Donald Trump of South Africa. I love his political stance. You look at the positive side of him in order to understand. Go Malema for 2019!!

Max Kapachika from Malawi disagrees:

I think Hon Malema should do more on economic, political and social development. The issue of land is just propaganda to coax more black South Africans, who love free things!"

Sierra Leone independence day clashes

We reported in our 15:57 post that police stopped people leaving Sierra Leone's opposition headquarters to join independence day masquerade parties. 

These pictures have just come in from photographer Joe Miller on the scene:

Police drag
Smoke behind opposition headquarters

Our reporter Umaru Fofana's last Facebook post said: 

I can see people being dragged out of the opposition headquarters. Some look well dressed. I can also see police firing inside the building. Becoming very very unsafe to be around here. So I'm leaving."

Zanzibar's 'deadly' cholera outbreak

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Zanzibar is a popular tourist destination

A cholera outbreak in Zanzibar has killed at least 45 people since March, a health official has said, the Associated Press news agency reports. 

About 3,000 people had been admitted to hospital with cholera, added Muhammed Dahoma, the director of disease prevention at the health ministry. 

Zanzibar's government has recently taken steps to stem the outbreak, including banning the sale of food and juices in open areas. 

Cape Verde suspect 'arrested'

Cape Verde TV channel TV Record Cabo Verde are reporting on their Facebook page that the man suspected of shooting 11 people at a military barracks has been arrested.

Photographer Ricci Shryock, who is in Cape Verde, has also tweeted this:

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The authorities had previously said they believed a disgruntled soldier was behind the killings.  

Sierra Leone police stop masquerade party

The BBC’s Umaru Fofana tweeted earlier that there had been shooting at the headquarters of the opposition Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP). 

He has gathered more details about the incident. It appears police stopped people leaving the opposition headquarters on their way to join masquerade celebrations in the centre of town.

The celebrations are to mark Sierra Leone’s independence day, which is on the same day as the formation of the SLPP.

Police told our reporter that they stopped people because they did not have the required permit to party.

Our reporter explains that people have to apply for a permit before the day if they want to take part. The police refused to give permission, claiming they missed the deadline.

What is unclear is if the police were firing live rounds – opposition witnesses say they were while the police deny this.

It is also unclear if there have been any injuries.

Cape Verde airport 'open'

Although UK-based travel agencies have been tweeting that the main airport in Cape Verde is shut, FlightRadar24 has published its schedule, indicating that planes are still flying in an out Nelson Mandela International Airport in the capital:


Salim's superfan

Kikeke shirt

There are fans and then there are superfans.

The ones who wear your name on their back. They're the superfans. 

This is quite normal in the world of football. 

But we may have found the first superfan of a news presenter.

His name is Bryan but everyone calls him Kikeke - after BBC Swahili's Salim Kikeke.

Dira ya Dunia

Bryan, from Arusha in northern Tanzania, emailed the pictures saying "I believe you deserve this honor, my friends gave me this name, they have stopped even calling me my name,they are now calling me Kikeke".    

And now he has his own Kikeke football shirt too:  

Kikeke shirt

'Shooting' at Sierra Leone opposition HQ

Our reporter in Sierra Leone is tweeting that there has been shooting at the headquarters of the opposition SLPP:

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He adds on a Facebook post:

From where stand I can see dozens of people inside the party HQ apparently trapped and just witnessed shooting.

Our reporter says that the party administrator, Brima Koroma, said the police fired live rounds and teargas, ransacked their office and arrested an unspecified number of supporters. 

Police director of operations al-Shek Kamara wouldn't confirm the use of live rounds saying his men were under orders to use tear gas and pepper spray. 

Libyan oil 'threatened by IS'

The UN envoy to Libya says attacks by the so-called Islamic State (IS) group are a serious threat to Libya's oil installations, reports AP news agency. 

Martin Kobler says in a statement that he is deeply concerned by recent IS incursions into Libya's oil region and militant attacks on oil fields. 

IS has already taken over the central city of Sirte and carried out deadly attacks across the country. 

However, a week ago, IS militants were pushed out of the key eastern city of Derna.

If you want to read more about life under IS in Libya, read our eyewitness accounts.

South Africa's land 'time bomb'

Supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), South Africas third-biggest party, hold a placard with the portrait of EFF leader Julius Malema as part of the celebration of the partys second anniversary on July 25, 2015, at the Olympia Park Stadium in Rustenburg
The firebrand Julius Malema leads the EFF

South Africa's democracy is "doomed to fail" if the demands of black people for land are not met, the left-wing Economic Freedom Fighters party has said, in a statement to mark 22 years since minority rule ended. 

The EFF, which is South Africa's second-biggest opposition party, added: 

Without the land, our democracy traps the whole society into a fast approaching time bomb.

The poor, who are black in their majority, remain in desperate poverty and dire living conditions because our democracy fails to translate into economic freedom."

Cape Verde airport 'shut'

The main international airport in Cape Verde is shut, following yesterday's deadly attack on a military barracks near the capital, Praia, UK-based travel agencies have been tweeting: 

Travel Alert - 27 April - Cape Verde - airport closed following attack…

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The beaches of the Cape Verde volcanic archipelago, which lies off the coast of West Africa, are popular with tourists.

Cliffs stand against the ocean on the northern coast of the island of Santo Antao, Cape Verde December 27, 2013

People still leaving Burundi, one year on

Nearly 260,000 people have fled Burundi since unrest erupted a year ago, with the number expected to rise to 330,000 by the end of the year "unless a political solution is found and a descent into civil war averted", the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has said. 

Many of those who have crossed to neighbouring states have complained of torture, sexual violence, arbitrary detention, intimidation, forced recruitment by militia, killings and extortion, it said in a statement.

Tanzania had the biggest influx of refugees - an average of 30 Burundians entered the country every day and the Nyarugusu camp was now one of the largest refugee camps in the world with 140,540 refugees, the UNHCR added. 

Nyarugusu camp
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The Nyarugusu camp is overcrowded

It said that the number of refugees in other countries was: 

  • Rwanda (76,404) 
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo (22,204) and
  • Uganda (24,583).

'Rousing applause' for Zuma

South African President and African National Congress president Jacob Zuma sings and dances at the end of his speech during the final ANC election campaign rally at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg on May 4, 2014
Mr Zuma took office after the 2009 general election

South Africa's embattled President Jacob Zuma seems to have received a huge welcome from his supporters at a Freedom Day rally in the northern Limpopo province, as a journalist with the national broadcaster tweets: 

Crowds scream as Zuma greets them #Freedomday #sabcnews

Mr Zuma is under pressure from the opposition - and some within the governing ANC - to resign after being caught up in a series of corruption scandals. 

However, his close ally Nathi Mthetwa ruled out the possibility of him stepping down, as another journalist at the rally tweets: 

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Mr Zuma appealed to the crowd to vote for the ANC in local government elections due in  August, as this journalist tweets:

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Cape Verde leader cancels trip

Local residents and police officers near the entrance to the Monte Txota military barracks, on the island of Santiago, Cidade da Praia, Cape Verde, 26 April 2016
Residents and police are seen outside the barracks

Cape Verde's President Jorge Carlos Fonseca has cancelled an official trip to one of the country's 10 islands, following the killing of 11 people at a military barracks near the capital Praia yesterday, the Associated Press news agency quotes him as saying. 

Mr Fonseca said the investigation into the killings were moving at a "good and positive pace". 

The security forces are searching for a soldier who is suspected to have shot dead eight soldiers and three civilians, including two Spanish nationals, in the attack, AP reports. 

It also quotes local media as saying there is a strong police presence in Praia on the biggest island, Santiago. 

Ambulances arrive at Monte Txota military barracks, on the island of Santiago, Cidade da Praia, Cape Verde, 26 April 2016,
Cape Verde is a former Portuguese colony

The security forces are searching for a soldier who is suspected to have shot dead eight soldiers and three civilians, including two Spanish nationals, in the attack, AP reports. 

It also quotes local media as saying there is a strong police presence in Praia on the biggest island, Santiago. 

The school which is disappearing into the sea

Thomas Naadi

BBC Africa, Accra

Many homes on the coast of Ghana's Volta region have been destroyed by tidal waves in the last week.   

This elementary school used to be miles away from the shore some years ago but it is now lost to the sea:

primary school

There were 54 children in the school but right now they don't have classes.

Their education hangs in the balance.

Sea erosion is wreaking havoc on villages along West Africa's shore lines, threatening whole communities.   

People in the community told me if nothing is done their towns will be completely wiped off the map soon.

Warning of conflict in Western Sahara

The African Union's envoy to the disputed Western Sahara has warned that conflict could flare up again if the UN peacekeeping mission is not fully restored. 

Speaking at an informal meeting of the UN Security Council just days before the mandate for the UN mission expires, Joaquim Chissano, the former president of Mozambique, said the mandate must be renewed. 

He criticised Morocco's expulsion last month of more than 80 of the mission's civilian staff after the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon described Morocco's control of the territory as an occupation. 

The Polisario Front is seeking independence for Western Sahara, but Morocco insists that the territory is part of it. 

This file photo taken on March 13, 2016 shows Moroccan protesters holding placards and shouting slogans in the capital Rabat
Moroccans protested last month, accusing Mr Ban of siding with the pro-independence movement

More ice cream please, Mr President

South Sudan is trying to sort out its political problems and the former rebel leader Riek Machar has returned to the capital Juba to take up his position as vice-president. 

So Newsday went to a primary school in Juba to ask girls what should be top of the new unity government's agenda.

Among the very sensible requests to help against forced marriage, for education and help for street children came this:

I want to grow up in a perfect country where people eat ice cream and become fat"

Schoolgirls send message to South Sudan's girls

SA divided on Freedom Day

Rival rallies are taking place in South Africa on Freedom Day, as the governing African National Congress (ANC) and opposition parties go into campaign mode ahead of key local government elections in August.  

ANC supporters are attending a rally in northern Limpopo province, where they vowed to bury the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party, as this tweet shows:  

Coffin scribed DA can be seen in the crowd #sabcnews #FreedomDay

Coffin scribed DA can be seen in the crowd #sabcnews #FreedomDay

President Jacob Zuma has been addressing the rally:

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In the main city Johannesburg, the leader of the small opposition Congress of People (Cope) party is addressing his supporters, focusing on the fact that South Africa's highest court ruled that Mr Zuma violated the constitution by failing to pay back government money used to renovate his private mansion: 

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#FreedomDay #JHB Lekota: Zuma must fall and South Africa must rise . ZN

I was mispronouncing my own name


Many people have been commenting on our Facebook post about the BBC’s Nkem Ifejika revealing that he cannot speak Igbo - the language of his ancestors from Nigeria. For a while he was even mispronouncing his own name.  

Philip Ezeokafor from Nanka in Anambra, Nigeria, urges our correspondent to get learning: 

My brother try as soon possible to learn it, Igbo is sweetest language in Africa, ihotago!

Nwankwo Anayochukwu from Amuzu in Ebonyi touches on why the language may be dying out:

The Igbos have to wake up and uphold our cultural heritage, which our language is the key. I remember in those days in secondary school where it was be written boldly on the wall 'VERNACULAR SPEAKING IS NOT ALLOWED'. I see that as pure rubbish.

Princewill Chidi from from Orlu in Imo State Nigeria asks: 

The question is how can we make sure our language did not die?

To which Izuu Antonio, also from Orlu, Imo, gives some suggestions:

Learn the language by listening to Igbo radio stations like Sapiencia FM, Onitsha,Odenigbo FM and Hot FM. You can also learn and teach your children Igbo language by listening to Igbo hip-hop music."

Read why Nkem is now worried that the Igbo language is dying out on the BBC website.

The cost of living in South Sudan

The civil war in South Sudan has ruined the country's economy. 

Until recently the exchange rate was three South Sudanese pounds to the dollar. This week it has been hovering around thirty. And every bit of political news - good or bad - moves the rate. 

One market customer told the BBC's James Copnall the cost of living has soared - he spends 500 Sudanese pounds a day when but he remembers a time when 100 pounds was enough.

The conflict has impoverished the country

CAR remains threat to 'international peace'

Tomi Oladipo

BBC Africa security correspondent

Bangui residents fleeing
More than one million have fled their homes.

The UN Security Council has extended the mandate of its peace force in Central African Republic (CAR) to the end of July after concluding that the country still poses a threat to international peace and security. 

Minusca, as the force is known, recently oversaw largely peaceful elections which led to former Prime Faustin Touadera being voted into office.

The UN took charge of operations in CAR last year
The UN took charge of peacekeeping in 2014

However, armed groups have not yet laid down their weapons in a country which descended into violence after rebels seized power in 2013, forcing more than one million people to flee their homes. 

In August, the Senegalese head of the force, Babacar Gaye, resigned following allegations that some peacekeepers had raped girls and women. 

Kenya bank reopens: Twitterati reacts

With Kenya's Chase Bank reopening today, some customers have been welcomed with coffee: 

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The smiles at Chase Bank Kenya - IR this morning wacha tu. The bank has however witnessed some abnormal levels of...

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Egypt threatened with football ban

Our football reporter tweets:

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King fut website says football's governing body Fifa gave Egypt a warning after the Supreme Administrative Court dissolved the Egyptian Footballing association board. 

Fifa prohibit any government intervention, the site explains.

'Zuma must fall' protests

Jacob Zuma (R) delivers a speech during the Party official launch of the Municipal Elections manifesto on April 16, 2016 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Mr Zuma has refused to bow to pressure to step down

Opposition groups are due to protest today in South Africa's Johannesburg and Cape Town cities to demand the resignation of President Jacob Zuma.

The protests coincide with Freedom Day, a holiday in South Africa to mark the first election held in South Africa in 1994 to end minority rule.  

Mr Zuma has been under pressure to step down after the country's highest court ruled last month that he violated the constitution by failing to repay government money used to upgrade his private residence in the rural area of Nkandla.  

However, Mr Zuma has rejected the pressure, saying he will continue to "shepherd" the nation. 

'Largest ever' airlift of lions


More than 30 lions which have been rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia are going be flown to a sanctuary in South Africa.

It is the largest airlift of lions ever, according to the organisers Animal Defenders International.

The group says the lions suffered in captivity. One lost an eye:

Lion without an eye

Many were declawed:

clawless lion

These are the cages the lions will be transported in on Friday:

Men disinfecting lion cages

Watch more on the BBC News website.

Mozambique in dispute with IMF

Mozambique says it used most of the $1.4bn (£959m) at the centre of a dispute with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on maritime security and shipyards, the AFP news agency reports. 

Last week, the IMF said it had suspended aid to the poor southern African state until there was "a full disclosure and assessment of the facts" on the unreported borrowing.   

Embattled Kenyan bank reopens

Abdullahi Abdi

BBC Africa, Nairobi

People read a notice from the Central Bank of Kenya taped to the closed entrance of a Chase Bank branch
Customers have been worried about whether they will get their money back

Kenya's Chase Bank has reopened its branches today, three weeks after they were shut down following the cash crisis which hit the bank. 

Customers will be allowed to withdraw a maximum of 1m shillings ($10,000; $6,800). 

Chase is the third bank to be placed under receivership, raising concern about the stability of the banking sector in East Africa's biggest economy. 

Ethiopia 'arrests' over Gambella attack


Ethiopia's security forces have arrested 41 South Sudanese refugees in its western Gambella region on suspicion of killing about 20 Ethiopians on 21 April, the state-owned Ethiopian News Agency is reporting. 

The region is reportedly tense, with the government saying its forces have crossed into South Sudan to encircle an area where more than 100 children are suspected to be held after they were abducted from Gambella in a separate attack on 15 April.

Gambella has many South Sudanese refugees who fled conflict in their country. 

There is also conflict between the Murle an Nuer ethnic groups. 

The Murle have previously been accused of carrying out cattle raids and stealing children to raise as their own.  

Today's wise words

Our African proverb of the day: 

Brew beer and you will hear what killed your mother"

A Chewa proverb sent by Eugeanea Francisca, Blantyre, Malawi

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