Nigerian writer Victor Ehikhamenor reveals to the BBC how writing love letters helped him craft his skills.
Man City boss Roberto Mancini hopes Ivorians Yaya and Kolo Toure do not go to the Africa Cup of Nations in January.
Motoring Maasai, hi-tech nuns and soldiers' socks
Is South Africa ready to host the continent's best?
Rwandan support for rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo may be even more widespread than previously thought.
Egypt's Islamist-dominated constituent assembly backs a draft constitution as judges threaten to dissolve it amid a power struggle with the president.
The UK suspends aid to Rwanda worth Â£21m, amid concerns about the country's role in the conflict in Democratic Republic of Congo.
In northern Mali, self-defence militias have been training thousands of people in order to face Islamist rebels, reports the BBC's Thomas Fessy
Director Daniel Bogado has received a Rory Peck Award for his documentary on the largely hidden war taking place in Sudan's Nuba mountains.
The fullest account yet of a massacre which took place during the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya in the 1950s has emerged in Foreign Office documents.
Somalia's pirates find the going tougher in 2012
More than 100 bodies have been decapitated in graves in Benin, police say, in what is believed to be a crime linked to extreme Voodoo practices.
Zanzibar beat Rwanda 2-1 in the Cecafa Cup in Uganda, where Malawi coach Kinnah Phiri is facing increasing pressure.
Many African countries experience violence and intimidation fuelled by tribalism but Tanzania seems to be an exception.
Fighters reveal Rwanda's attempt to engineer new rebel front
Rwandan support for rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo may be even more widespread than previously thought.
Senegal are fined $100,000 because of crowd trouble against Ivory Coast.
Commercial hunting will be banned in Botswana as wildlife species face a sharp decline in the southern African nation, officials say.
Rwandan support for DR Congo rebels may be more widespread than previously thought, the BBC hears from ex-rebels offered money to set up a new front.
TP Mazembe are declared champions of DR Congo despite their bitter rivals Vita Club disputing the decision in court.