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By Evelyne Musambi, Natasha Booty and Emmanuel Onyango

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  1. Coronavirus: 'I feel like an adopted child of Kenya'

    A Kenyan student stuck in Wuhan, China, has accused the government of abandoning its citizens in the virus-hit city that is under lockdown.

    Jeffrey Okundi told Kenya's privately-owned Citizen TV that he is disheartened to see other countries repatriate their students while he is ignored by his government.

    Kenya has walked back on a promise made two weeks ago to repatriate students from Wuhan once the lockdown ends. Its Ambassador to China Sarah Serem on Monday said the students will remain there and offered a prayed for their safety.

    Mr Okundi decried the lack of communication from the government, saying he received one call from the ambassador few weeks ago. He said he only saw on social media an announcement that the government will not repatriate them from Wuhan.

    Quote Message: In all honesty I feel like an adopted child of Kenya or a situation where a father has decided to leave his child to be taken care of by another dad."

    Here is the interview of Mr Okundi on Citizen TV:

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  2. Mauritania and Senegal sign deal amid fishing wars

    A vendor carries fish in the port of Nouakchott in 2019.
    Image caption: Fishing is key to both nations' economies (file photo)

    Senegalese President Macky Sall's official visit to neighbouring Mauritania ended on Tuesday with the two countries signing a number of deals on matters of security, transport, energy, mining and fishing.

    The Atlantic coast is rich in fish stocks, and fishing is key to both nations' economies.

    But decades of mainly European and Asian trawlers scouring its coastline have meant that their waters have been overfished, and the dwindling resources is a source of frequent conflict between Mauritanians and Senegalese.

    RFI reports that Mauritania has lifted fines it had imposed on Senegalese fishermen accused of operating in their waters, as part of efforts to improve relations with its neighbour.

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  3. Parliament issues fresh summons for Uganda's first lady

    Janet Museveni arrives in parliament with President Yoweri Museveni for his state of the nation address
    Image caption: First Lady Janet Museveni heads Uganda's education ministry

    Uganda's parliamentary speaker has issued fresh summons for First Lady Janet Museveni, who is also the country's education minister, following a row over how a new curriculum should be introduced.

    Mrs Museveni had failed to appear before parliament on Tuesday following summons issued last week by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.

    She sent her apology through a colleague Rosemary Seninde, who serves in the in the Ministry of State for Primary Education, and requested to appear before the lawmakers on Thursday instead.

    Speaker Kadaga issued fresh summons and said the first lady had one last chance.

    Ugandan MPs accuse the ministry of implementing a new curriculum for lower secondary education despite parliament ordering for its suspension.

    The lawmakers were concerned by the scarcity of textbooks and lack of training for teachers on the new curriculum.

  4. Poor diet and climate pose 'immediate threat' to all children - UN

    Every child in the world is at risk from ecological degradation, climate change, migration and "predatory" marketing practices that push heavily processed food, warns a joint report by the UN, the World Health Organization and the Lancet medical journal.

    Ranking 180 countries, child and adolescent health experts from around the world said that children in Norway, South Korea, and the Netherlands had the best chances to "survive and thrive".

    Children in the Central African Republic, Chad, Somalia, Niger and Mali had the worst chances, it found.

    "While some of the poorest countries have among the lowest carbon dioxide emissions, many are exposed to the harshest impacts of a rapidly changing climate," said Minister Awa Coll-Seck from Senegal, Co-Chair of the Commission.

    The report also found that childhood obesity had increased 11-fold over four decades. Adverts for alcohol and e-cigarettes, as well as fast food and sugary drinks, are increasingly reaching children, it adds.

    "The big message is that no single country is protecting children's health today and for their future," Anthony Costello, professor of International Child Health and Director of the Institute for Global Health at University College London, told AFP.

    A child plays in the city of Gao, Mali, in 2013
    Image caption: The report says children in Mali, Niger, Chad, Central African Republic and Somalia face the worst odds
  5. Libya peace talks in limbo after attack on main port

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    Gen Haftar's forces launched an attack on the port in Tripoli
    Image caption: Tripoli was attacked as representatives of the warring rivals were holding talks

    The UN-backed Libyan government says it's pulling out of peace talks in Geneva after forces loyal to a rival parliament shelled the capital, Tripoli.

    Shipping in the port was targeted, prompting the national oil company to order all fuel tankers to be evacuated.

    An arms depot also reportedly came under fire from Gen Khalifa Haftar's troops.

    His forces have been besieging Tripoli since last April, trying to drive out the government.

    The two sides had been holding UN-brokered talks in Geneva, though there had been little sign of concrete progress.

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  6. Wednesday's wise words

    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.
    A drawing of a person holding a stick

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

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    We’ll be back on Wednesday

    That's all from BBC Africa Live 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 today's wise words:

    Quote Message: Good beads do not make noise." from An Akan proverb sent by Yaw Osei Owusu, Accra, Ghana.
    An Akan proverb sent by Yaw Osei Owusu, Accra, Ghana.

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

    And we leave you with this photo from Namibe in Angola:

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  8. Uproar after pastor advises against wives who can't cook

    Olubunmi Okunnu

    BBC Pidgin, Lagos

    Nigerians on social media are challenging a popular pastor who suggested men should not marry women who cannot cook.

    The leader of Nigeria’s biggest church, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, made the statement on Twitter on Monday:

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    After the tweet his name became the top trending topic on Twitter in Nigeria.

    Nigerian social influencer Toke Makinwa said it is in men's best interests to learn to cook:

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    But the pastor also enjoys support from some women.

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    This is not the first time the pastor's comments have caused heated debate.

    He recently advised one of his followers to sack his female secretary who he lusted after in order to save his marriage.

  9. Nigerian lecturers oppose sexual harassment law

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    Secret filming
    Image caption: The BBC sent undercover journalists posing as students inside universities

    The body representing university lecturers in Nigeria is opposing a bill aimed at preventing sexual harassment at universities.

    The Academic Staff Union says the law unduly targets and stigmatises university lecturers.

    The bill is suggesting a five-year jail term for lecturers convicted of sexual harassment of their students.

    The bill was introduced following the BBC Africa Eye investigation which exposed sexual misconduct by multiple lecturers at two top West African universities.

    The revelations led to the suspension of some lecturers at both the University of Lagos and the University of Ghana.

    Watch: Full BBC investigation into 'sex for grades'

  10. Nigerian soldiers 'burn down pirates houses'

    Soldier on a boat
    Image caption: The seas off West Africa are the most dangerous in the world

    Nigerian soldiers burned down more than 20 homes in the Niger Delta after suspected pirates killed six people in a gun battle, security sources told AFP news agency.

    The source told AFP that gunmen attacked a gunboat escorting a vessel off the Nigerian coast on Sunday.

    Security forces subsequently launched a manhunt in Lutugbene nearby and burnt down the houses they believed were owned by pirates, adds AFP.

    The seas off West Africa's oil-rich coastline are the most dangerous in the world for shipping, according to the State of Maritime Piracy report by One Earth Future.

  11. US pledges $8m to fight locust plague

    Kalkidan Yibeltal

    BBC News, Addis Ababa

    A man runs through a desert locust swarm in the bush in Kenya
    Image caption: Kenya is one of the countries that has been hit by a locust swarm

    The US has pledged to provide $8m (£6m) to control desert locusts in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced this support in a joint press conference with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew in Addis Ababa.

    Last week the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) asked the international community to provide nearly $76m (£58m) to fund the spraying of the affected areas with pesticide.

    The UN agency warned that the East African region could be on the verge of a food crisis if huge swarms of locusts devouring crops and pasture are not brought under control.

    There are fears that the locusts - already in the hundreds of billions - will multiply further.

    Efforts to control the infestation have so far not been effective.

    Read: How a single locust becomes a plague

  12. Egypt's music union bans grime singers

    BBC World Service

    Oka Wi Ortega
    Image caption: Oka Wi Ortega are a popular mahraganat act

    Egypt's union for musicians has issued a ban against local grime singers, claiming that it is protecting public taste.

    The music, known locally as "mahraganat", has become very popular among the poor in Egypt with its working class performers attracting millions of followers on social media.

    A mahraganat gig attracted more than 100,000 people at a stadium in the capital, Cairo, on Valentine's Day.

    But the musicians' union says the lyrics are vulgar and fly in the face of society's values and morals.

    Tourism police also prevented mahraganat singers from performing at a wedding party in a five-star hotel in Cairo.

  13. Lesotho First Lady's murder trial set for next month

    Lipolelo Thabane
    Image caption: Ms Thabane made a brief appearance in court on Tuesday

    The murder trial of the wife of Lesotho's prime minister, accused of murdering his previous wife, is set to start next month, a court official is quoted by Reuters news agency as saying.

    The magistrate court set 17 March as the date for the start of the trial, a spokeswoman for the court Mampota Phakoe told Reuters.

    Prime Minister Thomas Thabane's estranged wife, Lipolelo Thabane, was shot dead outside her home in the capital Maseru two days before his inauguration in 2017.

    The couple were involved in bitter divorce proceedings at the time.

    An arrest warrant was issued for First Lady Maesaiah Thabane on 10 January after she disappeared. She later handed herself in to be questioned by police.

    She made a brief appearance in court on Tuesday.

    Read more: The characters at the heart of Lesotho's murder drama

  14. South Sudan rivals due to meet for crunch talks

    Catherine Byaruhanga

    BBC News

    Riek Machar
    Image caption: Riek Machar, pictured here in November, arrived in South Sudan on Monday

    The main opposing sides in South Sudan’s civil war are due to meet in the capital Juba to agree on details for a joint transitional government, which is meant to be formed on Saturday.

    Two deadlines have already been missed.

    Discussions will focus on security arrangements and the sharing of power in a new administration.

    Former rebel leader Riek Machar arrived in South Sudan on Monday ahead of the latest talks with President Salva Kiir.

    Mr Machar has been living in the Sudanese capital Khartoum and agreements on security will play a key role in whether a new transitional government is announced and he formally returns to the country.

    All warring parties were meant to have jointly trained and unified their forces but this has not happened.

    In 2016, the first peace agreement fell apart when Mr Kiir and Mr Machar’s forces clashed in the capital.

    Now, there’s increased pressure from the US and nearby countries that a new administration be formed, leaving the main parties with little room for manoeuvre.

  15. MPs rescue popular Ugandan dancing kids from eviction

    Ugandan MPs have donated $31,000 (£23,000) to popular dance group Ghetto Kids who were to be evicted from their new home.

    Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga had promised last year that the 461 legislators would each contribute $68 for the dance group.

    They managed to raise the money and on Tuesday she presented the children with a cheque.

    Uganda's Monitor Scoop newspaper pull-out shared these photos:

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    The dance group performed during parliament's end of year event and the speaker asked MPs to help them as they were almost being evicted from the house they live in.

    The group had managed to pay some deposit for the house but had a balance of $27,000.

    The speaker said the money raised will be used to clear the balance and the rest will be for the children's welfare.

    Ghetto Kids have thanked the MPs in this tweet:

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  16. How we're transforming crop waste into clean fuel

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    Video caption: Nigerian entrepreneurs transform crop waste into clean fuel

    A group of three Nigerian students has developed a solar-powered technology that they hope will reduce deaths from charcoal cooking.

    About 90,000 Nigerian women die every year from the effects of indoor cooking with charcoal, according to the International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development.

    One of the students, Ubaidurrahman Sulaiman, said the technology also aims at reducing deforestation and dirty domestic fuel usage in Nigeria by transforming agricultural waste into smokeless charcoal briquettes for cooking.

    A BBC Africa One-Minute Story by Haruna Shehu Mararraba.

  17. Sacking of Kenyan guard who made minister queue 'upheld'

    A court in Kenya has upheld the decision to sack an airport guard who insisted a politician queue for a security check, according to the Daily Nation newspaper.

    The guard Daizy Cherogony sued the Kenya Airports Authority for unlawful sacking but the court dismissed her case, the newspaper reports.

    The case dates back to 2017 when Ms Cherogony was sacked for gross misconduct after she asked Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i, who was then the education minister, to queue for a security check at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the capital, Nairobi.