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By Evelyne Musambi and Natasha Booty

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  1. Outrage at murder of outspoken Somali journalist

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    A map showing the location of Afgoye town in relation to the capital city, Mogadishu.

    Journalists in Somalia have condemned the killing of Abdiwali Ali Hassan near the capital, Mogadishu.

    The Somali Journalists' Syndicate says unidentified gunmen targeted Mr Hassan in Afgoye town - shooting him several times in the head and chest as he was heading home from work.

    It's unclear who was behind the attack.

    The Islamist militant group al-Shabab is active in the area, but Mr Hassan's radio station is seen as critical of the government.

    He had recently been reporting on the Somali army's operations.

    Colleagues say he received multiple deaths threats last year because of his work.

    Amnesty International says there has been dramatic deterioration in media freedom since President Mohamed Abdullahi, known as Farmajo, came to power three years ago.

    In that time it says at least eight journalists have been killed - five died in Al-Shabaab attacks. Two were killed by unidentified gunmen, and one was shot dead by a police officer.

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  2. The monk saving Timbuktu's Islamic texts

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    Video caption: Saving Islamic texts in Mali

    Father Columba Stewart, a Benedictine monk from the US, has travelled to Timbuktu with a team of experts to try and persuade the Imams of the city's three great mosques to grant permission for the digitisation of their manuscript collections.

    The world has watched in horror as IS has systematically destroyed the Sufi shrines in Timbuktu. In 2014, 4,000 of these precious manuscripts were burnt.

    It is now a race against time to digitise what has survived.

    You can find out more about Father Columba by listening to the World Service's World Service's Heart and Soul programme.

    Camera: Jeremy Bristow

    Producer: Sophia Smith Galer

  3. World leaders issue warning over broken Libya truce

    BBC World Service

    World powers and regional actors overseeing Libya, meeting at the Munich Security Conference, have warned about the deteriorating situation in the North African country.

    The German foreign minister, Heiko Maas, said those who break the UN arms embargo on Libya must be held accountable.

    The UN deputy envoy to Libya, Stephanie Williams, said that last month's truce there had been violated more than 150 times already, and that it was - as she put it - hanging by a thread.

    Libya has been lawless since Col Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011.

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  4. 'State honours' funeral for Ladysmith Black Mambazo star

    South African musician Jospeh Shabalala
    Image caption: Joseph Shabalala died on 11 February aged 78

    South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a "special official funeral category two" for musician Joseph Shabalala who died earlier this month at the age of 78.

    It means the national flag will be flown at half-mast until the ceremony on 22 February, and South African police will provide ceremonial pomp on the day.

    The special official funeral category two is usually accorded to spouses of serving presidents and deputy presidents, deputy ministers, deputy speakers of the national assembly, permanent deputy chairpersons of the national council of provinces, deputy chief justices and presidents of the supreme court of appeal.

    President Ramaphosa in January declared an official funeral category two for business leader Dr Richard Maponya.

    Shabalala rose to fame as the founder and director of choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, which won five Grammy awards.

    The presidency in South Africa tweeted a statement on the funeral:

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  5. Kenya's deputy president admits 'scammers' visited his office

    Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto
    Image caption: William Ruto's office was raided by detectives over a former minister's alleged arms deal

    Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto has admitted that "scammers" visited his office, known as Harambee House Annex.

    "Other than 23 [minutes] in Annex," Mr Ruto tweeted, "which government offices involved in the 'tender' did the scammers visit?"

    He added that the focus on his office was "sponsored nonsense in the media", and insisted that his office did not procure arms for the government.

    But Kenyan media say this latest tweet appears to be an admission that former Sports Minister Rashid Echesa, who is facing charges of being involved in an illegal arms deal, used Mr Ruto's office to conduct his business.

    In a previous tweet, Mr Ruto has referred to Mr Echesa and others as "fraudsters", in relation to reports about these same allegations that Mr Echesa used Harambee House Annex for meetings.

    Mr Ruto, whose office was raided by investigators over the weekend, said he never met the former minister and the business people he visited with, and was not involved in the alleged deal reportedly worth 40bn Kenyan shillings ($397m; £304m).

    Mr Echesa has also denied the allegations.

    The former sports minister was fired by President Uhuru Kenyatta in March 2019 for undisclosed reasons.

    He told the Daily Nation newspaper at the time that he wasn't told why he was being fired, but he believed his unwavering support for Mr Ruto was to blame.

  6. Queen of Katwe actress dies aged 15

    BBC World Service

    Nikita Pearl Waligwa
    Image caption: Nikita Pearl Waligwa played Gloria, a friend of the protagonist Phiona, who explained the rules of chess

    Tributes have been paid to a Ugandan actress who starred in the Disney film, the Queen of Katwe.

    Nikita Pearl Waliga has died at the age of 15 after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

    The 2016 film was based on a true story of a girl from a Ugandan slum who - despite not going to school - took up chess and went on to compete in international tournaments.

    When Nikita Pearl Waliga was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2016, well-wishers raised funds for her to receive treatment in India as her tumour could not be treated in Uganda.

    She was given the all-clear in 2017 but last year was found to have another tumour.

  7. Cheptegei smashes 5km road world record

    Joshua Cheptegei celebrates his world 10,000m title, draped in the Ugandan flag
    Image caption: The Ugandan athlete beat the world record by 27 seconds

    Uganda's world 10,000m champion Joshua Cheptegei has broken the 5km road world record by 27 seconds in Monaco.

    The 23-year-old ran 12 minutes 51 seconds on Sunday to smash the previous record, set by Kenya's Rhonex Kipruto en route to victory at January's Valencia 10k.

    "I had sub-13 minutes in my mind so when my legs felt good I decided to really go for it," said Cheptegai.

    In December, Cheptegai ran 26:38 to break the 10km road world record, which had stood for almost 10 years, but that mark was bettered last month by Kipruto, who set new records at both 5km and 10km in his victory over the latter distance in Spain.

    Cheptegei's record-breaking time is subject to official World Athletics ratification procedures, as are Kipruto's.

  8. Sudan allows former foe Israel to fly over its territory

    BBC World Service

    A plane flies overhead
    Image caption: The first Israeli plane crossed Sudan on Saturday on its way to South America (file photo)

    Israel says it has begun flying commercial aircraft through Sudanese airspace under an agreement with the Khartoum government.

    The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, told a group of visiting US Jewish leaders that the first Israeli plane crossed Sudan on Saturday, bound for South America.

    He said the new air corridor would cut the flying time on the route by three hours.

    Sudan said in early Ferbruary that it had given initial approval for Israeli planes to fly over its territory.

    Mr Netanyahu said Israel was discussing rapid normalisation of ties with its former foe.

    Sudan, which has close ties with the Palestinians, has stopped short of referring to improving ties with Israel.

  9. Monday's wise words

    Today's African proverb is:

    Quote Message: One who walks in the company of a crook becomes a crook." from A Kikuyu proverb sent by Humphrey Mungai in Nairobi, Kenya.
    A Kikuyu proverb sent by Humphrey Mungai in Nairobi, Kenya.
    An illustration showing two people walking barefoot

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

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    We'll be back on Monday

    That's all from the BBC Africa Live team for now. There'll be an automated feed until Monday morning.

    You can 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 quick reminder of our wise words of the day:

    Quote Message: A man whose lover promises to come hears the footsteps of the spirits." from An Igbo proverb sent by Chukwuemeka Ekere in Calabar, Nigeria
    An Igbo proverb sent by Chukwuemeka Ekere in Calabar, Nigeria

    Click here to send in your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with a photo from our gallery of Africa's best pictures this week, showing Ethiopian acrobats performing in Ukraine:

    Ethiopian acrobats
  11. 'I've been trying to fly to Lagos since Monday'

    BBC Focus on Africa radio

    Adebesi Akinsulire
    Image caption: Adebisi Akinsulire has now made it to the capital, Abuja

    Planes have been unable to land this week at Nigeria’s main airport in Lagos because of poor visibility caused by the seasonal harmattan winds.

    The BBC's Adebisi Akinsulire has been trying to get home to Lagos since Monday. He left Barcelona in Spain heading for Lagos via Dubai. A direct flight from Dubai should have taken about eight hours.

    Quote Message: My journey started from Dubai on Tuesday and our flight was supposed to land at about 3:40pm but on getting to Lagos we noticed that the plane kept hovering around Lagos airspace.
    Quote Message: The pilot made an announcement that he was going to try and land, but the weather was not good.
    Quote Message: After he tried we were in the airspace for about [another] 20 minutes, he then took a detour to Accra airport [in Ghana].
    Quote Message: On getting to Accra airport we stayed in the aeroplane for about an hour-and-a-half to two hours because they were trying to see if we could get information on the weather in Lagos improving.
    Quote Message: But the weather did not improve, so we got off the plane and we were told we were going to try and make the journey the next day, which was Wednesday.
    Quote Message: We were supposed to fly by 10am. When it came to that time, the Emirates official said the weather was still not good - they were still having challenges with landing.
    Quote Message: One of the pilots walked up to us and he was trying to explain the situation. He said what was broken is actually the ILS system, which is supposed to aid bigger planes in nasty weather. The ILS in the Lagos airport is not functioning.
    Quote Message: At about 5pm we were told to go back to the hotel. On Thursday we were told by Emirates officials that they had not been given clearance to come in.
    Quote Message: Today being Friday we got to the airport quite early we were told we were going to fly at about 9am.
    Quote Message: On boarding the plane the pilot mentioned to us that we would either be going to Lagos or Abuja. Midway into the flight there was an announcement that he’s tried to reach the tower and the tower is not giving the clearance to land so we were going to Abuja."

    Akinsulire and about 200 other passengers have now landed in Nigeria's capital, Abuja.

    They are still waiting in the terminal building to find out how and when they will be able to make the journey of more than 700km (400 miles) to Lagos.

    Passengers at Abuja airport