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The AU is sending a mission to northern Mali to, ‘look into setting up a counter-terrorism force to support vulnerable U.N. peacekeepers’. Members of Mali’s government and officials from MINUSMA, the UN force in Mali, are requesting the additional help to fight al Qaeda-linked militants in the country who they say have become increasingly active in recent months (Reuters Africa).

The most recent economic growth data coming from Nigeria confirms currency controls are hurting the country’s economy. Growth in Africa’s largest economy slowed to 2.8% over the last year, the lowest level since 1999 and down from 6.2% in 2014.  As oil prices continue to drop, capital controls and restrictions on currency trading imposed by the central bank backed by President Muhammadu Buhari are only worsening the country’s economic situation (Bloomberg News).

ICYMI Yomi Kazeem (@TheYomiKazeem) breaks down the ‘whys’ behind Nigeria’s break up of ‘its beleaguered national oil company’ after NNPC leader Ibe Kachikwu, announced the corporation will be broken up into 30 standalone units (Quartz Africa).

CivicTech

Eric Mugendi (@mougendi) looks at how teams at Code for Africa are using open data to help Kenyans find voter registration centers and check their eligibility to vote in the 2017 election. The Got to Vote! Kenya web app was built as a Code for Kenya data journalism project to ‘demonstrate how data-driven tools can help ordinary citizens engage more effectively in the political processes’ (TechCabal).

Generation Next

Tambay A. Obenson (@TambayObenson) repots 14-year old Ghanaian actor, Abraham Attah will move to the US to attend school on a Netflix scholarship. Attah achieved international fame with his award winning role in the Netflix produced Beasts of No Nations and will look to continue to pursue acting opportunities along with his studies abroad (Indiwire).

Identity & Culture

Ta-Nehisi Coates (@tanehisicoates) shares a ‘behind-the-scenes look at the revival of Marvel’s 1st black-superhero series’ with The Return of Black Panther and a preview of the upcoming 1st issue, Black Panther #1 (The Atlantic).


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