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In Nigeria, APC chieftan, Lawal Jafaru Isa, has returned $500,000 he allegedly received from former President Goodluck Jonathan’s national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki. Isa is the 1st ally of President Buhari to be arrested over alleged corruption as part of an ongoing investigation into Dasuki and the nearly $2B in missing funds that was meant to buy military equipment to fight Boko Haram (Daily Trust / BBC).

The ruling Patriotic Front Party in Zambia is warning members not to engage in actions that could divide the party ahead of this year’s presidential elections in August. The PFP says it is not against party members aspiring to higher position, including becoming the vice presidential nominee to incumbent President Edgar Lungu, but that it is ‘the prerogative’ of Lungu to choose his own running mate (VOA News).

ICYMI students at Kenya’s Garissa University College are back in class today, 9 months after nearly 150 people were killed there in an attack by al-Shabab. Last week, the school reopened to faculty and staff after completing renovations and adding a police post on campus to improve security (BBC News).

Generation Next

Gabriella Mulligan (@gl_mulligan) looks all across the continent to bring us 12 new African startups to watch this year (Disrupt Africa).

Econ 101

Lee Mwiti (@LMAfrican) looks at the World Bank’s latest flagship report (pdf) and says, these are the 10 things you need to know about Africa’s economy in 2016 (Mail & Guardian).

Biz Dev

Celestine Omin (@cyberomin) takes us behind the scenes to show how Nigerian e-commerce platform Konga is ’emerging as an African technology powerhouse’ (iAfrikan) and Yomi Kazeem (@TheYomiKazeem) says, MTN is ‘doubling down’ on its investments in broadband in Nigeria while still challenging its record fine in court (Quartz Africa).

Identity & Culture

We’re back with more #Afrofuturism for 2016, Florence Okoye (@finokoye) says, “there are Black people in the future” as she begins a month of exploring Afrofuturism for How We Get to Next (Medium).


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