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    Video caption: 'It's about not only positioning Angola, but Africa'

    "It's about not only positioning Angola - but Africa", says fashion designer Nadir Tati.

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    We'll be back on Monday

    That's all from BBC Africa Live for this week. There will be an automated service until Monday 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 our wise words of the day:

    Quote Message: If the kernels are not finished, the jaw will not rest." from An Igbo proverb sent by Emeka Obia in Lagos, Nigeria
    An Igbo proverb sent by Emeka Obia in Lagos, Nigeria

    In the meantime, we leave you with this photo of a giant puppet of the late Amílcar Cabral, who led the fight against Portuguese colonial rule in Guinea-Bissau. It was out on the streets of the capital amid election campaigning on Thursday, and is one of our favourite photos of the week.

    A giant puppet of the late Amílcar Cabral
  3. 'Somali should be an official language of Ethiopia'

    The head of Ethiopia's Somali People's Democratic Party has called for the Somali language to be granted the status of an official language.

    "We want the rights of Somalis secured," Mohamed Shaale Ishaq said in a televised interview with the Somali-region TV station SRTV. He added that there were demands from the community for such a change.

    Oromia and the Somali regional states, respectively, are the two largest regions in Ethiopia by area.

    Somalis account for about 6% of Ethiopia's diverse population, making them the third largest ethnic group.

    At the moment, Ethiopia only has one official language - Amharic.

    A map of Somalia showing the regions of Oromia and Somali
  4. The Resident Presidents on floods

    President Kibarkingmad reminds Olushambles that high numbers of people are affected by some of the worst flooding in Africa on record.

    But is Olushambles more concerned about the disruption to his golf game?

    Listen to the BBC's satirical series - The Resident Presidents - below:

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    Video caption: Parts of East Africa were recently hit by what some called the worst flooding on record
  5. Renamo dissidents arrested in Mozambique

    Jose Tembe

    BBC News, Maputo

    At least six people believed to be members of a dissident group, called "Renamo Military Junta", are being held in central Mozambique.

    They are accused of trying to recruit young people and set up several military bases in Zambezia province to carry out attacks along the country's main motorway, the EN1.

    Mozambique's two main political parties - the governing Frelimo and opposition Renamo - fought a bitter civil war between 1975 and 1991 and renewed hostilities from 2013 to 2016.

    The "Renamo Military Junta" splinter group is headed by Mariano Nyongo, who tried to declare himself leader of the Renamo party in August.

    A stretch of the EN1 motorway
    Image caption: The "Renamo Military Junta" are accused of planning attacks on Mozambique's main motorway
  6. Somali activist killed by stray bullet laid to rest

    Somali-Canadian activist Almaas Elwan, who was killed by a stray bullet on 20 November, has been laid to rest in Mogadishu.

    Her sister Ilwad Elman, a recent Nobel Peace Prize nominee, tweeted the details for the funeral, which was at a mosque in Mogadishu:

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    The Elman family is a prominent activist family in Somalia.

    The sisters' mother Fartuun Adan set up a peace charity - Elman Peace and Human Rights - in honour of her husband Elman Ali Ahmed, who was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Mogadushu in 1996.

  7. Zimbabwe, roads and its colonial legacy


    Shingai Nyoka

    BBC News, Harare

    Pedestrians crossing one of Harare's main roads in 2017

    In the middle of so much social and economic upheaval, Zimbabwe's cabinet convened and voted to rename dozens of roads and significant buildings in the country.

    It took many aback, but the announcement has resurrected debate about how far Zimbabwe should go in shedding its colonial history.

    Victoria Falls, once named Mosi-Oa-Tunya (the smoke which thunders) by the local Lozi people, was later renamed by the British upon "discovering" it.

    Victoria Falls Road in Bulawayo has now been renamed Mosi-Oa-Tunya Road.

    Zimbabwe has sluggishly been purging itself from colonial names for nearly 40 years, replacing names of colonial-era generals and politicians with the names of African men and women who fought for the continent's independence.

    Still, many roads, landmarks and schools honour British colonizers and leaders.

    There are countless roads and schools named after the Royal family; Queen Elizabeth Girls High School, boys' schools bearing the names of Prince Edward, Churchill and the British army officer Allan Wilson. There is also Elizabeth Windsor Road, Princess Margaret road - the list seems to go on and on.

    Much mirth has been derived from cabinet's announcement and many have asked why now?

    Is it premature and vain for President Emmerson Mnangagwa to have 10 roads named after him?

    There have also been questions about whether changing road signages, maps, legal documents and stationery is a priority for a country which struggles to keep its hospitals open.

    All these questions are valid, but in the midst of the mirth and cynicism, the bigger question remains: should African countries' roads and landmarks reflect where they are located - in Africa?

  8. 'Rivalries and power grabs threaten Guinea-Bissau vote'


    Louise Dewast

    BBC News

    Supporters of presidential candidate Umaru Sissoco Embalo in Bissau on 8 November.

    After weeks of violent protests, an alleged coup attempt, and the emergence of two competing prime ministers, Guinea-Bissau is holding a presidential election on Sunday.

    President Jose Mario Vaz, the first democratically elected president to finish his term, is seeking re-election.

    He faces 11 other candidates - all men - including his old rival, the former Prime Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira.

    Just a few weeks ago, the regional bloc Ecowas warned of the threat of civil war, and urged the authorities not to allow the election process to be derailed. Its plans to send 2,000 Ecowas troops to support the bloc's election-monitoring mission were blocked by Guinea-Bissau.

    The country has known nine coups, or attempted coups, since its independence from Portugal in 1974.

    Tensions between Mr Vaz and the ruling party PAIGC, which has a majority in parliament, have been high since he fell out with them in 2015.

    Guinea-Bissau has long been regarded as a narco-state, playing a key role in the illicit drugs trade between South America and Europe which continues to fuel instability in the country.

    Security analysts say there is a risk of another coup if the incumbent loses and refuses to accept the outcome.

    Opposition parties have also raised concerns about the electoral roll, asking for the election to be delayed, which suggests some voters could also reject results.

    Electoral observers from Ecowas, the AU and from the United States are due to be deployed on voting day.

    A second round is scheduled to be held on 29 December if no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote.

  9. Flights to resume after SAA strike ends

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Mediators in South Africa say an agreement has been reached between trade unions and South African Airways (SAA) to end eight days of striking which has grounded the airline.

    The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration said the two sides had agreed to a wage increase of nearly 6%.

    Staff had also demanded the company reverse a decision to sack hundreds of employees.

    The national airline says it expects to operate its full schedule from Sunday.

    SAA is one of Africa's biggest airlines but has been operating at a loss for several years and survives on government bailouts.

    The BBC's Vumani Mkhize in Johannesburg says the strike cost SAA more than $3.5m (£2.7m) per day, resulted in hundreds of flight cancellations and has thrown the future of the national carrier into doubt.

    An SAA aircraft seen at Johanneburg's main aiport.
    Image caption: Workers have won a 5.9% pay increase
  10. Niger seeks new national anthem suggestions

    Tom Kavanagh

    BBC Focus on Africa

    Niger is changing its national anthem to remove references to former colonial power France almost 60 years after gaining independence.

    Minister of Cultural Renaissance Assoumana Malam Issa says the government wants to introduce a new anthem to serve as "a sort of war cry reaching into our patriotic core" - and he's asking people to submit their own ideas.

    Niger's current anthem - La Nigérienne - was written by Frenchman Maurice Albert Thiriet in 1961 and many in the country consider the song's lyrics deferential to France.

    You can listen to Niger’s current anthem below:

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  11. Inside Uganda's first phone factory

    Patience Atuhaire

    BBC News, Kampala

    A man assembles mobile phones

    Uganda has launched its first mobile phone assembly and manufacturing plant.

    The site in Namanve, east of the capital Kampala, is run by Chinese firm ENGO Holdings and will produce SIMI-branded items.

    The first phase will see the plant assemble up to 2,000 feature phones (so-called "dumbphones"), 1,500 smartphones and 800 laptops per day. At a later stage it will begin manufacturing.

    Smartphones will retail at $54 (£42) and feature phones at $8.

    Manufacturing and job creation are growing priorities for Uganda's government, and a significant amouny of the investment comes from China.

    Last year, Uganda imported goods worth $1bn from China, while its exports to China were worth only $32m, according to UN data.

    China is also a leading lender to Uganda, and these loans mostly fund infrastructure projects such as major highways, hydropower dams, airports and the standard gauge railway which is to link to other East African nations.

    I took these pictures inside the factory:

    The final boxed product
    Workers are seen on the assembly line
    A finished laptop
    A man solders mobile phone components
    A SIMI mobile phone
  12. Kenya police roll out digital records book

    Mildred Wanyonyi

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Police Inspector General (IG) Hillary Mutyambai during the launch.
    Image caption: Police say digital records will ensure transparency and accountability of police operations

    Kenya's police service has begun to replace the manual recording of crimes at police stations across the country as a way of protecting the integrity of its records.

    The ubiquitous occurrence book, which was prone to manipulation and disappearance, is being replaced by a digital recording platform.

    Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai said the new platform, among other benefits, will ensure that all entries recorded are permanent and cannot be edited, ensuring transparency and accountability in police operations at the station level.

    Mr Mutyambai said all commanders from different police departments will also be able to see and monitor reports captured at various police stations, helping the police to coordinate their operations.

    A survey released this week named the Kenya police as the most corrupt institution in the country and among the top five state bodies where bribery is rampant.

  13. Sudanese urged to be patient with political transition

    A civilian member of Sudan's governing council has urged people to be patient in their wait for change, after the overthrow of the former president, Omar Bashir.

    Aisha Musa, a teacher and activist appointed to the 11 member Sovereign Council, told the BBC the civilian and military members of the body were all working hard together to bring peace.

    She said it had been a bit awkward at first for civilian members of the council to work together the military leaders – but she said now they were working hard together as a team.

    Even Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan, who heads the council, called her "Aunt Aisha" as a mark of their respect and improved relations, she said.

    Quote Message: I don’t find any difficulty in asking him about his family or how is he doing or why is he late – anything. And he would call me Aunt Aisha."

    She acknowledged being frustrated at the slow pace of change in the economic situation, and called for rules curbing the progress of women to be abolished.

    The Sovereign Council will govern for a transitional period that is due to end with elections in 2022.

    Listen to the interview below:

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    Video caption: Aisha Musa is one of two women on Sudan's Sovereign Council
  14. 'The revolution has changed Sudan'


    James Copnall

    BBC News, Khartoum

    Sudan is charting a new course following the removal of former President Omar al-Bashir after three decades in power, and for the last couple of months it has had a civilian government.

    The huge crowds of anti-government protesters have left the streets - though many are mourning those who were killed by elements of the military during the revolution.

    The dominant feeling here among people I have been speaking to is that a lot has changed - but not enough.

    Some differences are easy to see: Here in Khartoum, protests are allowed, people feel freer, the old fear of the morality police has evaporated.

    A psychological weight seems to have been lifted from the shoulders of many.

    But tough questions remain. Will the military men on the Sovereign Council - the body that replaced the presidency - allow the civilians to transform the country? Will the victims of the revolution - and the many others from the Bashir years - get justice?

    And how can the authorities rebuild the economy, a key trigger for the revolution and which is still in a very poor state.

    One thing seems clear though: The revolution has changed how people think, and behave. It’s part of life in Sudan now.

  15. UK misses deadline to return Chagos Islands

    Diego Garcia
    Image caption: One of the Chagos Islands - Diego Garcia - is home to a US military base

    The UK has been called an illegal colonial occupier after it ignored a deadline to return control of an overseas territory to Mauritius.

    A UN resolution this year gave the UK six months to relinquish control of the Chagos Islands - but that period has now passed.

    Mauritius says it was forced to trade the small archipelago in the Indian Ocean in 1965 for independence.

    The UK says it does not recognise Mauritius' claim to sovereignty.

    Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) insists it has every right to hold onto the islands - one of which, Diego Garcia, is home to a US military airbase.

    "The UK has no doubt as to our sovereignty over the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT), which has been under continuous British sovereignty since 1814," it said in a statement.

    "Mauritius has never held sovereignty over the BIOT and the UK does not recognise its claim."

    Read the full story on the BBC website

  16. South African KFC couple set wedding date

    A South African couple whose marriage proposal at a KFC shop went viral two weeks ago are set to get married on 31 December, News24 reports.

    The video showed Hector Mkansi kneeling and presenting a ring to his partner Nonhlanhla Soldaat halfway through their fried chicken.

    The video was widely shared on Twitter using the hashtag #KFCProposal after KFC South Africa asked for help finding the couple.

    Soon tweeters, celebrities and business started offering to help plan the big day, including accommodation for their honeymoon and performances at the ceremony.

    A wedding planner tweeted that the couple had chosen her to plan their wedding:

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