You should know

IMF managing director, Christine Lagarde (@Lagarde) sat down with CNBC’s Wole Famurewa (@wolefamurewa) to talk about the response from Nigeria’s government to the decline in oil revenue, foreign exchange restrictions and Ghana’s new loan deal to restructure its debt and fund government projects (CNBC Africa / video).

Economist Paul Kaba Thieba has been named prime minister for Burkina Faso by President Roch Marc Kabore. Thieba will be responsible for forming Kabore’s government as the country continues its democratic transition after nearly 3 decades under former leader Blaise Compaore (Reuters Africa).

ICYMI Pentagon officials in the US announced the transfer of 2 Yemeni men to Ghana from Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba. Ghana’s foreign ministry says the two have been cleared of all terror charges in what is the first resettlement of former detainees from GITMO in sub-Saharan Africa (VOA News).

What We Need

Christine Mungai (@chris_mungai) has these 10 predictions for Africa in 2016 and how, ‘the trends shaping the continent’ are likely to play out (Mail & Guardian).

Ben White (@zia505) talks about the need for ‘fostering a culture of inclusive business in 2016’ to promote entrepreneurship for the “Base of the Pyramid” (VC4Africa).

Biz Dev

David Adeleke (@davidiadeleke) wants you to “chill!” now that Netflix has announced it is available in Nigeria. With Netflix’s arrival in sub-Saharan Africa, that means ‘bigger competition’ for local video content services but Adeleke says “it’s too early to say” how market share will be affected (TechCabal).


Mel Bailey (@MelB4FreePress) travelled to Senegal’s southern region of Casamance where local parents are coming together to build classrooms for their children to provide them with a safe and supportive educational environment (AfricaRizing).

Identity & Culture

Momtaza Mehri (@RuffneckRefugee) shares what it’s like to be, ‘Black, British & Muslim’ and says, “we’re not just a complication” (Media Diversified).

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