You should know
The Electrify Africa Act has passed in the United States House of Representatives providing a framework for major public-private partnerships between the US and sub-Saharan African countries. The bill proposes to help millions on the continent gain access to reliable electricity as part of President Barack Obama’s Power Africa Initiative (VOA News).
Nigerian separatists have hijacked a merchant ship with a foreign crew and are threatening to ‘blow it up’ if the Nigerian government does not release Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of Radio Biafra. Uchena Madu, a leader of the Movement for the Actualization of a Sovereign State of Biafra, said the hijackers are not part of the his organization but that, “some Niger Delta militants have shown interest in working with us” (AP / Big Story).
ICYMI The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund are recommending Nigeria and Angola begin devaluing their currencies to help cope with low crude prices and ‘strained public finances’ (CNBC Africa).
What We Need
Christophe Assogba (@assochrist) writes about a new agricultural research center opening in Benin that will help African countries ‘promote innovation in the agricultural sector to combat rural poverty and hunger’ (iAfrikan).
Ato Ulzen-Appiah (@Abocco) takes a look at ‘the future of English’ through the #WeAreEvolving hashtag and all the ways we use English words to mean different things as people and technology evolve (Mighty African).
David Adeleke (@iam_davido) writes about a new education technology initiative from Lagos-based tech startup incubator Co-Creation Hub. The re:learn program will focus on leading research projects to identify ways technology can be adopted smartly in schools in Nigeria (TechCabal).
Identity & Culture
As the BuzzFeed team celebrates Black History Month with a series of essays, lists, and quizes, Tobi Oredein (@iamtobioredein) shares how she learned to be ‘both Nigerian and British’ (BuzzFeed Community).
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