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  1. Scroll down for Friday's stories

    We'll be back on Monday

    That's all from BBC Africa Live for this week. 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 Friday's wise words:

    Quote Message: A bird that does not fly does not know where the grains are ready." from Sent by Joseph Rusanganwa in Kigali, Rwanda; Mwesiga Mulinda in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and William Attah in Accra, Ghana.
    Sent by Joseph Rusanganwa in Kigali, Rwanda; Mwesiga Mulinda in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and William Attah in Accra, Ghana.

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with image, from our selection of the best pictures of the week, of Malian footballer Kalifa Coulibaly going head-to-head with Nantes teammate Abdoulaye Touré:

    Two men pushing their heads together
  2. Ethiopian fashion industry workers 'lowest paid in the world'

    A report by New York University Stern Center for Business and Human Rights has found that workers in the fashion garment industry in Ethiopia are the worst paid in the world.

    The report says that on average employees received $26 (£20) a month, making it difficult for them to “afford decent housing, food or transportation”.

    The Swedish fashion giant H&M is among a growing number of Western fashion brands that source items from Ethiopia.

    It told the BBC it is committed to ensuring that workers who produce in Ethiopian factories receive fair wages.

    BBC Africa Business reporter Anne-Marie Dias Borges explains more.

    Video Journalist: Rupert Waring.

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    Video caption: Ethiopian fashion industry workers 'lowest paid in the world'
  3. South Africa count nearly complete

    With less than 5% of the votes left to count after Wednesday's election in South Africa, the ANC has maintained its lead. It currently has a 58% share of the vote.

    The Democratic Alliance has 21% and the Economic Freedom Fighters has 11%.

    ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa will now argue that he has a mandate to create a cabinet capable of reducing unemployment, says BBC Africa editor Fergal Keane.

    That means sidelining allies of his scandal plagued predecessor Jacob Zuma.

    Perceptions of honest government are critical if Mr Ramaphosa is to attract the investment South Africa needs.

    The most striking statistic in this election is the fall off in voting by young people: more than six million didn’t register to take part – roughly half of those in the 18-30 age bracket who were entitled to vote.

    Disenchantment over corruption and the failure to provide jobs is deep. It is a trend of alienation that Mr Ramaphosa will need to stem if the long-term health of democracy here is to be guaranteed.

    Ballot box being emptied
    Image caption: There have been concerns about the low turnout
  4. Congolese protest against mobile phone companies

    Poly Muzalia

    BBC Africa, Kinshasa

    The Congolese citizen movement La Lucha has held protests against mobile phone operators in the capital, Kinshasa, and other cities across the country.

    They want lower prices for both data and calls, and better service.

    About 15 protesters were arrested in Goma, in the east of the country. They say they were beaten by the police, who then released them.

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    In Kinshasa, the capital, a dozen activists demonstrated peacefully in front of the headquarters of Orange, one of the country's main operators.

  5. Jumia shares continue to slide

    After a bad day on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, the price of shares in the Nigeria-based e-commerce company has continued to fall.

    At $20.20 (£15.50) a share, the price is now nearly 25% lower than at the start of trading on Friday.

    Stock market graph

    Jumia shares were hit hard by an investor report by Citron Research that questioned whether the company was worth anything and alleged that investors had been misled.

    But as Quartz online magazine points out "it’s not the first time Citron has made similar claims... against a publicly traded company... and its founder, Andrew Left, has faced some repercussions."

  6. Nigeria's anti-graft agency arrests musician Naira Marley

    Nigeria's anti-corruption body, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arrested musician Naira Marley, whose real name is Afeez Fashola.

    The artist was picked up in the commercial hub, Lagos, in the early hours of Friday "in connection with an alleged case of internet fraud and money laundering," the EFCC tweeted.

    Naira Marley was detained with other well-known musicians..

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    They have also been linked to a "cybercrime offence", the EFCC said. "They have so far volunteered useful information about their involvement in the alleged criminal activities, even as investigations continue."

    Neither Naira Marley nor the other musicians who were arrested have commented on the allegations.

    Naira Marley has been accused by some in Nigeria of appearing to glorify internet fraudsters, popularly called Yahoo boys.

    During an Instagram live session in April, Naira Marley told Nigerians to pray for the Yahoo boys “as they are crucial to the circulation of money in the economy”.

    This week he released a song called Am I A Yahoo Boy.

  7. Fifa says goodbye to Yaya Touré

    Fifa have called Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Touré a "giant of African football" following the news that he has retired from playing the game.

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    Earlier, his agent had tweeted the news that the former Manchester City and Barcelona player was not longer going to play.

    The 35-year-old has not played since having his contract at Greek side Olympiakos terminated in December 2018.

    "Yaya has decided to end his career as a champion," agent Dimitri Seluk said, adding that he now plans to become a coach:

    "I'm sure that two years after Yaya gets the Pro coaching licence, he will head one of the serious clubs and achieve great success in the coaching field. Now he has already begun to take steps in this direction."

    Read more on BBC Sport.

  8. Many Kenyan firms 'working at half capacity'

    Russell Padmore

    Business correspondent, BBC News

    Woman in a clothes factory
    Image caption: Manufacturers face challenges of things like the high cost of electricity

    Kenya's economy is being held back from better growth because the country's manufacturers are operating below capacity, according to data compiled by two business organisations.

    The economy is also restricted because companies are struggling to secure funds for expansion from banks, which are issuing fewer loans since the government capped commercial lending rates in 2016.

    A survey by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers has found that about five in 10 companies are operating at half capacity, as they struggle to cope with the impact of drought and corruption, as well as a lack of money to develop their business.

    Firms are also facing challenges like higher costs of electricity and the illicit import of commodities like sugar.

    Earlier this week an index of purchasing by companies, compiled for Stanbic Bank by Markit, revealed Kenya's private sector contracted in April, for the first time in 17 months.

    Companies have also complained about delays by the Revenue Authority in processing tax refunds and some manufacturers say delays in clearing cargoes at the port of Mombasa are leading to lost sales.

    It has also emerged that three-quarters of companies plan to freeze hiring new staff or cut jobs.

    Manufacturing's share of the Kenyan economy slipped below 8%, which is a concern because it made up 10% just five years ago.

    Kenya's manufacturing sector covers a range of businesses, including food and drink producers, metal products, pharmaceuticals and cement.

  9. '70 drowned off coast' - Tunisian news agency

    Different figures for the death toll following the capsizing of a boat off the coast of Tunisia have been reported.

    Earler, Reuters news agency said 50 had died, now the official Tunisian news agency (Tap) said at least 70 migrants drowned.

    Tap reports that those on the boat were from sub-Saharan Africa. It adds that the number of victims could rise.

  10. Direct Mogadishu-Nairobi flights suspended

    Abdullahi Abdi

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Direct flights from Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, to Kenya's capital, Nairobi, have been suspended.

    Planes will now have to land in the northern Kenyan town of Wajir for security checks

    Direct flights were reinstated two years ago after the Somali government signed an agreement with Kenya to partially lift restrictions that were enforced 10 years ago.

    Somali authorities say the new policy will have an impact on the movement of passengers and goods between the two countries.

    Map showing Kenya and Somalia
  11. Should the ANC be celebrating victory?


    Pumza Fihlani

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    Person voting

    With 90% of the votes now counted in South Africa, the governing ANC has 57% of the share of the vote. The ANC lost ground but it is still celebrating.


    It's a question many people are asking. This is the first time the party that has led South Africa since 1994 has won less than 60% of votes, but for an organisation that is hugely divided, riddled by corruption and has had a decade of lethargic leadership, this result is seen as a boost for its new leader Cyril Ramaphosa.

    Many people see this as the ANC's last chance to redeem itself.

    Mr Ramaphosa took over the party in December 2017, after the ANC sacked Jacob Zuma, embroiled in corruption allegations, which he denies.

    One of its senior members, Fikile Mbalula, said the party's share of votes "would have probably dropped to 40%" had its leadership not changed.

    But the ANC shouldn't celebrate too soon.

    The people of South Africa may have given the ANC a mandate to lead, but it is not unconditional.

    The last decade has been damaging to the party's reputation and has alienated millions of South Africans who are desperate for their conditions to improve, and had trusted the ANC to do that, but instead they got worse.

    Growth has been slow here, millions are unemployed and society remains hugely unequal.

    Now begins a tough juggling act for Mr Ramaphosa - the act of restoring confidence in his government and more importantly delivering on his promise to fight corruption.

    The ANC has been accused of putting its own survival ahead of the interests of the country. How Mr Ramaphosa chooses his cabinet will be the first indication of whether that has changed.

    Read more from Pumza: Five things we've learnt

  12. 'Three drowned, dozens missing' off Tunisia coast

    We reported Reuters news agency quoting the UN saying that 50 people have died after a boat capsized off the Tunisian coast. The AFP news agency has now filed on the same story quoting local authorities saying that three migrants have been "found drowned" while dozens are missing.

    Both Reuters and AFP say that 16 people were saved.

  13. BreakingDozens feared dead off Tunisia coast

    At least 50 people have died and 16 survived after a boat from Libya capsized off the coast of Tunisia, Reuters news agency reports quoting the UN.

  14. Ramadan: 'The first morning is nerve-wracking'

    Ten-year-old Nadia from Mombasa, Kenya, has been fasting for Ramadan every year since she was eight.

    But even now, she finds the first morning of the fast nerve-wracking.

    However, she tells BBC What's New? she doesn't feel bad when her schoolmates go to eat because she knows what Ramadan means to Muslims:

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    Video caption: Ramadan: Why the first morning of fasting is 'nerve-wracking'
  15. Foreign hostages freed in Burkina Faso

    BBC World Service

    Reports are coming in of an operation by French forces to rescue foreign hostages in the northern Burkina Faso.

    The office of the French president said four people were released, two of them from France; the other two were said to be an American and a South Korean.

    Two French soldiers were killed during the rescue raid.

    The four hostages had been kidnapped in the neighbouring country of Benin earlier this month.

    Map showing location of Benin and Burkina Faso
  16. Hundreds of Nigerian child soldiers freed, UN says

    Nearly 900 children who were part of a militia helping to fight Islamist militant group Boko Haram have been freed, the UN says.

    In a statement, it says that 106 girls were among the 894 children released by the pro-government Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) "as part of its commitment to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children".

    The CJTF supports the army in its fight against Boko Haram.

    “Any commitment for children that is matched with action is a step in the right direction for the protection of children’s rights and must be recognised and encouraged,” said Mohamed Fall from the UN's children's agency, Unicef.

    “Children of north-east Nigeria have borne the brunt of this conflict," he added.

    "They have been used by armed groups in combatant and non-combatant roles and witnessed death, killing and violence."

    The UN says that those freed will take part in reintegration programmes to help ease back into civilian life.

  17. Toure 'wants to become a coach'

    Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure is retiring from playing football, his agent has tweeted.

    But Dimitry Seluk says he is now looking for coaching positions:

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    He began his senior playing career in Belgium in 2001 and had successful stints at Barcelona and Manchester City, where he played in three title-winning seasons.

    He was most recently at Greek side Olympiacos.

  18. ANC remains dominant with 80% of vote counted

    People watching the results come in

    With more than 80% of the votes counted in South Africa, the governing African National Congress (ANC) has a 57% share of the vote, the electoral commission says.

    Its nearest rival - the Democratic Alliance (DA) - has 22% and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) 10%.

    Based on these figures, the ANC has lost support compared to the 2014 general election (62%), support for the DA has barely changed and the EFF has registered a four percentage point increase.

  19. 'We are used as resources'

    South Sudanese female students discuss their experiences

    Schoolgirls in South Sudan are being used as "resources" to get money for a family through a bride price, a group of young women have been telling the BBC's James Copnall.

    "They misuse us to gain something," Clementine said in the capital, Juma.

    Another student told James that she had heard of one girl who refused to get married and as a result was beaten so severely that she died in hospital.

    While campaigners and foreign donors are pushing to get more girls into education, many families insist that only boys should get an education.

    Hear more from Christine, Monica, Lydia, Clementine, Hannah and first of all Sarah.

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    Video caption: "They use girls here in South Sudan for their resources"
  20. SA football legend Teko Modise announces retirement

    South African football legend Teko Modise has announced his retirement from the sport after an 18-year acclaimed career.

    His club, Cape Town City FC, made the announcement on Twitter, thanking Modise and saying the midfielder will play his last game on Saturday.

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    The club said it will announce a "new role in the near future" for the 36-year-old who played for the national team.