You should know

Nigeria’s director general of the government’s budget office, Yahaya Gusau, has been fired for his handling of the current budget proposal after only 6 months on the job. Gusau’s removal by President Buhari comes following the turmoil surrounding the status of the 2016 budget and accusations some ministries may have inflated their allocations. Gusau will be replaced immediately by former banker, Tijjani Abdullahi (BBC News).

A 1-day general strike begins today in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo to try and put pressure on President Joseph Kabila to step down from office when his term ends in December. Local activists say police in the eastern city of Goma detained at least 6 pro-democracy activists overnight to try and undermine the strike (Reuters Africa).

ICYMI EU foreign ministers say they are prepared to increase economic sanctions on those in Burundi they believe have contributed to the country’s ongoing violence as well as those who have prevented a political solution from being reached. The EU ministers who met Monday in Brussels said they would not suspend humanitarian aid to Burundi, which has been in a political crisis since President Pierre Nkurunziza won a 3rd term in office in July 2015 (VOA News).

Biz Dev

Nigeria’s online internship marketplace Stutern will soon become an exclusive partner of Jobberman, the employment and professional development platform. Jobberman will provide access to its more than 45,000 employer relationships as well as marketing support while Stutern says it will soon be announcing more partnerships with universities and governmental organizations to expand its reach into other emerging economies in Africa (Disrupt Africa).

Urban Environments

As Ugandans prepare to head to the polls on Thursday to vote in presidential elections, Kampala was named one of the, ‘fastest growing cities in Africa’ by the most recent Knight Frank report. The annual report ranks the economies of more than 30 African countries based on range of factors from international and local real estate investors and developers (CNBC Africa).

Generation Next

US-based venture capital fund, Africa Technology Ventures is adding Ushahidi’s Executive Director, Juliana Rotich (@afromusing) as a new venture partner. Rotich will manage the new fund based in Nairobi and Lagos focused on ‘creating value in key sectors including, agriculture, consumer services, education, energy, financial services and healthcare’. Rotich will also be responsible for bringing together a team of experienced international and local tech entrepreneurs, investors and advisors (TechCabal).

Identity & Culture

While most of the world watched Kendrick Lamar and Angelique Kidjo represent for African Americans and Africa while taking home Grammy awards last night, the My Africa Is miniseries made its US television premier on AfroPop along with Native Sun on the World Channel. The independent documentary series founded by Nosarieme Garrick (@nosalikes), “captures a fresh perspective of Africa’s multi-layered colors and complexities in a meaningful, dignified and unexpected snapshot” (Dynamic Africa).


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