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Nigeria‘s main trade union federation says it will press ahead with a general strike on Wednesday, despite a court injunction against the action. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) called the strike after the government raised fuel prices by 67%. (BBC)

Nearly five million people in Zimbabwe – half of the country’s rural population – will need assistance by next year as a result of the ongoing drought in southern Africa, the United Nations has said. (AlJazeera)

In the 2016 edition of its World Development Indicators, the World Bank has made a big choice: It’s no longer distinguishing between “developed” countries and “developing” ones in the presentation of its data. The change marks an evolution in thinking about the geographic distribution of poverty and prosperity. (Quartz)

New Media Conference

This year’s New Media Conference is taking place next week, May 27, 2016  at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Lagos. This is the second edition of the conference so far, and it will feature key media practitioners, digital media agencies and corporate brands. Topics to be covered include corporate branding, digital agency, social media influence, tech blogging and new media. (Techcabal)

Biz Dev

Five women entrepreneurs have been named Africa’s top women innovators by the World Economic Forum (WEF), with the winners hailing from Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. The WEF said the Africa Top Women Innovators Challenge 2016 was launched in recognition of the fact that not enough is being done to maximise the potential of Africa’s female entrepreneurs. (Disruptafrica)

Arts & Culture

This spring and summer, artwork from all across Africa fills the Perelman Building at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for Creative Africa, a major new exhibition of African artwork.  The exhibition, which opened May 14, spans two floors of the building and is made up of five different showsLook Again: Contemporary Perspectives on African ArtThree Photographers/Six CitiesVlisco: African Fashion on a Global StageThe Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building for Community and Threads of Tradition. (Uwishunu)


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