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Summary

  1. Nigeria's leader ignores threats by secessionists to visit restive region
  2. South African pastor turned cockroaches into "cheese and spices"
  3. Zimbabwean opposition warns against coup
  4. UN human rights chief condemns EU migrant policy as "inhuman"
  5. Tanzanian domestic workers sexually abused in Oman and UAE
  6. Nigeria imports snakebite drug after fatalities
  7. Kenya court hears bid to annul presidential re-run poll

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By Natasha Booty and Farouk Chothia

All times stated are UK

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  1. Snake pastor feeds people cockroaches

    South Africa's notorious snake pastor Penuel Mnguni has fed cockroaches to two brothers in his congregation, alleging that the insects turned into cheese for the one and spices for the other.

    The incident comes about five months after Mr Mnguni appeared at a service hosted by popular Nigerian televangelist TB Joshua, and confessed, according to Mr Joshua, "feeding snakes to the people is not biblical".

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    Mr Mnguni's church put up a Facebook post about the cockroach-eating incident earlier this month, saying that the self-styled pastor "called a cockroach to appear in the church".

    "He then called out the congregation to come forward and eat.... Two brothers came and shared it with each other, As they were eating it by the surprise to Mr Charles it tasted like a cheese that is not ordinary and to Mr Eric it tasted like spice," the post said.

    "The man of God declared that as they ate their level of teaching will grow and it will never be the same. As he spoke this words the power of God touched them both greatly as they partook what is from the father," it added.

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    The church also reported in another post that the pastor prayed on a poisonous flower, and a worshipper ate it and "enjoyed it to the extent that he asked to eat the whole flower alone and finished it".

    "The Prophet of God declared that whatever he came for, God has granted him," the post said.

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    The self-styled prophet first caused controversy in South Africa in 2015 after being accused of making people eat snakes, rats and hair.

    Charges against Mr Mnguni, laid by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, were provisionally withdrawn in July 2015 because of a lack of evidence.

    Read: The men who claim to be 'miracle workers'

  2. Readers' questions: Africans in Roman Britain

    Bust of Septimus Severus
    Image caption: African-born Septimius Severus ruled the Roman empire until AD 211

    Our colleagues have been answering readers' questions about the discovery of skeletons of African people in a Roman graveyard in the British city of Leicester. These include:

    • Are there prominent African figures in Roman history?

    Septimius Severus was the first African-born Roman emperor. He was born in Libya in AD145 and reigned between AD193 and AD211, when he died in York during a military expedition.

    • Why is the Roman/African connection not more widely known?

    "Part of why this is not talked about is because it doesn't fit into the narrative of race and Britain," says Dr Kehinde Andrews, course leader of the Black Studies degree at Birmingham City University. He adds: "The myth we are sold is that Britain is a special island nation, with an indigenous white population who exported civilisation around the world. The idea that there were Africans and others here contributing in Roman times - and all the way up to the present - shatters that illusion."

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  3. Tanzania domestic workers 'abused' in Gulf states

    A recently returned Tanzanian woman
    Image caption: Domestic workers are often forced to work up to 21 hours a day with no time off

    Female domestic workers in Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are subjected to physical and sexual abuse, long working hours and unpaid salaries, campaign group Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said.

    In a report released today, HRW said there were thousands of Tanzanian domestic workers in Oman and the UAE. Its researchers interviewed 50 of them and found that almost all had their passports confiscated on arrival and were forced to work up to 21 hours a day with no time off.

    It added:

    Quote Message: Workers who fled abusive employers or agents told us that the police or their own embassy officials forced them to go back, or they had to relinquish their salaries and spend months raising money for tickets home."
    Quote Message: [Workers] said they were paid less than promised or not at all, were forced to eat spoiled or leftover food, shouted at and insulted daily, and physically and sexually abused. Some of these cases amount to forced labour or trafficking into forced labour."
  4. Angolan diamond stuns auctioneers

    Imogen Foulkes

    BBC News, Geneva

    There's more than a little sparkle brightening up the November gloom in Geneva this week.

    Some of the world's rarest and most valuable gemstones are up for auction, they all command multi-million dollar price tags, but there is one particular diamond that has become the talk of the town.

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    This stone discovered last year in Angola is so pure and so large that even Christie's jewellery director David Warren can't contain his enthusiasm.

    To show the diamond at its best, a team of jewellers has worked for over a year, setting the stone into a necklace containing almost 6,000 emeralds and over 800 smaller diamonds.

    Unsurprisingly it comes with a hefty price tag. The item is expected to fetch at least $30m (£23m) at auction.

  5. Buhari due to visit pro-Biafra heartland

    Ishaq Khalid

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    A pro-Biafra supporter chants a song in Aba, southeastern Nigeria, during a protest calling for the release of a key activist on November 18, 2015
    Image caption: Activists are pushing for the creation of a breakaway state in Nigeria's south-east

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is due to visit the stronghold of pro-Biafran separatists in the south-east for the first time since he took office in 2015, amid growing agitation for secession in the region.

    The banned separatist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob) has threatened to disrupt the visit. The president is deeply unpopular in the region.

    Security has been beefed up across Ebonyi and Anambra states ahead of his trip.

    During the visit, Mr Buhari will attend the ruling party's campaign rally for a governorship election in Anambra state.

    Tension has been high in recent months following renewed calls for a breakaway state of Biafra in the region inhabited mainly by the Igbo ethnic group.

    Ipob leader Nnamdi Kanu has not been seen in public since the military raided his home in September. His allies say he is in military custody, but the army denies that it arrested him.

    The military crushed an attempt to create Biafra state 50 years ago, in what was one of Africa's bloodiest post-independence conflicts.

    Watch this BBC video to learn more about it:

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    Video caption: Biafra at 50: Nigeria's civil war explained
  6. Today's wise words

    Our African proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: If one is guilty all are guilty." from An Ndebele proverb sent by Wilfrid Ncube in Sheffield, United Kingdom
    An Ndebele proverb sent by Wilfrid Ncube in Sheffield, United Kingdom

    Click here and scroll to the bottom to send us your African proverbs.

  7. Good morning

    Welcome to BBC Africa Live where we will bring you the latest news from around the continent.