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  1. Scroll down for Thursday's stories

    We’ll be back on Friday

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

    Or you can keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast.

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: Even if the back of your teeth is not tasty, it is the place you lick continuously." from An Akan proverb sent by Dr F Owusu in London, the UK and Adjei Danso Alex in Nkoranza, Ghana
    An Akan proverb sent by Dr F Owusu in London, the UK and Adjei Danso Alex in Nkoranza, Ghana

    And we leave you with this picture of a man carrying plastic teapots in Niamey, the capital of Niger:

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  2. New mayor appointed in Mogadishu

    Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has appointed a former warlord and government minister as the mayor of the capital, Mogadishu, and governor of Banadir Region.

    Omar Mohamud Mohamed's appointment follows the killing of his predecessor, Abdirahman Omar Osman, in a suicide bombing carried out by a female colleague last month.

    Nicknamed Finish, the new mayor was a warlord in Mogadishu until he became a Minister of Religious Affairs in Somali's then transitional government in 2004. He served in the post until 2009.

    State-owned Radio Mogadishu quoted the president as saying Mr Mohamed had been chosen because of his "experience" in government, and because he would continue to implement development projects.

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  3. 'Blockchain ID system' for unbanked Sierra Leoneans

    San Francisco-based tech financial services start-up Kiva has launched a blockchain platform to create online identities for people in Sierra Leone, news agency Reuters reports.

    The company and Sierra Leone's President Julius Maada Bio launched the virtual ID platform in the capital, Freetown, on Wednesday.

    Kiva provides microloans in 80 countries.

    The system will use bio-metric data such as fingerprints to provide lenders access to citizen’s credit histories.

    A borrower seeking a loan will be assigned a digital wallet which will record the transactions on a public blockchain.

    However, prospective borrowers will have to use internet to access the platform. Some 15% of the population in Sierra Leone has access to the internet.

    Identity is a problem in Africa as children in numerous countries on the continent are born but never registered.

  4. Locust swarm hits Ethiopia

    Zelalem Tadesse

    BBC Afaan Oromoo

    Image caption: Farmers fear the locusts will destroy their crops

    A swarm of desert locusts is migrating from Yemen and Somaliland to the eastern part of Ethiopia, officials have told BBC Afaan Oromoo.

    Groups of locusts has been spotted in five regions of Ethiopia, including Oromia, Amhara, Afar and Somali.

    The swarm is made up of adults searching for a conducive environment to lay eggs which could cause significant damage to crops.

    The government plans to start spraying chemicals in Afar , where the locusts are feared to be laying eggs, on Friday.

  5. Ex-Ghana striker Agogo dies at 40

    Junior Agogo
    Image caption: Junior Agogo played for 15 clubs during a 15-year career

    Former Ghana, Nottingham Forest and Bristol Rovers striker Junior Agogo has died at the age of 40.

    Agogo, who began his career at Sheffield Wednesday, played 27 times for his country and scored 12 goals.

    He finished his career at Hibernian in 2012 having also had spells in the United States, Cyprus and Egypt.

    Read more: Junior Agogo: Ex-Ghana, Nottingham Forest and Bristol Rovers striker dies aged 40

  6. Mozambique police urge Renamo to resolve infighting

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Renamo office

    The head of Mozambique's police force, Bernadino Rafael, has called on the opposition Renamo party to resolve a dispute which has seen dissidents from within the former rebel group set up new bases after refusing to disarm.

    This comes a day after a deadline, announced by President Filipe Nyusi, ended for all Renamo bases to be dismantled.

    Earlier this month the government and Renamo signed a peace deal - 27 years after Mozambique's civil war ended.

    It allows former rebel fighters to be integrated into the military or into civilian life.

    But the dispute within the former rebel group could undermine the peace deal and forthcoming elections in October.

  7. Ex-rebel re-elected in controversial Somali poll

    Abdi Dahir

    BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

    Mohamed Ahmed Islam - archive photo
    Image caption: A former Islamist and ex-rebel fighter, Madobe is a divisive figure in southern Somalia

    A former rebel fighter in Somalia has been re-elected to lead Jubbaland, one of the country's richest regions with the lucrative port of Kismayo as its capital.

    Ahmed Mohamed Islam, known by his nickname “Madobe”, won the controversial election, gaining 56 votes out of a total of 74 cast by local MPs.

    Andab Mohamed Dahir, who was the only female aspirant, came second with 17 votes.

    Security has been tight in Kismayo and the city has been in lockdown since Tuesday.

    The UN and the central government had wanted the vote to be postponed, but the regional authorities refused.

    Madobe was immediately sworn in after he was announced the winner by the parliamentary speaker:

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    Some opposition politicians had complained that the local electoral commission was not independent and have held a parallel election.

    According to the privately owned Jowhar news website, the rival group has elected Abdirashid Mohamed Hidig as Jubbaland's president.

    On Wednesday, UN Special Representative to Somalia, James Swan, warned that without a single, agreed-upon electoral process, a contested outcome might plunge the southern region into instability.

    Madobe is a former Islamist - he was a member of the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) that ruled Somalia in 2006.

    Afterwards he was a commander in the Ras Kamboni militia that seized Kismayo in 2012 from the control of Islamist al-Shabab militants - with the backing of the Kenyan army.

    He was one of the politicians to set up an administration in Jubbaland six years ago.

    His election means he will serve for another four years.

  8. Zimbabwean comedian 'forced to drink sewage'

    Samantha Kureya
    Image caption: Samantha Kureya is undergoing medical treatment after her ordeal

    The Zimbabwean political satire group Bustop TV has been tweeting details of the abduction of comedian Samantha Kureya, known by her stage name "Gonyeti".

    Her colleagues and family say six armed masked men arrived at her home in Mufakose, a western suburb of the capital, Harare, on Wednesday evening. They threatened her family before taking her away.

    According to Bustop TV, during her three-hour ordeal she was forced to drink sewage, stripped naked and was beaten up with weapons.

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    Her brother has told the BBC that, the attackers accused her of undermining the government through her popular sketches.

    He said she was undergoing medical treatment and had filed a report with the police.

  9. Death sentences upheld for Somali child rapists

    Ahmed Adan

    BBC Somali service

    Aisha Ilyaas Aden
    Image caption: The rape and death of Aisha Ilyaas Aden caused an uproar across Somalia

    An appeal court in north-east Somalia has upheld the death sentence for three men convicted of raping and killing a 12-year-old girl.

    Aisha Ilyaas Aden was abducted, gang raped and killed near her home in Galkayo, in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, in February.

    The case caused uproar and sparked demonstrations across the country.

    Ten suspects were initially arrested but the regional High Court found three of them guilty in May.

    Prosecutors said they relied on DNA evidence for the first time to convict them.

    The Puntland Supreme Court’s verdict is final.

    The death sentence will be carried out by firing squad once approved by the regional president.

    He has promised that his administration will take tough action against anyone found guilty of committing rape.

  10. German police probing assault on Nigerian senator

    Ike Ekweremadu
    Image caption: Ike Ekweremadu once served as deputy president of Nigeria's upper chamber of parliament

    Police in Germany say they are investigating four people in connection with the assault over the weekend on Nigerian senator Ike Ekweremadu.

    Mr Ekweremadu, who once served as deputy president of Nigeria's upper chamber of parliament, was roughed up and manhandled on Saturday at an annual Igbo cultural festival in the German city of Nuremberg.

    The police said the politician was then escorted back to his vehicle where eggs were thrown at his vehicle.

    In a Facebook post, Mr Ekweremadu said his attackers were members of the banned group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob).

    According to the Igbo politician, the men "began to complain about the killings in the south-east, stressing that there would be no Igbo event at the venue" before they assaulted him.

    He said that despite being "disappointed", he did not "hold this to heart against them".

    The Igbo community is one of the largest in Africa and in Nigeria represents 24% of the population.

    Ipob is a movement pushing to break away from Nigeria to form the independent nation of Biafra.

  11. 'Kenya search launched' for giraffe with eye tumour

    Ashley Lime

    BBC News, Nairobi

    The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is searching for a giraffe with a large eye tumour after reported sightings of it at the popular Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya's privately owned newspaper The Star reports.

    It seems the wildlife agency has been pushed into action after photos of the giraffe went viral on Twitter with animal lovers calling for it be treated.

    Some tweeters said the pictures were taken by Kioko wa Kivandu last weekend at the park located in Kenya’s Rift Valley.

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    One person posted that they had seen the giraffe with the swollen eye in the park back in April, expressing concern that the animal had gone untreated for four months:

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    According to the Star, KWS has sent a team of vets to locate the animal in the 188-sq-km (72-sq-miles) park.

    One official said treating the giraffe would not be simple because of its height and giraffes tended to use "martial defence kicks”.

    "The giraffe will have to be brought down using ropes as they cannot be darted because they are delicate,” he told the Star.

  12. Lockdown in Cameroon English-speaking city

    The Cameroonian city of Bamenda is in lockdown after violence erupted there following the sentencing on Tuesday of separatist leader Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and nine others to life in jail.

    Businesses have been shut and people have been staying at home after shooting between separatist rebels and soldiers, a city resident told BBC Newsday.

    He said people in the city, which has the biggest English-speaking population in Cameroon, were despondent about there ever being a way out of the crisis through mediation and dialogue

    Cameroon's English-speakers say they have been marginalised for decades by the central government and the French-speaking majority

    Protests over the increasing use of French in courts and schools in Cameroon's English-speaking heartlands, the North-West and South-West regions, morphed into violence in 2017 and a call for an independent state.

    “It’s like the end time is near for the people of Bamenda,” the resident said.

    “The act of the military court sentencing these leaders has actually given the impression to the population that there is no hope.”

    Listen to the full interview:

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    Video caption: Violence was sparked by life sentences passed on the Ambazonian separatist leader
  13. Five EU countries offer to take rescued migrants

    A man weeps as he disembarks from the ship Open Arms in Lampedusa - 20 August 2019
    Image caption: Some of the migrants were emotional when they arrived after 19 days at sea

    At least five European Union countries - Spain, France, Germany, Luxembourg and Portugal - have offered to take some of the migrants who disembarked on the Italian island of Lampedusa late on Tuesday after being stranded for weeks at sea.

    About 100 migrants, who were on board the charity ship Open Arms, were allowed to disembark after a prosecutor ordered the evacuation of the vessel.

    Italy had refused to allow them to leave the ship for nearly three weeks, though dozens of children and the sick had been taken ashore. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has taken a hard line on migration.

    Earlier, about 10 migrants jumped off the ship, hoping to swim to the island.

    Those leaving the boat could be seen limping or in bandages, the AFP news agency said.

    One of the migrants told the agency about his experience: "I nearly went mad."

    He said that he and other migrants had been left "to cook like spaghetti" in their boat, which had broke down. They were subsequently rescued by Open Arms.

    According to Reuters, the EU Commission is also seeking states willing to take migrants on a second charity vessel, the Ocean Viking, which has been stranded at sea for 13 days trying to find a port to allow the hundreds of those rescued from the Mediterranean to disembark.

  14. Zimbabwean comedian 'abducted and beaten up'

    A popular comedian in Zimbabwe, who has been critical of the police and government in her skits, was abducted and beaten up overnight, colleagues and rights activists say.

    Samantha Kureya, known by her stage name "Gonyeti" on the comedy show Bustop TV, was taken from her home on Wednesday night by armed gunmen, according to the Zimbabwe branch of the Media Institute of Southern Africa.

    She has since been found and is at a police station in the capital, Harare, with her brother.

    Fellow comedian Comrade Fatso tweeted: "They cannot silence the people’s laughter.”

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    Bustop TV has recently been doing sketches about the police banning planned opposition demonstrations to protest against the government's handling of the economy.

    Her abduction comes in the wake of at least six civil society and opposition members were abducted and tortured ahead of the first planned protest that supposed to be held last Friday.

    The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum says those abducted before the protests were accused of mobilising people to demonstrate.

    Human rights groups blame state agents for their disappearance, but the authorities have denied their involvement.

    Opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader tweeted about Gonyeti’s abduction, saying President Emmerson Mnangagwa should do more to protect Zimbabweans.

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  15. Kenyan arrested in Thailand with cocaine capsules

    The cocaine capsules
    Image caption: The Kenyan had reportedly flown into Bangkok on Monday from Ethiopia

    A Kenyan man has been arrested at the international airport in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, trying to smuggle into the country 68 capsules of cocaine.

    Glenn Chibasellow Ookow had swallowed the capsules that were later found to contain a total of 1.2kg (2.6lb) of cocaine, the Thai drug authorities said.

    It as an X-ray showing the objects in the man's stomach that alerted Thailand's Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB).

    An X-ray of the man's stomach

    According to the Thailand’s Nation paper, a Nigerian man, who was also arrested, had allegedly hired the Kenyan to bring in drugs to Thailand and other countries in the region.

    "This is part of a drug network in Thailand," the AFP quotes an ONCB statement as saying.

    Mr Ookow, 43, had flown into Bangkok on Monday from Ethiopia, AFP reports.

    Niyom Termsrisuk of the ONCB said, the arrests were part of a crackdown on drug trafficking and the authorities had arrested 43 suspects since last October.

  16. Thursday's wise words

    Our proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: Even if the back of your teeth is not tasty, it is the place you lick continuously." from An Akan proverb sent by Dr F Owusu in London, the UK and Adjei Danso Alex in Nkoranza, Ghana
    An Akan proverb sent by Dr F Owusu in London, the UK and Adjei Danso Alex in Nkoranza, Ghana
    Illustration of a man with his mouth slightly open

    Click here to send in your African proverbs.

  17. "It's like the end of time is near to the people of Bamenda"

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    Video caption: Violence was sparked by life sentences passed on the Ambazonian separatist leader

    Violence was sparked by life sentences passed on the Ambazonian separatist leader

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    Video caption: These Somali women are exploring their history through textiles

    Hafza Yusuf is a British-Somali textile designer who has started to volunteer her time to give back to her community