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Areminder of today's wise words:

Poverty does not have roots.

A Kikuyu proverb sent by Moses Maina, Kenya, and Rose Maina, Middletown, US.

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And we leave you with a picture of a sandstorm in Mauritania. It's one of our favourite pictures from this week.

A vehicle is abandoned in the streets of Nouakchott in Mauritania as a sandstorm
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The pop star who shuns make-up

DJ Edu

This Is Africa


“I just like to look natural - to me I’m the most beautiful, I like myself, I like my skin.”

So saysTeni, one of the most celebrated afrobeats artists right now.

She hasproved that it’s possible to have massive success and adoring fans withoutfitting the stereotype of the female star.

As she told me this week, she’shad to fight pressure from the industry to change herself.

She’s veryconscious of being a role model to many boys and girls who might be grapplingwith their own images and with self-acceptance.

But there are practical considerations too:

“Putting on make-up is stressful! Especially wearing make-up in Nigeria, ha,it’s hot! You’re going to be sweating.

"I remember one time I went to Disneywith my friend in Orlando in the summertime and it was hot and my friend’s facelooked like mud! I had to give her tonnes of tissue paper thatended up becoming brown!”

The full interview with Teni will be available after This Is Africa is broadcast on Saturday on the BBC World Service and partner stations.

Call for Nigerian women to take up science

Azeezat Olaoluwa

Women’s Affairs Journalist, BBC News, Lagos

A panel at this year's Social Media Week conference in Nigeria’scommercial city of Lagos has urged girls to take up science, maths and technology courses in order to bridge the talent gap in the male-dominant tech sector.

"We are not just asking for inclusiveness just fornumbers, but it's actually the right thing to do. There needs to be equalrepresentation in STEM." Yemisi Olusola, a gender technology trainer said.

Participants said they believed that inclusion of female experts in building technology will greatly improve the experiences of female consumers - an often ignored demographic.

According to the Nigeria's bureau of statistics, at least 22% of graduates of engineering and technology are female, but only a fifth the graduates work in the tech sector.

"Women are resilient and can multitask, so nothingstops them from excelling in these professions. But there is need for them tocollaborate amongst themselves when building technology systems," Toyosi Akerele, an advocate of gender equality in Artificial Intelligence, said.

Speakers also said that social norms hold back women from living their potential.

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South African given suspended sentence for racist rant

The video went viral in August 2018

A South African man has been given a suspended sentence after making a racist slur in a video widely shared on social media.

Adam Catzavelos filmed himself on a beach while on holiday in Greece, saying it was "heaven on earth" as there were no black people there.

He said a derogatory term used historically by white people to denigrate black South Africans.

The hashtag #AdamCatzavelos began trending in the country in August 2018 when the video went viral on social media. As a result, he was even sacked from his family business which made condiments.

Should he commit another similar crime, Catzavelos would get a fine of 50,000 rand ($3,178; ?2,487) or would have to serve a two-year jail sentence.

Guineans gear up for referendum

Voters in Guinea are going to thepolls on Sunday to vote on whether to change the constitution and in doing so potentially allow 81-year-old President Alpha Cond  to run for re-election.

Mr Cond 's government has argued that the 2010 constitution needs to be changed because it was approved under a transitional government following military rule.

But critics point out that this would have an effect on the part of the constitution which limits presidents to run for a maximum of two terms.

That limit is in both the current constitution and the suggested replacement but changing the constitution would reset the presidential term-limit to zero.

Since October protesters have been demonstrating against the change and at least 30 people have been killed in the protests, reports AFP news agency.

Protesters and police clashed in the capital, Conakry, on Thursday:

Protesters and police clashed in the capital Conakry on Thursday.
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Deadly Sufi clashes in central Somalia

Mary Harper

Africa editor, BBC World Service

Atleast 11 people have been killed in heavy fighting in central Somaliabetween government troops and a Sufi Muslim militia, Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama'a.

Eyewitnesses in the regional capital Dhusamareb said both sides were usingmortars and anti-aircraft guns.

The clashes are said to have broken out aftergovernment forces attacked the house where prominent members of the militiawere living.

Ahlu Sunnah has played a key role in fighting the al-Qaeda linkedgroup al-Shabab, but also sometimes clashes with the Somali army.

Cameroon opposition loses seats

Killian Ngala

BBC News, Yaound 

Woman at ballot box on 9 February
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The parliamentary election took place on 9 February

The opposition in Cameroon has lostvirtually all its influence in the National Assembly following the results ofthe 9 February legislative elections.

The results announced by theConstitutional Council show the ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM) having a huge majority with 139 seats out of 167.

The opposition Social Democratic Front lost 10 seats, and now has just five seats.

Seven opposition political parties share 28 seats in total.

Legal expert Ashu Ninety told the BBCthat as it stands now, no opposition political party can constitute aparliamentary group and this means the opposition has lost the right to holdkey positions in parliament and will not be able to push through reforms.

Elections were cancelled in 13 other seats, in Cameroon's troubled English-speaking regions, where separatist groups had called for a boycott. They are due to be held at a later date.

Dozens of doctors help Lagos airport coronavirus screening

Yemisi Adegoke

BBC News, Lagos

Screening at Lagos airport
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Screening passengers arriving to Lagos failed to identify coronavirus carrier

More than 60 doctors have been sent to the internationalairport in Lagos to boost screening efforts, Nigerian authorities told theBBC.

The first positive case of coronavirus was confirmed in Nigeria’scommercial capital on Friday morning.

According to authorities, the patient who tested positivefor the virus was screened at the international airport upon arrival in Lagos,but the virus was not detected because of the delay it takes for symptoms toappear.

This has sparked concern over whether Nigeria’s screeningcapabilities are adequate to cope with an outbreak. Despite this, thegovernment said it would not suspend international flights or begin toquarantine travellers.

Officials say they have reviewed the manifest of the flightcarrying the coronavirus patient, and have started tracking those who have beenin contact him.

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control says it is ready tocurb the virus spread and urged Nigerians to take preventative measures toprotect themselves from potential exposure.

Nigeria is now the third country on the continent with apositive case of the virus, the first in sub-Saharan Africa.