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South Africa's ANC party choosing leader in marathon vote

Delegates are selecting a replacement for Jacob Zuma as head of South Africa's ruling party.

Nigerian law graduate denied call to bar for wearing hijab

Amasa Firdaus was refused entry in Nigeria after insisting on wearing a headscarf under her wig.

Ethiopia 'Red Terror' aide Alemu jailed for war crimes

Dutch judges give Eshetu Alemu a life term for his role in the "Red Terror" purges of the 1970s.

Senegal air traffic control strike at new Dakar airport

Flights at the hub, opened only last week, are disrupted in a stoppage by air traffic controllers.

Egypt: Ancient child burials found near Aswan

The more than 3,000-year-old burials are among three recent discoveries near the city of Aswan.

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa seeks end to Western sanctions

Emmerson Mnangagwa says measures against members of the ruling elite are crippling development.

Jacob Zuma and the ANC: Are South Africa's dreams of freedom dead?

One of the most important elections in South Africa?s modern history takes place this weekend, with the pick of the new ANC leader.

Why 2018's big food trend could come from West Africa

West African food is tipped by chefs and experts to be big in 2018.

South Africa's Jacob Zuma: Scandals and successes

Jacob Zuma has faced some controversies during his time as ANC leader.

Kenya's disputed election has hit growth

Post-election uncertainty in Kenya has affected business.

Digitally preserving Africa's artefacts

The National Museum of Kenya has started a new programme to digitally preserve African artefacts.

Turning the cactus into a cash crop

Food technologist and entrepreneur Dr Evelyn Okoth is turning cactus into a cash crop.

Hosts Kenya beat Zanzibar on penalites to win Cecafa Cup

Hosts Kenya win the 2017 Cecafa Challenge Cup, beating Zanzibar 3-2 on penalties after the final of the East and Central African Championship ends 2-2.

Benin begin search for new national team coach

Benin begin the search for a new national team coach after Oumar Tchomogo's contract as manager of the Squirrels expired on Saturday.

Egypt line up friendly fixtures against Portugal and Bulgaria

Egypt will play two friendly fixtures against Portugal and Bulgaria in March 2018, as preparation continues for next year's World Cup in Russia.

Fergal Keane explores the horrors of Congo's latest conflict

The BBC's Africa editor Fergal Keane travels to a land littered with tears and mass graves.

Lebo Diseko: Who will succeed Jacob Zuma?

The strengths and weaknesses of the top two candidates battling to lead South Africa's ruling party.

Alex Duval Smith: The country where teachers have disappeared

Teachers have quietly disappeared amid the fighting in CAR so parents step in to learn to lead classes.

Robert Mugabe

A look at the career of Robert Mugabe, who has resigned as Zimbabwe's president after 37 years in power.

Holiday home

The 2CV is a vintage French car. But it is the car of choice for taxi drivers in the African island of Madagascar.

Photo of butchered rhino wins top award

A shocking image of a dehorned black rhino makes Brent Stirton Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Wrecked lives of Kasai

Violent clashes between government and rebel forces has led to huge civilian displacement.

Food security

Helping communities feed themselves during political and environmental instability.

One month after the mudslide

One month ago, a mudslide devastated parts of Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Where 'spirits' come to life

Egungun - the festival where "spirits" come to life. Photographs by Charlie Northcott & Joshua Akinyemi.

Surviving Sierra Leone's mudslide

Five survivors of Sierra Leone mudslide give harrowing accounts of their loss and how they escaped death.

Mannir Dan Ali: Why Nigeria needs multi-lingual soldiers

Instead of shouting to be heard, Nigerian soldiers are being told to learn more languages.

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: Escaping the leprosy colony

Ikoli Harcourt Whyte was diagnosed with leprosy as a teenager and spent most of his life in a leprosy colony but managed to compose some 200 hymns, writes Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani.

Petina Gappah: Mugabe and me

As Zimbabweans usher in a new era, author Petina Gappah considers the long shadow ex-president Robert Mugabe has cast over her life.

Elizabeth Ohene: How parenting in Ghana differs from the US

Ghanaian journalist Elizabeth Ohene looks at how parenting styles in Ghana compares to those in the US.

After Zuma

South Africa's ruling party is getting ready to choose a new leader. Here is what you need to know.

Africa's week in pictures

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

Care for all in Kenya

These are the choices faced by many families living in Kenya's slums. Could technology help?

'Master of deception'

President Macron has angered Algerians by asking their government to allow the return of anti-independence fighters.

Zuma lexicon

From "Zupta" to "Mantash", how Jacob Zuma's presidency has shaped the way South Africans speak.

Poverty tourist?

The UK singer appeared in a short film for Comic Relief which has come under fire - but why?

Railway facelift

Nigeria has unveiled a major railway expansion project to ease congestion on roads. Ijeoma Ndukwe reports from Lagos.

Battle scars

One year on from a military campaign that successfully expelled so-called Islamic State (IS) from its Libyan stronghold of Sirte, residents complain of the scale of destruction that remains there.

Barcelona's 'blanket men'

Street sellers are a divisive presence in Barcelona. Now they're trying to change their image.