Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who is travelling to Germany on an official visit, will send his Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to meet the Chibok girls tonight, according to a tweet on his official account:
Sahara Reporters, which was the first media outlet to break the story of the girls' release this morning, has thrown doubt on its own earlier report that most of the girls had babies while in captivity.
A security official also told the BBC that this was the case.
Kenya grants citizenship to stateless Makonde people
Wanyama wa Chebusiri
BBC Africa, Nairobi
After 40 years of statelessness, members of the Makonde community, whose origin is traced to Mozambique, have finally won their battle to be recognised as Kenyan citizens.
The Makonde people say they were born in Kenya after their parents arrived in the country in 1936 and were recruited to work on sisal and sugar farms owned by European settlers in Kwale county.
President Uhuru Kenya made the announcement at state house in the presence of representatives of Makonde people:
Quote Message: Between now and the month of December we shall ensure that all of you have been issued national identity cards so that you are fully recognised as Kenyan citizens.
Between now and the month of December we shall ensure that all of you have been issued national identity cards so that you are fully recognised as Kenyan citizens.
Quote Message: You are not foreigners in this country and today should mark the end of your suffering."
You are not foreigners in this country and today should mark the end of your suffering."
The population of the Makonde people in Kenya is estimated to be about 10,000.
North Korea break Ghanaian hearts at Under-17 World Cup
BBC Africa Sport
Ghana have failed to reach the semi-finals of the Women's Under-17 World Cup in Jordan - as they lost 2-1 to North Korea - who scored their winner in four minutes into injury time at the end of the match.
Ghana had grabbed an equaliser with less than 10 minutes remaining and looked set to force the game into extra time before the North Koreans scored with less than 30 seconds to play.
Africa's other teams at the tournament - Cameroon and Nigeria - both failed to make it beyond the group stage of the tournament.
Need to know: Togo's maritime security summit
A maritime security summit is kicking off in Togo’s capital, Lome.
It is being organised by the African Union to tackle the issue of piracy among other security-related issues.
Reporting from Lome's beachfront, the BBC Monitoring’s Africa security Tomi Olapido looks at the issues on the agenda.
The International Crisis Group (ICG) think-tank has called for forceful international diplomacy to put the electoral process back on track in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Their panel of experts says street protests have become the main form of political expression in the country.
At least 32 people died last month when protests against President Joseph Kabila were violently put down.
The International Crisis Group warns urban violence could now spread beyond Kinshasa.
The group's briefing paper calls for targeted sanctions against leaders who inflame tensions, and suggests threatening to withdraw UN peacekeepers from eastern DR Congo.
President Kabila took over from his father in 2001. He is due to finish his term at the end of this year. But presidential elections due in November have been delayed.
South Sudan's Machar 'in South Africa for treatment'
Riek Machar, who was sacked as South Sudan's vice-president in July after heavy clashes in the capital, Juba, is in South Africa to receive medical treatment, according his spokesman, quoted by Reuters news agency.
The former rebel leader had been receiving treatment in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, after sustaining a leg injury.
Mr Machar, whose bitter rivalry with President Salva Kiir sparked a civil war in December 2013, fled across the border into the Democratic Republic of Congo with more than 700 of his soldiers in the wake of the July clashes.
His fighters remain in DR Congo, at a UN camp, but the Congolese government says it no longer wants to host them and has ordered them to leave.
Around 15 migrants drowned when their boat ran into trouble off the coast of Libya.
A rescue vessel operated by a Spanish aid agency arrived on the scene as the dinghy was sinking.
More than 100 passengers were saved, but others were lost in what were rough seas. Among them was a three-year old boy.
President Zuma in bid to block corruption report
BBC southern Africa correspondent, Johannesburg
Lawyers for South African President Jacob Zuma are attempting to block a report by anti-corruption chief Thuli Madonsela.
Her interim report threatens to expose the extent of corruption and cronyism at the top levels of South Africa leadership.
The legal action comes just hours before Ms Madonsela, South Africa’s public protector, steps down from her job.
Her investigation has examined allegations of corruption linked to the controversial Indian family the Guptas, who it is alleged enjoy close ties to Mr Zuma and have been accused of influencing the appointment of cabinet ministers. They deny all the allegations.
The delay means the investigation will fall into the hands of the incoming anti-corruption chief Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
She is a former South African diplomat, who some have accused of being a spy loyal to the governing African National Congress (ANC), and she may have less appetite to probe the country’s leadership.
Meanwhile, one of Ms Madonsela’s most loyal defenders, the outspoken politician Julius Malema, has been served with a summons (see earlier posts).
That too is being widely seen as a move to try to silence criticism, through the courts - a tactic which seems to be becoming an all too familiar pattern in South African politics.
Nigerian Information Minister Lai Mohammed has been giving more details about the release of the Chibok girls at a press conference in the capital Abuja:
Quote Message: We can confirm that 21 of the girls were released, safely, to us by 5.30 this Thursday morning and they were flown to Kaduna from the location of their release.
We can confirm that 21 of the girls were released, safely, to us by 5.30 this Thursday morning and they were flown to Kaduna from the location of their release.
Quote Message: We expect the released girls to land in Abuja shortly. Ahead of their arrival, we have assembled a team of medical doctors, psychologists, social workers, trauma experts, etc to properly examine the girls, especially because they have been in captivity for so long.
We expect the released girls to land in Abuja shortly. Ahead of their arrival, we have assembled a team of medical doctors, psychologists, social workers, trauma experts, etc to properly examine the girls, especially because they have been in captivity for so long.
Quote Message: We have the list of the 21 girls but we are now contacting their parents as part of the necessary verification exercise. As soon as that is concluded, we will release the names to the public."
We have the list of the 21 girls but we are now contacting their parents as part of the necessary verification exercise. As soon as that is concluded, we will release the names to the public."
'Most of rescued Chibok girls have babies'
BBC News, Nigeria correspondent
Most of the Chibok grils freed after more than two years in Boko Haram captivity have babies, a security official has told the BBC.
The official also said that the girls were released as part of a prisoner swap.
According to the source, several top-level Boko Haram prisoners were taken to a meeting point close to the Cameroon border.
Under the supervision of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the girls were then released in exchange for the prisoners.
They were flown back to the north-eastern city of Maiduguri where they are now under the supervision of the security forces.
Just last month the Nigerian government announced that several rounds of talks with Boko Haram had broken down, and called for the UN to mediate.
With today’s release they have shown that the girls can be released through intermediaries.