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  1. Oluwashina Okeleji

    Football Writer, Nigeria

    Nigeria's women's team

    Oluwashina Okeleji

    Football Writer, Nigeria

    Nigeria women's coach Thomas Dennerby names 18 locally-based players in a 24-woman squad to face Algeria in their two-legged 2020 Olympic qualifier.

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  2. Mark Gleeson

    Football Writer, South Africa

    Comoros coach Amir Abdou

    Mark Gleeson

    Football Writer, South Africa

    Comoros coach Amir Abdou names his squad for the 2022 World Cup qualifier against Togo as the Indian Ocean island nation seeks a first-ever World Cup win.

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  3. Oluwashina Okeleji

    Football Writer, Nigeria

    Afriyie Acquah

    Oluwashina Okeleji

    Football Writer, Nigeria

    Ghana midfielder Afriyie Acquah signs a two-year deal with Turkish Super Lig side Yeni Malatyapsor, his seventh club in eight years.

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  4. Yasine Mohabuth

    BBC Sport, Mauritius

    Liverpool's international academy in Mauritius

    Yasine Mohabuth

    BBC Sport, Mauritius

    Liverpool launch a new international academy in Mauritius, saying they hope to 'bring authentic LFC coaching to young fans around the world.'

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  5. Favour Nunoo

    BBC News Pidgin, Ghana

    Kambon and family

    Favour Nunoo

    BBC News Pidgin, Ghana

    Ghana is encouraging African Americans to relocate to the country, which was at the heart of the slave trade.

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  6. Video content

    Video caption: Medieval martial arts brings sword duels to South Africa

    Meet South Africa's medieval martial arts enthusiasts, who duel with swords and armour.

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    We'll be back next week

    That's all from BBC Africa Live for today, we will now leave you with an automated service until Monday morning.

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: To castrate a lion is not a problem but who will open its legs." from Sent by Sahr Amadu Komba, Kono, Sierra Leone, and Peter Goch Anyang-Majongdul, Bor, Jonglei State, South Sudan.
    Sent by Sahr Amadu Komba, Kono, Sierra Leone, and Peter Goch Anyang-Majongdul, Bor, Jonglei State, South Sudan.

    And we leave you with this photo of boys cooling off in The Gambia River - one of our favourite shots taken this past week.

  8. Cardboard cut-outs of cops used to deter speeding

    Videos and photos of cardboard cut outs of cops on the roads of Cape Town, South Africa, has got people talking on social media:

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    The logic is simple.

    Motorists would usually slow down if they are speeding and see a traffic cop, spokesperson for Cape Town's Traffic Services Richard Coleman, is quoted as saying in News24.

    He didn't mention if the tactic has worked.

    But it appears it is not actually anything new - the method has been used since 2017, he added.

    "Thus far we have only received positive feedback", he said.

  9. Toddler confirmed to have polio in Ghana

    A two-year-old girl in Ghana has tested positive to having vaccine-derived polio.

    This strain of polio occurs when an unvaccinated person catches the virus from somebody else who has been given the vaccine, often through their faeces in unsanitary housing.

    The toddler was admitted to Cheperoni District hospital in north-east Ghana in July after she suddenly got weak legs. She later developed paralysis, said the head of Ghana's national health service Dr Anthony Nsiah Asare in a statement.

    Image caption: Ghanaian authorities said they will increase vaccinations in the affected area

    He called the confirmation of the case a national health emergency.

    "The global community is in the polio end game and a case of polio constitutes a public health emergency of national concern," he said.

    He added that vaccinations in the affected area will be increased.

    Outbreaks of this kind can be stopped with two to three rounds of immunisations, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

    BBC health correspondent James Gallagher reports that cases of vaccine-derived polio are an expected part of a vaccination programme, but can be prevented by immunising all children.

    He said there had also been vaccine-derived polio cases in nine countries - including Angola, Central African Republic and Somalia - this year, but the incidences did not affect when a country was declared wild polio-free.

    Africa is on track to become free of wild polio.

    The last recorded case of wild polio was more than three years ago in Nigeria and the country is expected to be officially declared polio-free by the World Health Organization early next year.

  10. War crimes investigators find 23 South Sudan suspects

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    UN experts say they have identified 23 people in South Sudan who they say are responsible for serious human rights abuses including killings, torture and rape during the recent civil war.

    Forty-three others were identified last year but all the names will be kept confidential until a special war crimes court is set up by the African Union.

    The UN Human Rights Commission in South Sudan says many of them are military commanders from both the government and the rebel sides.

    After five years of war, a peace deal and a ceasefire signed last year have stopped most of the fighting. But members of the UN commission say they are continuing to document human rights abuses and collect evidence.

    South Sudanese military personnel
    Image caption: Many of them are military commanders from both the government and the rebel sides
  11. Ethiopia’s school language reforms cause anger

    Berhanu Gemechu

    BBC Afaan Oromoo

    A teacher nusing Afaan Oromo as the language of instruction in Ethiopia
    Image caption: Pupils at junior schools in Ethiopia are taught in their mother tongues

    Plans in Ethiopia to revamp the junior school curriculum are causing ructions – especially over the introduction of Amharic, the country’s official language, for young pupils.

    At the moment for the first few years of school, pupils are taught in their mother tongue and learn English as a subject.

    If Amharic is not their mother tongue, it is introduced when pupils are around 10 years old.

    But proposals from the education ministry suggest pupils aged seven should take up the subject.

    The matter is contentious because Ethiopia is made up of nine different self-governing ethnic regions.

    There is already some resentment that Amharic is so dominant across the country – so this push from the federal authorities is meeting resistance.

    Oromia’s education authority has been quick to say Afaan Oromo will remain the language of instruction in its junior schools.

    Education State Minister Garamu Hulluka told the BBC that issues relating to identity and regional self-government with regard to the reforms were yet to be ironed out.

    A researcher at Addis Ababa University also says it is not good for young children to learn several languages at the same time.

    “Entry level students can acquire a maximum of two languages. Giving more than two languages at this stage weakens children's critical-thinking ability and confuses them,” Firdisa Jabessa said.

  12. Ex-England striker Heskey wants to light up Zimbabwe

    Stanley Kwenda

    BBC Africa

    Emile Heskey
    Image caption: Emile Heskey said he fell in love with Zimbabwe after making his first trip to the continent about three years ago

    Former England striker, Emile Heskey, is planning to invest in Zimbabwe’s energy sector.

    Heskey, who is a senior vice-president of Genoil, a Canadian company with interests in oil technology development, believes there are diverse areas of investment in Zimbabwe’s ailing economy.

    The 41-year-old, who played for England 62 times - scoring seven goals, took up his role with the Canadian firm last year.

    Quote Message: A friend of mine introduced me to Zimbabwe and I took a keen interest in business interests over there.
    Quote Message: We looked at the energy sector and that interested me. I have got business partners and people interested in the energy sector who fund things in the energy sector.”

    Zimbabwe is in the throes of a deep energy crisis with rolling powers cuts and an acute shortage of fuel.

    The former Premier League striker, who comes from a family of Antiguan descent, said he fell in love with Zimbabwe after making his first trip to the continent some three years ago.

    Quote Message: There are diverse things you can do over there. You have one of the Seven Wonders of the World with the Victoria Falls. We don’t have that in the Caribbean. We definitely don’t have that in England.
    Quote Message: Having things like that, where people can come and travel and be at one with nature is amazing.
    Quote Message: If you take notice of the media you won’t go anywhere near countries in Africa."

    Since his first visit, the former Liverpool striker says he would like to explore and learn more about the continent.

    Quote Message: Coming from the Caribbean, we are fundamentally African people in a different part of the world.
    Quote Message: I was in Uganda walking around a shopping mall and people were staring at me and shaking their heads saying, ‘No it’s not him’ - and walking on because they couldn’t believe I could be in that part of the world."

    Asked if a career in business was something he thought about when he was still playing football, he replied:

    Quote Message: With football, especially at the elite level, you are so immersed in football, you don’t really have too much time.
    Quote Message: It’s only when you are coming to the end of your career that you look at what you can dwell on.”