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Leaders from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda are meeting in Arusha, Tanzania to try and restart mediation of Burundi’s peace talks. The East African Community (EAC) members will also discuss plans to increase manufacturing in the region and limit imported goods to help boost local economies (VOA News).

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed shared his ‘expectations for Nigeria’s 2016 budget’ in a recent interview with Didi Akinyelure (@DidiAkin) while also discussing the country’s current economic state, its investment climate, government corruption, and violent insurgency (CNBC Africa / Video).

ICYMI new Barclays’ CEO Jes Staley says the banking giant will, ‘exit Africa in a transatlantic makeover’ that will see Barclays Plc sell 62% of its stake in Barclays Africa Group over the next 2 to 3 years as part of a new strategy to simplify the bank’s structure and seek higher shareholder returns (Reuters Africa).

Biz Dev

Eric Mugendi (@mougendi) looks at the latest innovation in FinTech from Stripe and what the launch of its new Atlas platform will mean for African startups who want to expand globally (TechCabal).

Health & Wellness

Lily Kuo (@lilkuo) found a group of architects in Cape Town who are working with hospitals to use design thinking to try and solve one of Africa’s biggest health problems and help administrators and local governments provide healthcare services that match their needs (Quartz Africa).

Generation Next

The team @aKomanet shares an open letter from Tony Elumelu, to ‘Africa’s aspiring entrepreneurs’ encouraging those who are ready to “transform Africa” to apply now to his TEEP program (Medium / Akoma Media).

Identity & Culture

KillaKam @OkayAfrica breaks down the new video for ‘Light It Up’ from Major Lazer and Fuse ODG calling it, “a beautiful Ghanaian celebration of life & death”. The video follows a Ghanaian funeral ceremony as it ‘transforms into an uplifting celebration of life through dance’ and includes a woman reciting verses from Kae, a Twi poem by Kwado Nkita-Mayala (OkayAfrica).


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