You should know

Ghana’s opposition National Democratic Party has chosen former first lady Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings as its presidential candidate at the party’s national delegates congress Saturday in the capital, Accra.  (VOA News)

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has set fire to a huge stockpile of ivory in an effort to show his country’s commitment to saving Africa’s elephants. More than 100 tonnes of ivory was stacked up in pyres in Nairobi National Park where it is expected to burn for several days. (BBC)

The death toll from a collapsed six-storey building in Nairobi has risen to 16 from 12, the Kenya Red Cross said on Sunday, but officials declined to be drawn on how many more people might be still under the rubble. (Reuters)

 

Civic Tech

Facebook is pushing ahead with plans to bring more internet access to sub-Saharan Africa by leasing bandwidth capacity on three satellites currently in orbit. It will be used for its subsidized Express Wi-Fi paid service, which is part of its Internet.org program. (Quartz Africa)

What we need

Mel Bailey (@melb4freepress) writes about the Bazin Riche industry in Mali. Bazin Riche is made at textile factories all over the world, with the most expensive and desired qualities coming from Germany, Holland and Austria. (Africa Rizing)

Identity & Culture

The author of widely acclaimed novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has recently been named as one the distinguished achievers to be awarded honorary degrees, this year, by the Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, United States. The honorary degrees will be conferred at the university’s commencement ceremony on the 18th of May, 2016. (Ventures)


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