You should know
12 current Nigerian army officers, including 3 major generals, are being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, President Buhari’s corruption watchdog group. The EFFC has already been investigating a number of retired senior army officials in connection with fraudulent arms deals (BBC News).
Attackers have killed several people and wounded others at a UN peacekeepers’ base in Kidal, in northern Mali. The base is part of an attempt by the UN and Malian military forces to help maintain peace in Mali following recent attacks by groups with links to Islamist terrorist organizations (Reuters Africa).
ICYMI government officials in Burundi say they feel ‘vindicated‘ following a statement from US Asst. Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield (@stateafrica) that the Rwandan government has been involved in recruiting Burundian refugees to participate in armed attacks on the Burundian government (VOA News).
What We Need
Nandi Mobile co-founder, Edward Tagoe (@ttaaggooee) says, “tech is not leading Africa’s boom”, offering a counter to the popular narrative and urging African entrepreneurs to, “stop pampering ourselves for mediocre accolades” (Africa on the Blog).
Meet Dr. Aomawa Shields (@aomawa), the astronomer, actor, and writer running astronomy workshops promoting #womeninSTEM by using theater and writing to show young girls, ‘there’s no one way to be a scientist’ (Ozy.com)
Ugandan financial tech startup, Remit.ug has rebranded itself as Useremit.com and now allows users to send money to Kenya and Rwanda as well as Uganda. The latest release of the web app will allow users from around the world to send money directly to mobile money wallets in all 3 countries as startups on the continent continue to lead the mobile money movement (Disrupt Africa).
Francesca Perry (@francescaperry) and Chris Michael (@chrismichaelgdn) want you to, ‘share your stories’ of how Lagos is changing as Nigeria’s mega city evolves economically, politically and culturally as part of their Guardian Cities project (The Guardian UK).
Identity & Culture
Feyi Fawehinmi (@doubleeph) looks at a recent interview with The Telegraph by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and says he finds it, “disappointing and frustrating” that the President’s views on Nigerian’s living abroad is, “of the same vintage as his economic ideas” (Quartz Africa).
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