You should know

A deadly overnight explosion at a market in Yola in northeastern Nigeria has killed 32 people and injured at least 80 (Buzzfeed). Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari issued a statement on Twitter saying, “the enemies of humanity will never win. Hand in hand, we will rid our land of terrorism” and also extended, “sincere condolences” to the families of victims (@NGRPresident).

Mark Zuckerberg posted to his personal Facebook account to let his 40+million followers know Facebook had turned on its ‘Safety Check’ feature for people in Nigeria following the bombing. This comes after Zuckerberg and Facebook received criticism for enabling the feature for Paris but not in places like Beirut (VentureBeat).

While Boko Haram members are again suspected in last night’s attack, President Buhari has ordered the arrest of former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki for stealing up to $2 billion in fraudulent arms dealings that, “deprived Nigeria’s army of ammunition and equipment at the peak of its battles” with the insurgent group (Quartz Africa).

In Rwanda, the country’s senate is endorsing new constitutional amendments to allow President Paul Kagame to remain in office for a third 7-year term and as many as 17 more years following the country’s planned elections in 2017 (VOA News).

Biz Dev

Ghana’s Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (@MESTGhana) is accepting new applications for, “exceptional entrepreneurial teams” to join the MEST Incubator community as part of its businesses in residence program for African startups (MEST).

Civic Tech

Emeka Okafor (@Emeka_Okafor) shares this detailed guide on how to bring wireless access to the developing wold and, “build a low-tech internet” (Low-Tech Magazine).

What We need

Julia Hartley-Brewer (@JuliaHB1) says, “throwing money at Africa won’t solve the migrant crisis” but opening up EU markets to more trade from Africa could (CapX).

Identity & Culture

We hope you’ll enjoy this, “curated visual journey” through African American history from Renata Cherlise (@sxndxys / Instagram) and the team at Blvck Vrchives.

RIP to “the legendary” Jonah Lomu (BBC Sport).


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