You should know

Muslim rebel leader Noureddine Adam is declaring an ‘autonomous state’ in his stronghold in the northeast of Central African Republic. Adam says he is seeking independence after rejecting the vote on a constitutional referendum and calling for the cancellation of this month’s planned elections (Reuters Africa).

An edited video has appeared on Youtube claiming to show the moments leading to and immediately after the violent clash between Shi’ites and Nigeria’s military in Zaria. Zack Beauchamp (@zackbeauchamp) reports on what we do know’ about accusations by Nigerian activists the government is responsible for the massacre of Shia Muslims (Vox World) and officials from Iran are condemning the Nigerian army’s ‘crackdown’ on Shi’ites that has reportedly left 100s dead (VOA News).

A suspected arms dealer from Burkina Faso was arrested in Kumasi when Ghanaian police officers found machine guns and anti-aircraft ammunition at his home. The 72-year-old man was detained after police say he confessed to smuggling arms from Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Niger (BBC).

What We Need

U.S. President Barack Obama has tapped Adewale Adeyemo as his deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs (Wall Street Journal). In a statement released by the White House, President Obama said he would be “calling on Wale’s intellect, judgment and dedication” to reinforce national security and work with partners around the world creating jobs and opportunity (WhiteHouse.Gov).

And the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced it will be forming a U.S.-Africa Business Center to lead the U.S. business community in a, “new period of unprecedented engagement with Africa’s regional economic communities” (U.S. Chamber of Commerce).

Generation Next

Mark Kamau (@mark_kamau) talks about his most recent work with BRCK in Kenya and how, ‘Africa cannot afford un-contextualized design’ (

Biz Dev

While conversations on foreign investment almost always focus on China’s relationship with countries in Africa, Christina Goldbaum (@cegoldbaum) examines the ‘quiet rise’ of Russia and the ‘astounding rate’ Russian investments have grown across the continent (Ozy).

Identity & Culture

Gaby Dunn (@gabydunn) looks at the, ‘sad economics of internet fame’ in “get rich or die vlogging” and how Youtube and Instagram success may equal fame but not always fortune (Fusion).

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