You should know

Members of the U.S. Congress are pushing for sanctions against the inner circle of Congolese President Joseph Kabila over what they say are concerns Kabila will attempt to hold on to power past this year’s upcoming elections. The U.S. Senate’s Africa subcommittee will hold a hearing tomorrow, June 8 to decide on a possible sanctions policy in sub-Saharan Africa. (Reuters Africa)

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud wants plans in place to accommodate more than 300,000 refugees expected to return home to Somalia if Kenya closes the Dadaab refugee camp. Mohamud said he was grateful for Kenya’s support but when the camp closes, he wants Somalia to be ready to accommodate the returning refugees and for them to help rebuild their country. (VOA News)

ICYMI Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun is leading a team of officials to meet with bond investors in London as Nigeria looks to raise debt on the international markets for the 1st time in almost 3 years. With Africa’s largest economy nearing a recession, investors say they’re most interested in plans to revive growth and how Nigeria’s central bank will end capital controls that have ‘starved the country of dollars’ and slowed foreign investment. (Bloomberg News)

BizDev

Wole Famurewa (@WoleFamurewa) and McKinsey South Africa  managing partner, Safroadu Yeboah-Amankwah ‘explore the perks of digital globalization’  along with new risks and policy challenges for countries in Africa. (CNBC Africa)

Identity

Yomi Kazeem (@TheYomiKazeem) traveled to Kumasi where he found, ‘there’s a thin line between your business and your faith’ as the local stores he came across in Ghana’s Ashanti region almost all having Christian-inspired names. (Quartz Africa)

Smart Cities

Sanjena Sathian (@sanjenasathian) checks in from Pune to ask, ‘is this the smartest city in India?’ and wonders whether it can pull off what so many cities, ‘lifted up by the billowing coattails of the tech industry’ are experiencing as their populations grow. (Ozy)

Arts &
Culture &
Music

The Guardian Africa Network (@GuardianAfrica) takes you back in time with, ‘Lighting up Lagos: the stars of 1970s Nigerian rock music’ featuring photos of bands like Semi-Colon, Grotto and the Funkees who ‘filled the decade with psych-laced funk’. (The Guardian)


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