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By Dickens Olewe and Farouk Chothia

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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. Keep up to date with what's happening on the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: The chicken does not rejoice in the roasting of the bird." from A Fulani proverb sent by Sani Adamu in Yaoundé, Cameroon
    A Fulani proverb sent by Sani Adamu in Yaoundé, Cameroon

    Click here to send your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with picture of one our top shots from around the continent - this week of Nigerian Olufunke Oshonaike competing during the Women Single Table Tennis World Championship in Germany.

    Olufunke Oshonaike of Nigeria competes during the Women Single

    See all the pictures here

  2. The Resident Presidents take a keen interest in the UK election

    While election fever builds in the UK, our Resident Presidents Olushambles and Kibarkingmad are watching with interest.

    Listen to them unpick the candidate's policies:

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    Video caption: A satirical take on the news with Presidents Kibarkingmad and Olushambles
  3. Mugabe tells rivals: 'Your turn to lead will come'

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    Image caption: Mr Mugabe is to address 10 youth rallies ahead of elections

    Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, 93, has called on leaders vying to succeed him to keep their ambitions in check, saying their chance to lead will come.

    Speaking at a youth rally in Marondera town, Mr Mugabe said:

    Quote Message: We want our party to remain united and not divided. If you are a real Zanu-PF member, be true to your party."

    He urged those seeking to succeed him to "be at peace":

    Quote Message: The time will come. It's certainly coming."

    Mr Mugabe's wife Grace Mugabe and his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa are seen as jockeying to succeed him, causing huge divisions in the ruling Zanu-PF party.

    Zanu-PF has, however, endorsed Mr Mugabe as its presidential candidate in next year's election.

    See earlier post for more details

  4. E Guinea elected to UN security council

    President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo (C) arrives to attend the inauguration of Ghanaian President John Mahama at the Independence Square, Accra on January 7, 2013
    Image caption: Critics accuse Equatorial Guinea's leader (C) of being authoritarian

    Equatorial Guinea has for the first time been elected to the UN Security Council during a vote that saw Ivory Coast, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Peru and Poland also win seats at the top world table.

    Campaign group Human Rights Watch said it had concerns about Equatorial Guinea's presence on the council, as it had "a long history of harassing, arbitrarily detaining and interfering with the work of human rights defenders".

    The oil-rich state, ruled by Teodoro Obiang Nguema for almost 40 years, was elected unopposed as an African representative on the council.

    The Security Council is made up of 10 non-permanent members elected to two-year terms and five permanent powers: Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.

    The elected countries - all of which were put forward by their regional grouping - will begin their term on January 1.

  5. Morocco king 'withdraws from Ecowas summit'

    King Mohammed VI of Morocco waves to crowds of men dressed in traditional white robes during Throne Day Celebrations at the Royal Palace on July 31, 2006 in Rabat, Morocco
    Image caption: The monarch has been pushing for closer ties with sub-Saharan Africa

    Morocco's King Mohamed VI has cancelled plans to attend a summit of West African leaders in Liberia because of the presence of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the foreign ministry has said, AFP news agency reports.

    The North African state is hoping to join the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) after the African Union readmitted it as a member in January after a 33-year absence, AFP adds.

    Mohamed VI had been due to attend the summit in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, on Saturday and Sunday, but key members of Ecowas have decided to "reduce to the minimum their level of representation" because they disagreed with the invitation issued to Mr Netanyahu, the ministry said in a statement.

    The king "wishes his first visit to an ecowas summit not take place in a context of tension and controversy", it added.

    Mr Netanyahu is expected to attend the summit from Sunday as the head of a large diplomatic and economic delegation, his office said.

  6. Burundi's Beyonce breaks the internet

    Burundian teenager Christa Vera Audrey Iteriteka, who sang a cover version of Beyonce’s ‘Halo’, has gone down a storm on social media, attracting more than one million likes on Facebook.

    The secondary school pupil lives in central Burundi, from where she spoke to BBC Africa:

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    Video caption: Burundi teen's cover of 'Halo' attracts over one million Facebook likes
  7. ANC calls for Zuma GuptaLeaks investigation

    Image caption: Mr Zuma has been dogged by corruption allegations throughout his presidency

    South Africa's ruling party has called for an investigation into emails which appear to show allegedly corrupt links between President Jacob Zuma's family and wealthy businessmen.

    The African National Congress (ANC) said the allegations questioned the credibility of the government and such matters could not be allowed to fester.

    Mr Zuma recently survived calls for his resignation by some senior ANC members.

    The allegations have been dismissed as a fabrication by Mr Zuma's lawyers.

    The Gupta family of businessmen has said the leaks were "politically inspired".

    One of the revelations of alleged links disclosed in the emails is that the Guptas helped the president's son, Duduzane Zuma, buy a $1.3m (£1m) apartment in Dubai.

    In addition, the emails reportedly indicated that President Zuma was hoping to take up residency in the United Arab Emirates. A claim that was denied.

    Read: Zuma, the great survivor

  8. Money 'mishandled' at Ugandan celebrity's funeral

    Uganda's central bank has waded into the discussion over a petition by a man who is trying to get a court to order for the exhumation of the body of local celebrity Ivan Ssemwanga (see previous post) after he was buried on Tuesday with wads of cash.

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    The bank tweeted that the money " which was so mishandled, is likely to be defaced, soiled or damaged, and thereby no longer serves the purpose".

    It asked Ugandans to respect the currency:

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  9. Court bid to exhume Ugandan celebrity's body

    Odeo Sirari

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    A Ugandan man has filed a court petition to demand the exhumation of the body of flamboyant businessman Ivan Ssemwanga so that money he was buried with on Tuesday is retrieved.

    The petitioner, Abey Mgugu, said the money which was dropped into the coffin as it was being lowered into the grave reflected wastage and was a violation of the socio-economic rights of Ugandans.

    Mr Mgugu also wants the funeral company involved in the burial to be declared culpable by negligence for failing to ensure "respect" for money was maintained.

    It is not clear how much money was buried but it is reported that Ugandan shillings, South African rands and US dollars were thrown into the grave.

    Ssemwanga, who was 39 at the time of his death, was famous for his partying lifestyle. He led the so-called Rich Gang, a group of wealthy men in Uganda.

    Local media reports that police have been guarding his grave, in case intruders try to exhume the body and steal the expensive coffin and the money.

    A video of the burial was shared online:

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  10. Fisherman found bishop's body

    Randy Joe Sa'ah

    BBC Africa, Bamenda

    Navy divers had been searching for the body of a missing Catholic bishop in River Sanaga in Cameroon, but it was a fisherman who found it floating downstream.

    Bishop Jean Marie Benoit Balla of the Bafia Diocese in central Cameroon went missing three days ago, leaving his home just before midnight.

    The 58-year-old's night watchman said he opened the gate for the bishop, wondering where he was going so late.

    Sand diggers found the bishop's abandoned car the next morning on the bridge over River Sanaga, close to Ebebda, a small town west of the capital, Yaoundé.

    Crowd at banks of river

    A suicide note, which said in French “I am in the water”, was found in the car. However, investigators are yet to determine if the bishop wrote it and under what circumstances.

    A priest in the same Bafia diocese also died two weeks ago. He was found dead in his bedroom.

    The bishop was said to have been very disturbed by the priest's death.

    However, Bishop Samuel Kleda, who is the president of the National Episcopal Conference, said the two deaths were not linked.

    Cameroonians are shocked, and prayers are being held in parishes across the country.

    Bishop Faustin Ambassa Ndjodoof Garoua in northern Cameroon said the late clergy “was a wise man and a very accessible person. We have lost a very important man. It’s a great loss”.

    See earlier post

  11. Mugabe denounces promiscuity

    Image caption: Many elderly people were at the youth rally

    Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has condemned sexual promiscuity, saying it has broken many homes.

    Mr Mugabe, 93, was speaking at a rally in the small town of Marondera, east of the capital, Harare, to win the support of the youth ahead of elections next year.

    The state-owned Herald newspaper and a journalist have tweeted details of the speech:

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  12. Congo Ebola 'under control'

    Democratic Republic of Congo Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga says an outbreak of Ebola which killed four people has been brought under control.

    Mr Kalenga said a new case had not been recorded for 21 days - the maximum period between exposure to the disease and initial symptoms.

    Health workers used an unlicensed American vaccine to stop the disease spreading in remote terrain in the north-east of DR Congo.

    Read: Why Ebola is so dangerous

    Health workers in  West Africa
    Image caption: The world's deadliest Ebola outbreak hit West Africa in 2014-2015
  13. How sanitary pads can improve child literacy

    Entrepreneur Sophia Grinvalds explains how she started her company after she tried to get sanitary pads in rural Uganda.

    Grinvalds, co-founder of AFRIpads, says she was surprised to learn that it was accepted that girls should miss school when they had their periods.

    She told the BBC that AFRIpads makes affordable sanitary pads:

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    Video caption: Entrepreneur Sophia Grinvalds, co-founder of AFRIpads, explains her mission.
  14. Uganda hairdressers in colourful styles

    The press secretary for Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has shared some colourful pictures of hairdressers who are part of a government initiative to empower young women.

    The hairdressers, who were meeting Mr Museveni, adorned some unusual hair styles for the event with one spotting what looks like chicken feathers:

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  15. Body of missing Cameroonian bishop found

    A search team has retrieved the body of missing Cameroonian Bishop Jean Marie Benoit Balla from River Sanaga, 7km ( 4 miles) away from the bridge where his car was found yesterday, authorities say.

    He was the bishop of the central region of Bafia and had been missing for two days.

    Some newspapers and social media sites are reporting that a suicide note was found in the car, but others are suggesting that he was murdered.

  16. Could SA be bruised by bad Brexit deal?

    The exit of the UK from the European Union has businesses wondering how the move will affect trade.

    The BBC's Karen Allen speaks to South Africa entrepreneurs to assess how they are preparing for the changes that will come with Brexit:

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    Video caption: Could South Africa be bruised by a bad Brexit deal?
  17. ANC concerned about Gupta's influence

    South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) says it's gravely concerned at the publication of emails which revealed alleged undue influence and corruption by the wealthy Gupta family on President Jacob Zuma's decisions.

    The ANC said the claims questioned the credibility of the government and such matters could not be allowed to fester in the public domain.

    At the weekend, the ANC's National Executive decided to retain Mr Zuma as party leader after considering his future at a closed-door meeting for the second time in six months.

    Mr Zuma's successor is due to be formally chosen by the party in December.

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  18. Syrian dentist finds refuge in Sierra Leone

    Dr Talal Rahmeh was kidnapped in Syria and freed after paying $10,000 (£8,000) ransom. He then moved to Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, through a Lebanese relative.

    He now runs a clinic beaming with activity, and is fluent in Creole.

    BBC Focus on Africa's Umaru Fofana spoke with him:

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    Video caption: Meet Dr Talal Rahmeh who fled conflict and made his home in Africa

    Read: The Aleppo dentist who brings 'Hollywood smiles' to Somalis

  19. Children die in botched South Sudan vaccination

    At least 15 children have died in South Sudan after health workers used the same syringe to vaccinate them against measles without sterilising it, Health Minister Riek Gai Kok has said.

    Another 32 have recovered after falling ill with symptoms including fever, vomiting and diarrhoea, he added.

    The team that vaccinated the children "in this tragic event were neither qualified nor trained for the immunisation campaign", Reuters news agency quoted Dr Kok as saying at a press conference.

    A committee of specialists found the children had died from severe sepsis toxicity as a result of the vaccine's contamination, caused by repeated use of an unsterilised syringe, Reuters reports.

    A UNICEF officer measures a South Sudanese child's arm in a mobile clinic in Rejaf on October 24, 2015.
    Image caption: Health services are poor in South Sudan which has been hit by decades of conflict
  20. We're live at African Hair Summit in Abuja

    We reported earlier about an ongoing event to celebrate African hair in Nigeria's capital, Abuja.

    The BBC's Chris Ewokor is at the event and is speaking to hair therapist Jayne Okoh about how to care for natural hair.

    Watch it here:

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