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The Prime Ministers of Burkina Faso and Mali met over the weekend and say they will work together to counter the growing threat of Islamic militants in West Africa. Burkina Faso’s prime minister, Paul Kaba Thieb and Malian PM, Modibo Keita said the 2 countries will share intelligence and conduct joint security patrols in the region (BBC News).

And ECOWAS has also ‘sharply condemned’ the terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso over the weekend that left 23 people dead and at least 30 more injured. Haruna Warkani, an ECOWAS spokesman said officials are monitoring the situation and will continue to assist the government in Ouagadougou following the attacks (VOA News).

ICYMI Nigieria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has requested a withdrawal of the 2016 budget from the senate for ‘corrections’. The senate had planned to begin reviewing the budget onTuesday but it appears the process will be delayed following the president’s request (The Cable NG).

What We Need

In the US, people are celebrating the birthday of Civil Rights icon and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Martin Luther King Jr. who would have turned 87 this year. And on the Continent and throughout the Diaspora, #Lumumba continues to trend across Twitter as people remember Congolese independence leader Patrice Lumumba, who was assassinated 55 years ago on January 17, 1961 (The Guardian UK).


Commercial banks in Nigeria are telling customers  they will once again allow deposits of foreign currency to be transferred abroad from their accounts. This follows the CBN’s announcement it was ‘easing restrictions’ on foreign cash deposits. (Reuters Africa).

Biz Dev

Victor Asemota (@asemota) looks at sub-Saharan African startups and thinks, ‘fat men can’t scale’ and it’s time to focus more on being, “a lean man” (Medium).

Identity & Culture

Yomi Kazeem (@TheYomiKazeem) introduces us to 27 year-old, Ziya’atulhaqq Usman Tahir from the northern state of Bauchi in Nigeria, who’s Instagram page is ‘changing how Muslim women in Nigeria share personal problems’ (Quartz Africa).

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