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By Dickens Olewe and Lucy Fleming

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  1. Scroll down for Friday's stories

    We'll be back next week

    That's all from BBC Africa Live this week. 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 someone is washing your back you should wash the front." from A Mandinka proverb sent by Alhagie Daffeh
    A Mandinka proverb sent by Alhagie Daffeh

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

    And we leave you with this photo of South Sudanese refugee dancers performing in a talent contest in Uganda. It's one of our favourite shots from our gallery of the week.

    Dancers in Uganda
  2. How will Africa fare after Russian draw?


    Piers Edwards

    BBC Africa Sport, Moscow

    World Cup draw

    It's a great draw for Egypt especially finishing with Saudi Arabia in their last game.

    The Pharaohs meet the two lowest ranked sides in the tournament so they must have high hopes of winning their first ever match at a World Cup - at their third finals.

    For Morocco, it's a tough draw and hard to see the Atlas Lions progressing.

    Iran are one of Asia's strongest sides, then its Cristiano Ronaldo and European champion Portugal and 2010 World Cup winners Spain in final game. So it's a tough group for them.

    Nigeria have a fascinating group. Croatia - one of Europe's most talented sides - then Iceland, who are tough to beat despite their size. And finally Lionel Messi and Argentina.

    The Super Eagles have - incredibly - played Argentina at four of their five Word Cups already. They have never avoided defeat.

    It is also interesting for Senegal. The Lions of Teranga will fancy their chances against Poland, one of the weakest top sides, a Japan side that often under delivers at the finals and Colombia in their last game. It's a wide open group.

    It is hard to see Tunisia progressing. They are not one of Africa's strongest sides and often disappoint at the World Cup where they have not won a match since their very first game at the finals in 1978 against Mexico.

    They meet a talented Belgium side, an England team growing in belief and Panama - in their final game, which is the only positive since if Tunisia are still in the group by then, the Carthage Eagles just have to beat Panama to go through - and they will fancy their chances.

  3. How to fix Africa's heart disease epidemic

    Fifty years ago this week, the world's first person-to-person heart transplant was carried out in South Africa.

    Despite the famous breakthrough being made on the continent half a decade ago, heart disease is today the biggest cause of death in Africans over 30.

    We spoke to one of the continent's leading experts on heart disease to find out why it still kills so many people and what can be done about it.

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    Video caption: Heart disease in Africa, 50 years on from world's first transplant
  4. Recycling politicians: Mugabe for MDC?

    Zimbabwean author Petina Gappah has taken a dig at President Emmerson Mnangagwa's new cabinet, which contains some allies of former President Robert Mugabe (see previous posts).

    In a tongue-in-check tweet, she suggests that the main opposition party MDC choose Mr Mugabe as its candidate in next year's election - with his former spin doctor to help out:

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  5. What's Up Africa: A leap forward for women?

    Satirist Ikenna Azuike on domestic violence in Mozambique, Tanzania's unclaimed vehicles and the most talked about contestant on the Miss Universe competition, in the latest episode of What's Up Africa.

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    Video caption: What's Up Africa: The 'real winner' of Miss Universe?
  6. Kenya meeting to tackle plastic pollution

    Roger Harrabin

    BBC environment analyst

    Plastic on a beach
    Image caption: Environmentalists want better information on how much plastic is flowing into the sea and from what sources

    A plan for zero tolerance of plastic pollution of the oceans may be agreed by nations at a UN environment summit.

    Governments are being asked to move towards a legal treaty banning plastic waste from entering the sea.

    At the moment ships are prohibited from dumping plastic overboard but there's no international law against plastics flooding into the sea from the land.

    Experts say ocean plastics are an obvious subject for a global treaty: Plastics present a large-scale threat.

    Plastic pollution doesn't recognise international borders.

    Delegates in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, are preparing the way for the UN's environment ministers meeting next week.

    They are said to be in broad agreement on the need for tougher action to combat the plastics crisis.

    They are setting up a working party to explore options for global action to tackle plastic waste and microplastics.

    The US has volunteered to take part, but is traditionally resistant to agreeing any international laws.

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  7. Nigerian students abroad face fees shortfall

    Aliyu Tanko

    BBC Hausa

    Hundreds of Nigerian students under government scholarships at universities across the world are facing uncertain futures because of the failure of their government to settle their tuition fees.

    The students - many of whom are in their final years of PhD programmes - are resorting to taking odd jobs as a means of survival.

    I met some of the students in Brighton in the UK:

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    Video caption: Nigerian students abroad face fees shortfall
  8. England coach to 'research' Tunisia

    England's coach Gareth Southgate has been giving his reaction to the World Cup draw.

    His team will face Tunisia in the group games.

    He took time to reminisce when the two sides played against in the 1998 while he was a player. England won 2-0.

    "It was a fantastic day as a player. Brilliant occasion, incredible atmosphere. Nice to be able to relive that," he says.

    However, he says he will have to research about the current Tunisian side and whether they are any good:

    Quote Message: We’ve got to find that out now. We haven’t done as much research on the African teams as yet. Now’s the opportunity. We know who we’re playing, where we’re playing, and now we can start to focus in on that."
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  9. Botswana fails to awe Resident Presidents

    Botswana's seemingly squeaky clean image is not winning favour with our satirical Resident Presidents.

    This week, Olushambles does not hold back his disdain for the southern African nation, which was recently voted as having the best police force on the continent.

    Listen to the weekly banter from the two know-it-alls:

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    Video caption: Olushambles is jealous of Botswana's performance
  10. Sibling singers challenge albino stereotypes

    Ata Ahli Ahebla

    BBC Afrique

    Takeifa, a Senegalese family band of four brothers and one sister, are passionate about challenging negative stereotypes about albinos.

    “We don’t want people to have pity on albinos; we just want albinos to be seen as normal human beings, with the same rights,” says band member Maah Koudia Keita, who is herself an albino.

    Together the group, who shy away from the traditional sound of Senegal pop known as “mbalax”, also run a charity CareAlbinos.

    Maah, who like her siblings plays an instrument as well as doing vocals, told me on this week’s BBC Afrique C’est Le Moment programme:

    Quote Message: It’s true that albinos are not murdered in Senegal as it is the case some other African countries, but they face lot of discrimination and families are still ashamed of their albinos kids, who they hide or send to beg in the streets."

    The group says their music has been influenced by artists from all regions of Senegal and their latest album, Gass Giss, which means “he who searches, finds” in the local Wolof language is a reflection of their journey.

    Their lyrics mainly focus on love, the value of traditions, political accountability and a call for young people to stand up for their rights and be instrumental in the changes in the African societies.

    Take a listen:

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    And keep up-to-date with the latest tracks from across Africa by liking the Facebook page for C’est Le Moment.

  11. Mozambique to get 'healthy' sugar

    Jose Tembe

    BBC Africa, Maputo

    A bowl of sugar
    Image caption: The fortification of staple foods is a good way of reducing vitamin A deficiency

    Mozambican sugar companies are to start adding vitamin A to their sugar as part of the food fortification programme promoted by the country's trade and industry ministry.

    Vitamin A is helps promote good vision, healthy skin and growth - and is usually found in green and yellow vegetables and dairy products.

    The vitamin will be added at the country’s four sugar mills in Mafambisse, Marromeu, Maragra and Xinavane.

    Max Tonela, the industry minister, explained at a ceremony in Mafambisse on Thursday why it was such an important step.

    Quote Message: Chronic malnutrition occurs normally in children under the age of five. With this initiative, we want children to have appropriate nutrients for a healthy development.
    Quote Message: Vitamin A in the first five years of life is crucial. We chose to add vitamin A in sugar because this foodstuff is highly consumed on a daily basis."

    Mozambique produces 480,000 tonnes of sugar annually – half for domestic consumption and the other half for export.

    Mr Tonela said vitamin A could also be added to export sugar at a customer's request.

  12. Russia World Cup: African team groups

    The 2018 Fifa World Cup draw is complete - this is who the five African nations will be facing in Russia:

    • NIGERIA drawn in Group D with Argentina, Iceland and Croatia
    • SENEGAL drawn in Group H with Colombia, Poland and Japan
    • MOROCCO drawn in Group B with Portugal, Spain and Iran
    • EGYPT drawn in Group A with Russia, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia
    • TUNISIA drawn in Group G with England, Belgium and Panama.
  13. Africa's frustrated communications firms

    Lerato Mbele

    BBC African Business Report

    There are 700 million mobile subscribers in Africa but unlike parts of the developed world, the mobile market there is far from saturated.

    My piece for Africa Business Report looks at the rapid development of the sector and some of the issues holding back growth:

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    Video caption: Africa's frustrated communications firms
  14. Push for better toilets after SA boy's death

    Five-year-old Michael Komape died when he fell into a toilet pit at his primary school in South Africa's Limpopo province in 2014.

    His parents are still seeking justice for him and have also launched a campaign for toilet upgrades as a basic right for all schoolchildren.

    Mark Heywood from legal charity, Section 27, spoke to the BBC's Newsday programme about the case:

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    Video caption: Five-year-old Michael Komape drowned in a toilet pit at his primary school in South Africa
  15. Unreleased carbon poses ethical dilemma

    Matthew Davies

    Editor, BBC Africa Business Report

    Vast peatlands in the Congo River basin have been found to contain billions of tonnes of carbon which, if released, would have a major impact on global warming.

    But keeping that carbon locked up in the ground is affecting the growth of agriculture and infrastructure in the Democratic Republic of Congo:

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    Video caption: Unreleased carbon poses ethical dilemma in DR Congo
  16. President Museveni's no-alcohol advice

    Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has revealed that he is a teetotaller and that shunning alcohol is the reason for his longevity.

    The 73-year-old leader tweeted today that his lifestyle choice had kept illness at bay, adding that he had "no time for sickness":

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    Ugandan MPs are currently considering a bill to remove the presidential age limit, which is currently capped at 75.

    As it stands it would prevent Mr Museveni from standing for a sixth term in the 2021 elections.

    Mr Museveni has been in power since 1986 and democratically elected as president since 1996.

  17. 'We can smell the World Cup'

    Piers Edwards

    BBC Africa Sport, Moscow

    As we wait for the World Cup draw here in Moscow, I have come across two Africans who are eagerly anticipating the tournament.

    Nigerian Benjamin Steven, a musician who has lived in Russia for four years, is bullish about the Super Eagles' chances, saying they will win the competition:

    Quote Message: I think in the history of the World Cup, this is going to be the best one - because they are trying to make it the best. I am sure the citizens are ready to welcome people - they are excited - and in the air, we can smell the World Cup. As for Nigeria - the cup is ours!"
    Benjamin Steven and Franklin David
    Image caption: Nigerian Benjamin Steven and Namibian Franklin David

    IT specialist Franklin David, from Namibia, says that he will support the five African teams:

    Quote Message: I am going to be supporting all the African teams. I will be going to some games, but probably only in Moscow. I think it's going to be a great World Cup - it's a different audience here but the people here love sport. I have been to a couple of games here. It is going to be big."
  18. More than 500 killed in Mogadishu attack

    Authorities in Somalia have revised the number of fatalities recorded after the lorry bomb attack in the capital, Mogadishu, on 14 October.

    An investigation has found that 512 people were killed.

    The number had initially been put at 358.

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    In the attack, a truck bomb exploded outside a busy hotel on a street filled with government offices, restaurants and kiosks.

    Security agents found another minibus in the city's Medina district packed with explosives later in the day - and it was detonated in a controlled explosion, with no casualties.

  19. Nigerians protest against Libya's slave markets

    Stephanie Hegarty

    BBC Africa, Lagos

    A group of protesters gathered outside the UN office in Lagos today to protest against reports of African migrants being sold as slaves in Libya.

    It was a small but dedicated group, standing in the hot sun for three hours or more.

    Ayinke Adefemi, a member of the Pan-African Consciousness Renaissance - one of the groups behind the protest, said the protest was about “trying to educate Africans about it”.

    He said he was unhappy with the small turnout and blamed the culture:

    Quote Message: But I’m not also surprised because we live in a country where there is something called ‘suffering and smiling’. The communal culture that we Africans used to have is dead."

    Though the demonstration is small, it is a reflection of the huge reaction among Nigerians, mostly on social media, to reports of slavery in Libya.

    Protesters, like Seni Ajai, told me that they hope to ride the momentum of this outrage to push for improvements in the minimum wage:

    She said:

    Quote Message: I’m part of the movement. Our problems are actually systemic. Minimum wage in Nigeria for instance is about $38 a month. The overwhelming majority of the people - about 61% - are living on less than a $1 day. Before it was not like that."