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By Paul Bakibinga and Damian Zane

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    We’ll be back next week

    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: Your teeth and tongue do fight but they still live together in the same mouth. " from A Kanuri proverb sent by Emeka Aneke in London, United Kingdom
    A Kanuri proverb sent by Emeka Aneke in London, United Kingdom

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this image from our pictures of the week from Ghana's capital, Accra, where a woman is dressed up for the annual Chale Wote Street Art Festival.

    A picture taken on August 19, 2017 shows a woman wearing a decorative attire during the annual Chale Wote Street Art Festival at James town in Accra.
  2. Is five children too many?

    See how Africa's population boom, driven by high birth rates, is shaping the world's future

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    Video caption: How Africa's population boom is changing our world
  3. UN expert warns of health risks from Sierra Leone's waste dumps

    A plastic bag ban is coming into effect in Kenya on Monday, but elsewhere across the continent plastic and other waste remains a huge problem.

    The United Nations Special Rapporteur for toxic materials, Baskut Tuncak, has just spent two weeks in Sierra Leone.

    Mr Tuncak told Focus on Africa that the dump in the capital, Freetown, poses an "invisible threat" to the health of thousands of people.

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    Video caption: UN expert warns of health risks from Freetown's waste dumps
  4. Children killed in Somali security forces attack, witness says

    Ten civilians, including three children, have been killed in an attack by Somali forces in Lower Shabelle, according to a witness who spoke to the BBC's Somali service.

    He added that they were killed "without provocation".

    The government has denied this saying, in a statement, that the attack killed eight al-Shabab fighters.

    "Our security forces go to great lengths to prevent civilian casualties during all of our activities. No civilians were harmed or killed in this operation," the government said in a statement.

    It added that the attack was supported by "international partners" and a spokesperson from the US Africa Command (Africom) told the BBC that the US supplied limited tactical support.

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    Image caption: Somali's national army is fighting al-Shabab militants to retake control of the country
  5. SA online rhino horn auction ends

    South Africa's first online auction of rhino horn has ended today, reports the AFP news agency.

    However there were no details of the sale available. AFP quotes a representative of the auctioneers as saying: "There is definitely no feedback today," and that a statement would be released on Monday.

    According to AFP the auctioneers did not set an opening price for bids, but the bidders paid 100,000 rand ($7,626; £5,921) to register and it was only registered bidders who participated in the bidding process.

    The three-day sale was organised by John Hume, who owns the world's largest rhino farm which is situated north of Johannesburg.

    This file photo taken on February 3, 2016 shows cut off rhino horns being weighed and stored at John Hume"s Rhino Ranch in Klerksdorp, in the North Western Province of South Africa
    Image caption: A cut off rhino horn being weighed and stored at John Hume"s Rhino Ranch
  6. Nigeria's president calls for 'responsible' opposition

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC Africa

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has called for a responsible and vibrant opposition.

    He tweeted his comments after hosting the leaders of both the governing All Progressives Congress and the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

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    Since the president came to power in 2015, he has not had any strong opposition from the PDP.

    The PDP, which governed for 16 years, has been weakened by internal wrangling following struggles over its leadership.

    He has only faced vitriolic verbal assaults from the lone voice of Ekiti state's Governor Ayodele Fayose.

    Governor Fayose, from the PDP, had been unrelenting in his criticisms of the president – sometimes, to the point of using abusive language.

    However, with the PDP leadership crisis now sorted, there are indications it couldd now rise up to the challenge of providing the expected opposition that has been largely lacking for the past two years.

  7. Akon on creating 'iTunes for Africa'

    Senegalese-American singer Akon has revealed he wants to create a music streaming service in Africa that can challenge its global competitors.

    The artist has announced he is purchasing 50% of the Senegalese company Musik Bi.

    He spoke to BBC Africa about why young people needed to invest in the continent and his secrets on making it big

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    Video caption: Akon on creating 'iTunes for Africa'
  8. Grace Mugabe's 'first appearance' since alleged assault

    Zimbabwe First Lady Grace Mugabe has made her first public appearance since she left South Africa where she had been accused of assaulting a woman, Reuters news agency is reporting.

    Mrs Mugabe was granted diplomatic immunity and left South Africa on Sunday.

    According to Reuters, the Mugabes attended a farming fair in the capital, Harare, where the first lady was seen smiling and talking with exhibitors.

    Mrs Mugabe, however, made no public comment. The Zimbabwean government has not yet made any official comment on the assault case.

    A 20-year-old model, Gabriella Engels, accused Mrs Mugabe of hitting her with an electric cable and plug in a hotel room. The first lady was demanding to know where one of her sons was.

    Grace Mugabe
    Image caption: Mrs Mugabe appeared at an agricultural exhibition
  9. Ugandan judges strike over low pay

    Uganda's judges and magistrates have started a countrywide stay away from courtrooms following an announcement Thursday evening by their association's leadership, the privately owned Daily Monitor newspaper is reporting.

    The newspaper quotes the president of the Uganda Judicial Officers Association (Ujoa) Godfrey Kaweesa, as saying that the judges have been forced to go on strike because the government has failed to come up with a clear plan to address their welfare issues as agreed a month ago.

    Quote Message: Since government has not addressed our issues as promised by the deadline date, we have decided to lay down our tools until action is taken."

    According to the Monitor, about a month ago, judges from the Supreme Court down to the lower magistrates courts, met in the capital, Kampala, and voted to down their wigs and gowns by 23 August if their welfare issues were not addressed.

    Today, the officials appear to have defied a plea from Chief Justice Bart Katureebe for his colleagues to be patient as the Judicial Service Commission tries to resolve their grievances.

    The judicial officers want the highest ranking officer, the Chief Justice, to earn a monthly salary of 55m Uganda shillings ($15,000; £12,000) and the lowest ranking magistrate to get $3,000.

    They also want vehicles for transportation, medical insurance and housing, the Daily Monitor reports.

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  10. How not to write about Africa?

    Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina's seminal and sarcastic 2006 essay How to Write About Africa has not gone out of date, according to the Washington Post's Karen Attiah.

    In this take down of an essay in the New York Times by historian Maya Jasanoff, Attiah says that it uses all the well-known cliches that Wainaina warned about.

    The historian was writing about the Congo and Joseph Conrad - author of the 19th Century novel Heart of Darkness.

    Attiah quotes the first paragraph: "The smoked monkeys brought the point home. During my first day on a boat on the Congo River, I’d embraced the unfamiliar: how to bend under the rail to fill my wash bucket from the river, where to step around the tethered goat in the dark and the best way to prepare a pot of grubs."

    You can watch Attiah here:

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  11. Northern Nigerian Muslim group retracts threat to easterners

    A Muslim group that had given the mainly Christian Igbo minority an ultimatum to leave northern Nigeria or face reprisals has backed down from its threat, reports the AFP news agency.

    On 8 June the Arewa Youths had given all people from the Igbo ethnic group living in the north until 1 October to leave.

    The warning was widely condemned.

    AFP is reporting that late last night the Arewa Youths issued a statement renouncing their threat. And that the group admitted that they had come under pressure from concerned national, political, traditional, religious and cultural leaders.

    On Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari, in his first address since returning from sick leave, called for unity.

    The Arewa Youths' ultimatum was in response to calls by the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob), a mainly Igbo group in the south-east, to secede from Nigeria, AFP says.

    Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu steps out of the courtroom after being granted bail by the Federal High Court in Abuja, on April 25, 2017.
    Image caption: The Arewa Youth threat was in reaction to calls by Nnamdi Kanu for Biafran secession
  12. Who is Angola's next president Joao Lourenco?

    Angola is about to get its first new president for 38 years.

    After Wednesday's general election President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who came to power in 1979, is due to step down. His party, the MPLA, now has an unassailable lead and Defence Minister Joao Lourenco is due to be the next president.

    Joao Lourenco

    But who is he?

    • Active in MPLA struggle against Portuguese colonial rule as a teenager.
    • Part of first group of guerrillas to enter Angolan territory from Congo-Brazzaville
    • Received military training and studied history from 1978 to 1982 in the former Soviet Union
    • General in the Angolan Armed Forces in post-independence civil war
    • Defence minister since 2014
    • Said to be one of the few Angolan generals and politicians free of allegations of involvement in major corruption scandals
    • Married to Ana Dias de Lourenco, a former World Bank official, who has held several positions in government as minister. They have six children
    • His small white dog appears in his Facebook photos
  13. Uganda 'maid from hell' released from jail

    Uganda's New Vision has tweeted that a maid, Jolly Tumuhirwe, who was convicted in December 2014 of torture for beating up a toddler has been released.

    A recording of her acts went viral in East Africa and sparked outrage.

    The human rights lawyer who represented her, Ladislaus Rwakafuzi, told the BBC that while he was not present at her release he had been aware that she would set free today.

    Mr Rwakafuzi said he has spoken to her 10 days ago.

    He said she was sorry for what she had done to the toddler.

    He also said that Tumuhirwe had told him that she received counselling while in prison.

    According to him, while on the one hand she wanted to personally say sorry to the parents of the toddler, she thought that they would not forgive her.

    Mr Rwakufuzi said that the former maid planned to "lie low" up country, away from the city, for a long while.

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  14. SA victim says verdict sets an example

    The victim of the two white South African farmers who have now been found guilty of attempted murder has told the BBC that he is feeling "very good" after the verdict, adding that justice has been served.

    Victor Mlotshwa, 27, was beaten and made him get into a coffin by Theo Martins Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen in August 2016.

    They then threatened to set it alight.

    Mr Mlotshwa said that the case will set an example for anyone who continues to be use racist violence.

    He said he "was not referring to all whites" but those who still engage in these "racial activities".

    Victor Mlotshwa
    Image caption: Victor Mlotshwa testified in court earlier this month
  15. Kenya court dismisses attempt to stop plastic bag ban

    BBC World Service

    Kenya's High Court has rejected an attempt to stop a ban on plastic shopping bags, due to come into force on Monday.

    Manufacturers of the bags argued that 80,000 jobs would be lost.

    This is the third attempt in the past 10 years that Kenya has tried to ban plastic bags.

    The environment ministry says anyone caught using the bags will be liable to a fine of at least $19,000 (£15,000) or a jail term of at least a year.

    A number of other African countries have banned plastic bags, including Rwanda and Eritrea.

    Man surrounded by plastic bags
    Image caption: Plastic bags have become an environmental menace in some places
  16. #CoffinAssault trends in South Africa as people debate verdict

    South Africans are discussing the guilty verdict handed to two white farmers on the charge of attempted murder and five other charges after they forced a black man into a coffin and threatened to set it alight.

    Using the hashtag #CoffinAssault some are commenting on the decision to grant the two men bail until the sentencing in October:

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    Others are urging people to wait to October to see that justice is done:

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  17. Observers 'critical of Angola election organisation'

    Clare Spencer

    BBC News, Luanda

    Angola's state-owned radio station RNA reports that the group of election observers from the southern African regional group, Sadc, has criticised how Wednesday's general election was organised.

    It adds that they said that more people should have been working in the polling stations.

    RNA also reports that the observers said that additional electric power generators should have been provided.

    The electoral commission says that the governing MPLA has an unassailable lead in the votes counted so far.

    Angola election
  18. South African farmers get bail until sentencing

    The two white farmers who have been found guilty of attempted murder after pushing a black man into a coffin and threatening to set it alight have been bailed until sentencing, the judge has ruled.

    Sentencing is due on 23 October.

    The state prosecutor argued that the two men should spend that time in jail, but this was rejected.

    Two farmers in court
  19. Angola's ruling MPLA wins parliamentary election, commission says

    Angola's ruling MPLA party has won the country's parliamentary election, provisional results suggest.

    The party received 61% of votes cast during Wednesday's ballot, the Angolan electoral commission said on Friday.

    The opposition Unita party, which received 27%, disputes the commission's count. The commission said 98% of the country's votes had been counted.

    This week's election marks the end of nearly four decades in power for President José Eduardo Dos Santos.

    Voting in the election ends on Saturday 26 August due to delays in getting the ballot papers to more than a dozen polling stations in remote areas.

    However, the governing MPLA party has taken such a commanding lead with the majority of votes counted that forthcoming ballots are unlikely to change the outcome.

    João Lourenço
    Image caption: Angola's presidency will be passed to the country's former Defence Minister João Lourenço
  20. Two farmers 'not safe in prison'

    Lawyers are now debating whether the two white farmers found guilty of attempted murder should be out on bail until the sentencing.

    The state prosecutor wants bail to be revoked but the lawyer for the farmers says that they will be unsafe in prison, as a South African journalist has been tweeting from the court:

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