Zulu royals back new king after family feud
Prince Misuzulu is now expected to lead the Zulu nation of about 11 million people in South Africa.
Gunmen kill seven police officers in Nigeria
Kenneth who? How Africans are forgetting their history
Fears for safety of guard who escaped armed ambush
The sheikh, the ransom payments and the bandits
Tanzania's president wears her face mask at home
Live tracker: Coronavirus in Africa
Pensioner in BBC Africa Eye film dies without pension
Shay Lia - Djibouti’s musical 'first lady'
Anger after South Sudan boy abused in Tik-Tok clip
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Kenneth who? How Africans are forgetting their history
When Zambia's founding president celebrated his 97th birthday, some people had never heard of him.
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Gunmen kill seven police officers in Nigeria
The attackers opened fire at a checkpoint and two police stations amid a surge in separatist violence.
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Zulu royals back new king after family feud
Prince Misuzulu is now expected to lead the Zulu nation of about 11 million people in South Africa.
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Fears for safety of guard who escaped armed ambush
Security van driver believes he is being threatened after footage showed him coming under gunshot fire.
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Guards foil gunmen in attempted robbery

South Africa guards filmed fighting off gunmen in attempted robbery
Dashcam footage captured the moment Leo Prinsloo and Lloyd Mthombeni calmly fought off the attackers.
16:40 7 May
The sheikh, the ransom payments and the bandits
By Beverly Ochieng & Jewel Kiriungi
BBC Monitoring
A Muslim cleric in northern Nigeria is in the eye of the storm for his part in the country's kidnap crisis.
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12:06 7 May
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That's all from the BBC Africa Live team for now - there will be an automated news feed until we're back on Monday morning.
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 of the day:
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A Runyankore proverb sent by Andrew Mujugira in Kampala, Uganda
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And we leave you with this shot from Lagos in Nigeria of a girl mulling her next chess move - it's one of our favourites from the past week:
12:03 7 May
Kelechi Iheanacho prompts Igbo culture love-fest
Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho, who plays for Premier League football side Leicester City, has been responsible for the phrase “for the Igbo culture” trending in the West African nation.
He used the tag line when he retweeted a photo of his football shirt - showing his name, which has tonal marks below the first and last letters, indicating how to pronounce them in Igbo - which is primarily spoken in south-east Nigeria.
This prompted people to post other images celebrating Igbo culture.
However it also drew some criticism from those who see it as divisive to side with one ethnic group.
Africa's most-populous country is home to more than 300 ethnic groups and three dominant ones: the Igbo in the south-east, the Yoruba in the south-west, and the Hausa in the north.
The BBC Igbo service's Chiagoze Nwonwu also notes that for purists, Iheanacho should really be spelling his name like this "Iheanachọ", without the dot under the first I.
He says in Igbo the name is broken down as "ihe a na-achọ", which means "what is being sought".
11:25 7 May
Late Zulu queen's will names her son as next leader
Nomsa Maseko
BBC southern Africa correspondent
Prince Misuzulu ka Zwelithini (centre) at his mother's burial on Friday
The last will and testament of the late regent of South Africa's Zulu nation, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini-Zulu, has been read to the royal family.
She has named her first born son Prince Misuzulu ka Zwelithini to ascend the throne.
Queen Dlamini-Zulu died unexpectedly last week and was buried earlier on Friday in a private ceremony in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province.
She was appointed regent of the country's largest ethnic group in March following the death of her husband King Goodwill Zwelithini.
The queen's death, at 65, has triggered a bitter family feud and a power struggle over the succession.
11:18 7 May
Shay Lia - Djibouti’s musical 'first lady'
DJ Edu
This Is Africa, BBC World Service
Ben Faure
Shay Lia, who grew up in Djibouti, has lived all over the world and is currently in Montreal
When you grow up in Djibouti, with camels outside your school and nomadic uncles who bring you goats (big ones) as presents, the world of heavy-hitting American politics is likely to feel a long way away.
But if you are Shay Lia, a woman of the world who has lived in Djibouti, Tunisia, Ivory Coast and France, then anything is possible.
And that includes having one of your tracks, Good Together, chosen by Michelle Obama, the former US first lady, for her Spotify playlist.
“Honestly, I felt speechless. And my favourite is Michelle, it’s not Barack. I’m sorry”, she told This Is Africa.
“Also, it was part of the podcast and it was the first time we were able to hear more of herself, hosting a show, talking about many topics, and I’ve connected with a lot of the things she was saying. It helped with PR and no, I didn’t talk to her. I wish.”
You could say that Ms Obama’s choice makes Lia Djibouti’s musical “first lady”. But remarkably, the political connections don’t end there.
Lia’s uncle was Djibouti’s prime minister and her father worked as one of his right-hand men.
“I just knew that my dad was doing something serious and that he was very respected. I felt very protected. Even walking to school, the men who guard the house, they would be like, ‘Hey…your dad is OK?’ And I could continue and walk the whole city. Everybody knew who I was. No threats. It was not like that at all.”
Lia is now based in Montreal, Canada, and has just released a remix of her track Irrational, featuring a guest vocal from a member of Nigeria’s musical elite, Adekunle Gold.
But she retains the influence of her formative years living on the Horn of Africa.
“I think Djibouti shaped the person that I am more than my sound,” she says.
“I’m not impressed by money. It’s more about the values, ethics and stuff like that.”
And she learned that particular lesson from her extended family in Africa.
“They’re nomads. At seven years old you kind of judge them, you don’t know any better. You think, ‘Oh, this poor man.’ My dad would be like, ‘That’s your uncle. And he’s going to offer us a goat, and you’ve got to say thank you because it’s a big one.’”
Shay Lia: a musician with incredible stories to tell. No kidding...
You can hear more from Shay Lia on This is Africa this Saturday, on BBC World Service radio and partner stations across Africa.
11:00 7 May
Electricity to remain off in northern Mozambique
Jose Tembe
BBC News, Maputo
More than 25,000 people in northern Mozambique are going to be without electricity for the foreseeable future.
Mozambique’s Electricity company, EDM, blamed insurgents for the problem.
It said these customers were from five districts in the central and northern regions of Cabo Delgado province where the power infrastructure had been vandalised by the Islamist militants in recent attacks.
Gildo Marques, EDM’s Cabo Delgado director, said it was too dangerous for engineers to access the area to know the true extent of the damage to power lines and transformers.
The five districts without electricity are Muidumbe, Mueda, Nangade, Palma and Mocímboa da Praia.
10:55 7 May
Anger in Guinea over night-time prayer ban
Noel Ebrin Brou
BBC News
A decision by the authorities in Guinea to ban overnight prayers during the last 10 days of Ramadan has led to clashes.
The decision was taken to stop the spread of Covid-19 in the mainly Muslim West African nation.
One person died and two more were reportedly wounded on Wednesday night.
Critics say the ban is unfair as schools are still open.
10:41 7 May
Pensioner in BBC Africa Eye film dies without pension
Yemisi Adegoke
BBC Africa Eye, Nigeria
Efika Cletus Lafin, a pensioner who featured in a BBC Africa Eye investigation into corruption in Nigeria's pension system, has died, according to residents in his village.
He was one of several retired Nigerians who spoke to the BBC about being declared "ghost pensioners", which resulted in their pension payments not being paid out.
Mr Cletus Lafin told the BBC he had tried to prove that he was alive by travelling to Calabar, the capital of his state, Cross River, five separate times.
But when the film was released on Monday his pension payments had not resumed.
The film, which has sparked widespread discussion across the country about the inefficiency in the pension system, also featured some retired people who said they had been forced to pay bribes in order to receive their money.
A number of Nigerians have gone online to share their own experiences of pension payments being denied, including about pensioners who have died before their pension payments were paid out.
The film also explored the pension packages available to Nigerian politicians, some of whom are entitled to billions of naira and multiple cars and homes.
Cross River state government has made no comment on the findings of the film.
Watch the full report featuring Efika Cletus Lafin:
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Retirement Hell: Why many Nigerian pensioners are denied access to their pensions
10:10 7 May
Anger after South Sudan boy abused in Tik-Tok clip
Nichola Mandil
The footage of Akok Kuol caused outrage, prompting an investigation
Some people have been taken into custody in Egypt after a video began circulating on social media this week showing a South Sudanese teenager being verbally and physically assaulted.
The subsequent outrage prompted Sudan Sudan’s embassy in Egypt to investigate.
It found that the footage, which seems to have first appeared on Tik-Tok, showed Akok Kuol, a 14-year-old asylum seeker whose family is registered with the UN refugee agency in Egypt.
The incident was filmed last Friday in the capital, Cairo, and showed the boy being sworn at, beaten and forced to wash dishes.
“His private parts [were] also exposed to a source of flame,” the embassy said.
Joseph Moum Majak, South Sudan’s ambassador to Egypt, said in a letter published on Twitter that he had taken action to ensure Akok Kuol and his family were safe.
“The authorities arrested the perpetrators and remanded them for two weeks for further investigation,” he said.
Egypt’s embassy in Juba has also released a statement condemning the “unjust behaviour" in the video, saying it did not represent Egyptian values.
9:14 7 May
Tanzania's president wears her face mask at home
Munira Hussein
BBC News, Tanzania
Tanzania State House
Other officials at the event with President Samia also wore face masks
Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan has appeared for the first time at a public event in the East African nation wearing a face mask.
Her predecessor, John Magufuli - who died in March - had always refused to wear one, and was considered a coronavirus sceptic.
Ms Samia has worn face masks outside of Tanzania - most notably this week on her two-day state visit to neighbouring Kenya.
At the event in Dar es Salaam on Friday, she was addressing an audience of more than 800 elders from across the country.
“We apologise, our lifestyle has changed, we have come here today in face masks and this is because the elderly are at a higher risk of contracting this disease, so we have to protect them,” the president said.
Since coming to power, the 61-year-old has not been afraid to show that she is prepared to take a different and more considered path than Mr Magufuli.
She has formed a committee of experts to advise her on the status of Covid-19 in the country and the necessary steps to take to keep people safe.
During her visit to Kenya she made a light-hearted comment about mask wearing - comparing it a herder muzzling a goat to stop it eating crops.
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8:37 7 May
Malagasy miracle cure 'critic' to 'remain in jail'
Covid-Organics was touted as a cure for coronavirus and widely distributed in Madagascar
An opposition politician in Madagascar jailed for allegedly instigating protests against a herbal drink promoted by the president as a Covid-19 cure has lost his appeal, the AFP news agency report.
Harry Laurent Rahajason, an ex-communications minister, was sentenced to 44 months in prison last October. At the hearing he looked shaken by his time in detention, the news agency says.
He was arrested in July after two students were held by police for putting up a banner in the capital, Antananarivo, demanding the release of a student leader, it says.
The student leader was reportedly arrested the month before for criticising the Covid-Organics drink on Facebook.
President Andry Rajoelina launched the drink in April last year to great fanfare, though it has not been scientifically tested and the World Health Organization has warned against its use.
Produced by the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research from the artemisia plant - the source of an ingredient used in a malaria treatment - and other Malagasy plants, it was marketed as a prevention and remedy.
Rahajason denied any link to the protesters.
“I am a journalist by training. I have two radio stations... Why today would I pay young people to ask for the release of a person I do not even know?" AFP quotes him as saying.
His sister, Bodo Fabre, was distraught when she spoke to AFP about the ruling, accusing the appeals court of bias.
The Indian Ocean island has recorded more than 38,600 coronavirus cases, including at least 701 deaths - and has experienced a recent surge.
In has been reported that schools and hotels have been transformed into hospitals to cope with the surge, blamed on the South African variant.
The country has now joined the global vaccine-sharing scheme Covax, and is expected to receive it first batch of jabs soon.
8:01 7 May
Dismay after martial law imposed in eastern DR Congo
Will Ross
Africa editor, BBC World Service
The granting of additional powers to the military in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo could lead to further abuses against the civilian population, Human Rights Watch has warned.
President Félix Tshisekedi has just appointed military governors to Ituri and North Kivu provinces to combat the rising violence.
DR Congo government
Lt-Gen Johnny Luboya N'Kashama, the new governor of Ituri, is a former rebel chief of military intelligence with the Rwanda-backed Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD-Goma), "who may bear command responsibility for killings, rapes, and other abuses by his forces", HRW says, citing an internal UN memo.
DR Congo government
Lt-Gen Constant Ndima Kongba, the newly appointed North Kivu governor, is better known as “Effacer le Tableau” (Erase the Board), HRW says.
He earned "his nickname from an abusive operation he allegedly led as a rebel commander with the Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) in Ituri province in 2002", the rights group says.
Neither has commented on the allegations.
President Tshisekedi has launched two military operations against rebels in the two provinces since taking office in 2019.
But these have only stoked the violence and forced more people from their homes, HRW says.
The rampant impunity for abuses by both rebel groups and national forces continues to drive conflict, the group says.
7:46 7 May
Zulu queen buried amid bitter succession row
South Africa's Zulu nation awaits a decision on who will succeed the queen, who died last week.
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7:14 7 May
Nigeria's Oshoala welcomes US Summer Series
By Oluwashina Okeleji
Football Writer, Nigeria
Nigeria women's captain Asisat Oshoala welcomes the chance to face World Cup holders USA, Jamaica and Portugal in June.
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6:33 7 May
Tanzanian city 'running low on condoms'
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Around 1.7 million people in Tanzania are infected with HIV
Tanzania’s south-western city of Mbeya is running out of condoms, councillors have warned - according to the country’s Mwananchi newspaper.
The issue was reportedly raised at a meeting of Mbeya City Council on Friday with the gathering being told that there had been a shortage in bars and other places of entertainment for about four months.
Fears were expressed that this could lead to a rise in HIV/Aids infections.
"Right now we are in the process of tackling the Aids epidemic but there are no condoms at the centres, now what are we preventing?" Councillor Adam Hussein is quoted as saying.
But health official, Dr Jonas Lulandala, tried to reassure the councillors, Mwananchi says.
He agreed distribution had been a problem in February and March - but this had been resolved and condoms would soon be available again.
When used correctly, condoms can be up to 95% effective at preventing the transmission of HIV, studies have found.
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