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  1. Scroll down for Friday's stories

    We'll be back on Monday morning

    That's all from the BBC Africa Live team for now - there will be an automated service until Monday morning.

    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 our wise words of the day:

    Quote Message: He who toils in the sun enjoys the shade." from A Swahili proverb sent by Nelson E Msuya in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
    A Swahili proverb sent by Nelson E Msuya in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with one of our favourite photos of the past week - this one was taken in eastern Sudan:

    A camel at dusk
  2. Nigeria issues 'fake Covid vaccine' warning

    BBC World Service

    A man is injected with the vaccine

    Health officials in Nigeria say they're worried that fake coronavirus vaccines are being sold in the country.

    The Director General of Nigeria's National Agency for Food Drug and Administration Control, Mojisola Adeyeye, said no drugs had been approved, and any being marketed could cause serious illness.

    She urged people to be sensible, and careful.

    There's been a sharp rise in infections in Nigeria in recent weeks, and the vaccine rollout is not expected to begin until March.

    The BBC's Chris Ewokor in Abuja says the Nigerian authorities recently announced that they hope to vaccinate 40% of the population this year - that's around 83 million people.

    Nigeria has so far procured 10 million doses.

  3. Judges reject appeal by family of 'Lockerbie bomber'

    BBC World Service

    Abdelbaset al-Megrahi
    Image caption: Abdelbaset al-Megrahi died in 2012 - he and his family argued that he was a victim of a miscarriage of justice

    A court in Scotland has rejected an appeal by the family of a Libyan man found guilty of the bombing of an airliner over the town of Lockerbie more than 30 years ago.

    Abdelbaset al-Megrahi - who died in 2012 - always maintained his innocence, and his relatives have been trying to clear his name.

    Their lawyers questioned the reliability of some of the evidence used to convict Megrahi, and argued that the disclosure of certain documents could have led to a different verdict.

    But this was rejected by five of Scotland's most senior judges.

    A total of 270 people died in the bombing of the Pan Am aircraft, making it the deadliest terror attack in British history.

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  4. Algeria to share vaccine with 'sister' nation Tunisia

    Ahmed Rouaba

    BBC News

    Algeria says it will share some of the doses of coronavirus vaccine it has ordered with neighbouring Tunisia by the end of the month.

    It is not clear how many doses Algeria has ordered, nor how many each country needs to battle the virus effectively.

    But we do know where they will be coming from: Algeria has ordered Russia's Sputnik V vaccine - with 500,000 doses due in the first delivery - as well as another vaccine from China.

    It's not known which of the Chinese-developed coronavirus vaccines they are to use. In recent days there has been concern from experts that one of them - CoronaVac - is only 50.4% effective.

    Tunisia's Foreign Minister Othmane Jerandi said his nation and Algeria were "sister" countries and that Algeria's gesture to share the doses was a "sign of brotherhood" between them.

    Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune recently returned to Germany for a final phase of treatment after he caught coronavirus three months ago.

    Tunisia, with a population of 12 million, has registered more than 5,000 deaths from coronavirus.

    Its government imposed a four-day lockdown on 14 January to control the spread of the virus.

    Algeria meanwhile has had 2,822 deaths and around 30,000 active cases, according to data published by Johns Hopkins university.

  5. Central African Republic: 60,000 flee violence in one week

    BBC World Service

    The UN refugee agency has reported a sharp increase in refugees fleeing the violence in the Central African Republic.

    Some 60,000 people have left the country in the past week according to UN data - that's twice as many as the preceding week.

    Most are crossing the Ubangui river south into the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Local authorities there say they are unable to cope with the numbers at a time of the year when food and water are scarce.

    The Congolese minister of humanitarian affairs said the situation was potentially catastrophic.

    A child on a bus in Cameroon clutches a Centrafrican flag
    Image caption: Cameroon has also taken in refugees in recent month

    On Wednesday, rebel forces attacked the outskirts of the capital Bangui for the first time.

    They were repelled by government forces, Russian mercenaries and UN peacekeepers, but the uprising against Faustin-Archange Touadéra appears to be gaining force.

    The UN has called for an end to the violence.

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  6. 'Hardworking' Zimbabwe minister dies of coronavirus

    Zimbabean media are reporting that Ellen Gwaradzimba, the minister for Manicaland Provincial Affairs, has died of Covid-19.

    She was 60 years old.

    Gwaradzimba is the second serving Zimbabwean politician to die of coronavirus after Perrance Shiri - minister for Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement - who died in July last year.

    "We have been robbed once again of a hardworking and dedicated cadre," said sports minister Tino Machakaire on Friday.

    "I am praying for peace and comfort for her family and those of us who knew her."

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  7. 'I just pray we have our beautiful Uganda back'

    DJ Edu

    This Is Africa

    Spice Diana

    Uganda's music scene is thriving, and it boasts a healthy number of successful female artists. Spice Diana has a string of hits to her name and is working on her first album. She has also been nominated for this year’s MAMAs – the MTV Africa Music Awards.

    "The nomination actually gave me a lot of challenge to work harder because it showed me that my music is appreciated on the international platforms and on the African market. I was like: 'Hey, Spicey. you’re already doing great so you just have to push harder'."

    Spice Diana told This Is Africa that the amazing dance group the Triplets Ghetto Kids was responsible for her success.

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    She was a fan of theirs and started writing lyrics for them, but they spotted her potential:

    Quote Message: I was like: 'No! I can’t sing', they were like: 'You can sing!' I didn’t believe in myself but those kids gave me so much energy, and I didn’t want to disappoint those kids."

    It's been a tough year for musicians in Uganda. Unlike several other African countries, there have been restrictions on performing. When two Nigerian artists, Omar Ley and Tems held a concert there, flouting Covid rules, many Ugandan artists were up in arms.

    "We were not happy," Spice Diana says, "but later we realised that it was a Ugandan promoter that organised the event, so we actually stood with the Nigerian artists because it wasn’t the right thing for the police to arrest them when it wasn’t their fault."

    Ugandan musicians have also been affected by the violence and unrest in the run-up to this week’s presidential election, says Spice Diana:

    Quote Message: So many innocent people have lost their lives, people have lost businesses, and every time whatever happens our fans expect us to say something.
    Quote Message: Sometimes you don’t know much about politics - and if you don’t say something people tend to neglect you and your music - so I just pray that we have our beautiful Uganda back after all this."

    The full interview will be broadcast on This Is Africa this Saturday, on BBC World Service radio, and partner stations across Africa.

  8. 'ADF behind beheadings' in eastern DR Congo

    BBC World Service

    A map showing the location of North Kivu and Ituri provinces in DR Congo
    Image caption: The attack happened in Walese Vonkutu, on the border of North Kivu and Ituri provinces

    Local officials in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo now say the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militia were behind the killing of 46 people from the Mbuti forest community.

    A local association said the heads had been cut from many of the victims' bodies.

    It's the latest massacre blamed on the ADF - the most notorious of the more than 100 militias in eastern DR Congo.

    The ADF has been accused of carrying out some 1,200 killings since the Congolese army began an offensive against militia groups 14 months ago.

    UN investigators say it may be guilty of crimes against humanity.

  9. The families going hungry in Madagascar

    Video content

    Video caption: Over a million people are struggling to find their next meal

    Over a million people are struggling to find their next meal.

  10. How 'black tax' helps and hinders

    Kim Chakanetsa

    The Comb podcast

    Nokubonga Mkhize
    Image caption: As Nokubonga Mkhize's career has flourished, so too have the demands on her income

    When Nokubonga Mkhize started an internship at a community radio station in South Africa a few years ago, she was paid a small transport stipend of around $60 (£40).

    She immediately used all of the money to buy groceries for her mother.

    "I said to myself, 'I don't care how I get to work, but I'm buying food.'

    "I just wanted to rock up at home with a plastic bag full of food. Just to see my mum's face. It is essentially what we all aim to do."

    And over the years, as Ms Mkhize’s career flourished, the demands on her income grew. She became the main breadwinner at the home she shares with her mother and brother.

    "I think the turning point was when I needed to start my own life and then I realised, I don't have the funds to start my own life.

    "For example, I was thinking of starting a business and you calculate and say, 'Oh goodness I can’t start a business because my funds are allocated at home.'"

    Ms Mkhize has found herself in a position many young professionals can relate to - trying to find the balance between supporting your immediate and extended family and carving out your career.

    Her experience speaks to a term that is gaining in popularity in describing the financial expectations placed on young professionals to support their immediate and extended families: "black tax".

    The term is controversial. Some object to the notion that this is something only black people face and others disagree with the use of the word tax.

    However, it has sparked animated conversations about navigating personal goals and familial responsibilities as well as the economic conditions that have made passing on generational wealth difficult.

    Ms Mkhize readily admits that she herself has benefited from the so-called black tax: "I am a product of black tax - my brother helped me through school."

    But she says people should not ignore the pressure that comes with it.

    Listen to The Comb podcast for more on black tax and what it means for three young African professionals at different stages of their careers.

  11. Ivory Coast's opposition calls for vote delay

    Lalla Sy

    BBC News, Abidjan

    Opposition parties in Ivory Coast want the electoral body to postpone legislative elections due to be held on 6 March as they say they need more time to prepare for them.

    Presidential elections held last October were boycotted by the opposition as they were angered that President Alassane Ouattara, who won the vote, was standing for a third term.

    But the different parties want to participate in the parliamentary vote - and say in previous years they had more time to get ready.

    The campaign season is due to start on 26 February and run until 4 March.

    One official from former President Laurent Gbagbo’s party suggested that instead of postponing the election day, the deadline for the submission of candidates be extended.

    However, the election commission president said that unless changes were approved through an official process, his institution was committed to follow the dates as planned.

  12. SA schools delay opening by a fortnight

    Anonymous shot of children queuing at a tuck shop

    The opening of state-run schools in South Africa has been pushed back by two weeks, because of a second wave of coronavirus cases.

    They will now resume on 15 February, the education ministry says.

    Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is currently on sick leave, so her deputy Reginah Mhaule made the announcement in her place on Friday.

    Ms Mhaule didn't disclose what the minister was suffering from but said: "The minister is at home. She is fine, when we speak to her she is fine. I don't know about the Covid status but she is recovering at home and will be back next week."

  13. Photo doesn’t show vote stealing in Uganda

    Samuel Lando

    BBC Monitoring

    Screengrab from Twitter

    As the presidential election results are awaited in Uganda, some online users have been sharing content not related to elections held on Thursday.

    Notable has been old photos, an example being a photo from the last general election which has been widely shared.

    The photo is purported to show youth stopping a police officer from stealing a ballot box.

    On one Twitter account, the photo has been retweeted more than3,000 times.

    But it has been taken out of context.

    We have traced the photo to news stories published online in 2016 when Uganda last held presidential elections.

    The description in the photo says it shows a policeman struggling to keep hold of a box containing voting material at a polling station in Ggaba, on the outskirts of the capital Kampala.

    This was after excited voters surrounded him after waiting to vote for over seven hours.

    The same image was also recently used to allege irregularities in elections held in Burkina Faso in November last year.

  14. 'Almost all' US troops to leave Somalia

    BBC World Service

    US marines take part in the US-Kenyan joint military exercises
    Image caption: US special forces have killed a number of al-Shabab leaders

    Almost all US troops are scheduled to leave Somalia by the end of Friday 15 January.

    The US military would not comment on the redeployment of the 700-strong contingent, but said its commitment to Somalia would remain undiminished and it would continue to monitor the activities of the Islamist militant group, al-Shabab.

    The most recent US intervention in Somalia began in 2007, and its troops have mainly been assisting in the training of the federal army.

    But US special forces have killed a number of al-Shabab leaders through a series of air and drone strikes, cruise missile launches and even a helicopter-borne commando raid.

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  15. Vote counting stops in Uganda VP's constituency

    Patience Atuhaire

    BBC News, Kampala

    Uganda's Vice-President Edward Ssekandi (R) attends a public event
    Image caption: Vice-President Edward Ssekandi (R) was trailing in preliminary results

    Vote counting in the Uganda vice-president's Bukoto county central constituency has been stopped after results from two polling stations were disputed.

    Vice-President Edward Ssekandi was trailing in the preliminary results that had been tallied before counting stopped.

    Mr Ssekandi has been the Bukoto central MP for 26 years.

    His challengers are Richard Ssebamala, Majellan Kazibwe, Evelyn Namaganda, Fredrick Ddembe Luswata and Godfrey Sseremba Mayanja.

  16. Sudan 'bans flights' over state on Ethiopian border

    BBC Monitoring

    The world through its media

    A map of the border

    Sudan has announced a ban on air traffic in al-Qadarif state, which borders Ethiopia, Paris-based Sudan Tribune has reported.

    "On Thursday 14 January, the Sudanese Civil Aviation Authority issued a decision to prohibit flights over the airspace of al-Qadarif state and the al-Fashaga region in the east of the country," the report said.

    Head of the civil aviation authority, Ibrahim Adlan, is quoted as saying that the decision came after an Ethiopian military aircraft reportedly entered Sudan's airspace on Wednesday morning.

    Sudan warned Ethiopia of "dangerous consequences" over the incident.

    Clashes between Sudan and Ethiopia in the disputed al-Fashaga region have escalated in recent weeks after Sudan in late December announced it had regained control of all its territories that were under the control of Ethiopian militias for over 25 years.

    However, Ethiopia accused Sudan of occupying its territories, a charge that Khartoum has denied.

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