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Tanzania's President Magufuli sacks 10,000 over fake certificates

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:23:30 GMT

Tanzanian President John Magufuli sacks 10,000 civil servants found to have false qualifications.

Niger 'cleared' over Areva uranium deal

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:54:04 GMT

A group of MPs says French nuclear giant is solely responsible for a controversial $320m deal.

Manchester United tribute to Nigerian fans killed in Calabar

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:48:49 GMT

Players will wear black armbands in honour of fans electrocuted watching match on TV.

DR Congo: UN peacekeepers face fresh sexual abuse claims

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:44:50 GMT

A Romanian peacekeeper in DR Congo is among five being investigated for sexual abuse and exploitation.

Pope Francis urges end to violence carried out in God's name

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:24:22 GMT

Francis says religious leaders must help prevent attacks "carried out in the name of the sacred".

Raila Odinga chosen to challenge president in Kenya vote

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:34:18 GMT

This will be the fourth time that veteran politician Raila Odinga runs for president.

Why Oba of Lagos 'snubbing' Ooni of Ife shocked Nigeria

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:37:14 GMT

In a country where greetings are all-important, it's rare for traditional leaders to rebuff each other in public.

How I smuggle people from Nigeria to Europe

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:47:01 GMT

Meet one of the men involved in trafficking people from Nigeria to Libya as they make their way to Europe.

Somali trader's life in South Africa

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:05:39 GMT

A Somali shopkeeper now living in South Africa reflects on the good and bad in his new home.

The Gambia's President Adama Barrow on his first 100 days

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:21:13 GMT

Adama Barrow took power in The Gambia 100 days ago - what has he achieved?

The island where pregnant girls were sent to die

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:27:03 GMT

When Mauda Kyitaragabirwe got pregnant in pre-independence Uganda, her parents sent her to Punishment Island, with the expectation she would die there.

Cheap and accessible drug tackles death in childbirth

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:57:25 GMT

New research shows promising results for cutting the risk of women bleeding to death in childbirth.

Jonathan Shapiro: Why I sketched South Africa being raped

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:15:48 GMT

Prominent South African cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro defends his controversial sketch of President Jacob Zuma and a businessman raping 'Lady South Africa'.

Nabil Maaloul re-appointed as Tunisia coach

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:01:42 GMT

Nabil Maaloul is appointed as coach of Tunisia for a second spell in charge to replace Henry Kasperczak who was sacked in April.

Former Gabon defender Moise Brou Apanga collapses and dies

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:52:22 GMT

Former Gabon international defender Moise Brou Apanga dies after collapsing during a training session with his club FC 105 Libreville.

Mamelodi Sundowns handed a tricky Champions League draw

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:40:34 GMT

South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns are handed a tricky group as they bid to defend their African Champions League title.

Dickens Olewe: What Kenya's chaotic primaries tell us about August poll

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:30:28 GMT

There has been violence, allegations of vote-rigging and organisational problems.

Alastair Leithead: Zuma is down but never out

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:06:10 GMT

South Africa is in for a rough ride as the ruling ANC prepares to choose President Jacob Zuma's successor.

Catherine Byaruhanga: DR Congo's voodoo rebels

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:10:50 GMT

Mass graves, child soldiers and police decapitations are all features of a little known Congolese conflict, as the BBC's Catherine Byaruhanga reports.

Tradesmen of Kumasi

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:14:15 GMT

Documenting the workplaces of a generation of Ghanaians.

River of life

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:11:26 GMT

Solving the water crisis for South Sudanese refugees.

Living with volcanoes

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:17:35 GMT

The archipelago where the landscape is idyllic but life tough.

World's vainest people?

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:21:27 GMT

How the men of Chad's Wodaabe culture go about finding their brides at a desert festival where the stress is on make-up and clothes.

Nigeria's soot city

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 01:11:45 GMT

A mysterious case of pollution has turned Port Harcourt, known as "The Garden City", into a city covered in soot.

Saving Zanzibar

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:45:05 GMT

A group of local artisans is trying to preserve their island's buildings.

Drought battle

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 01:27:26 GMT

Kenyan herders are giving their own food to animals to keep them alive during the severe drought.

Africa's 2016 in pictures

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 00:24:57 GMT

A selection of the most striking news images from the African continent this year.

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: Price of sinning

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 23:14:42 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Nigerian writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani looks into the culture of blind belief in destiny.

Elizabeth Ohene: Remembering Kathy

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 23:27:30 GMT

Elizabeth Ohene reminisces about meeting the late South African anti-apartheid hero Ahmed Kathrada.

Yousra Elbagir: Sudan's uncensored poets

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 01:14:05 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists Yousra Elbagir looks at Sudan's rich history of lyrical resistance at a time of state censorship and control.

Sola Odunfa: Do Nigerians go on holiday?

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 13:43:14 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Sola Odunfa examines the attitude of Nigerians to holidaying, at a time when President Muhammadu Buhari has spent more than a month on "medical vacation" in the UK.

'I saw my sister drown'

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:04:54 GMT

Most Nigerians are not fleeing conflict but are economic migrants in search of jobs and opportunities.

Africa's week in pictures: 21-27 April 2017

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:23:21 GMT

A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week.

Punishment Island

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:24:06 GMT

Mauda Kyitaragabirwe was abandoned on Uganda's 'Punishment Island' for getting pregnant out of wedlock. The BBC's Patience Atuhaire went to meet her.

State of anxiety

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:59:20 GMT

One of the region's oldest Christian communities is living in fear after attacks.

Welcome online

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:12:19 GMT

Ethnographer and photographer Laura de Reynal has been documenting the work of organisations, such as Mozilla and One Laptop per Child who are helping communities to get online for the first time.

Ill-gotten gains?

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:10:34 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani looks at the discovery of mystery cash piles in Nigeria.

Culture clash

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:32:23 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalist Yousra Elbagir looks at how Sudanese are using social media to celebrate and express their African identity.

Smartphone pitfalls

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 23:40:32 GMT

Are smartphones empowering poor Kenyans or simply causing more problems than they solve?