You should know

The Nigerian army says they have rescued a second Chibok schoolgirl kidnapped by Boko Haram militants more than 2 years ago. However, #BringBackOurGirls campaigners say they have doubts the girl is one of the more than 200 girls kidnapped in April 2014 and are cautioning that ‘care must be taken’ to establish the girl’s identity. (VOA  / BBC News)

Some more good news, average life expectancy in Africa is rising 2x as fast as the rest of the world according to the World Health Organization. The WHO report says since 2000, life expectancy in Africa has risen by almost 10 years to an average age of 60. (BBC Africa Live)

ICYMI A former area of Nigeria that had long been a Boko Haram stronghold is now one of Nigeria’s fastest growing property markets. Many property prices have now surpassed pre-insurgency levels in Maiduguri, the northeast region’s biggest city, Potiskum, Yobe State’s commercial capital, and Mubi, along the Cameroon border.(Quartz Africa)

Generation Next

Checkout this recap in quotes from the change makers at Ashesi Unviersity (@Ashesi) who earlier this week launched Ghana’s 1st climate innovation center in Accra. The center will support Ghana’s National Climate Change Policy over the next 10 years by contributing to the production of clean tech solutions. (Medium)

Smart Cities

Robert Muggah and David Kilcullen take a look at, ‘Africa’s fastest-growing cities’ for the World Economic Forum (@WEF) and whether they’ll “make or break” the continent. (World Economic Forum)


Our partners at Impact Hub Accra (@HubAccra) hosted a, ‘Road to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit’ event at their headquarters in Osu on Thursday. You can catch up on all of last night’s great conversations, insights and photos at #GES2016 as some of West Africa’s leading innovators came together to, ‘unleash their power to change the world.’

Arts & Culture

Follow the AR team as they travel beyond the urban environments of Accra, Bamako, and Dakar to experience the culture & history of some of West Africa’s most interesting, sometimes off-beat, places and spaces in our new Travel Diaries series. This week @MelB4FreePress shares a story of one of the, ‘weirdest places’ she’s ever been and @EOnwona brings you Part I of her trip to Ghana’s eastern region.

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