Malawi is to introduce a MK2, 000 bank note, which will be in circulation from this December.
Pictures of President John Magufuli’s wife in hospital have caused a social media frenzy inside and outside Tanzania and also brought up a lot of questions:
Police in Mozambique say they have stopped an attempt to traffic two teenage girls who had been allegedly sold as wives for $64 (£51).
The BBC World Service reported earlier that the Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong'o was awarded his first honourary degree in his home country today.
The news that an MTV award for the best African act was wrongfully given to Nigerian musician Wizkid when it should have gone to Tanzanian musician Alikiba has the music press speculating that this will lead to further rivalry between the two stars.
The Arab Spring protest movement has cost the region $614bn in lost growth since 2011, the UN says.
A popular Gambian wrestler has drowned while crossing the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe, his coach says.