And we leave you with this image of a young flag seller in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos, on the day the country turned 60:
Flooding kills 41 in northern Nigeria
At least 41 people have died due to flooding in northern Nigeria, and more than 10,000 have been forced from their homes.
The head of the emergency agency in Jigawa state, Yusuf Sani Babura, told the BBC's Chris Ewokor that many families whose houses were destroyed are now staying in temporary shelters in public schools.
Many have also lost their livelihoods after crops and livestock were washed away.
A number of environmental experts have criticised what they called the poor preparations of the authorities to mitigate the effects of widespread flooding in Nigeria.
Streets quiet on 'Ambazonia independence day'
BBC News, Yaoundé
Today, Thursday, marks three years since separatist fighters in Cameroon tried to declare the
independence of the Anglophone regions and said they were creating Ambazonia.
But unlike previous years, when the separatists would hoist flags and sing the anthem to the
putative state to mark their independence day, the streets of the main cities in the English-speaking regions were largely deserted.
The Cameroon army said that there had been no reports of separatist activity recorded
across the region.
same calm atmosphere has been reported in the country’s South West region,
except for the rural community of Alo’o. A video circulating on social
media from Alo’o shows suspected separatist fighters marching and waving flags, under the
command of a certain General Ayeke.
his prison cell in the capital, Yaounde, separatist leader Sisiku
Ayuk Tabe has tweeted that no square inch of Ambazonian territory will be
ceded, and warned that either the independence of the territory is restored, or
the resistance will continue forever.
teachers and lawyers strikes in 2016 morphed into political demands, with many
English speakers asking for outright independence.
responded with lethal force and then a violent uprising began.
ensuing fighting between separatists and government soldiers has so far led to
the deaths of at least 3,000 people and forced over a million to flee their
homes, according to the United Nations
The lawyer for South African athlete Caster Semeny has said she is "up for further fighting" after she lost her appeal in Switzerland last month against the restriction of testosterone levels in female runners, AFP news agency reports.
Semenya is not allowed to compete in events between 400m and a mile without taking testosterone-reducing drugs, following a 2019 rule change by governing body World Athletics.
Lawyer Gregory Nott told AFP that the runner was prepared to go to the European Court of Human Rights to challenge the ban. That process could take a few months, he added.
Athletics' governing body brought in a rule that athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD) like Semenya must either take medication in order to compete in track events from 400m to the mile, or change to another distance.
Athletes with DSD have higher levels of natural testosterone, which World Athletics believes gives them a competitive advantage.
Ethiopia arrests 500 ahead of major Oromo festival
BBC News, Addis Ababa
Authorities in Ethiopia’s most populous state Oromia say they have arrested more than 500 people who they alleged were working to cause
disturbances during the annual Irreecha thanksgiving festival, observed by the
Oromo, the country’s largest ethnic group.
Oromia police commissioner Ararsa Merdasa said on
Thursday that in addition to the individuals, a number of firearms, pistols and
hand grenades were seized.
The arrests come amid growing concerns about political violence in the country.
The festival will be celebrated on Saturday and Sunday in
the capital, Addis Ababa, and across Oromia.
Unlike previous years in
which tens of thousands of people
attended the festival, this year fewer people will be able to go as the authorities have put restrictions that they said are necessitated by the Covid-19
Lupita's children's book 'coming home'
A children's book by Oscar-winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o has been released in East Africa in the Swahili and Luo languages, she has said in a tweet.
Some Kenyans online joked of how much would be spent in the relocation.
"I hope it won't cost one billion to do that. I saw Singapore moving trees so easily and effortlessly, you can consult the experts rather than tendering to Escobar wa Kemsa," Shukry wrote referring to alleged corruption at the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (Kemsa).
Others wondered why that particular tree was being relocated while others were cut down.
"Why didn't you do this for all the 'iconic' trees you've mowed down on this road?" Carol Nyaga wrote.
"Why didn't you relocate all the other trees especially along Waiyaki way? Me thinks you guys should embark on a massive tree planting campaign," Israel Otieno tweeted.
Coronavirus: Uganda reopens borders for passengers
BBC News, Kampala
Uganda has reopened its international borders for the first time
since March when they were closed as a control measure against the coronavirus
The East African country closed its borders to passenger travel even
before it registered its first case of Covid-19, but continued to allow both
land and air cargo.
The national carrier, Uganda Airlines, on Thursday morning ran its regional
flights to Nairobi, Kenya, and Mogadishu, Somalia, as scheduled.
Other international airlines have also been landing and taking off.
The civil aviation authority has advised out-bound travellers to
be at the airport at least four hours before scheduled departure.
Immigration officials at the airport are encouraging passengers to
use self-service booths where available to minimise contact.
Passengers coming into Uganda
will be required to present a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of their departure.
Those who present a negative test will not be required to go into
But if someone arrives without a test certificate, a sample will be
taken and they will be made to quarantine at their own cost as they await
The country experienced a rise in coronavirus cases in September,
averaging about 1,000 new cases per week. Total cases are at over
Although the government has been working to increase the number of
beds and the capacity of isolation centres across the country, health workers
who have spoken to the BBC worry that resources
might be stretched if cases continue to rise.
Egypt police accused of targeting LGBT people
BBC World Service
A prominent human rights group has documented new evidence of the security forces in Egypt arbitrarily arresting LGBT people and systematically subjecting them to ill treatment, including torture.
Human Rights Watch has drawn on interviews with a number of LGBT people prosecuted over the last three years under so-called debauchery and prostitution laws.
One man said that the police beat him into unconsciousness and then left him to stand for three days in a dark, unventilated room with his hands and feet tied with a rope.
Sierra Leone ex-president: Graft report is a witch hunt
In a furious response, Sierra Leone's former President Ernest Bai Koroma has said that allegations of corruption made against him are "without merit and are a politically motivated charade calculated to impugn my hard-earned reputation".
A report looking into corruption in the country under President Koroma identified 111 individuals consisting of former heads of parastatals, bankers, and businessmen as "people of interest".
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed for unity as the country celebrates its 60th independence anniversary.
Nigeria gained independence from Britain on 1 October 1960. Seven years later, a civil war erupted as the south-eastern region tried to form the breakaway Biafra state.
Millions of people are believed to have been killed before the war ended in 1970.
Tensions have persisted between the north and south and there have been rivalries between ethnic groups.
''An underlying cause of most
of the problems we have faced as a nation is in our consistent harping on
artificially contrived fault-lines that we have harboured and allowed
unnecessarily to fester,'' President Buhari said in a televised address on Thursday.
He promised to consolidate Nigeria’s democracy and called for patriotism.
The president suggested that Nigeria’s population - now around 200 million and projected to be the third highest in the world by 2050 - is both a challenge and an asset for the country.
The president said Nigeria’s revenues dropped by 60% this year largely due to the fall in global oil prices in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
He defended his government decision to withdraw a fuel subsidy which saw fuel prices rise by 11% in recent weeks. He said the subsidy was unsustainable.
Mr Buhari said his government had managed to keep the economy moving despite lean resources and what he called "disproportionate" spending on security problems.