You should know

3 more people were killed in a grenade attack on a bar in Bujumbura overnight as Burundi ‘faces the prospect of a return to civil war’. Political violence has been escalating in the country since last April, when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would be running for a 3rd term (Reuters Africa) .

Following Oxfam’s latest report, The Guardian is estimating $14bn in tax revenue is lost to Africa because of money held in offshore tax havens. The report calls tax avoidance, “one of the big issues preventing redistribution of wealth” (The Guardian UK).

ICYMI WhatsApp founder Jan Koum (@jankoum) announced at the Digital Life Design Conference on Monday the company is dropping the service’s annual subscription fee. Koum said access to credit cards is still a barrier for many potential users in the developing world, “we just don’t want people to think at some point their communication to the world will be cut off” (re/code).

What We Need

James Butty reports on Uganda’s only female presidential candidate, Maureen Kyalya (@maureenkyalya), who says she is running because ‘she wants to rebuild the foundation of the nation away from its colonial connection’. The former adviser to incumbent President Yoweri Museveni said she wants to unite the country’s people but does not believe February’s election will be free and fair because of laws Museveni has created (VOA News).

Civic Tech

impactAFRICA manager, Haji Mohamed Dawjee (@Sage_Of_Absurd) introduces the 1st data-driven investigative journalism initiative in Africa with $500,000 in grants and technical support for, “reportage that changes lives”. The new initiative’s goal is to support pioneering data journalism that tackles development issues in 6 initial African countries – Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia (Medium).


Nigeria is introducing a ‘circuit breaker’ to halt trading if the main stock index drops 5% as the country’s stock market hit a 3.5-year low after falling 4.1% on Monday (CNBC Africa).

Biz Dev

Osarumen Osamuyi (@SkweiRd) reports Google will partner with CcHub, M-Lab And IHub to organize monetization workshops all across Africa. The training sessions will focus on Google’s suite of monetization products including, AdSense, DoubleClick for Publishers, AdMob and Google Analytics (TechCabal).

Identity & Culture

We hope you’ll check outThe Trans-African Project, a new publication from Invisible Borders. Edited by Emmanuel Iduma (@emmaiduma), The Trans-African Project is,

“part of a longterm publication project of criticism in book form, showcasing independent art writers from Africa. The platform offers monthly reflections on images and visual phenomena connected to African visual culture. Rooted in historical and literary sources, the writing consists of personal essays in which style mirrors content: the writing’s clarity of style is similarly its clarity of ideas.”

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