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In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, opposition party members are protesting what they say are efforts by President Joseph Kabila to stall elections until he can change the constitution to allow him to run for a 3rd term. Already, 2 people are reported to have been killed Thursday in Goma, as demonstrations took place across the country. (VOA Africa)

Thousands of prisoners in Zimbabwe have been freed under a new amnesty plan announced earlier this week by President Mugabe. With the country’s prison system struggling with overcrowded conditions, the presidential pardon was granted to all female inmates as well as males under age 18, to provide improved conditions for inmates remaining incarcerated. (The Nerve Africa)

ICYMI Nigeria finally has a new federal budget. Called the, “Budget of Change”, the $30.4 billion budget includes money for critical infrastructure and social services. While the budget is receiving ‘mixed reviews’ from analysts, President Muhammadu Buhari says he hopes it will restore Nigerians’ faith in lawmakers to spend their tax money wisely. (VOA News)

BizDev

Caroline Kende-Robb (@CarolineKende), executive director for the Africa Progress Panel marked this year’s Africa Day by ‘celebrating Africa’s entrepreneurial spirit’ and the “energy revolution”, she says is ready to change the lives of millions of Africans. (Medium)

Smart Cities

Future Lagos (@FutureLagos) shared the UN-Habitat’s World Cities Report 2016, calling for new forms of, “collaboration, cooperation, planning, governance, finance and learning” to help establish and sustain positive change. While the report shows how current urbanization models may be unsustainable, it also suggests new patterns of urbanization to address issues of inequality, climate change, insecurity, and urban expansion. (UN Habitat / Future Lagos)

Igniters

Yomi Kazeem (@TheYomiKazeem) looks at the new data from VC4Africa’s Venture Finance in Africa 2016 report showing how African start-ups are securing more investment from venture capital and angel investments and that there is still room for even more growth. (Quartz Africa)

Arts & Culture

Chris Riotta (@ChrisRiotta) introduces us to, ‘artist Markus Prime and his badass team of Black female superheroes’ plus his new book, B.R.U.H. (Black Renditions of Universal Heroes), that ‘reimagines mainstream superheroes’ from DC and Marvel comics. (Mic.com)

Late Mother’s Day gift.

A photo posted by @markusprimelives on


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