You should know

Classes are being postponed at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny University in Abidjan, after student protests over allegations of police brutality. Students at Cote d’Ivoire’s largest university began protesting Monday against the university’s decision to evacuate the dormitories for renovations for next year’s Francophone Games (BBC News).

High borrowing costs are shutting many nations in Africa out of international capital markets as fiscal and current-account deficits widen. Following the global drop in commodity prices, sub-Saharan Africa’s economic growth is expected to decelerate in 2016 below the global rate of 3.2 % (Bloomberg News).

ICYMI A new video showing 15 of the more than 200 schoolgirls held captive by Boko Haram for more than 2 years is ‘adding pressure on the Nigerian government’ to secure their release. Parents and activists protested this week by marching to the presidential villa in Abuja and demanding the government do more to rescue the girls  (Reuters Africa).

Generation Next

Professor Kevin Marsh (@kevinmarsh8) with the University of Oxford says the continent has “some serious work to do”, to create economies led by innovation and driven by knowledge as he researches ways, ‘Africa can close its continent-wide science funding gap’ (The Conversation).

Biz Dev

Financial advisor and YPO member, Chris Rolfe (@chrisrolfe1) shares what he thinks, ‘funders are looking for’ in African startups (CNBC Africa).

Econ 501 – Advanced

Feyi Fawehinmi (@DoubleEph) says, “swap it, don’t break it” as he explains the details of how currency swaps between countries work following this week’s meetup of Nigeria and China to improve trade between the two and provide a boost to Nigeria’s economy (Medium).

Identity & Culture

Sarine Arslanian () introduces us to photographer Jacques Nkinzingabo aka Yakubu (IG @jack_yakubu1) who’s, ‘helping Kigali’s street kids tell their own stories’ (True Africa).


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