You should know

The China Africa Forum begins today in South Africa. You can follow #FOCAC on Twitter for live updates and learn more by reading up on this all-in-one FOCAC fact file (IOL).

China’s President Xi Jinping spoke today at the summit in Johannesburg, praising the continent and talking about its historical ties with China while offering $60B in funds for investments in Africa. You can watch President Xi’s entire speech on Youtube.

People in Nigeria took to Twitter to protest a proposed bill in the Senate that would, ‘prohibit frivolous petitions’ and could restrict online freedom of expression on social media. Follow #NoToSocialMediaBill for continued reactions from Nigerian Twitter.

And US Foreign Policy mag has named Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas (@anasglobal) one of the year’s 100 leading global thinkers  (FP.com). Earlier this year, our Selase Kove (@selasekove) was with Anas and asked him to share his, ‘top 10 life lessons‘ with us.

Generation Next

Africa’s generation of millennials are using their creative abilities and affordable mobile web technologies to lead the emergence of Africa’s digital economy (Disrupt Africa).

At the One Young World Summit, young leaders from around the world recorded messages calling on their country’s leaders to deliver an agreement on climate change at the COP21 summit in Paris. Watch this video on Youtube and follow #CallOnCOP for more from this next generation of leaders demanding action on climate change.

Urban Environments

Libby Coleman (@LibbyColeman) looks at how urban planners are using data from millions of mobile phone calls to plan smarter cities, like designing more efficient bus-route options around Abidjan in Cote d’Ivoire (Ozy).

Identity & Culture

In the U.S. #TheWizLive took over Twitter and Nigerian sci-fi author Deji Bryce Olukotun (@dejiridoo) says, ‘Afrofuturism is back‘ (and that it’s always been here and always will be) in this essay for New America Weekly.

#HappyFriday


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