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Summary

  1. Kenya arrest 'foils Westgate-style attack'
  2. Nigeria 'lost $15bn to corruption' in last government
  3. Senegal's jazz festival cancelled amid security fears
  4. Africa's economic growth slows to a 15 year low
  5. Child rescued after four days in collapsed building
  6. West African coast 'world's most dangerous region' for seafarers
  7. Get Involved: #BBCAfricaLive WhatsApp: +44 7341070844
  8. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Tuesday 3 May 2016

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By Hugo Williams and Damian Zane

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That's all from the BBC Africa Live page today. Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.  

A reminder of today's wise words:

A monkey will never be rid of its black hands."

A Krio proverb from Sierra Leone sent by Alhaja Sahid-Bangura, UK

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And we leave you with this picture of an Egyptian farm labourer helping to harvest the country's wheat crop:

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Somali-born imam comes out as gay in Australia

A Somali-born imam in Australia has come out as gay, the SBS Australia is reporting.

It says the well-respected leader Nur Warsame was at one time married and has a daughter.

"Reconciling spirituality with sexuality is a very difficult journey," he told the SBS programme.

The idea is to make avenues and paths for other young queer Muslims to live their lives to the fullest and to hold on to their spirituality. My intentions are to try to make a difference in Muslim homes."

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Leicester talk of the continent after EPL victory

Leicester City have been trending across the continent today after pulling off one of the greatest upsets in sporting history, by winning the English Premier League. 

Trendsmap showing Leicester trending in Africa
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Nigeria and Arsenal legend Kanu is perhaps suggesting the Gunners might think about taking a lesson or two from Leicester in his post on Twitter:

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Riyad Mahrez, the Algerian forward who played such a big part in Leicester's campaign, was grateful for all the support: 

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Even the Rwandan president thought it was a big enough deal to get to send his congratulations to The Foxes: 

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....And a South Sudanese follower of the BBC's James Copnall sent this wonderful analogy of the improbability of Leicester's victory: 

@JamesCopnall It's like a story of a village boy who had walked around naked a few years back rising to become a president. Amazing stuff

And finally, one Chelsea fan in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, appeared to undergo a half-conversion to Leicester, leaving his Blues badge intact, but replacing his team's sponsor YokoHama with Leicester's King Power:

Leicester fan celebrating maiden Epl title. BCC #yokohamafc

Leicester fan celebrating maiden Epl title. BCC #yokohamafc

Maasai cheetah population under threat

New research shows that the number of cheetahs left in the wild has been overestimated.

Most of Africa's 6,600 cheetahs live in the Maasai Mara, but there are half as many as had previously been thought. 

Femke Broekhuis from the Mara Cheetah Project told the BBC World Service's Newsroom programme that the loss of habitat was to blame: 

Uganda's catch of the day

Vincent, who lives in Kalangala, a town on a Ugandan island on Lake Victoria sent this picture to our WhatsApp account of his friend, Raymond, showing off the catch of the day that's about to be transported to other parts of the country.

Man standing behind some frozen fish
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Vincent says that fish like tilapia and Nile perch can be caught in the lake.

He writes that Raymond is about to drive the catch to a factory on the mainland for the fish to be processed.

Please send us your pictures and stories to our WhatsApp number +44 7341 070844.

Senegal jazz festival cancelled amid security fears

Abdourahmane Dia

BBC Afrique

blaye Cissako plays the kora with guitarist Claude Guillabert in 2007
AFP

The 24th annual Festival of Jazz in Saint Louis, northern Senegal, due from 11-16 May has been cancelled, according to a statement on its official Facebook page.

The festival is a popular event in the northern seaside town, attracting foreign tourists as well as Senegalese music lovers. 

Last week, the US embassy issued a fresh warning to its citizens in Senegal, saying that it had “learned of reports that unspecified locations in Senegal, including those associated with Westerners, may be the target of an attack by extremists".  

It said it had also learned "of a recent attack being planned by terrorist groups against unspecified targets in Senegal”. 

Senegal has so far avoided a major attack by Islamist militants, despite attacks on several other Francophone countries in West Africa. 

US piano player Randy Weston plays one of his compositions
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The festival attracts famous global stars like US jazz musician Randy Weston

Read more: France's former colonies under growing threat

Two Kenyan terror suspects 'on the run'

Police in Kenya say two other suspects are on the run, following the arrest of a terror suspect whom they say was planning a Westgate-style attack (see 16:42 entry).

Ahmed Hish
Kenya Police
Farah Dagane
Kenya Police

Police say that Ahmed Hish and Farah Dagane, both medical interns, "have gone into hiding to evade justice".

Kenya 'foils Westgate-style attack'

Kenya police have arrested a man who they say was in charge of a "terror network" that was "planning large-scale attacks akin to the Westgate Mall attack" of September 2014 in which 67 people were killed.

In a statement, the police say that Mohammed Abdi Ali, a medical intern at a Kenyan hospital, was also part of a group planning to "unleash a biological attack... using anthrax".

They say that he was also "engaged in the active radicalisation" of students and helped recruit Kenyans "to join terror groups in Libya and Syria".

Mr Ali is said to be linked to the so-called Islamic State group.

Mohammed Abdi Ali
Kenya Police
Kenya police released this image of Mohammed Abdi Ali

Lupita Nyong'o nominated for major acting award

Kenya's Hollywood star Lupita Nyong'o has been nominated for a major award for her stage role in the Broadway play Eclipsed.

The play deals with events in Liberia's civil war and has been well reviewed.

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Can you name this season's three African EPL winners?

Three African players are set to receive Premier League winners medals. 

First up, it's Algeria's Riyad Mahrez.

Mahrez has scored 17 goals and made 11 assists in 34 league games in The Foxes' remarkable march to victory. 

He was also named Player of the Year by the Professional Footballers' Association, a prestigious honour voted for by fellow professionals. 

Riyad Mahrez celebrates after scoring during he English Premier League soccer match between Leicester City and Swansea City
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Second, it's Ghanaian international Jeffrey Schlupp. 

The left-sided midfielder has made 22 league appearance this season, scoring once. 

Jeffrey Schlupp in action for Leicester against Swansea
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Jeffrey Schlupp in action for Leicester against Swansea

But can you guess the third African who will be taking home a winners' medal at the end of the season? 

He only just qualifies for the prize, having made five appearances so far, the minimum required to qualify for a medal, since his arrival from Danish club Copenhagen in January... 

Daniel Amartey
Reuters

...And the answer is: 

Daniel Amartey!

 The 21-year-old Ghana international, who can play in defence or midfield, signed a four-year deal for a fee of up to £6m ($9m).

Cameroon's president in Nigeria for security talks

Cameroon's President Paul Biya has arrived in Nigeria for a three-day visit that is expected to focus on security concerns.

The two countries share a border and are both heavily involved in the fight against the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Mr Biya (pictured second from left) came on the visit with his wife Chantal (pictured right greeting President Muhammadu Buhari).

Paul Biya and Chantal Biya being greeted by President Buhari
BBC

Are Africans getting richer or poorer?

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has given some gloomy short-term forecasts in its latest report about the economic growth prospects for sub-Saharan Africa (see 12.12 entry).

But it does say that prospects are still good in the medium term and there are some countries like Ivory Coast and Kenya which are showing strong growth.

But one of the key questions is whether that growth is keeping up with the population increase. 

The IMF has also provided figures for its 2016 forecast for economic growth per person, which indicates - assuming the growth in income is distributed evenly - how much richer, or poorer, people are getting.

Here are some of the figures for economic growth per person:

  • Ivory Coast 5.8%
  • Mauritius 3.8%
  • Rwanda 3.6%
  • Kenya 3.1%
  • Zambia 0.3%
  • Nigeria -0.4%
  • South Africa -1%
  • South Sudan -12.3%
Money changers with wads of cash
AFP

Putting motorcycles to work as ambulances in rural Uganda

Trying to get around the Ugandan capital, Kampala, can involve a ride on one of the infamous motorcycle taxis known as boda bodas. 

But in some rural communities, they are also helping save lives by being adapted as ambulances, in areas where roads are less easy for a car to navigate. 

Focus on Africa radio's Patience Atuhaire took a trip to see them in action in Mukono District, east of Kampala:

In rural Uganda, motorcycles provide a life-saving emergency health service as ambulances

The Documentary: Alan Kasujja visits Uganda to explore the rise of the boda boda  

Two more murders in Zambia over 'ritual killings'

Meluse Kapatamoyo

BBC Africa, Lusaka, Zambia

Police in Zambia have confirmed the murder of two men on Monday, who were suspected by locals of carrying out ritual killings.

The two victims, who were taxi drivers in the north-western province, stopped at a stream where children were swimming to wash their car.

Upon seeing them, the children ran back to the village and informed elderly people that they had seen ritual killers.  

Local residents then attacked the men, killing them instantly. 

Police say they are investigating what they describe as an episode of "mob justice". 

Six people have been murdered in recent suspected ritual killings in the capital, Lusaka. 

Victims' bodies were found with missing private parts, hearts and ears, in attacks which were quickly blamed on foreigners.

security forces drive past a crowd in the back of a pickup truck
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Security forces patrolled the capital Lusaka after recent xenophobic riots

Read: Anger, fear and 'Afrophobia' in Zambia

Kenya building collapse: Survivors stay in shelter

The BBC's Emmanuel Igunza has sent through footage from a temporary shelter in Kenya's capital Nairobi, where many of those who had been living in the building that collapsed on Friday evening are now staying (see earlier post at 13:16): 

Nigerian audience for Tottenham's devastating draw

The BBC's Ishaq Khalid joined a group of football fans last night at a viewing centre in Kafin Tafawa village, which is on the outskirts of Bauchi city, northern Nigeria.

People watching football
BBC

They were there to watch live coverage of Chelsea's home game against Tottenham Hotspur, and there were fans of both teams in the room, debating and cheering throughout.

The match ended 2-2 which killed off Tottenham's chances of winning the English Premier League and handed the title to Leicester City.

Ishaq says that some in the room celebrated Leicester's title win, telling him that the side has added colour to the league and made it more interesting.

Ivory Coast's Magic System mourn drummer

Tamasin Ford

BBC Africa, Abidjan

Magic System, the iconic Ivorian Zouglou band, have cancelled their headline act at the opening night of the Rolling Saone festival in Gray in France on Thursday after the death of their drummer.  

Didier Deigna, know by everyone as Pepito, "was our backing vocalist, our drummer, but above all the conductor," said the band in a statement on Facebook. 

It added that "he will always be engraved on our hearts".

Pepito was at the beach in Jacqueville, a few hours west of Ivory Coast's main city, Abidjan, during the May Day celebrations yesterday when he drowned in the sea.  

It’s not yet clear exactly what happened but reports claim he was trying to save someone else.  

Only last week Pepito, and the rest of the band, were on stage at the Papa Wemba tribute concert in Abidjan, which they had organised.  

Pepito
Magic System

Rescued baby's father 'feared for the worst'

Emmanuel Igunza

BBC Africa, Nairobi

The father of the baby who was rescued from the collapsed building in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, has been speaking to journalists.

Father speaking at a press conference
BBC

Ralson Wasike said that his daughter had been strong but he had feared for the worst when he was unable to find her.

He had visited the hospitals and mortuaries to look for his child. 

He said he was overjoyed when he heard that his girl was in hospital, but Mr Wasike is still unable to find his wife.

The child was six months old, not seven months, as reported by emergency services earlier (see entry at 11:22), he said. 

He was speaking at a temporary shelter for all the people who had been living in the collapsed building. 

Well-wishers are bringing them food and bedding.

Woman handing out food
BBC

'Staggering' sums allegedly stolen in Nigeria

Martin Patience

BBC News, Nigeria correspondent

The figures involved are just staggering. 

Previously Nigeria's government accused a former security advisor of awarding fake military contracts totalling $2bn (£1.4bn).

But now Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says that around $15bn (£10bn) was stolen by the previous administration in fake arms procurement deals (see 09:02 entry).   

The anti-corruption agency, the EFCC, refused to say why the figure has dramatically increased. 

But a string of senior officials from the previous administration are currently facing corruption charges over the allegedly fake deals. 

Since President Muhammadu Buhari took office last year he’s pursued a relentless campaign to tackle corruption, warning that without it corruption will kill the country. 

But his political opponents accuse him of waging a witch-hunt against the previous administration. 

Election poster saying "we will not tolerate corruption"
AFP

Disrupting deliveries in Nairobi

The team behind Kenyan startup Sendy are using all the advances of the sharing economy to try to transform delivery services in the capital Nairobi.

By launching the service, though, they are taking on the big established players of the delivery world like DHL and UPS.

Watch the video report here

Meshack Alloys, CEO of Sendy
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Meshack Alloys, CEO of Sendy

Mother's joy at baby saved from collapsed building

Abdinoor Aden

BBC Africa, Nairobi

The big news this morning from Nairobi is that a seven-month-old girl has been rescued from the debris of the building that collapsed four days ago (see earlier entry at 09:12). 

There have been other remarkable stories of survival since the disaster happened on Friday night. 

Last night, I met Joy, a one-month old baby girl who was found under a bundle of clothing, eight hours after the building collapsed. 

Her mother Mildred told me how happy she was to be reunited with her only child at a shelter for survivors.

Volunteer cradles baby Joy
BBC
Joy is pictured here with a volunteer at the shelter
Baby Joy gets her pullover buttoned up
BBC
Baby Joy looks up with big brown eyes
BBC

African economies under 'severe strain'

Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa hit its lowest level for 15 years in 2015, the International Monetary Fund says in its latest report.

It adds that "after a prolonged period of strong economic growth, [the region] is set to experience a second difficult year".

Growth for the region stood at 3.5% in 2015 and this year it's projected to be 3% - which is "barely above population growth", the report says.

The IMF believes that the "steep decline in commodity prices" as well as a reduction in investment has put economies under strain.

The big oil exporters Nigeria and Angola have been the worst affected and Zambia has also suffered from the decline in the copper price.

The sluggish growth in South Africa has also dragged down the performance of the region as a whole.

Oil worker in Nigeria
AFP

Here are some of the IMF growth predictions for 2016:

  • Ivory Coast 8.5%
  • Tanzania 6.9%
  • Senegal 6.6%
  • Kenya 6%
  • Zambia 3.4%
  • Nigeria 2.3%
  • South Africa 0.6%

Laptops and tablets introduced in Kenyan schools

Class with students holding up tablets
BBC

After the pilot scheme, Kenya's government is now rolling out the first phase of its laptop project - trying to get computers into all schools in Kenya.

The BBC's Ferdinand Omondi has been at the Sparki Primary School in Mombasa, on Kenya's coast.

The teachers have a laptop to use, while the pupils get a tablet computer.

Child with tablet computer
BBC

The laptops and tablets come installed with science, maths, English and Kiswahili lessons.

Child survivor from Kenya building collapse was seven months old

Emmanuel Igunza

BBC Africa, Nairobi

The child rescued from the collapsed building in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, has been confirmed as being just seven months old, rather than one-and-a-half years old as was reported earlier.

She survived under the rubble for four days.

The death toll now stands at 23 people and 95 are still missing.

The six-storey building collapsed on Friday evening during heavy rains.

Kenyan soldiers searching through the rubble
EPA
Rescuers have been searching through the rubble for suvivors

Read more: How long can survivors last under rubble?

Toure back in training ahead of Champions League match

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

Manchester City's Yaya Toure took part in training ahead of Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second-leg with Real Madrid.

Toure has missed City's last two games, including the 0-0 first leg draw with a thigh injury.

Only the ineligible Samir Nasri and fellow midfielder David Silva, who has a hamstring injury, were absent.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini chose to train in Manchester before flying to Madrid after lunch.

Yaya Toure holding injured leg
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Yaya Toure was injured during last month's match against Stoke City

McLeish leaves Zamalek after 65 days

Alex McLeish
SNS

Scottish coach Alex McLeish has left Egyptian club Zamalek after just 65 days and 10 matches in charge.

McLeish is the fourth coach to leave the Cairo side this season.

The former Aston Villa and Birmingham boss lead Zamalek to the group phase of the African Champions League but they are 11 points behind league leaders Al Ahly.

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Water rationing introduced in Burkina Faso's capital

Abdourahmane Dia

BBC Afrique

In Burkina Faso, authorities have decided to ration water distribution in the capital, Ouagadougou, due to severe shortages. 

Starting today, the city will be divided in two and each half will get 12 hours of water per day. 

The authorities have asked people to stock up on water during the time that time that they are connected.

The city of two million people has been experiencing a water shortage for weeks, with some areas having to go with more than three days without the precious liquid. 

The government puts the shortage down to high demand at a time when a heat wave is hitting the country. 

The rainy season is not expected before June or July.

Person drinking water from an outside tap
AFP

DR Congo 'loses lightning crown' to Venezuela

A lightning strike observed from the International Space Station
Nasa

Earth has a new lightning capital, according to a recent study from Nasa weather experts. 

Venezuela's Lake Maracaibo now tops the rankings with 233 lightning flashes per square kilometer per year, Nasa says.

Researchers had previously identified Africa's Congo Basin as the location of maximum lightning activity.

Africa remains the continent with the most lightning hotspots, according to the study, home to six of the world's top 10 sites for lightning activity. The majority of the hotspots were by Lake Victoria and other lakes along the East African Rift Valley, which have a similar geography to Lake Maracaibo.  

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Mozambique prisoners' smuggled mobile phones on display

Authorities at the main prison in Mozambique's capital, Maputo, have released photos of a haul of mobile phones, confiscated from inmates, which have been tweeted by a Human Rights Watch researcher:

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Facebook post sparks racism row in South Africa

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News, Johannesburg

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has been asked to investigate a racist Facebook rant allegedly posted by user Matthew Theunissen, which has sparked anger on social media platforms. 

This follows Mr Theunissen's comment about Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula's decision to suspend the privileges of sports federations from bidding for international tournaments because of their failure to include more black players. 

Rugby, cricket and athletics have been affected. 

Mr Theunissen wrote: “So no more sporting events for South Africa."

He then used racist and abusive language to criticise the government.

The post has attracted widespread condemnation from black and white South Africans. 

The country is currently looking at racism as a punishable offence.

Springbok team after winning bronze nedal at recent rugby World Cup
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There was a debate over whether South Africa's recent rugby world cup squad had enough non-white players

Somali journalists under threat

Campaign group Human Rights Watch says the Somali government and Islamist militants al-Shabab are using "abusive tactics" to sway media coverage. 

It made the comment in a new report on World Press Freedom day.

The report documents killings, threats, and arbitrary detention of journalists since 2014. 

Somali journalist Abdulkadir Omar Adire has survived an assassination attempt and was also caught up in a militant bomb attack.

He told his story to the BBC:

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Plans for Africa's Great Green Wall

African ministers from 20 countries north and south of the Sahara desert are gathering in Senegal to discuss how to create a 15km-wide green belt across the continent. 

It's hoped what's being called the Great Green Wall would extend for 7,000km (4,300 miles) from Senegal, in the west, to Djibouti in the east. 

The idea, which is intended to contain the spread of the Sahara, is being backed by the European Union, UN agencies and the World Bank. 

A man watches a movie with 3D glasses about the Great Green Wall in Africa at the Chad stand during the COP21
AFP
The Great Green Wall was promoted at the recent climate conference in Paris

Child found alive in bucket four days after Nairobi building collapse

A one-and-a-half-year-old child has been rescued from the debris of a building that collapsed four days ago in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

The child, who had been buried for about 80 hours, was found in a bucket wrapped in a blanket. She appeared dehydrated, and with no visible physical injuries."

Kenya Red Cross

The six-storey residence came down in heavy rain on Friday, killing at least 22 people.

Dozens of others are still thought to be buried under the rubble, but hopes of finding more alive are fading.

The owner of the building, earmarked for demolition, will appear in court on Tuesday charged with manslaughter.

The Kenya Red Cross has posted a photo of the child receiving treatment, along with its press release.

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Pirates 'switch from stealing oil to kidnapping'

Tomi Oladipo

BBC Africa security correspondent

A rise in violence from pirates over the past year has made the Gulf of Guinea the most dangerous region for seafarers. 

A study from the US-based group Oceans Beyond Piracy says these incidents included an increase the use of "kidnap-for-ransom" tactics. 

The State of Maritime Piracy 2015 says the West African situation contrasts with the coast on the other side of the continent where international efforts have suppressed major attacks. 

The report says pirates in the Gulf of Guinea have largely turned their focus away from the oil tankers they used to rob for their cargo. 

That's no longer lucrative because of low oil prices, so there's since been a shift to kidnapping for ransom. 

These attacks are now said to increasingly involve violence. 

Nigerian security forces have been responding to the threat but the pirates have only moved their activities further into international waters. 

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Previous Nigerian government 'lost $15bn to corruption'

Nigeria's Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the country lost "close to $15bn (£10bn)" to corruption during the last administration, This Day newspaper is reporting.

The fraud was mostly in the procurement of security equipment, the vice-president said in a speech on Monday.

When you look at the sheer amount of money that has been embezzled, the sheer amount of money lost from any of these various cases of corruption, you will find that far too much has been lost.”

Nigeria Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo

There are several investigations under way into corruption in the purchasing of arms during the last government.

Yemi Osinbajo
AFP
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo made the comments during a book launch called The Challenges of Growth and Development

Wise words

Today’s African proverb:

A monkey will never be rid of its black hands."

A Krio proverb from Sierra Leone sent by Alhaja Sahid-Bangura, UK

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