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  1. Kenyan MP asked to apologise over WhatsApp message
  2. Nigerian state government condemned for honouring scandal-hit Zuma
  3. Death toll rises after Mogadishu bombing
  4. Turkey airlifts 30 of the wounded for emergency treatment
  5. Monkeypox outbreak confirmed in Nigeria
  6. Poll shows Cairo and Kinshasa are the worst cities for women
  7. Taxi passengers' bodies "found" in DR Congo

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By Natasha Booty and Farouk Chothia

All times stated are UK

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  1. Scroll down for Monday's stories

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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:

    Quote Message: If a cockroach is able to display its dance moves it means the hen isn't around." from Sent by Ifeanyi Dike in Nigeria
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    Click here and scroll to the bottom to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this picture of Senegalese actress Adjaratou Bigué Ndoye, shared on the Dakar Lives Instagram account:

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  2. Mozambique's leader: 'Stop this kneeling culture'

    Filipe Nyusi addresses a cheering crowd of supporters during the FRELIMO final presidential and legislative campaign rally on October 12, 2014 on the outskirts of Maputo
    Image caption: Filipe Nyusi has been in office since 2015

    Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusihas warned corrupt ministers and officials that they will be fired and prosecuted.

    Addressing senior servants in the capital Maputo, he said:

    Quote Message: Let’s save the knees of Mozambicans. They can kneel to request things like the grace of God, but not to request what is theirs.”

    He said the courts needed to do their job, and convict health workers who sell stolen medicines, education officials who sell exam papers or enroll students in exchange for favours.

  3. Monkeypox outbreak in Nigeria confirmed

    Habiba Adamu

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    In this 1971 Center For Disease Control handout photo, monkeypox-like lesions are shown on the arm and leg of a female child in Bondua, Liberia
    Image caption: Monkeypox is a rare smallpox-like disease

    Three cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in Nigeria, Health Minister Isaac Adewole has said at a press conference in the capital, Abuja.

    This is the first outbreak of monkeypox in Nigeria in around 40 years.

    Laboratory test results are still being awaited in 40 other suspected cases after the disease was reported in eight states earlier this month.

    The disease is similar to smallpox although not as deadly.

  4. Kenya election chief refuses to quit

    Kenya's electoral commission chief officer Ezra Chiloba has defended his decision not to step down after the Supreme Court ruled that the presidential election held in August was invalid due to procedural irregularities.

    The presidential election re-run is due to take place on 26 October. However, the main opposition candidate, Raila Odinga has declared he will not take part.

    Mr Chiloba told our colleague Dickens Olewe that he still has a responsibility to the people of Kenya.

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    Video caption: Kenya's Chief Electoral Officer Ezra Chiloba says he still has a responsibility to Kenyans
  5. Gunmen 'kill 35' in Nigeria

    Ishaq Khalid

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    At least 35 people have been killed following attacks by gunmen on several villages in central Nigeria's Plateau State, community leaders have said.

    Many homes have also been torched in the violence yesterday and today in the Bassa area, they add.

    A dusk-to-dawn curfew has been imposed in Bassa and more security forces have been deployed to restore order.

    The villagers accuse herdsmen of carrying out the deadly attacks.

    Thousands of people were killed in years of ethnic and religious conflict in Plateau State but the region has enjoyed relative peace in the last two years.

  6. Somalia bombing: Remembering the victims

    Map of Mogadishu Bomb attack

    A soon-to-graduate trainee doctor and four brothers were among the hundreds killed in Saturday's bomb attack on a hotel in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.

    Our colleagues in BBC Minute have shared this summary of the events plus some insight into who the victims are - including Somali students, a human rights activist plus a young man who'd recently returned from the US "to make a difference" to his home country.

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    Video caption: Hundreds of people have died after the deadliest terror attack in Somalia for years
  7. Coming to a street near you: Nigeria's unsung 'sheroes'

    A new housing development in Nigeria is asking members of the public for their recommendations as it seeks to name its roads after unsung female heroes:

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    Okang Ashiwel Ochui, who says he is working on the project in Lagos, has published a shortlist of the suggestions received so far - it includes authors, politicians, musicians, humanitarians and more:

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    But while we're here, let us point you to an article about the pitfalls of naming places after famous people, written by our colleague Clare Spencer.

  8. Is Cairo really the 'worst megacity for women'?

    We reported earlier on a survey which ranks Cairo as the world's worst megacity for women to live in, and asked BBC Africa's followers on social media for their views.

    They range from anger and disbelief:

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    To dismay:

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    While others couldn't resist taking a jab at other African cities:

    Comment from a facebook user saying Kampala should be number one in the rankings

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  9. Liberia elections: Weah versus Boakai

    Umaru Fofana

    BBC Africa, Monrovia

    Former international Liberian football star turned politician George Weah, addresses supporters during a campaign rally in Monrovia on October 8, 2017
    Image caption: Mr Weah has failed in two previous bids to become president

    After failing to secure an outright majority in last week's presidential election in Liberia, 51-year-old former World Footballer of the Year, George Weah, will slog it out with 73-year-old Vice President Joe Boakai in a face-off that promises to be intriguing.

    The political horse-trading has already begun ahead of 7 November run-off, with both candidates trying to win over the 18 others they defeated.

    Liberian Vice President and presidential candidate Joseph Boakai prepares to cast his vote at a polling station in Monrovia during presidential and legislatives elections on October 10, 2017
    Image caption: Mr Boakai says he is nicknamed "Sleepy Joe" because he is a dreamer

    It is not clear immediately which way the alliances will go to produce the country¹s first democratic transfer of power in several generations.

    In what seems to be a fight between young and older voters, Mr Boakai, the ruling party candidate, hopes to score a hat-trick against a football legend who hopes to be third time lucky.

    Mr Weah obtained 39% and Mr Boakai 29% of votes cast in Tuesday after nearly all polling stations were counted.

    Read: Is ex-warlord Charles Taylor pulling strings from UK prison?

  10. Does having female bus drivers stop harassment?

    Muthoni Wanjira
    Image caption: A recent photo of Doris Muthoni Wanjira carrying a baby while ushering bus passengers in Nairobi went viral

    We reported earlier on a poll which listed Cairo, Kinshasa and Lagos as among the world's most dangerous megacities for women. Harassment was a key factor in the survey by Thomson Reuters.

    Public transport is a hotspot for these abuses, from whistling and vulgar comments to sexual touching and assault.

    Different solutions have been implemented around the world to tackle the problem.

    In Kenya, Doris Muthoni Wanjira, 38, is a conductor in a matatu or minibus in the capital Nairobi.

    She told the BBC's 100 Women team that women have more obstacles than men:

    Quote Message: It's really hard to get a vehicle if you are a lady. Women have to work three times as hard to make a space for themselves.
    Quote Message: Passengers and drivers in the matatus have to go through hell: they are sexually harassed, many assume we are prostitutes.
    Quote Message: With the conductors, some [male passengers] go as far as not paying the fare and when we confront them we are verbally and physically abused."

    Doris says it doesn't deter her from doing her job, and feels a sense of duty and pride when it comes to protecting other women:

    Quote Message: I think it is important that we are seen doing these jobs, it gives other women hope that we can do the same jobs as men.
    Quote Message: And to be honest, women are much better drivers than men.
    Quote Message: We go slowly but we still meet the targets and many female passengers like travelling with us because we know how to make it easier for them to board or alight and we treat them nicely."

    Read the full story on the BBC News website.

  11. Turkish doctors fly to Mogadishu after bombing

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    Somali security officers patrol on the scene of the explosion of a truck bomb in the centre of Mogadishu, on October 15, 2017.
    Image caption: The explosion, at a busy junction, destroyed hotels, government offices and restaurants

    Turkey has sent a team of doctors and medical supplies to Somalia to help victims of the bomb attack in Mogadishu on Saturday, and evacuated more than 30 people for medical treatment.

    The Somali government says the blast is now known to have killed 276 people and injured 300.

    Meanwhile, speculation continues as to who carried out the attack, the deadliest of its kind in a decade.

    The government has blamed al-Shabab militants, but al-Shabab itself, unusually, has not commented on the attack, which occurred two days after the resignation of both the defence minister and the military chief.

    Neither said why they were stepping down.

  12. Kenyan MP 'accidentally forwards sex tips on WhatsApp'

    A first-time Kenyan MP has been asked to apologise after posting a message with sex tips on his constituency WhatsApp group, the local Daily Nation newspaper reports.

    Anthony Kiai, also known as Highflyer, appeared to have forwarded the message innocently, and asked members of the group to ignore it after he realised his mistake, it reports.

    Group admin Bernard Chege said he asked the MP to say sorry for the “naughty language”. Instead, the lawmaker’s personal assistant apologised, the newspaper added.

    The message, in the Gikuyu language, explained in detail how to give a woman an “utterly fulfilling intimate time”, Daily Nation reported.

    Some people defended the MP, including one who said: "Is sex sin!!??"

    Mr Kiai became the MP for Mukurweini following his victory in August's general election.

    WhatsApp app logo seen on a phone
  13. Zanu-PF to hold extraordinary congress

    Shingai Nyoka

    BBC Africa, Harare

    Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace greet delegates attending the ZANU-PF party's extraodinary congress in Harare, 13 December 2007
    Image caption: Grace Mugabe is tipped to become her husband's deputy

    Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party has resolved to hold what's known as an extraordinary congress in December that could see the appointment of a female vice-president.

    Its women's league has been pressing President Robert Mugabe, 93, to abide by the party's constitution and to appoint a woman as one of the two vice-presidents.

    This could pave the way for First Lady Grace Mugabe’s rise to become Zanu-PF's second-in-command.

    In July, President Mugabe proposed that the annual December conference be turned into a congress that will have the power to decide whether to amend the party's constitution to create a third vice-presidency for a woman.

    His wife is seen as his top pick for that post.

    The congress will also allow Mr Mugabe to re-organise Zanu-PF, which has been wracked by infighting as rival leaders position themselves to take over from him when he dies or retires.

    Veteran Zanu-PF politician Joice Mujuru was the party's last female vice-president. She lost the post - and was expelled from the party - after Mrs Mugabe led a campaign against her, accusing her of trying to oust her husband.

    Mrs Mugabe and Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa are among potential candidates to succeed Mr Mugabe.

    Read: The rise of Zimbabwe's first lady.

  14. Former al-Shabab leader donates blood

    A former commander in Somalia's militant Islamist group al-Shabaab has been donating blood to survivors of the truck bombing in the capital, Mogadishu, as this tweet shows:

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    Robow defected to the government at the weekend.

    He was one of the founders of al-Shabab, along with other more radical leaders following the defeat of the Islamic Courts Union in late 2006.

    Robow quickly rose in the group's ranks to become its official spokesman and a deputy leader.

    He, however, fell out with the al-Qaeda-linked group’s leadership in 2013, and remained a fugitive in the remote areas of south-western Somalia until his surrender.

    In June, the US State Department withdrew Mr Robow from its terror list and lifted the $5m (£3.8m) reward for information leading to his capture.

    He announced his defection to the Somali government in August.

  15. Cairo labelled the 'world's worst city for women'

    An Egyptian woman walks past a fruit stand at a market in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on May 15, 2017.
    Image caption: Greater Cairo is home to around 22.8 million people

    Cairo is the world’s most dangerous megacity for women to live in while London is the best, reports the Thomson Reuters Foundation in the first poll of its kind.

    It's not the only African city named on the list.

    Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo is listed as the second-worst city for women, while Lagos in Nigeria is ranked eighth.

    A total of 19 so-called megacities - defined as cities with populations of 10 million people or more - were surveyed.

    Key factors used in the ranking are sexual violence, harmful cultural practices, plus access to good healthcare, finance and education.

    Experts in the field of women's rights were consulted for the survey, including journalist Shahira Amin, who told Thomson Reuters:

    Quote Message: Everything about the city is difficult for women. Even a simple walk on the street, and they are subjected to harassment, whether verbal or even physical."
  16. 'I met my real-life Prince Charming in a nightclub'

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    The New York Times has reported on the very modern love story between Prince Yoel Makonnen, the great-grandson of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie and Ariana Austin, his new wife who is of African-American and Guyanese descent.

    Yoel, now 35, tells the news site that his pick-up line to Ariana was "‘you look like an ad for Bombay Sapphire [a brand of gin]" when they first met in a nightclub in the US capital, Washington DC, almost 12 years ago.

    Ariana, 33, is the granddaughter of a lord mayor of Guyana's capital of Georgetown.

    She told the New York Times that she marvels at the lineage of her new family which is said to stretch back to the biblical King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, adding:

    Quote Message: It’s unbeatable heritage and history... It combines sheer black power and ancient Christian tradition."
  17. Tanzanian in China: 'I face racism sometimes'

    Tanzanian businessman Abraham Merishani has lived in China for nearly 20 years. He married a Chinese woman and together they have two children.

    He says his Mandarin is so good that when he speaks on the phone people can't tell he's not Chinese. But, he tells BBC Newsday's Nkem Ifejika, he still faces racism sometimes.

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    Video caption: Abraham Merishani on making a life as an African businessman in China
  18. Turkey airlifts Mogadishu bombing victims

    At least 30 people have been airlifted to Turkey for emergency medical treatment following Saturday's truck bombing in Somalia's capital, reports the BBC's Ibrahim Aden from Mogadishu.

    Civilians injured during an explosion last Saturday in KM4 street in the Hodan district wait to board a Turkish military plane for medical evacuation at the Aden Abdulle International Airport in Mogadishu, Somalia October 16, 2017
    Image caption: The injured were evacuated in a Turkish military plane

    More than 300 people were killed and hundreds wounded in the bombing.

    No group has said it carried out the attack.

  19. Incredulity as Nigeria honours Zuma with statue

    Zuma state

    A state government in Nigeria has honoured South Africa's President Jacob Zuma with a giant bronze statue, and by naming a road after him.

    During a visit to the south-eastern state of Imo on Saturday and Sunday, Mr Zuma was given a chieftancy title and the Imo Merit Award - the highest honour awarded by the region.

    The Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNC), a coalition of more than 150 anti-corruption organisations in Nigeria, condemned state governor Rochas Okorocha for portraying Mr Zuma as a "hero before a group of African youth" when he has been dogged by corruption allegations for a decade.

    "Is Governor Okorocha not aware that the people of South Africa are currently demanding for the resignation of a leader who has brought shame and dishonour to the country of Nelson Mandela?” it added in a statement.

    The news has also been met with incredulity by many on Twitter:

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