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  1. Nigeria 'signs $80bn oil deals with China'

    Nigeria has signed oil and gas infrastructure agreements worth $80bn (£60m) with Chinese companies, the Reuters news agency quotes the country's state oil company as saying.

    The West African country is one of Africa’s largest oil producers and oil is its main export earner.

    But it imports 80% of its fuel and its four refineries have never reached full production because of poor maintenance.

    Reuters say Oil Minister Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu has been in China since Sunday.

    President Muhammadu Buhari came to power just over a year ago promising to crack down on the massive corruption within the oil industry.

    The sector has also been hit by a resurgence of attacks by militants demanding a greater share of the oil wealth.

    Read more: Buhari's battle to clean up Nigeria's oil industry and The Niger Delta Avengers

    Nigerian fuel attendant
    Image caption: Nigeria imports most of its fuel
  2. Kenyan journalists barred from offices

    Odeo Sirari

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Staff at the radio stations and TV channel that Kenya's Nation Media Group has said it is closing (see earlier post) have been barred from their offices.

    They were not allowed in when they arrived at work this morning in the capital, Nairobi.

    The affected stations are Nairobi-based QTV, QFM and Nation FM as well as KFM, which is based in Rwanda.

    QTV, its Swahili TV channel, has already gone off air and has been replaced with NTV, which broadcasts in English.

  3. African fans pay tribute to 'feminist' Elechi Amadi

    People have taken to social media to pay tribute to the late Nigerian author Elechi Amadi, praising his seminal work, The Concubine, and celebrating his feminism.

    His name is not just trending on Twitter in Nigeria, but in Kenya and Tanzania too.

    BBC Focus on Africa TV presenter, Sophie Ikenye, from Kenya, is among those remembering the 82-year-old writer:

  4. Lagos cracks down on noise

    Authorities in Nigeria's Lagos State have shut 70 churches and 20 mosques in an attempt to reduce high noise levels.

    About 10 hotels, pubs and club houses were also closed.

    Lagos has a population of around 20 million, with correspondents saying noise - from the beep of car horns, to the Muslim call to prayer and the singing in churches - being its soundtrack.

    In August, the authorities closed 22 premises after residents complained about the noise emanating from them.  

    People singing at a church service in Lagos, Nigeria
    Image caption: Some people complain about loud church singing
  5. Ivory Coast's 'baby hero' professor

    This Ivorian professor, pictured with a baby on this back, has mothers across Africa in awe - as it's not image you often see on the continent:

    Honore Kahi with a baby on his back

    The photo has been widely shared on social media, with many praising him as a hero.

    Honore Kahi offered to take the baby as he was crying and preventing the mother from sitting in class.

    He said his students were surprised, began to laugh and then took pictures:

    Honore Kahi with a baby on his back

    But the professor who teaches at Bouake University, told the BBC that being a mother should not stop women getting an education, adding that women should not be discouraged by people's perceptions of what they should be able to do.

    Quote Message: What prevails here is... male chauvinism." from Prof Honore Kahi
    Prof Honore Kahi

    Read the BBC News story for more

  6. Kenya 'alarm' over missing lawyer

    Mohammud Ali Mohamed

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Willie Kimani
    Image caption: Willie Kimani works for a legal charity

    The Law Society of Kenya has asked the government to produce a missing lawyer alive or dead. 

    Willie Kimani has been missing for a week now.

    He was last seen in a taxi on the outskirts of the capital, Nairobi, shortly after he had left the court with a client last Thursday.

    The taxi driver and client are also missing. 

    The police have not yet commented on the disappearances.

    Isaac Okero, president of the Law Society of Kenya, told the BBC that lawyers are in shock:

    Quote Message: "We are very alarmed about this development because it means that lawyers are becoming a target because of their work... [it] is an indication that the rule of law is beginning to crumble."

    Mr Okero added that they suspect there could be a link between the lawyer’s disappearance and the case he was working on. 

    Mr Kimani - who worked for the International Justice Mission, a US-based legal charity - was representing a client who had lodged an official complaint about a police officer. 

    Disappearances have become common in Kenya.

  7. South Africa approves beer buyout

    Beer cans
    Image caption: Mixing drinks: SAB's Miller High Life and AB InBev's Budweiser

    South Africa's Competition Tribunal has approved the buyout of beer giant SABMiller by the world's top brewer AB InBev. 

    However, it set a range of conditions, including the sale of SABMiller's stake in Distell Group, and a guarantee that mo jobs would be lost in the first five years.

    Belgium-based AB InBev's acquisition of SABMiller was valued at $121bn (£90bn) when it was announced in November, but it is now worth less because the value of the pound has plummeted following the UK's vote to leave the European Union. 

    Current exchange rates put the value of the acquisition at around $106.5bn, Reuters news agency says.   

    Read: What would takeover mean for drinkers? 

  8. Malian director invited to join Oscars film academy

    Director Souleymane Cisse
    Image caption: The 76-year-old is an award-winning filmmaker

    Renowned Malian film director Souleymane Cisse has been invited to vote in next year's Oscars awards.

    He is among nearly 700 people, with a focus on ethnic minorities and women, invited to join the Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Science.

    British-Nigerian actor John Boyega, recently in Star Wars, is also on the list.

    For the second year in a row, all the acting nominees at February’s Oscars were white, sparking an outcry.

    The protests led to an unprecedented debate about racial equality in the film industry - characterised on social media by the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite - and caused several Hollywood stars to boycott the awards ceremony.

    But BBC Entertainment says should all of those invited do agree to join, the demographic of the membership would only slightly change from being mostly white, male and over 60.

    Male membership would slip from 75% to 73% - white membership from 92% to 89%.

    There are currently more than 6,000 members of the academy.

  9. Deadly suicide blast near Cameroon mosque

    A suicide bomber has killed at least 10 people near a mosque in northern Cameroon, military and local officials have said. 

    The bomber blew himself up as Muslims gathered under a tent in Djakana town after breaking their fast yesterday evening, Reuters news agency agency quotes an offcial, as saying.

    A Cameroonian army officer said the bomber was a young boy, Reuters adds.   

    No group has said it carried out the attack but Nigeria-based militant Islamist movement Boko Haram often carries out cross-border raids. 

    Read: Huge rise in suicide bombers

    Abubakar Shekau and other militants
    Image caption: Boko Haram has waged a brutal insurgency since 2009
  10. Kenya's Olympic trials held over doping cloud

    The BBC's Abdinoor Aden is in Eldoret, the Kenyan town famous for producing long-distance runners, taking photos at the long-awaited Olympics trials.


    The event is being held under a cloud caused by the doping scandal which has rocked world athletics. At one stage it had looked as if the country would be banned from Rio until tough anti-doping legislation hastily passed last month.

    Officials from Kenya's anti-doping agency and the regional anti-doping organisation, Rado, are part of the team conducting the doping tests.

    Some of the events taking place today include the 10,000m finals for women.

    Female Kenyan athlete
  11. Africa Express makes music with Syrians

    BBC Africa's Manuel Toledo has been in Denmark for the Roskilde Festival where last night he filmed and photographed the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians in a concert with Africa Express, a collective of musicians from around the world set up by British Britpop singer Damon Albarn:

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  12. Kenya radio and TV stations to close

    Nation Media Group Q radio presenters in Nairobi, Kenya - 2015
    Image caption: The closures are likely to lead to job cuts

    The Nation Media Group (NMG), the largest media company in East Africa, has announced it will be closing some flagship stations.

    Its English radio station Nation FM and its Swahili TV channel QTV  in Kenya and KFM radio station in Rwanda are being shut.

    In a statement, the company gave these reasons for the decision:

    Quote Message: We are reorganising ourselves with the objective of transforming the group into a modern 21st Century digital content company embracing a digital/ mobile first business model"

    Massive job losses are expected. 

    The NMG publishes The Nation, Kenya’s largest independent newspaper, and The East African, which is distributed in the region.

    The company was founded in 1959 by the Aga Khan, a spiritual leader and wealthy businessman who grew up in Kenya.

    Here's the full statement:

    Image caption: Nation Media Group statement
  13. Giant Botswana diamond fails to sell

    The world's largest uncut diamond failed to sell at a London auction last night after bids did not reach the minimum reserve price.

    The Lesedi la Rona, almost the size of a tennis ball, was unearthed in Botswana in November.

    The rough diamond is 1,109 carats and believed to be more than 2.5 billion years old.

    It had been expected to sell for more than £52m ($70m) but the highest bid was about £45m ($61m).

    The auction at Sotheby's was the first time a rough diamond of such a size has gone on public sale.

    Why have so many huge diamonds been found recently?

  14. Nigerians mourn Concubine author Elechi Amadi

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    The Concubine (Heinemann African Writers Series)
    Image caption: The Concubine was part of the Heinemann African Writers Series

    Nigerians are mourning Elechi Amadi, a popular author who has died at the age of 82.

    Known for his famous book The Concubine, he died on Wednesday after a short illness. 

    It pictured the culture of marriage and forbidden traditions and was originally published in 1966.

    It has remained a recommended text, which is widely read in schools across Africa. 

    His other books include Sunset in Biafra, Peppersoup, The Slave and The Road to Ibadan. 

    A physics and mathematics graduate of the University of Ibadan, he joined the Nigerian army and continued serving in it during the civil war, despite coming from the Niger Delta, which was part of the breakaway state of Biafra.

    When retired as a captain, he also worked as a teacher and held several political appointments in his native Rivers State.

  15. Remote-controlled bomb hits Somali minibus

    Ferdinand Omondi

    BBC Africa

    At least 18 people have been killed in a roadside bomb on the outskirts of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.

    They were travelling past Lafole in a minibus when a remote-controlled bomb went off, killing everyone on board. 

    Eyewitnesses say they were being escorted by a military vehicle, which escaped undamaged.

    It is unclear whether the government car was the target of the blast. 

    It is not clear who is behind the attack.

    But al-Shabab militants have repeatedly targeted both government officials and the public in Somalia. 

    There have used several tactics including drive-by shootings, grenade attacks and beheadings.

    The group wants to overthrow the UN-backed government and to establish a Muslim Caliphate.

  16. Wise words

    Today's African proverb is:

    Quote Message: The old woman looks after the child to grow its teeth and the young one in turn looks after the old woman when she loses her teeth." from An Akan proverb from Ghana and Ivory Coast sent by Jacob Dior Macueng in Rumbek, South Sudan
    An Akan proverb from Ghana and Ivory Coast sent by Jacob Dior Macueng in Rumbek, South Sudan
    A Somali grandmother and her grandchild

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

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