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  1. Thursday's wise words

    Our proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: A young person can have as many new clothes as an elderly one, but not as many rags." from A Yoruba pro verb sent from Nigeria by T Adeyemi, S Abideen, A Ahmed, A Iyaka, Santario, O Ayodeji, A Sola, A Kilani, M Olatunji, W Adekanye and M Olamide.
    A Yoruba pro verb sent from Nigeria by T Adeyemi, S Abideen, A Ahmed, A Iyaka, Santario, O Ayodeji, A Sola, A Kilani, M Olatunji, W Adekanye and M Olamide.

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

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    Video caption: Reading family helping victims of Nigerian sex trafficking

    The Thomas family are aiming to raise thousands of pounds to help Nigerian sex trafficking victims in Dubai to return home.

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    Video caption: A goalkeeper who survived the 1994 Rwanda genocide is using football to unite the country.

    A Tutsi on the verge of being killed by Hutu extremists in 1994 recalls how his life was saved as those who had come to kill him realised he played for one of Rwanda’s top clubs.

  4. Scroll down for Wednesday's stories

    We'll be back on Thursday

    That's all from the BBC Africa Live team 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 our proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: One who refuses advice does not refuse the consequences." from A Runyankore/Rukiga proverb sent by Nuwahereza Ronard in Kyenjojo, Uganda
    A Runyankore/Rukiga proverb sent by Nuwahereza Ronard in Kyenjojo, Uganda

    And we leave you with an image of sunset in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown:

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  5. Man 'no longer' has coronavirus in Egypt

    Rhoda Odhiambo

    BBC Africa Health, Nairobi

    Egyptian Quarantine Authority employees scan body temperature for incoming travellers at Cairo International Airport on February 1, 2020, amidst efforts to detect possible cases of SARS-like "Wuhan coronavirus"
    Image caption: Airports in Egypt screen passengers to prevent the spread of coronavirus

    The World Health Organization (WHO) says the person diagnosed with coronavirus in Egypt is no longer carrying the virus.

    He was on his way to recovery but would remain in quarantine until the 14-day period was over and would undergo further tests to ensure he had fully recuperated, WHO spokesman Tarik Jašarević said.

    Last week, Egypt's health ministry described the person as a foreigner, without disclosing his nationality.

    He was the first person confirmed to have coronavirus in Africa.

    Read: Will Africa be able to cope with a coronavirus outbreak?

  6. Boko Haram burn homes and school in Nigeria town

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    Militant Islamist group Boko Haram has torched several homes and a school during a raid on a town in north-eastern Nigeria, the army says.

    The insurgents were heavily armed, storming the town of Korongilum on Tuesday evening in a convoy of trucks mounted with guns, as well as motorcycles.

    Eyewitnesses said three people were killed and six others injured when the militants attacked residents as they were returning home from their farms.

    The head of military operations in the north-east, Brig Gen Adesini Olusegun, confirmed the attack but declined to give details on casualties.

    The militants caused global outrage in 2014 when they abducted more than 270 schoolgirls in nearby Chibok.

    A soldier from the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army stands amidst the ruin of the Government Girls Secondary School Chibok in Borno State north-eastern Nigeria on March 25, 2016
    Image caption: Nigeria's military is battling to protect civilians targeted by the militants
  7. Malema and wife to sue MP over domestic abuse claim

    Julius Malema
    Image caption: Julius Malema is one of South Africa's most controversial politicians

    South Africa's firebrand opposition politician Julius Malema and his wife Mantoa Matlala have threatened to sue a governing party MP for defamation if he fails to retract allegations that Mr Malema abused his wife.

    African National Congress (ANC) MP Boy Mamabolo responded to the threat by tweeting: "Bring it on let’s meet in court."

    But he came under fire from the ANC Women's League, which accused him of launching a "misguided attack" on an "innocent woman who is not even a politician".

    Lawyers for the couple said that if Mr Mamabolo refused to apologise, Mr Malema and Ms Matlala would sue him for one million rand ($66,000; £51,000) each.

    Mr Mamabolo made the allegation during a week of intense political acrimony between Mr Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the ANC.

    It also saw Mr Malema accuse President Cyril Ramaphosa in parliament of abusing his late wife, Nomazizi Mtshotshisa. Mr Ramaphosa did not respond to the allegation.

    The speaker, however, demanded that Mr Malema withdraw the remark. He refused and was ordered to leave the chamber.

    The EFF tweeted a letter sent to Mr Mamabolo by Ms Matlala's lawyers that said: "Your false accusations have now cast a dark cloud over the entire family."

    Mr Malema said he had "never laid a hand on any woman, my wife in particular, including all children".

    Mr Malema married Ms Matlala at a lavish ceremony in 2014.

  8. Anti-malarial drug 'effective on Covid-19 patients'

    An anti-malarial drug widely used in Africa in the 1980s and 1990s has been found to be effective on coronavirus patients, according to China's Ministry of Science and Technology.

    Chloroquine phosphate has been "unanimously" approved by experts in China to be used in the fight against the deadly Covid-19 virus, the state-run China Global Television Network reports.

    The drug proved effective at treating and also preventing malaria for decades before malarial parasites developed resistance to it.

    Xinhua, the state-run news agency, also reports that chloroquine has been used in clinical trials in more than 10 hospitals in China's capital, Beijing, and two other provinces and "has shown fairly good efficacy".

    Coloured transmission electron micrograph of Covid-19 coronavirus particles
    Image caption: The official name for the disease caused by the new coronavirus is Covid-19
  9. The village devastated by elephantiasis

    Patience Atuhaire

    BBC News, Kampala

    A woman sits in front of her house
    Image caption: There is no cure for a type of elephantiasis caused by minerals in western Uganda's volcanic soil

    Despite sitting down as she shells bright-pink beans, Margaret Tindimutuma's swollen feet are in pain. The Ugandan matriarch has a rare type of elephantiasis that has caused her family untold suffering.

    "I have always had allergies since I was young. So when my legs started to develop little swellings, like boils, I didn't think much of it," the octogenarian says as she sits on a papyrus mat in the centre of a compound of mud houses.

    "But the pain became so intense, I would feel pinpricks all over. The skin in between the toes broke out in sores. Then my sons started to fall sick. I wondered if they had inherited my illness."

    Her two grown-up sons both died after sores caused by the disease became infected, one in 2017 and the other last year.

  10. Art fights oil in Nigeria

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    Video caption: Artist Sokari Douglas-Camp creates a memorial to Nigerian environmentalist Ken Saro-Wiwa

    "Battle Bus" was a sculpture made by Sokari Douglas Camp in memory of Nigerian environmentalist Ken Saro-Wiwa whose executed in 1995 sparked outrage.

    The sculpture was seized and impounded by Nigerian port authorities in 2015, when the art work was shipped to Nigeria as a memorial to Ken Saro-Wiwa and the eight other activists killed with him.

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  11. Anger after Kenya 'taxi hero' shot dead at hospital

    Emmanuel Igunza

    BBC News, Nairobi

    Motorcycle taxi operators in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, have threatened to paralyse businesses after one of them was allegedly killed by a policeman after he had saved a young boy from drowning.

    Daniel Mburu was shot at a city hospital where he had taken the boy. He apparently got into an argument with guards who wanted to fine him for parking inside the hospital’s compound.

    He was allegedly shot dead in the fracas by a police officer guarding the hospital.

    Hundreds of riders of the motorcycle taxis - commonly known as "boda bodas" in East Africa - took to the streets, demanding the arrest of the police officer.

    Boda bodas are a popular mode of transport across the country and provide thousands of jobs.

    But many of them are not licensed and clashes between riders and local authorities are common.

    The chairman of the riders association in Nairobi, Samuel Ng'anga, has told the BBC that the killing was just the latest example of the harassment they faced at the hands of police

    Motor bike riders locally known as Boda boda wait for clients in Kibera's district in Nairobi, on August 24, 2019
    Image caption: Many Kenyans use motorcycle taxis to get around quickly
  12. Boxer Anthony Joshua takes up Nigerian identification number

    The Nigerian government has registered British-born boxer Anthony Joshua to acquire an identification number.

    Joshua, who is of Nigerian descent was issued with a National Identification Number (NIN) slip after registration.

    The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) tweeted photos of Anthony registering.

    The NIN is an eleven-digit number that is issued to Nigerians for identification and consolidation of personal documents.

    NIMC's photos of Anthony registering elicited mixed reactions:

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    "Anthony Joshua got his slip same day! But you people will tell me to come back in 2 weeks. You're all wicked," wrote Uncle Lanfe.

    "So somebody could actually register and get their NIN number on the same day? Wow," Amakaronni tweeted.

  13. Ugandan MP brings locusts to parliament

    A video of a Ugandan MP carrying a bottle full of desert locusts in parliament has been shared online.

    David Obala, who represents Ngora county in eastern Uganda, had brought the locusts to parliament on Tuesday to protest against the government's alleged slow intervention to curb the locust outbreak that has devastated crops across the region, raising fears of food shortages.

    After another MP protested, Mr Obala was forced to give the bottle to the sergeant-at-arms, who helps maintain order in parliament.

    The speaker asked for weekly briefing from the ministry on spraying efforts.

    Uganda's Daily Monitor newspaper tweeted a video of Mr Obala with the locusts:

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  14. By Jalal Bounouar

    Football Writer, Morocco

    Morocco flag

    Morocco submits a bid to host the finals of this year's Caf club competitions - in both the African Champions League and the African Confederation Cup.

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  15. Roger Federer interview: Meeting Siya Kolisi and making history in Africa

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    Video caption: Sportshour speaks to Roger Federer about the Match for Africa that broke a world record

    Sportshour speaks to Roger Federer about the Match for Africa that broke a world record

  16. Gunmen 'attack bus in Kenya border region'

    A map of Kenya

    Kenya's leading newspaper reports that suspected militants have attacked a bus in the country's north-east.

    The attack reportedly happened in Mandera county - which borders Somalia - targetting a bus that was heading to the capital, Nairobi, according to the Daily Nation newspaper.

    Gunmen fired at the bus in the Sarman area, the newspaper says.

    The company that owns the bus and a local administrator are quoted as confirming the incident.

  17. Militants attack two Somali army bases

    BBC World Service

    Al-Shabab militants have carried out two separate attacks on Somali military bases in the Lower Shabelle region.

    The militants used a vehicle laden with explosives to damage a bridge leading to the base at Qoryoley.

    An army spokesman told AFP news agency the attack was repelled with the help of AU peacekeepers.

    Heavy fighting was reported earlier when al-Shabab fighters attacked another base at El Salini.

    The army said the militants had suffered heavy losses. The number of army casualties is not yet known.

  18. US warns South Africa over land seizures

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa on February 19, 2020.
    Image caption: Mike Pompeo is America's top diplomat

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned that the South African government's plan to expropriate land without compensation will be "disastrous" for the economy and the nation.

    Mr Pompeo made the comments in Ethiopia, the final leg of his visit to Africa, which also saw him going to Angola and Senegal.

    “South Africa is debating an amendment to permit the expropriation of private property without compensation. That would be disastrous for that economy, and most importantly for the South African people,” he was quoted by Bloomberg news agency as saying.

    African economies needed “strong rule of law, respect for property rights [and] regulation that encourages investment”, he added.

    EFF suypporters
    Image caption: Land is a deeply emotive issue in South Africa

    South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed to press ahead with amending the constitution to allow land expropriation without compensation in order to tackle the "historical injustice" caused by the white-minority rule.

    Most of the country's farms and agricultural holdings are owned by white farmers - 72% according to government statistics. White people make up 9% of the population.

    The government's plan has been fiercely resisted by the main opposition Democratic Alliance party, and mainly white lobby groups.

    In 2018, US President Donald Trump said he had asked Mr Pompeo "to closely study the land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large-scale killing of farmers".

    The South African government said Mr Trump was "misinformed", and it would take up the matter through diplomatic channels.

    Read: Is the South African government seizing farmers' land?