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Natasha Booty and Clare Spencer

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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 across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: If the fire can burn the tortoise shell, what will remain of the peacock’s tail?" from Sent by Kingsley Ekong in Ibibio, Nigeria
    Sent by Kingsley Ekong in Ibibio, Nigeria

    And we leave you with one of our favourite photos from this week, taken in Michika village, north-east Nigeria:

    A girl stands astride her bike in front of a village compound
  2. No more 'common man's commute' for Kenya's youngest MP

    Kenya's youngest MP John Paul Mwirigi made headlines last month when he travelled to the first sitting of parliament in a public minibus.

    But today, President Uhuru Kenyatta gave the 23-year-old a brand new car:

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    The Nation newspaper had reported on Mr Mwirigi's first day in parliament that "he boarded the matatu like any other passenger".

    Mr Mwirigi, who stood and won as an independent candidate for Igembe South in eastern Meru County, told BBC Focus on Africa radio that he believed his victory will inspire Kenya's young people.

  3. Putting a price on a 'good reputation'

    The British firm Bell Pottinger was one of the world's largest public relations companies, but after running a racially-charged campaign in South Africa, it was kicked out of the industry body in the UK and its investors fled.

    It was a stunning example of how quickly a brand that has taken years to build up can be destroyed in a matter of days.

    The BBC's Lerato Mbele has been looking at how African companies protect their brands:

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    Video caption: Putting a price on a 'good reputation'
  4. What now for Biafra separatists?

    Tomi Oladipo

    BBC Monitoring's Africa security correspondent

    Nigerian government has classified the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob) as a terrorist group, as we reported earlier.

    Declaring Ipob a terrorist organisation opens the door for mass arrests and military operations against the group.

    The problem with this move is that the Nigerian military might have underestimated the amount of support and sympathy Ipob has in the south-east of Nigeria and the problems their alienation could feed.

    Biafra protestors
    Image caption: The Biafra flag depicts half a yellow sun

    It could open up a third frontier of active confrontation for the Nigerian forces, after Boko Haram in the north-east and the Niger Delta - neither of which have been successfully quelled by years of force.

    The Nigerian army does raise valid points about the manner in which Ipob carries itself - being confrontational to security forces and members of the public and even establishing its own police force, albeit not yet displaying ammunition.

    This would be considered threatening in any country and would not be taken lightly.

    The question is whether the government could have done more to prevent the situation from escalating to this point.

    All along, the army has been seen to opt for a heavy-handed approach to this issue, as it did when attempting to suppress others, like Shia protesters in the north of the country in 2015.

    It is difficult to see an easy conclusion if the Nigerian authorities continue with this approach.

  5. Dozens drown in overloaded boat off Nigeria's coast

    Ishaq Khalid

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    Emergency workers in north-west Nigeria are carrying out search and rescue operations after a boat carrying more than 150 passengers capsized.

    At least 33 bodies have been recovered and 84 people have been rescued, according to the National Emergency Management Agency (Nema).

    Nema blamed the accident on the boat being overloading with too many passengers.

    The people were travelling to a village market in Nigeria from neighbouring Niger.

    The crowded vessel capsized near Lolo village in Nigeria's north-western state of Kebbi.

    The accident in the remote area happened on Wednesday but it is only now that the details are emerging.

    Many children are among the victims.

  6. Angola's 'suitcase traders'

    Women sell clothes in an open-air market

    The links between Angola and Brazil - both former Portuguese colonies - go back hundreds of years.

    Culturally, Brazil still has a lot of influence on Angolan life.

    The BBC's Vumani Mkhize meets the entrepreneurial women travelling from Angola to Rio de Janerio and Sao Paulo in search of Brazilian clothes to bring home and sell:

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    Video caption: Judette Thomas is a fashion buyer based in Angola's capital, Luanda
  7. Ethiopia 'investigates deadly border clashes'

    Emmanuel Igunza

    BBC Africa, Addis Ababa

    The Ethiopian government says it has sent human rights investigators to assess alleged atrocities committed during a border dispute.

    So far 18 people have been confirmed dead and more than 30,000 displaced following clashes on the border between the Oromia region of Ethiopia and Somalia.

    Many are now in makeshift camps at a stadium in the eastern city of Harar, whilst others are camping at police stations.

    This dispute between the two communities has been raging for years. Both sides have traded accusations over who is to blame for the violence.

    Ethiopia's government says it has deployed the military to the area to carry out a disarmament exercise.

    A border referendum in 2004 has failed to ease tension which this week escalated into tit-for-tat violence.

    Map of the region
  8. Leader of Biafra separatist group 'gone missing'

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    Nnamdi Kanu
    Image caption: Nnamdi Kanu's younger brother says he has gone missing

    The leader of the separatist group Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob) in Nigeria has gone missing after security forces raided his family home last night, a relative has told the BBC.

    His younger brother Prince Emmanuel Kanu told the BBC on phone that the police and army forcefully gained entry into the family compound yesterday evening and started shooting indiscriminately - killing at least 22 people.

    He said the whereabouts of Ipob leader Nnamdi Kanu is not yet known.

    The Nigerian army confirmed the raid and arrest of Ipob supporters but denied any killings, and said Mr Kanu was not in the house when they arrived.

    They also said they recovered arms, Biafran flags and some money from the premises.

    Nigeria's government today classified Ipob as a terrorist organisation.

  9. Celebrity author relaunches book after multiple typos

    Bonang Matheba

    We reported last month how South African radio host and TV presenter Bonang Matheba fell foul of eagle-eyed social media users who spotted spelling and grammar errors in her new book, Bonang From A to B.

    Several people even got out their red pens to pinpoint the many typos in Ms Matheba's autobiography:

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    Ms Matheba's publishing house, BlackBird Books, was quick to respond, saying it took "full responsibility" for the errors.

    The backlash on social media prompted editors to take another look at the book and republish it.

    At last night's book signing, Ms Matheba said the new edition is "a great piece of work" which she hopes will "change people's lives".

  10. Murderers remove albino's brain

    Jose Tembe

    BBC Africa, Maputo

    People with albinism
    Image caption: People with albinism are attacked by people who belief their body parts will bring wealth

    A 17-year-old boy with albinism has been found with his brain missing after he was brutally murdered Mozambique.

    A local resident in in Tete in western Mozambique, who asked to remain anonymous, told the BBC that the teenager's parents started searching for him when he didn't return home.

    His body was found with bones from his arms and legs missing and his head split open. His brain had been taken, the resident added.

    The spokesperson for the Tete Provincial Police Command Lurdes Ferreira said the police would begin investigations at the scene of the crime.

    This is the latest in a series of crimes against people with albinism whose body parts are used in rituals.

  11. Anti-Boko Haram militia vows to stop using children

    Image caption: Children have been particularly affected by Boko Haram's insurgency

    Civilian militia helping the Nigerian military against Islamist militants Boko Haram have promised to stop employing children, AFP reports.

    Some 228 children, some of them as young as nine, were working for the The Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), according to a UN report in May.

    The children were assisting with intelligence searches, night patrols, crowd control and at checkpoints.

    The UN children's agency Unicef said in a statement today that the CJTF made the agreement with them.

    Boko Haram's insurgency started in 2009.

  12. French court blocks papers 'linked to Rwandan genocide'

    The constitutional court in France has backed an official's refusal to open up presidential papers that a researcher believes could reveal French complicity in the Rwandan genocide.

    The court upheld a provision that allows presidents to keep the archive sealed until 25 years after their death.

    The researcher Francois Graner wants to see the late President Francois Mitterrand's papers which are sealed until 2021.

    Mr Graner has written a book accusing French officers of abetting the Hutu militias primarily responsible for the genocide in 1994.

    France denies the accusation.

  13. Starting from scratch in Uganda

    Christine stands in front of her home
    Image caption: Christine, who arrived in Uganda a year ago, stands in front of the home she built

    Uganda took in more refugees last year than any other country in the world, mostly from South Sudan.

    It is said to have one of the most generous refugee policies in the world, even giving new arrivals their own land.

    But how do you turn a plot of bush into a home, with nothing more than a machete?

    Our colleague Ruth Alexander has joined a group of women refugees as they are given land and materials to start again from scratch.

    Read the full story on the BBC News website.

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    Video caption: Uganda's lesson in how to treat refugees
  14. Calls for calm after curfew in central Nigeria

    We posted earlier about the curfew imposed in the central Nigerian city of Jos following reports of clashes between members of the Igbo and Hausa communities.

    State Governor Simon Lalong is calling for calm, and says the violence is "avoidable and totally unnecessary".

    Eyewitnesses report seeing two people killed in confrontations yesterday.

    Tension has been high across Nigeria following reported violence between the Nigerian army and a separatist group.

    The Indigenous People of Biafra are demanding an independent state in the south-east of the country.

    Earlier in the week there were also reports of trouble between the predominantly Igbo separatists and members of the Hausa community in south-eastern Abia state.

    Ipob activists hold up banners at a demonstration
    Image caption: Before his release in May, Ipob activists held frequent demonstrations over the detention of their leader
  15. Tunisian women free to marry non-Muslims

    A Tunisian women holds the national flag
    Image caption: Tunisian women have been campaigning for greater rights

    Tunisia has overturned a law that banned women from marrying non-Muslims.

    A spokeswoman for President Beji Caid Essebsi made the announcement and congratulated women on gaining "the freedom to choose one's spouse".

    Until now, a non-Muslim man who wished to marry a Tunisian Muslim woman had to convert to Islam and submit a certificate of his conversion as proof.

    Tunisia, which is 99% Muslim, is viewed as one of the most progressive Arab countries in terms of women's rights.

    The new law comes after President Essebsi pushed for the lifting of the marriage restriction law that was put in place in 1973.

    He said in a speech last month, during celebrations of the National Women's day, that the marriage law was "an obstacle to the freedom of choice of the spouse".

    The restriction was also seen as violating Tunisia's constitution which was adopted in 2014 in the wake of the Arab Spring revolution.

    Read the full story on the BBC News website

  16. Curfew imposed amid tension in central Nigeria

    Ishaq Khalid

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    Map of Jos

    A dusk-to-dawn curfew has been imposed in the city of Jos in central Nigeria.

    It follows heightened tension between members of Igbo and Hausa ethnic communities.

    Eyewitnesses report seeing two people killed in confrontations yesterday.

    Tension has been high across Nigeria following reported clashes between the Nigerian army and a separatist group.

    The Indigenous People of Biafra are demanding an independent state in the south-east of the country.

    Earlier in the week there were also clashes between the predominantly Igbo separatists and members of the Hausa community in south-eastern Abia state.

    Security personnel have been deployed across Jos and shops remain closed.

    In a statement the Governor of Plateau State, where Jos is located, said:

    Quote Message: [Our state] is home to all citizens of Nigeria irrespective of religion, ethnic extraction or political persuasion.
    Quote Message: [So I call on] all peace loving citizens to ensure that nothing is allowed to upset the hard earned peace in the state.” from Simon Lalong Governor of Plateau State
    Simon LalongGovernor of Plateau State

    Down in the south-east, where the tension began, reports say normality is beginning to return.

    But at the same time the military say that their operations in the region will continue.

  17. Niger floods 'displace over 120,000'

    Woman in flood water

    The UN has released figures to show the extent of the floods in Niger.

    They say 53 people have died and 123,239 people have been affected.


    The flooding has left some people in a desperate state.

    Since the rainy season began in June buildings have also been destroyed, key roads have been cut and livestock has been lost.

    Flooding is a recurrent problem in Niger.

  18. Trial date set for Karabo Mokoena murder in SA

    Pumza Fihlani

    BBC News

    Karabo Mokoena
    Image caption: Karabo Mokoena was 22 when she was killed

    The boyfriend of a 22-year-old woman, whose killing earlier this year shocked South Africa, will stand trial for murder in March 2018.

    Sandile Mantsoe is accused of killing his girlfriend Karabo Mokoena and burning her body which was found burnt beyond recognition in an open field.

    Mr Mokeona, a married father of three, denies killing the young woman.

    He said she committed suicide but has admitted to trying to disposing of her body.

    The 27-year-old foreign exchange trader has been charged with obstructing the administration of justice and premeditated murder.

    The state says it will present 20 witnesses who will testify to Mr Manstsoe's alleged repeated abuse of his socialite girlfriend.

    News of Ms Mokoena’s gruesome death in April caused public outcry and protests calling for more to be done to protect women here.

    Demonstrators have also gathered outside the courthouse today.

  19. Traffic police and matatu driver share rare act of kindness

    It's safe to say that in Kenya's capital Nairobi traffic police and drivers of minibuses, called matatus, don't get along.

    Matatu drivers accuse traffic police of asking for bribes.

    But on the other hand some matatu drivers are notorious for flouting traffic rules.

    So, given the animosity between the two, this shot captured by the BBC's Abdinoor Aden is a rare one indeed:

    A traffic warden offered to share his dates with the matatu driver.

  20. One dead in Guinea protests against mining companies

    Mila Kimbuini

    BBC Afrique, Dakar

    At least one person has been killed and several others wounded in a third day of street protests in the mining town of Boké in Guinea.

    Protesters say they want electricity and new roads.

    They say that trucks belonging to mining companies cause accidents and then don't pay for repairs.

    Now traffic between the city and neighbouring Senegal has stopped because of these protests.

    The area is usually used as a shortcut for buses and trucks going between the two countries.