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By Evelyne Musambi and Emmanuel Onyango

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  1. 'Police forced me to strip to prove that I'm a woman'

    Anne Ngugi

    BBC News Swahili

    Theresia Mumbi
    Image caption: Theresia Mumbi was diagnosed with hormonal imbalance that resulted to her having a beard

    A Kenyan female bus conductor who has a beard has shared how she was stripped naked in a police cell to confirm her gender.

    Theresia Mumbi told BBC Swahili that traffic police in the capital, Nairobi, arrested her and held in a cell with other women.

    "Two officers came and told me to take off my clothes. They then examined me. I’m not sure what they saw but they told me to return to my cell," she said.

    She says that the July 2018 arrest over identification documents is still fresh in her mind. She presented her documents and was let go.

    Ms Mumbi's experience made her an advocate for women with unusual features and now she tells her story to create awareness and encourage others to speak out when harassed.

    Ms Mumbi was diagnosed with hormonal imbalance that resulted to her having a beard.

    As a young woman she had to shave her beard often until her skin got irritated by the frequent shaving.

    "Some years back I had to suspend shaving at some point because my skin was becoming irritable and the stubborn sores were a problem," she said.

    The beard grew and she started hiding from people opting to shop at night.

    Pushed by the hard economic times she became a bus conductor to earn a living.

    While at work she meets women with unique conditions and encourages them.

    She is part of an association of bearded women in Kenya and during their meetings she speaks to the younger women.

  2. New drug to fight sleeping sickness in DR Congo

    Emery Makumeno

    BBC News, Kinshasa

    A tsetse fly
    Image caption: Sleeping sickness is caused by a bite from a tsetse fly which transmits a Trypanosoma parasite

    The authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have started distributing a new oral drug to fight against sleeping sickness.

    The disease, caused by a parasite that attacks the nervous system, is fatal if it is not treated. It affects at least 8 million people in about 30 different African countries.

    Health officials in DR Congo together with pharmaceutical companies and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have been working on the drug - called Fexidazole - for 10 years.

    It is a 10-day oral treatment taken daily which the patient can administer themselves.

    The authorities started distributing it across the country from Tuesday.

    The sleeping sickness, or Human African Trypanosomiasis, is transmitted by the bite of an infected Tsetse fly.

    The early stages of the illness is similar to malaria - with fever, muscle pain and headache. This is when the parasite is outside the central nervous system.

    But once the parasite enters the nervous system at stage two, it can lead to death if left untreated.

    Effective medicine to treat the disease had been elusive - some of the drugs used were toxic and complicated to administer.

    The new drug will be a relief for victims who live in rural areas and have limited access to health care.

    Sleeping sickness affects 36 sub-Saharan African countries, including the DR Congo.

  3. Malawi schools shut ahead of poll ruling

    Peter Jegwa Kumwenda

    Lilongwe, Malawi

    Peter Mutharika (centre)
    Image caption: Peter Mutharika's re-election has created unprecedented political tensions in Malawi

    A number of boarding schools in Malawi have closed and sent their pupils home ahead of a court ruling next week about the country’s disputed election.

    Opposition parties are challenging the re-election of President Peter Mutharika in May last year – and the judiciary has announced that its decision will be announced next Monday.

    The schools say they fear there may be violence in the aftermath of the ruling.

    Leading bus companies have also issued notices saying that there will be no services on the day of the judgement.

    Malawi has been experiencing an unprecedented wave of political violence since the poll.

    The information minister has called for calm, saying the government has put in place measures to ensure all citizens are safe.

  4. Wednesday's wise words

    Our proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: An old person is medicine." from A Kisii proverb sent by Brian Teri and Enock Masase, both from Kenya
    A Kisii proverb sent by Brian Teri and Enock Masase, both from Kenya
    An illustration of an old person

    Click here to send in your African proverbs.

  5. 29 Nigerian English words added to the Oxford English Dictionary for the first time

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    Video caption: Nigerians are making an unique contribution to English as a global language
  6. Scroll down for Tuesday's stories

    That's it from the BBC Africa Live team for now. We'll leave you with an automated feed until Wednesday 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 reminder of our wise words for day:

    Quote Message: A sneezewood tree begets ashes." from A Xhosa proverb sent by Pinky in Johannesburg, South Africa
    A Xhosa proverb sent by Pinky in Johannesburg, South Africa

    Click here to send in your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with a photo of a customer buying a pumpkin earlier on Tuesday at a market in the South African city of Cape Town.

    A customer buys a pumpkin at the Masiphumelele market in Cape Town, South Africa - 28 January 2020
  7. Ethiopia region marks 25 days without the internet

    Derartu Amelo

    BBC Afaan Oromoo

    People in the west of Ethiopia’s Oromia region are marking 25 days without access to the internet and mobile phone networks.

    Those who have families there have told the BBC they are concerned as they cannot communicate with their relatives in western Oromia, where the security situation is unstable.

    Many people, especially young men, are fleeing the area either to the capital, Addis Ababa, or to the neighbouring region of Gambella.

    In the last couple of weeks there has been unrest between government forces and Oromo groups in the region.

    The BBC was unable to get a comment from state-run Ethio Telecom about the shutdown.

  8. Exhumation performed in Nigeria after grave error

    Mansur Abubakar

    BBC Pidgin, Kano

    Gandun Albasa cemetery where the corpse was buried
    Image caption: The exhumation happened at the Gandun Albasa cemetery on Monday and drew a crowd

    A body has been exhumed in Nigeria one week after it was buried following a mix-up at the morgue.

    A Christian was buried in a Muslim grave in the northern state of Kano because the two bodies looked similar.

    Aminu Adam, the chief Imam of Gandun Albasa community in central Kano, told the BBC he took responsibility for the confusion.

    “We were told that Abdullahi Obinwa was number 22 at the mortuary and when I went to identify the corpse, Basil Ejensi looked like Obinwa, who had lived with us for 40 years. They were both chubby and not too tall, but there was no beard," Mr Adam said.

    "When I asked the mortuary attendant he said they sometimes remove beards from bodies, so I assumed it was Obinwa.”

    The error was discovered when the Ejensi family went to the morgue to organise the funeral and found their relative missing.

    After they traced his remains to the Muslim cemetery, they obtained a court order for the body to be exhumed.

    It has since been returned to the Ejensi family, but the search is still on for the corpse of Mr Obinwa.

    The authorities at the Aminu Kano hospital, where the mix-up took place, told the BBC they were investigating.

  9. Ethnic Darfur clashes 'force 60,000 to flee'

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says recent violence in Sudan's West Darfur region has forced nearly 60,000 people from their homes. Four thousand have fled in the past week alone.

    Some have fled across the border to Chad.

    The UNHCR described conditions as dire, with most of the displaced living in the open air or under makeshift shelters.

    It says food and water are desperately needed.

    Dozens have been killed in recent clashes between African and Arab ethnic groups in the capital of West Darfur, El Geneina.

    Some of the violence in December took place in displacement camps, where many have been living following years of instability in the region.

    El-Riyadh camp for internally displaced people in El Geneina, Sudan - 2017
    Image caption: Many people in Darfur already live in displacement camps following years of instability
  10. Quarantined Kenyan student travelled from Wuhan

    Rhoda Odhiambo

    BBC Health, Nairobi

    The student who was quarantined earlier on Tuesday at a hospital in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, with suspected coronavirus, had travelled from Wuhan - the Chinese city at the epicentre of the outbreak.

    Health Minister Sicily Kariuki said the patient, a male Kenyan, had flown via Guangzhou in China and the Thai capital, Bangkok.

    Health officials at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport noted that he had a high fever - and he is now being kept in isolation at the Kenyatta National Hospital.

    The results of tests to determine whether he is infected with coronavirus will be known by the end of Wednesday.

    The health ministry said Kenya Airways had been asked to contact all passengers on the flight, requesting that they present themselves to the nearest health facility for a check-up.

  11. Mass Ethiopia protests over abducted students

    Yemane Nagish

    BBC Tigrinya Service

    Protesters in Bahir Dar in Ethiopia
    Image caption: Many protesters took to the streets of Bahir Dar, the capital of the Amhara region

    Demonstrations have taken place across northern Ethiopia about the failure of the authorities to find a group of 27 students abducted 50 days ago.

    The students - from the Amhara community - were kidnapped as they fled an outbreak of ethnic violence at Dembi Dolo University in the Oromia region.

    It is not clear who is behind the abduction of the students, believed to be mainly young women, but local officials say armed men are active in the area.

    Tens of thousands took to the streets on Tuesdayacross the northern Amhara region, following an intensive social media campaign.

    They chanted anti-government slogans, accusing Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of not doing enough to secure the students’ release.

    It comes more than two weeks after the authorities said they had secured the release of 21 students, but their families say nothing has been heard from them.

    Mergeta Yeneh Adugna, the father of one of the abducted girls, told the BBC that he feared for his daughter.

    “I’m afraid they have killed them. I wish they tell us the truth if that is the case. It’s affecting our mental health. My wife is already sick because she is worried too much. I wish they tell us the truth, even if they are killed.”

  12. Video content

    Video caption: Creating sustainable forests in Ghana

    Sustainable forests are being built in Ghana to balance business against conservation.

  13. Video content

    Video caption: The trend for made-in-Nigeria kids clothing

    High-end bespoke children's clothing is starting to take off in Nigeria.

  14. Video content

    Video caption: How African toys are made in Nigeria

    The BBC takes a closer look at home-grown business Auldon Toys, Nigeria's biggest toy company.

  15. Video content

    Video caption: How do you run an adventure sports business?

    A young entrepreneur explains how he started an adventure sports business in Ghana.

  16. Video content

    Video caption: Does tourism pose a threat to conservation?

    The BBC visits the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya to learn about conservation efforts.

  17. Undocumented foreigners rounded up after SA protests

    Nomsa Maseko

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    Residents in Diepsloot protest against foreign nationals - South Africa, 23 January 2020
    Image caption: Angry protests against foreigners followed the killing of the police officer

    South African police have rounded up 100 undocumented foreign nationals in a township north of Johannesburg following days of protests about the murder of a police officer.

    Captain Oupa Matjie was murdered in Diepsloot during a confrontation with a suspected robber. Residents accused a Zimbabwean man of killing him - his photograph was widely circulated on social media.

    Disgruntled residents took to the streets and targeted informal businesses owned by foreign nationals, who are often blamed for every social ill in poor communities.

    Many South Africans who live in the area have condemned the targeting of foreigners, others have warned African migrants to behave or leave the country.

    It is unclear what will happen to the migrants who have been arrested.

    On a number of previous occasions, when police have detained groups of foreigners, they have been released quietly back into the community.

    But the situation remains tense in Diepsloot after officers raided homes on Tuesday morning in search of undocumented foreigners.

  18. SA billionaire sorry for saying ‘Africa loves Trump’

    South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe
    Image caption: South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe acknowledged the outcry over his comments

    South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe has apologised for telling US President Donald Trump that Africans loved him.

    His comments to the US leader, made recently at a World Economic Forum event in Davos, Switzerland, sparked a heated debated and divided opinions.

    In a statement released by his foundation, Mr Motsepe said the outcry had exposed him to the views of Africans who disagreed with his remarks.

    Quote Message: I have a duty to listen to these differing views and would like to apologise. I do not have the right to speak on behalf of anybody except myself.
    Quote Message: As a global philanthropist and business leader, I have for many decades... worked to bring together and unite people of different races, ethnic groups and members of different religious and faith-based organisations.
    Quote Message: I’ve worked with political, business, societal and other leaders whose views and policies I do not share and will continue to do so in Africa and globally.
    Quote Message: My remarks at the dinner with President Donald Trump were partly aimed at encouraging discussions between the Trump administration and African political and business leaders, particularly in the context of the increasing feedback from certain American political and business leaders that South Africa and some African countries are anti-America and its political leadership."

    He pointed to the challenges facing Africa with the world’s fastest-growing population and large unemployment rates.

    Quote Message: Africa has to create approximately eight million new jobs for the youth every year and South Africa has to create in excess of 500,000 new jobs for the youth each year.
    Quote Message: In order to do this and to provide skills and expertise and improve the living conditions and standards of living of millions of Africans, Africa will have to create partnerships and increase trade and investment ties between Africa and America and between Africa and other parts of the world."

    The 58-year-old said it was his aim to contribute to building beneficial ties between the “economies and people of Africa and America and Africa and the world”.