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Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the government will strengthen security at IDP camps after more than 50 people were killed by 2 female suicide bombers at a camp in north-eastern Nigeria. The camp at Dikwa in Borno State provides shelter to about 50,000 people who have been relocated from their homes due to the insurgent group’s violent attacks in the region (BBC News).

US officials are warning of a growing political crisis in Democratic Republic of Congo over the possibility President Joseph Kabila will seek a 3rd term in office. Special Envoy to Africa’s Great Lakes Region,Tom Perriello said if Kabila were to seek a 3rd term in the November elections it could, ‘undermine political and economic gains‘ made in the DRC over the past decade (VOA News).

ICYMI Nigeria’s parliament will not be voting on the 2016 federal budget this month. Disagreements over discrepancies in what were to be the final submissions from various Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government (MDAs) mean the country’s appropriation committee will be doing “a proper clean-up of the budget” before re-submitting (The Nerve Africa).

Generation Next

Meet the team of 5 Ashesi University College students and 1 recent alumna selected to join Goldman Sachs’ spring internship program in London. The 2-week program provides opportunities for the interns to participate in a range of activities that will introduce them to the world of global investment banking. The Ashesi team is part of a group of only 16 students selected from more than 500 applicants from 20 universities in Ghana and Nigeria (Ashesi University College).


@TMSRouge takes, “a deep dive” into Uganda’s Electoral Commission’s registered voter data and shares a new infographic from the team at Hive CoLab as part of #UgandaDecides (

Matters of Debate

Sumanth Raghavendra (@sumanthr) makes a data-driven argument against what he calls Marc Andreesen’s “moralistic line” of arguing and why he believes 1 of the world’s leading VCs (and Facebook board members) is wrong about the Free Basics platform (Medium).

Get Money

Co-founder at Disrupt Africa, Tom Jackson (@tomjackson1988) writes about the latest from equity crowd-funding platform, Malaik and its plans to launch a call for applications from all African entrepreneurs with impact-focused businesses to help them connect with global investors (Disrupt Africa).

Identity & Culture

Cecile Emeke (@CecileEmeke) is back with the latest episode in her Strolling Series. This time she takes us ‘strolling in Jamaica’ for a look at, “patois, uptown kingston, depression, caribbean past, homophobia, and more” (Youtube).

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