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Cameroon’s army has freed 900 hostages from Boko Haram, killing at least 100 of its members and capturing Aladji Gana, a local chief of the terrorist group. The 3-day operation along the country’s border with Nigeria was backed by a regional task force that included troops from Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Benin (The Guardian).

Remi Ajibewa, ECOWAS director for political affairs, says other regional organizations can learn from the policies the West African group has implemented to combat violent extremism (VOA News).

MTN Nigeria’s fine has been cut 35% down to $3.4 billion as former CEO Michael Ikpoki resigns. He will be replaced by CFO Ferdi Moolman while executives for the company in South Africa continue to discuss options for paying the fine (Bloomberg).

President Muhammadu Buhari will ask China’s president Xi Jinping for assistance to fund rail and power projects the country needs during the 2-day Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit that begins Friday (Reuters).

What We Need

ALU’s Director of Strategic Initiatives, Yoeal Haile (@yoealhaile), recently spoke on a panel at the 23rd annual Wharton Africa Business Forum on the ‘value of an MBA in Africa‘ and its role in bridging the management talent gap (Medium).

Alexios Mantzarlis (@mantzarlis) has these ‘10 climate change fact checks from around the world‘ (Poynter).

Eunice Onwona (@eonwona) went to a beach resort in Ghana’s western region to learn how one bamboo kiln can transform local communities and provide sustainable agricultural practices, support successful fishing businesses and combat deforestation.

Biz Dev

Zainab Usman (@msszeeusman) says Nigeria’s newly appointed officials signal shift in its economic policy toward economic diversification and away from oil (Monkey Cage/Washington Post).

Urban Environments

Mel Bailey (@MelB4FreePress) was in Diamniadio to learn about Senegal’s plans for developing a ‘francophone silicon valley’ outside Dakar. But people living in the country’s most populated areas just don’t earn enough money to live there.

Identity & Culture

Ainehi Edoro writes about “falling in love all over again” with author Imbolo Mbue, her debut novel, ‘Behold the Dreamers‘, and her million dollar deal with Random House (Brittle Paper).

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