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  1. Friday's wise words

    Our proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: When a coward sees a man he can beat he becomes hungry for a fight." from An Igbo proverb sent by Vincent Ikemelu in Kano, Nigeria, and Joel Mugadza in Keningau, Malaysia.
    An Igbo proverb sent by Vincent Ikemelu in Kano, Nigeria, and Joel Mugadza in Keningau, Malaysia.
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    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

  2. Good morning

    Welcome to BBC Africa Live where we'll be keeping you up to date with news and developments on the continent.

  3. Scroll down for Thursday's stories

    We'll be back on Friday

    That's all from BBC Africa Live for now. You can 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 Thursday's proverb:

    Quote Message: People who smell don't know that they smell." from Sent by Anyii George Albert in Kampala, Uganda, and J Nyamunue in the US
    Sent by Anyii George Albert in Kampala, Uganda, and J Nyamunue in the US

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with a picture of the final preparations being made at the Art X Lagos fair, which starts on Friday. It's from an exhibition by Alimi Adewale called A Head Full of Dreams:

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  4. Ramaphosa takes aim at corruption

    BBC World Service

    Cyril Ramaphosa

    South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has lashed out at the corruption that infected the country before his predecessor, Jacob Zuma, was ousted as head of state earlier this year.

    He said corruption was now being tackled, but people still needed to see senior government officials tried and sent to prison.

    Mr Ramaphosa acknowledged that because he was deputy president during the darkest period he too must give evidence to a judicial corruption enquiry.

    Later in the day, the president confirmed the sacking of the head of the country's tax authority, Tom Moyane.

    He had been under suspension since March over a string of controversies, including missing revenue.

  5. 'I am happy that the glass ceiling is shattered'

    Meaza Ashenafi

    The new head of Ethiopia's supreme court told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme that she wants to ensure that the country has an independent judiciary.

    Earlier on Thursday Meaza Ashenafi, a prominent human rights lawyer, was elected as the first woman to head the country's top court.

    She said:

    Quote Message: This is an honour and a distinct privilege. This kind of offer does not come every day and this is a new chapter in our country as we go through a transformation.
    Quote Message: It will be a privilege if I am able to contribute to the independence of our judiciary... [and] the government is ready to ensure that I get all the support I need to build an independent judiciary."

    The legal system in Ethiopia has in the past been criticised as being a tool of government power.

    On her becoming the first woman to hold the job, as well as the other recent promotion of women, Ms Meaza said:

    Quote Message: I am so happy that the glass ceiling is shattered and my daughters can dream of becoming anyone they want to be in Ethiopia."
  6. As temperatures rise tsetse fly numbers fall

    Warmer weather as a result of climate change is making it much harder for tsetse flies to thrive, according to a study done in Zimbabwe's Zambezi valley.

    Jennifer Lord of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine is the lead author of the report and she spoke to Focus on Africa's Paul Bakibinga about her findings.

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    Video caption: Hotter temperatures may mean less tsetse flies but it isn't exactly good news
  7. New hope for Zimbabwe?

    Analysis of oil find

    Shingai Nyoka

    BBC Africa, Harare

    The exploration is still in its early stages but the cash-strapped government is anxious to raise the hopes of a nation.

    Zimbabwe is rich in platinum and diamonds but little of that wealth has trickled down to the ordinary person.

    This is because of a combination of corruption and poor policies which saw minerals leave the country in raw form.

    Under former President Robert Mugabe, a policy to introduce mineral processing plants to increase local jobs failed to take off.

    Zimbabwe is experiencing its worst economic crisis in a decade and discontent is rising amidst widespread corruption and poverty.

    Empty shelves
    Image caption: ZImababwe has been suffering a cash shortage and growing inflation
  8. Key DR Congo Catholic figure retires

    BBC World Service

    Archbishop of Kinshasa, Cardinal Laurent Mosengwo
    Image caption: Cardinal Laurent Mosengwo has been a critic of the Kabila government

    One of the dominant opposition figures in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cardinal Laurent Mosengwo, has stepped down as head of the Catholic Church in the country.

    The Vatican said Pope Francis had accepted the resignation of the 79-year-old as Archbishop of Kinshasa.

    The move comes just weeks before key elections to replace President Joseph Kabila.

    For many years, the Church led by Archbishop Mosengwo was a thorn in the side of the Kabila government, which it accused of corruption and fomenting conflict that killed millions and ensured mass poverty.

    Two decades ago, he played a key role in the transition process that followed the collapse of President Mobutu's tyrannical rule.

  9. Cameroon secessionist leaders appear in court

    Killian Ngala Chimtom

    BBC Africa, Yaounde

    Seseku Ayuk Tabe
    Image caption: Seseku Ayuk Tabe, and his co-accused, have been detained for 10 months

    Leaders of the Cameroon's Anglophone secessionist movement have for the first time appeared in court after 10 months in custody.

    Dressed in track suits, the 10 leaders led by Seseku Ayuk Tabe, seemed relaxed and healthy.

    The appearance at Yaounde's appeals court lasted two hours before the case was adjourned until 15 November.

    “It’s been a long battle to bring the accused to court,” said lead defence council John Fru.

    Mr Ayuk Tabe and his co-accused were arrested in January in Nigeria and extradited to Cameroon.

    They have since been in prison on remand.

    Their lawyers are pressing for their case to be dismissed on the grounds that their extradition to Cameroon was illegal, given that many of them had already applied for refugee status.

    They were arrested in connection with their calls for the secession of Cameroon’s two English speaking regions to form a new country called Ambazonia.

  10. Still some way to go for Zimbabwe oil

    ZImbabwe's information ministry tweeted that oil has been discovered in the country (see last entry), but look closely at the words of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and he is a little bit more circumspect.

    He says that the findings of the Australian energy company Invictus are "positive and point to oil and gas deposits in the area".

    We have known about the potential for oil discoveries in the Cabora Bassa Basin for some time, says Matthew Davies from BBC Business.

    But he cautions that, rather than the oil itself, what has been found are strong indicators that there is oil.

    Now the hard work begins and an exploration well will only come in 2020.

    You can watch what the president had to say here:

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  11. BreakingZimbabwe 'discovers oil'

    Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced the discovery of oil in Muzarabani in the north of the country, the ministry of information has tweeted.

    The president said that the oil exploration project is in partnership with Australian energy company Invictus:

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    The statement from the president says that these are still early days and an exploration well will be sunk in 2020 and only after that will commercial drilling be considered.

  12. Uganda in Ebola vaccine first

    Patience Atuhaire

    BBC Africa, Kampala

    Map showing location of DRC and Uganda

    Uganda is to become the first country in the world to give a vaccine against Ebola without experiencing an active outbreak.

    The country’s health authorities along with the World Health Organization have taken the decision because of the threat of the spread of Ebola from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Insecurity around the town of Beni, in the east of the DR Congo, has hampered efforts to contain Ebola in the latest outbreak in which 179 people have already died.

    The affected region is close to the borders of Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda.

    In Uganda, the vaccine will be given as a preventative measure to frontline health personnel.

    Vaccination teams have been deployed in the west, close to the border, to start work in the five most-at-risk districts.

    Uganda has already been taking other measures such as the screening of people crossing at some border points. The country has a reputation for responding quickly to health emergencies.

    In 2000, it experienced its own deadly Ebola outbreak which killed over 200 people. And since then, it strengthened its surveillance and emergency response teams for early detection of virus outbreaks.

    Worker preparing a vaccine
    Image caption: The vaccines will be given to frontline health workers
  13. Zimbabwe pastor retracts HIV-cure claim

    We've been covering the story about the claims by a Zimbabwean pastor, or prophet, Walter Magaya, that he had found a herbal remedy for HIV and other illnesses.

    On Wednesday, police raided his offices to take away samples of the alleged medicine, based on something called aguma, for testing, saying that claims of a cure could be criminal.

    Now, according to a tweet from the state-owned Herald newspaper, the pastor has retracted the cure claim and says that "intensive clinical trials will take place":

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  14. SA president met by panty protest

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    A keynote speech by South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa at a special meeting about violence against women and children was hit by a silent protest.

    Women stood up and held up underwear as President Ramaphosa was speaking.

    Messages written on the underwear included:

    • No means no
    • Don’t kill my pride
    • Don’t kill my mom
    • Stop rape
    • You won’t silence us
    • Stop femicide
    • Respect us
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    In South Africa, more than 100 rapes are reported to the police each day. There is also a high rate murders of women - known as femicide.

    The president had convened the national summit following a call by activists who organised a protest in August called #TotalShutdown, which raised awareness of the plight of women and children.

    In his speech, Mr Ramaphosa spoke out against patriarchy.

    Quote Message: Patriarchy means that men feel entitled to exert economic power over women. We must bring an end to patriarchy. It is this patriarchy that makes these men think that they own women. It cannot go on. It should not be allowed.”

    Read more: South Africa shocked by live rape trial of Timothy Omotoso

  15. 'Foreign trawlers are taking our fish'

    West African waters are one of the richest fishing grounds in the world.

    But catches are collapsing as most of its fish stocks are overfished, according to the United Nations.

    A massive new industry in Mauritania creating fishmeal and oils for China is being blamed for consuming the region’s fish.

    Video Journalist: Alfonso Daniels

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    Video caption: West African fishermen: Foreign trawlers are taking our fish
  16. Eight dead in raid in north-east Nigeria

    Aliyu Tanko

    Nigeria news editor, BBC Africa

    Burt out house
    Image caption: The attackers burnt houses and killed several residents of a village in north-east Nigeria

    Eight people have been confirmed dead after gunmen, believed to be Boko Haram insurgents, attacked an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp and a village in Borno state, north-east Nigeria.

    An eyewitness told the BBC the insurgents stormed Dalori camp and Kofa Village in Kodunga local government area on Wednesday night, then they began shooting and setting houses on fire.

    An official of the Nigeria Emergency Management Agency told the BBC that six people were shot dead in the village and another two inside the IDP camp.

    He said the eight victims were buried this morning.

    A resident told the BBC that many houses, vehicles and the village market were set on fire by the attackers and several IDP tents.

    The army said "the terrorists gained access through a bush behind the village in four vehicles and some motorcycles. They ransacked the market in front of the IDP camp".

    At least two million people have been forced from their homes since Boko Haram launched their insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria in 2009.

    Map showing Nigeria
  17. Zimbabwe 'prophet' also developed lipstick for blood pressure

    Shingai Nyoka

    BBC Africa, Harare

    We've been reporting about the police raid in Zimbabwe on the offices of a religious leader who said that he had found a herbal cure for HIV (see earlier post).

    We now know that the pills were reportedly selling online for $1,000 (£770) a pack.

    Walter Magaya, 35, is part of a group of young, brash and flashy religious figures who have emerged during Zimbabwe’s economic crisis.

    They attract scores of followers with promises of miracle healing and miracle money.

    Authorities say the drug is unregistered and untested and that claims of a cure are criminal.

    Mr Magaya has also recently launched a lipstick he claims can improve blood pressure.

  18. Sierra Leone captain: "We're the ones suffering"

    Player reacts to international ban

    Sierra Leone captain Umaru Bangura
    Image caption: Sierra Leone captain Umaru Bangura says this could be his last chance to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations

    Sierra Leone captain Umaru Bangura says the players are the ones suffering because of his country's current ban from international football.

    The suspension was imposed by world football's governing body, Fifa, because of third party interference in the running of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA).

    It led to Sierra Leone's Africa Cup of Nations back-to-back qualifiers with Ghana in October being cancelled.

    "This isn't good for us. We feel disappointed because we know it has a negative effect on our football careers," the FC Zurich player told BBC Sport.

    "Some foreign players including me were already in camp in Freetown when we heard the sad news about the suspension. We didn't feel good," he explained.

  19. US urges investigation into Nigeria Shia deaths

    The US embassy in Nigeria says that the authorities should investigate the deaths of protesters from a Shia Muslim sect during clashes with security forces earlier this week.

    It wants the authorities to "take appropriate action to hold accountable those responsible for violations of Nigerian law".

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    Members of the pro-Iran Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) had been demanding the release of their leader Ibraheem Zakzaky, in custody for 34 months.

    The army admits that three people were killed in clashes in Abuja on Monday, but the IMN says that dozens died.

    Policeman standing in front of a burning car
    Image caption: The security forces say clashes broke out after protesters tried to overrun a checkpoint

    On Wednesday, rights group Amnesty International said that 45 IMN supporters died over two days of clashes.

    The army, which fired live rounds on Monday at the protesters, said the deaths came after the demonstrators tried to overrun a checkpoint.

    Amnesty said: “Video footage and eyewitness testimonies consistently show that the Nigerian military dispersed peaceful gatherings by firing live ammunition without warning, in clear violation of Nigerian and international law."

  20. Memorial service for South African rapper HHP

    South Africa's public broadcaster is live streaming a memorial service for Jabulani Tsambo, popularly known as HHP.

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    His death at the age of 38 last week caused a huge outpouring of grief.

    The award-winning artist was seen as the man who made South African hip hop popular, singing in indigenous languages, at a time when most local artists were imitating American-style rap.