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A video released by Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram appears to show some of the schoolgirls kidnapped two years ago from the town of Chibok. The video, apparently filmed in December, was sent to the Nigerian government and shows 15 girls in black robes identifying themselves as pupils abducted from the school. (BBC)

The kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok, Nigeria is the most infamous of Boko Haram’s atrocities. But the militant Islamists’s reign of terror has had a devastating affect on more than a million of the the region’s children. (The Washington Post)

Malawi has declared a state of disaster over worsening food shortages caused by a severe drought as concerns grow over a hunger crisis spreading across much of southern Africa. (Al Jazeera)

Generation Next

Michelle Obama joined the World Bank on Wednesday in announcing the investment of at least $2.5 billion over the next five years to help adolescent girls go to school in developing countries. (World Bank)

Civic Tech

South Africa’s Port Elizabeth-based SEDA Nelson Mandela Bay ICT Incubator (SNII) has announced the opening of a new on-site technology research and development (R&D) centre, providing technical assistance to incubator participants. (Disrupt Africa)

What We Need

The idea that Africa’s development depends critically on science, technology and innovation is embodied in the African Union’s Agenda 2063. This document emphasizes economies that are led by innovation and driven by knowledge. (Quartz)

Identity & Culture

Lauryn Hill and Tidal X will host a new music and art series, Diaspora Calling!, at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, April 13th through 15th. The event will highlight the work of artists and musicians from Africa and throughout the African diaspora, with a special focus on art and artists from Haiti and a music slate organized by Hill, who will also perform. (Rolling Stone)

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