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Live Reporting

Flora Drury and Mirren Gidda

All times stated are UK

  1. Scroll down for Friday's stories

    We'll be back on Monday

    That's all from the BBC Africa Live page today. 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: The heart is not a bone." from A Krio proverb from Sierra Leone sent by Sam Bangura in the US
    A Krio proverb from Sierra Leone sent by Sam Bangura in the US

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

    And we leave you with this picture of two young stiudents heading to a welcoming ceremony in Beni, in the Democratic Republic of Congo - one of many stunning shots you can see in Africa's week in pictures.

    Two young women are seen ahead of a welcoming ceremony for first year students on February 3, 2018 in Beni.
  2. Zimbabwe hoping to build Bob Marley statue

    A portrait of reggae legend Bob Marley at the Private View of the new photographic exhibiton 'Tek A Picture A Dis' at the Sony Ericsson Proud Camden on February 3, 2005 in London.

    An arts consultant to the Zimbabwean government is hoping to build a statue of Bob Marley at the Rufaro stadium in Harare, where Marley performed in 1980 to mark the country's independence.

    The announcement came three days after the anniversary of Bob Marley's birth on 6 February - a day celebrated in his home country of Jamaica.

    Martin Chemhere has been speaking with Marley's estate about building the statue and seems to have got the go ahead.

    But there are some conditions: the statue must be for the public and pre-approved by the Marley family. Zimbabwe, or a private sponsor, must also cover all the costs.

    “I’m thrilled to have finally succeeded in this project for our beautiful country," Mr Chemhere said, according to TeleSur. "The approval is a great achievement for Zimbabwe... as the statue will attract tourists."

    Marley had a good relationship with Zimbabwe, writing a song in support of its independence efforts.

    When he performed in 1980, he famously covered all his expenses to and from the concert, and refused to accept money for performing.

  3. Mozambique to restrict water, like South Africa

    Jose Tembe

    BBC Africa, Maputo

    A Hippopotamus walks across the Sabie River in Krugar National Park on July 7, 2013 in Lower Sabie, South Africa.
    Image caption: The Sabie river, which supplies water to Mozambique, has suffered from reduced rainfall

    Water authorities in Mozambique have warned of imminent water supply restrictions, particularly to southeastern Maputo city and neighbouring Boane and Matola towns.

    Reduced rainfall has lowered the water levels of the Umbeluzi and Sabie rivers, which supply people in the affected areas with water.

    "The rain is not falling sufficiently both in Maputo and in Swaziland, where most rivers supplying water to Maputo, Boane and Matola come from," said Agostinho Vilankulos, head of the department of the management of rivers in the country’s southern region.

    "This situation is critical," he added. "We are going to reintroduce restrictions, with obvious consequences. What is likely to happen is that some regions will get water supply today and tomorrow not. [The water supply] is likely to go down and down to between three to four hours a day.”

    Mr Vilankulos' comments come as neighbouring South Africa deals with its own water problems.

    Prolonged drought has particularly affected the Western Cape province with Capetonians nearing Day Zero - when the taps run dry.

    Weather forecasts, however, are suggesting they might get rain later today.

  4. Another look at our African Olympians...

    The African athletes who are braving the cold in South Korea have been keeping us up-to-date with what they are doing over social media.

    Here is Sabrina Simader, an alpine skier who is competing for Kenya, during the Pyeongchang opening ceremony earlier on Friday:

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    Madagascar's first ever female Winter Olympic athlete, Mialitiana Clerc, managed to get a picture with the French flagbearer, biathelete Martin Fourcarde:

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    Here is Samir Azzimani, Morocco's cross-country skier, posing with this year's Olympic mascots:

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    And this is Togo's Mathilde-Amivi Petitjean, who will be competing in cross-country skiing as well:

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    Read our earlier posts about Africa's entrants in the 2018 Games by clicking here.

  5. Somalia president: We're ready to defeat al-Shabab

    Newly elected President of Somalia and former prime minister Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo gestures as he makes an address on February 8, 2017, in Mogadishu after he was elected president.

    The President of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has told the BBC that his government is on course to defeat al-Shabab militants in spite of the many challenges that stand in its way.

    The government has had time to develop its strategy following a devastating truck bomb attack in the capital Mogadishu that killed at least 500 people, Mr Farmajo said. Now, it's ready to act.

    "[The attack] was really unfortunate, and [it] basically show[ed] the cowardice, the cowardly act by al-Shabab to destroy human lives and property, without discrimination," the president said.

    "It has given us the strength to reorganise, to do everything in our power to be ready, and to face [the militants]," he added.

    Mr Farmajo also addressed the ongoing US air strikes against al-Shabab which killed at least 217 people last year, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

    "The US is doing everything in its power to make sure civilians will not be targeted or harmed," Mr Farmajo said. "We're fighting with an enemy that's not fighting in a conventional way - they're doing guerrilla warfare and they basically hide sometimes in the population."

  6. UN warns millions at risk of hunger in Southern Africa

    A picture taken on May 10, 2017 shows a dried out fish lying on the sand at Theewaterskloof Dam, which has less than 20% of it's water capacity, near Villiersdorp, about 108Km from Cape Town.

    The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that millions of people across southern Africa are at risk of hunger.

    Poor rains and armyworm crop infestations have affected crop production for 2018, with the WFP saying that the number of people needing emergency food and nutrition assistance was likely to rise.

    After three years of drought, the number of people on assistance had fallen from 40 million during 2014 to 2016, to 26 million last year.

    It's not clear how many more people might need help.

    South Africa's Western Cape is currently dealing with serious water shortages.

    On 11 May, the city of Cape Town is due to run out of water.

    Mozambique has also been warning about imminent water restrictions.

  7. Nigerians 'drinking methylated spirits and Coca-Cola'

    Nigerian news website, Pulse Nigeria, has warned young people are drinking a mix of methylated spirits and Coca-Cola to get high.

    Methylated spirits, also known as denatured alcohol, are any liquids that contain ethanol and additives to make them undrinkable.

    They are often used as fuel or solvents.

    It's not clear why people are drinking methylated spirits nor how widespread the problem is.

    One Nigerian user tweeted about the drink earlier this week.

  8. At least three dead in Libya bomb blast

    Rana Jawad

    BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis

    Libyans inspect the interior of a mosque in Benghazi on February 9, 2018, after it was hit with a twin bomb attack
    Image caption: It is not yet clear who was behind the mosque bombing

    Three people have died and at least 48 have been injured in an explosion at a mosque in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi, according to a medic who spoke to the BBC.

    This is the second attack targeting places of worship there in just over two weeks.

    In recent years, the country’s second city has been the site of a protracted battle between the self-proclaimed Libyan National army (LNA) and a mix of local Islamist militias.

    Security officials say there were two blasts at the mosque in Benghazi’s Majouri district.

    It's believed the explosive devices were hidden in bags and placed at the doors of the mosque, before being remotely detonated using mobile phones.

    Dozens of victims have been transferred to Benghazi’s Al Jalaa hospital; medics there say their injuries ranged from minor to critical wounds.

    It’s not known who carried out this latest bombing. A similar one last month was blamed on what local officials described as "Islamist sleeper cells" in the city.

    • Read our earlier post here.
  9. South Africa's 'Doom pastor' guilty

    A man spraying insecticide in the face of a woman before a congragation.
    Image caption: A man spraying insecticide in the face of a woman before a congragation

    A South African self-styled prophet who claimed the insect repellent Doom could heal cancer and HIV has been found guilty of assault, local news sites are reporting.

    Lethebo Rabalago was arrested after it emerged he had used the product to "cure" his followers of various ailments in 2016.

    At the time, he told the BBC's Nomsa Maseko in Johannesburg he had sprayed the face of one woman because she had an eye infection and claimed the woman was "just fine because she believed in the power of God".

    He also claims the spray can heal cancer and HIV.

    Mr Rabalago's case had been delayed on a number of occasions, most recently when his lawyer forgot his glasses.

    Today, at Mookgopong Magistrates Court, in Limpopo province, he was found guilty of five counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, and one of contravening the agricultural stock remedies act, national broadcaster SABC reports.

    Magistrate Frans Mahodi told the court the fact the five complainants "were sprayed on their faces with Doom makes this offence [the] worst of its kind".

    He also revealed some had suffered "detrimental side effects... like coughing for more than seven months” after the incident.

    A sentence is yet to be handed down.

  10. Mozambicans urged to report killers of albinos and bald men

    Jose Tembe

    BBC Africa, Maputo

    A bald man

    The general commander of the Mozambican police, Bernadino Rafael, has called on citizens to be vigilant in reporting crime - particularly the murders of albinos and bald men.

    "There are people who are constantly in search of people with albinism to kill them, allegedly because such parts can enrich other people," Mr Rafael said. "Other criminals say a bald head contains gold or money."

    Mr Rafael made his comments during a rally in the southern Massinga district as he stressed the importance of community reporting.

    "When people catch a criminal, they should not lynch him or her or take the law into their own hands," he said.

    "It’s better to take him or her to the authorities... so that he or she can show us who instructed him or her to commit [the] crime."

  11. Meet Africa's Winter Olympians

    Akwasi Frimpong of Ghana practices during Men's Skeleton training ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games
    Image caption: Akwasi Frimpong will be the first Ghanaian to compete in the skeleton

    A record number of African countries will be competing at 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which have just officially opened.

    We took a look at some of the eight countries entering the opening ceremony earlier here.

    Now meet the competitors! Check out our interactive guide to all the Africans competing at the Games. CLICK HERE to access the face wall and find out more.

    Facewall showing African competitors at Winter Olympics
  12. Night air travel returns to Mogadishu

    Abdi Dahir

    BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

    A picture taken on February 10, 2016 shows a member of the security services standing guard at Mogadishu airport. Insurgents in Mogadishu fired 'several' rounds of mortar shells targeting the Somali capital's airport, witnesses said on February 11, 2016.

    After 27 years, night air travel has resumed in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, as peace and stability slowly returns to the city.

    Last night, the first commercial flight carrying many passengers including the country's finance minister flew from Mogadishu's Adan Abdulle International Airport to Nairobi.

    In the past few months, Somalia has been renovating the airport in an attempt to have it operating 24 hours a day.

    As the country emerges from more than two decades of civil war and struggles with attacks from Islamist millitants, many Somalis from the diaspora are returning to the country to help the economy.

    "This night air travel will reduce the congestion because the airport is overwhelmed during the day," state-owned Radio Mogadishu quoted Somalia's Transport and Aviation Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Omar as saying.

    In December last year, Somalia regained control of its airspace from the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) which had been controlling it from its regional office in Nairobi since the country plunged into civil war.

  13. One dead in Libya mosque attack

    Libyans check the aftermath of an explosion in the eastern city of Benghazi on January 24, 2018
    Image caption: On 24 January, another bombing targeted a mosque in Benghazi

    An attack on a mosque has left at least one person dead and 62 injured in the Libyan city of Benghazi.

    The twin bombing took place during Friday prayers, with military sources telling news agency Reuters the devices seemed to have been activated remotely using a mobile phone.

    It is the second time in just over two weeks a mosque in the eastern city has been targeted by a bomber.

    On that occasion, about 35 people were killed.

    • Africa Live will continue to update this developing story throughout the day. Read our earlier post on the bombing here.
  14. Chinese citizens arrested over alleged illegal mining in Nigeria

    Ishaq Khalid

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    Four Chinese citizens have been arrested in Nigeria and accused of engaging in illegal mining activities.

    A combined team of police and the military picked up the Chinese nationals, along with 16 Nigerians, in the country’s south-eastern Ebonyi state.

    The government says the suspected illegal miners will be charged in court after investigations.

    China has a huge presence in Nigeria's poorly regulated mining industry.

    The authorities say they are now determined to tackle illegal mining activities in order to protect the environment, boost government revenues, and improve working conditions for labourers who are often exploited by the illegal mining firms.

  15. Ghanaian singer killed in crash 'was due to start European tour'

    Thomas Naadi

    BBC Africa, Accra

    Ebony Reigns, who died after a late night crash in her native Ghana on Thursday, had been due to begin a European tour at the weekend.

    The rising star, born Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng, died alongside two others when her jeep collided head-on with a bus on the Sunyani-Kumasi road.

    Reigns rose to prominence with her songs titled Poison, Kupe and Sponsor, while one of her latest songs "Maame Hwe" takes on domestic violence in Ghana.

    She was the favourite to win the artist of the year in the upcoming Ghana Music awards.

    The news of her death has sent ripples across the country and many in Ghana have been reacting on social media.

    British comedian-turned-rapper Michael Dapaah, also known as Big Shaq, who has Ghanaian roots, tweeted:

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    Her death has ones again raised concerns about the high incidence of road accidents in the country.

    According to local site Ghanaweb, more than 2,000 people died on Ghana's roads in 2017.

    Read our earlier post on Ebony Reigns here.

  16. Spanish coastguards rescue 82 migrants, find three dead

    A group of migrants arrive on board a Spanish coast guard vessel, the second one of the day, at the southern Spanish port of Malaga on January 13, 2018 following the rescue of an inflatable boat carrying 55 African people, nine of them women and one child off the Spanish coast.

    Spanish coastguards have rescued 82 migrants who were trying to cross the Alboran sea to Europe, news agency AFP reports.

    The rescuers discovered the bodies of three migrants on one of two boats found in between Morocco and Spain.

    It is unclear how they died.

    The migrants were travelling in two boats between Morocco and Spain.

    The Morocco-Spain route is becoming increasingly popular with African migrants who don't want to risk travelling through Libya to get to Italy.

    More than 22,400 people arrived in Spain last year, according to the International Organization of Migration, almost triple the arrivals in 2016.

    So far, at least 75 people have died making the crossing.

  17. BreakingExplosion hits mosque in Libya - reports

    BBC Monitoring

    The world through its media

    A "large" explosion has hit a mosque in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, according to the privately owned Channel TV.

    "An explosive device in a bag has targeted Abu Hariri mosque in the al-Majouri area in Benghazi," the broadcaster said in a Facebook post shortly after 11:30 GMT.

    It has since said the number of wounded arriving at nearby evacuation centres has reached at least 40.

    Security services had cordoned off the main street leading to the mosque.

    Meanwhile, Libyan news website Al-Wasat reported that the device exploded inside the mosque, causing "deaths and injuries".

    • This is a developing story, please check back later for more details.
  18. Ugandan gospel singer denies faking own death

    A bird perches atop a grave at the Loyasse cemetery on March 21, 2017 in Lyon.

    A Ugandan gospel singer has denied faking his own death, the country's Daily Monitor newspaper reports.

    Onyong Yubu, who goes by the name Prince Yubu, reportedly messaged several WhatsApp groups yesterday saying: "Let's pray for Prince Yubu, a gospel artiste, who passed on from the hospital. He had severe malaria, died 20 minutes ago."

    The messages, which were shared by his friends, prompted people to begin offering their condolences to Mr Yubu's family.

    But radio presenters in his home town of Lira, northern Uganda, began to doubt the claims.

    The Daily Monitor managed to contact Mr Yubu by phone who confirmed he was alive, he was aware of the news, but was recovering from the shock of being kidnapped on Wednesday.

    Mr Yubu added that his kidnappers sent the fake death message.

    The police have no record of Mr Yubu being kidnapped.

  19. In pictures: Smiles all round from first African athletes

    Ghana was followed in the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony by Nigeria - whose bobsled team have been garnering international headlines - and South Africa's sole representative, alpine skier Connor Wilson, 21.

    Flag bearer Akwasi Frimpong of Ghana  and his teammates
    Image caption: Akwasi Frimpong is Ghana's only entrant to the 2018 Games
    Flag bearer Ngozi Onwumere of Nigeria enters the stadium with teammates during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games
    Image caption: Flag bearer Ngozi Onwumere leads the Nigerian delegation out
    Flag bearer Connor Wilson of South Africa at the opening ceremony
    Image caption: Connor Wilson, 21, of South Africa

    In all, there are eight African nations who have put forward athletes to compete at the Games.

    Check back to see more pictures from the ceremony, and read more about the athletes taking part here.

  20. South Sudan opposition unite against President Kiir

    South Sudan's president Salva Kiir arrives to attend the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) 29th Extraordinary Summit, on January 29, 2015 in Addis Ababa.
    Image caption: South Sudan's President Salva Kiir

    Opposition groups in South Sudan have agreed to unite against the country's president, Salva Kiir, Radio Tamazuj reports.

    The decision came amid ongoing peace talks in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, which Mr Kiir is not attending.

    The coalition says Mr Kiir is an "unfit leader", noting that he hasn't implemented the country's 2015 peace accord.

    Opposition members also called for the release of Riek Machar, the former vice-president of South Sudan, who is currently under house arrest in South Africa.

    "For a truly inclusive peace process to take place, we strongly believe that he should be released to join in the process," the group said.