You should know

Senior union officials in Nigeria are encouraging any oil companies operating in the southern Niger Delta region to ‘evacuate their staff’ after several recent attacks in the region on oil facilities. The attacks on Nigeria’s oil infrastructure have caused its crude output to drop to a 22-year low, putting ‘intense pressure’ on the country’s finances. (Reuters Africa)

More fallout on the continent from ongoing investigations into the Panama Papers as the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe says it did not authorize the directors of Innscor Africa to open any offshore bank accounts. An investigation into the released documents show Innscor Africa directors transferred money from their salaries to firms in the British Virgin Islands in violation of Zimbabwean laws. (VOA News)

ICYMI You can’t fly drones in Nigeria now without government approval due to some, “predictable safety concerns and security threats.” Nigeria’s NCAA has issued a statement that, ‘no government agency, organization or an individual will be allowed to launch an RPA/UAV in the Nigerian airspace for any purpose’ without first getting a permit. (Quartz Africa)

Generation Next

Adora Mba () talks with Olaotan Towry-Coker (@OllyTC), founder at Cranium One, a new co working and innovation space on Victoria Island and asks, if Lagos is Africa’s Silicon Valley?  (True Africa)

Invest in Africa

Dipolelo Moime, CEO at  Legato Consultancy Pty Ltd breaks down Africa’s stock exchanges and looks at how they stack up against competitors from global stock markets. (VC4Africa)

SmartCities

IDC’s associate vice-president for sub-Saharan Africa, Mark Walker (@markwalker36) discusses building sustainable smart cities, and why he says, “it is vital to first understand the difference between a smart city and a sustainable one”. (IT News Africa)

#longreads

We still can’t get enough of all the #MothersDay stories shared with us over the weekend. We hope you’ll make the time to read this one from Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) as she shares her mother’s experience in Nigeria as a refugee from the Biafra war and how Attiah says she, ‘hoped to help my mother heal her scars’ following a recent trip to northeastern Nigeria. (Washington Post)


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