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Human rights groups are now accusing members of the Nigerian military of covering up the killing of 100s of members of a Shia group last December in the northern city of Zaria. The Nigerian military claims the Shia group tried to assassinate the head of the army who was visiting the city and have said the recent report from Amnesty International, ‘lacks objectivity’ (BBC Africa Live).

Idriss Deby has won his 5th term as president of Chad by defeating more than a dozen opponents. Opposition leader Saleh Kebzabo however is accusing the president of voter fraud and has said his group does not recognize the outcome of what they are calling an “electoral stick-up” (VOA News).

ICYMI President Muhammadu Buhari needs ‘more time’ before he’ll sign Nigeria’s 2016 budget bill. A government minister said earlier this week there would be further delays before the legislation can take effect while Buhari and his aids meet to discuss, “areas of concern”, as Africa’s top oil producer continues to deal with the fallout from the global decline in crude oil prices (CNBC Africa).

Generation Next

Ta-Nehisi Coates (@tanehisicoates) shares his thoughts on why director, Ryan Coogler  is, ‘so necessary right now’ for the Time 100 (Time Magazine).


Laura Secorun (@LauraSecorun) looks at ‘mobile powered democracy’ in Ghana and how mobile campaigning will, ‘likely be crucial’ in the country’s upcoming November elections (Ozy).

Biz Dev meets EdTech

Fred Swaniker (@FredSwaniker) and the team at African Leadership University have announced the launch of the ALU School of Business (ALUSB), a ‘1st-of-its-kind institution that is building global leaders for the African century’ (ALU Education).

Smart Cities

Finbarr Toesland (@finbarrtoesland) goes ‘beyond the megacity’ to find Africa’s, “smart-from-the-start cities” (African Business Magazine).

Identity & Culture

Check out this new video series from The Root (@TheRoot) and meet ‘some of the leading voices in the Afrofuturist movement’, examining the Black future through, ‘music, media, mythology and so much more…’ (


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