You should know

Recent attacks on pipelines in Nigeria are costing Africa’s biggest economy more than $2.4 million each day in lost gas and electricity. The state oil company says it has closed 2 of its 4 refineries due to crude supply problems following attacks in the southern oil-producing Niger Delta region (CNBC Africa).

Former Burundian presidents, Domitien Ndayizeye and Jean-Baptiste Bagaza made an appeal to the UN Security Council to ‘press the current government to allow an AU-led peacekeeping force into the country’ to try and help bring an end to the political violence that has killed at least 439 people since April (VOA News).

ICYMI The UN Security Council is reducing the number of peacekeepers in Cote d’Ivoire after recognizing the ‘considerable progress’ made in stabilizing the country following the re-election of President Alassane Ouattara to a 2nd 5-year term (NY Times).

What We Need

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the 1st-ever High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. The panel will, ‘provide thought leadership and mobilize concrete actions aimed at closing economic gender gaps’ around the world. The High-Level Panel will meet during the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN beginning in March 2016 (

Generation Next

Meet the young founders at Shypmate, a new startup run out of San Mateo, California by a team of 3 Nigerians and 1 Ghanaian who are about to disrupt the way you ship from overseas to Africa (TechPoint).

Biz Dev

Professor of Cross Cultural Management at Middlesex University Business School in London, Terrence Jackson (@terence0jackson) says, “don’t underestimate the power of Africa’s informal sector” in the global economy (Quartz Africa).

Identity & Culture

Tshepo Mokoena (@tnm___) wants you to get to know, ‘the sound of Nao’  – the 27-year old singer is described as, “a combination of honey-sweet vocals, hooks and a swirl of R&B, jazz, funk and synth-tinged soul” (The Guardian UK).

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