You should know

A travel ban in New York City has ended as the eastern US begins digging out from the weekend’s massive snowstorm.  As five states saw snowfall of 3ft (91cm) or more, AP news agency reported the deaths of at least 28 people (BBC).

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo say Africa wants to see reforms enacted at the U.N. Security Council and they want the continent to be given at least one spot as a permanent member (VOA News).

Women’s rights activists have criticised a South African municipality for a scholarship programme that funds studies for young women if they can prove they are virgins (Al Jazeera).

What We Need

iDEA Nigeria is hosting the team in an event in Lagos to introduce Nigerian developers and entrepreneurs in the fintech space to distributed systems and digital currencies (Techcabal).

Generation Next

Sela Agbakpe (@SelaAgbakpe) the co-founder of Adesua Ye Adult Literacy Foundation tells us about prioritizing between his studies and pursuing his entrepreneurial ventures in Your school, is your accelerator (Dorodrum).

Biz Dev

Three female lawyers started up a DIY Law, an online service that automates a lot of the minutiae of Nigeria’s red tape-laden economy and help to navigate many of its bureaucratic black holes (Quartz Africa).

Identity & Culture

Abiola Oke of @okayafrica talks to CNN about Beasts of No Nation #OscarSnub: “Beasts of No Nation” was one of the best films of 2015, yet it didn’t receive a single Oscar nomination. In fact, out of 528 nominations in the Best Picture category, no film with an all-black cast has ever been nominated for Best Picture. Even space has more gravity than the number of all black-cast films nominated (CNN).

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