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  1. Scroll down for Tuesday's stories

    We’ll be back on Wednesday

    That's all from BBC Africa Live for now. 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: Good beads do not make noise." from An Akan proverb sent by Yaw Osei Owusu, Accra, Ghana.
    An Akan proverb sent by Yaw Osei Owusu, Accra, Ghana.

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

    And we leave you with this photo from Namibe in Angola:

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  2. Uproar after pastor advises against wives who can't cook

    Olubunmi Okunnu

    BBC Pidgin, Lagos

    Nigerians on social media are challenging a popular pastor who suggested men should not marry women who cannot cook.

    The leader of Nigeria’s biggest church, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, made the statement on Twitter on Monday:

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    After the tweet his name became the top trending topic on Twitter in Nigeria.

    Nigerian social influencer Toke Makinwa said it is in men's best interests to learn to cook:

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    But the pastor also enjoys support from some women.

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    This is not the first time the pastor's comments have caused heated debate.

    He recently advised one of his followers to sack his female secretary who he lusted after in order to save his marriage.

  3. Nigerian lecturers oppose sexual harassment law

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    Secret filming
    Image caption: The BBC sent undercover journalists posing as students inside universities

    The body representing university lecturers in Nigeria is opposing a bill aimed at preventing sexual harassment at universities.

    The Academic Staff Union says the law unduly targets and stigmatises university lecturers.

    The bill is suggesting a five-year jail term for lecturers convicted of sexual harassment of their students.

    The bill was introduced following the BBC Africa Eye investigation which exposed sexual misconduct by multiple lecturers at two top West African universities.

    The revelations led to the suspension of some lecturers at both the University of Lagos and the University of Ghana.

    Watch: Full BBC investigation into 'sex for grades'

  4. Nigerian soldiers 'burn down pirates houses'

    Soldier on a boat
    Image caption: The seas off West Africa are the most dangerous in the world

    Nigerian soldiers burned down more than 20 homes in the Niger Delta after suspected pirates killed six people in a gun battle, security sources told AFP news agency.

    The source told AFP that gunmen attacked a gunboat escorting a vessel off the Nigerian coast on Sunday.

    Security forces subsequently launched a manhunt in Lutugbene nearby and burnt down the houses they believed were owned by pirates, adds AFP.

    The seas off West Africa's oil-rich coastline are the most dangerous in the world for shipping, according to the State of Maritime Piracy report by One Earth Future.

  5. US pledges $8m to fight locust plague

    Kalkidan Yibeltal

    BBC News, Addis Ababa

    A man runs through a desert locust swarm in the bush in Kenya
    Image caption: Kenya is one of the countries that has been hit by a locust swarm

    The US has pledged to provide $8m (£6m) to control desert locusts in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced this support in a joint press conference with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew in Addis Ababa.

    Last week the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) asked the international community to provide nearly $76m (£58m) to fund the spraying of the affected areas with pesticide.

    The UN agency warned that the East African region could be on the verge of a food crisis if huge swarms of locusts devouring crops and pasture are not brought under control.

    There are fears that the locusts - already in the hundreds of billions - will multiply further.

    Efforts to control the infestation have so far not been effective.

    Read: How a single locust becomes a plague

  6. Egypt's music union bans grime singers

    BBC World Service

    Oka Wi Ortega
    Image caption: Oka Wi Ortega are a popular mahraganat act

    Egypt's union for musicians has issued a ban against local grime singers, claiming that it is protecting public taste.

    The music, known locally as "mahraganat", has become very popular among the poor in Egypt with its working class performers attracting millions of followers on social media.

    A mahraganat gig attracted more than 100,000 people at a stadium in the capital, Cairo, on Valentine's Day.

    But the musicians' union says the lyrics are vulgar and fly in the face of society's values and morals.

    Tourism police also prevented mahraganat singers from performing at a wedding party in a five-star hotel in Cairo.

  7. Lesotho First Lady's murder trial set for next month

    Lipolelo Thabane
    Image caption: Ms Thabane made a brief appearance in court on Tuesday

    The murder trial of the wife of Lesotho's prime minister, accused of murdering his previous wife, is set to start next month, a court official is quoted by Reuters news agency as saying.

    The magistrate court set 17 March as the date for the start of the trial, a spokeswoman for the court Mampota Phakoe told Reuters.

    Prime Minister Thomas Thabane's estranged wife, Lipolelo Thabane, was shot dead outside her home in the capital Maseru two days before his inauguration in 2017.

    The couple were involved in bitter divorce proceedings at the time.

    An arrest warrant was issued for First Lady Maesaiah Thabane on 10 January after she disappeared. She later handed herself in to be questioned by police.

    She made a brief appearance in court on Tuesday.

    Read more: The characters at the heart of Lesotho's murder drama

  8. South Sudan rivals due to meet for crunch talks

    Catherine Byaruhanga

    BBC News

    Riek Machar
    Image caption: Riek Machar, pictured here in November, arrived in South Sudan on Monday

    The main opposing sides in South Sudan’s civil war are due to meet in the capital Juba to agree on details for a joint transitional government, which is meant to be formed on Saturday.

    Two deadlines have already been missed.

    Discussions will focus on security arrangements and the sharing of power in a new administration.

    Former rebel leader Riek Machar arrived in South Sudan on Monday ahead of the latest talks with President Salva Kiir.

    Mr Machar has been living in the Sudanese capital Khartoum and agreements on security will play a key role in whether a new transitional government is announced and he formally returns to the country.

    All warring parties were meant to have jointly trained and unified their forces but this has not happened.

    In 2016, the first peace agreement fell apart when Mr Kiir and Mr Machar’s forces clashed in the capital.

    Now, there’s increased pressure from the US and nearby countries that a new administration be formed, leaving the main parties with little room for manoeuvre.

  9. MPs rescue popular Ugandan dancing kids from eviction

    Ugandan MPs have donated $31,000 (£23,000) to popular dance group Ghetto Kids who were to be evicted from their new home.

    Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga had promised last year that the 461 legislators would each contribute $68 for the dance group.

    They managed to raise the money and on Tuesday she presented the children with a cheque.

    Uganda's Monitor Scoop newspaper pull-out shared these photos:

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    The dance group performed during parliament's end of year event and the speaker asked MPs to help them as they were almost being evicted from the house they live in.

    The group had managed to pay some deposit for the house but had a balance of $27,000.

    The speaker said the money raised will be used to clear the balance and the rest will be for the children's welfare.

    Ghetto Kids have thanked the MPs in this tweet:

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  10. How we're transforming crop waste into clean fuel

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    Video caption: Nigerian entrepreneurs transform crop waste into clean fuel

    A group of three Nigerian students has developed a solar-powered technology that they hope will reduce deaths from charcoal cooking.

    About 90,000 Nigerian women die every year from the effects of indoor cooking with charcoal, according to the International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development.

    One of the students, Ubaidurrahman Sulaiman, said the technology also aims at reducing deforestation and dirty domestic fuel usage in Nigeria by transforming agricultural waste into smokeless charcoal briquettes for cooking.

    A BBC Africa One-Minute Story by Haruna Shehu Mararraba.

  11. Sacking of Kenyan guard who made minister queue 'upheld'

    A court in Kenya has upheld the decision to sack an airport guard who insisted a politician queue for a security check, according to the Daily Nation newspaper.

    The guard Daizy Cherogony sued the Kenya Airports Authority for unlawful sacking but the court dismissed her case, the newspaper reports.

    The case dates back to 2017 when Ms Cherogony was sacked for gross misconduct after she asked Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i, who was then the education minister, to queue for a security check at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the capital, Nairobi.

  12. Coronavirus: Chinese national quarantined in Kenya

    A Chinese national who is working for a firm that is constructing a road north-east of Kenya's capital, Nairobi, has been quarantined as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.

    There is no indication yet whether the unnamed man, who works for state-owned Chinese engineering company Sinohydro Corporation, has contracted the virus.

    He has been isolated at Mutomo campsite in Kitui county and is being served food through the window, according to the Daily Nation newspaper.

    The road constructing firm has sent a letter to the local county government confirming that one of its staff has been quarantined at the camp after arriving in the East African country on Sunday from China's north-eastern Hebei province.

    Coronavirus viewed under a microscope
    Image caption: The virus gets its name from its crown-like appearance when viewed under a microscope

    Kenya's main airport, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, has been conducting health screenings on passengers arriving from mainland China.

    A local health officer, Richard Muthoka, has been quoted byThe Star newspaperas saying that a team of health workers was on Monday locked out of the company's camp. They had been there sent to examine the man. A police team is being mobilised to accompany them for a second visit.

    The firm's project manager, Zheng Fuchun, has said "any symptoms similar [to coronavirus] or abnormal situation will be reported to county health office and the Chinese Embassy immediately following the right procedures".

  13. Meet South Africa's dancing nurse

    A viral video of a dancing South African nurse entertaining her patients has brought smiles to many.

    The Daily Sun newspaper tracked down Thathakahle Gumede, 57, who works as an operational manager at Philani Clinic in KwaZulu-Natal.

    Ms Gumede told the newspaper that she dances to bring hope to ailing patients, some of whom are seen laughing and giggling in the background as she moves in the now-famous video.

    "I’ve always believed that a pill can heal a sick person but a nurse brings hope to a sick person," Ms Gumede told the Daily Sun.

    "Therefore it's important that a nurse's face and attitude be able to tell a patient that this phase they find themselves in shall pass."

    Thathakahle Gumede with patients
    Image caption: Thathakahle Gumede, 57, says she wants to bring hope to ailing patients
  14. Kenyans defend hawkers arrested with plastic bags

    Kenyans on social media are outraged after three hawkers were arrested for using banned plastic bags.

    The country's environment agency said the three would be fined up to $40,000 (£32,000) or face a prison sentence of up to four years.

    The National Environment Management Authority (Nema) shared a photo of the three vendors clutching plums, passion fruit and sugarcane packed in plastic bags:

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    Kenyans on Twitter have defended the hawkers:

    Giitwa Gichuki tweeted, "Though I do not sympathise with anyone using the banned bags, this is too low for you guys. Extremely low, bearing in mind that the unscrupulous dealers responsible for production and supplying the polythene bags in bulk are walking scot-free."

    Onyango Ongoya questioned, "Where do you think those guys are gonna get 2-4mn and imprisoning them for 1-4 years will kill their families? You must be very proud of upholding the law by making an example with the small fish."

    Samantha wrote, "This is low even for Nema. Nema can't do basic stuff like draft local trash separation and recycling policies for the public or even come up with plastic recycling plants but they can harass poor people lol. I struggle to see the use of Nema."

  15. Nile dam and security on agenda for Pompeo's Ethiopia visit

    BBC World Service

    Mike Pompeo walks across the tarmac with his entourage after landing in Addis Ababa
    Image caption: The US Secretary of State arrived in Addis Ababa on Tuesday morning

    The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived in Ethiopia where he'll hold talks with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

    They're expected to discuss security concerns, as well as Ethiopia's dispute with Egypt over the construction of a huge dam on the River Nile.

    The US has been helping to mediate talks between the two countries.

    Egypt is heavily dependent on the river, and fears the multi-billion dollar project will give Ethiopia too much control of the flow of water.

    Ethiopia is Mr Pompeo's last stop on his tour of Africa before he moves on to the Middle East.

  16. SA's Springboks named Laureus team of the year

    South Africa rugby team were named the Laureus "Team of the Year" in Berlin on Monday night for winning the World Cup last year.

    The Springboks secured their third world title after beating England 32-12 in the final.

    Captain Siya Kolisi was accompanied by several of his teammates to collect the Laureus World Sport Award in Berlin.

    "This was not only about South Africa coming together, but also inspiring kids to live their dreams. Now kids from townships know that they can achieve their dream. We all have beautiful and inspiring stories to tell. Thank you to the academy," Kolisi said.

    Laureus tweeted a video of Kolisi's speech:

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  17. Desert locusts reported in South Sudan

    Catherine Byaruhanga

    BBC News, Kampala

    A man holds a desert locust
    Image caption: Desert locusts (Schistocerca gregaria) live in dry grasslands and deserts

    The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation in South Sudan has confirmed the first detection of desert locusts in the country since the latest upsurge in East Africa.

    The swarm was sighted in Magwi County, in the south-east of the country, and is believed to have flown in from northern Uganda.

  18. Lecturers suspended after 'sex-for-grades' film

    Thomas Naadi

    BBC News, Accra

    Professor Ransford Gyampo (L) and Dr Paul Kwame Butakor
    Image caption: Professor Ransford Gyampo (L) and Dr Paul Kwame Butakor deny wrongdoing

    The University of Ghana has suspended two lecturers for various periods without salary after they were filmed sexually harassing undercover reporters in a BBC documentary.

    The documentary exposed sexual harassment and misconduct by lecturers at prestigious institutions in West Africa.

    Professor Ransford Gyampo and Dr Paul Kwame Butakor, who were first suspended in October, were on Monday found to have breached the university's code of conduct. Both deny the allegations.

    In a statement, the university handed a six-month suspension without salary to Prof Gaympo and a four-month suspension without salary to Dr Butakor.

    The two men must also undergo training on the university's sexual harassment and misconduct policy, as well as the code of conduct for academic staff.

    Prof Gyampo and Dr Butakor will only resume work after a positive assessment. If successful, they would then undergo yearly assessments for the next five years.

    Meanwhile in Nigeria, the country’s senate is considering a bill which proposes a five-year jail term for those found guilty of sexual harassment in schools.