You should know

Africa’s urban centers are still  being seen as ‘investment bright spots’ even after being ‘hammered’ by collapsing commodity prices. Cities such as Lagos, Nairobi, Accra, Kinshasa and Johannesburg, all continue to see strong growth allowing investors to re-adjust their strategies and look for new opportunities ‘city by city’ (Reuters Africa).

Ugandan presidential candidate Kizza Besigye has been released by police after being detained for allegedly disobeying traffic rules during a rally of his supporters in Kampala (BBC News). You can follow #UgandaDecides on Twitter for real-time reactions and results ahead of the February 18th elections as Besigye and six other candidates look to bring an end to President Yoweri Museveni’s 30-year rule.

ICYMI last week, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield said there were credible reports Burundian refugees in Rwanda were being recruited to participate in armed attacks on the Burundian government. Now, the exiled leader of the opposition Front for Democracy in Burundi says, allegations Rwanda is involved in destabilizing the country are only a ‘pretext’ to turn the political crisis into a ‘Hutu versus Tutsi problem’ and a strategy by President Pierre Nkurunziza to ‘deflect’ Burundi’s problems (VOA News).

What We Need

Temi Adeoye (@temideoye) and the team at Code for Africa want you to, ‘disrupt Nigeria’s media’ and apply for their News Innovation Fellowship to help reinvent Nigerian data journalism (Medium).

Urban Environments

Author of Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion Dollar Trash Trade, Adam Minter (@AdamMinter) says ending the toxic smoke rising from an “iconic dump” and solving the e-waste problem in Ghana will, ‘require more than reducing consumption’ (The Smithsonian Magazine).

Generation Next

And Christian Parkinson (@imagejunkies) met up with a group of young Ghanaians in Accra known as the, “Hipsters of Nature” who are, ‘determined to show how plastics can be recycled and not thrown into the gutter’ (BBC News / video).

Identity & Culture

Mali’s Rokia Traoré demonstrates a, “commitment to her culture” with the release of her latest album, Né So that she 1st wrote and rehearsed in her home of Bamako (NPR Music).

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